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Stefano Rome Tours Vacanze Romane recommended on Travel + Leisure

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Vacanze Romane (Roman Holiday) is a movie classic that requires no introduction.

We invite you to step into this timeless classic film where Rome itself is the movie set and you are the star in your own Roman Holiday.

The classic film proceeds seamlessly from one scene to another, but in real life there is quite a bit of area to cover with distance in between, making it time consuming, exhausting (and achy) to do it on foot in one day.

With Stefano Rome Tours, you will visit the incredible piazzas, monuments, palaces and charming neighborhoods featured in the film "Vacanze Romane" that are also among the most famous in the world and define the Eternal City.

Unlike Princess Ann, you won’t have to escape from your hotel window in the middle of the night and hitch a ride in a delivery truck....

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* For Tours starting in Rome: Pick up time from your Rome hotel is 9 AM for your full day tour, and it will end when you are dropped off at your hotel at approximately 5 PM.

* For Shore Excursions starting in Civitavecchia: Pick up time from Civitavecchia is 7:30 AM for your full day tour. Your driver will meet you on the pier next to your ship holding a sign with your name. You will return to your ship by approximately 5:00 PM

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VACANZE ROMANE / ROMAN HOLIDAY TOUR
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ANN: "Oh, you can't imagine... I'd, I'd like to do just whatever I'd like, the whole day long!"

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THE COLOSSEUM

Your Vacanze Romane Tour will begin at the Colosseum where Joe Bradly brought Princess Ann for a tour inside Rome’s iconic monument that has endured for 2,000 years.

The Colosseum is the iconic symbol of Rome, and one of Ancient Rome's greatest architectural feats that continues to fascinate the world even today.

Built in 72 AD, this ancient arena was able to entertain between 50,000 - 80,000 spectators with gladiatorial contests, mock sea battles, public executions, historical battle re-enactments, animal hunts, and theatrical plays.

Originally  names the Flavian Amphitheater, after the family name of Emperor Vespasian who commissioned its construction, the nickname "Colosseum" derived from the nearby colossal bronze statue of Emperor Nero in the likeness of pagan god Apollo.

The statue remained in its place for centuries into the Medieval Era, and after it fell, its name "Colossus" was transferred to the amphitheater itself and continued to this day.

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PIAZZA VENEZIA

From the Colosseum, you will proceed to Piazza Venezia, one of Rome’s most distinguished squares featuring the imposing 440 foot tall white marble monument built in honor to unified Italy’s first king, Vittorio Emanuelle II (or commonly called the Vittoriano by the locals).

Prominently featured in many films and widely recognized, the monument features Corinthian columns, stairways, fountains, pagan statues and a bronze equestrian sculpture of Vittorio Emmauele II himself. Due to it’s ornamentation and blindly white marble, it’s also nicknamed the “wedding cake.

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CAPITOLINE HILL

Next to the Vittoriano is Capitoline Hill where you will stop for a postcard perfect view of the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, and Colosseo in the distance.

This is one of the most picturesque spots in Rome, so be sure to have your cameras ready!

As you look below you will see the ruins of Temple of Saturn and Temple of Vespasian and Titus, near which took place the nighttime scene where Joe Bradley finds Princess Ann asleep and then hailed a taxi.

However, when the movie was filmed there was a road on the other side of the ruins, which is why in the movie the ruins seem positioned differently. No such road exists anymore.

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JOE. "The Mouth of Truth. The legend is that if you're given to lying, you put you're hand in  there it'll be bitten off."

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THE MOUTH OF TRUTH

Inside the portico of the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin you’ll discover the usual long line of people waiting for their turn to stick their hand inside the ancient lie detector: Bocca della Verita (Mouth of Truth).

Legend had it that if you told a lie and placed your hand inside the Mouth of Truth, it would bite your hand off.

The Mouth of Truth supposedly lost its lie detecting power when it was tricked by a very clever married woman who was accused of having an affair.

Moments prior to placing her hand inside the mouth of truth and confess the truth before her husband and townsfolk gathered around her, her lover disguised as a madman ran up to her and kissed her.

The townsfolk chased the madman away and the woman “truthfully” admitted that the only men who ever touched her were her husband and the madman, therefore sparing her hand and her reputation.

So give it a try and place your own hand inside the Mouth of Truth if you dare...afterall, what do you have to lose?

One the way to our next destination we’ll drive by Teatro di Marcello, an ancient open air theater built in 13 BC, named after Emperor Augustus’ nephew, Marcello.

We’ll also drive by Palazzo Colonna where the last scene of the movie was filmed, where Princess Ann held the press conference in the great hall (Palazzo Colonna is restricted to public visits).

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ANN: "Stop at the next corner, please".
JOE. 'K. [He slows down, stopping at a corner and leans forward
to see the Embassy gate visible down the street] "Here?"

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We will drive by Piazza Barberini and its centerpiece, Fontana del Tritone (Triton Fountain) to a brief stop outside to view the stunning Palazzo Barberini that played the role of the embassy of the country of Princess Ann.

You will also have the opportunity to stand in the place where Joe Bradley and Princess Ann said their goodbyes and she then ran around the corner toward the embassy.

Palazzo Barberini was built in 1633 on the land purchased by Maffeo Barberini who then became Pope Urban VIII.

The three well known architects who worked on the palace all had contributed their talents to the building of St Peter’s Basilica: Carlo Maderno, his nephew Francesco Borromini, and Gian Lorenzo Bernini.  

Today Palazzo Barberini houses the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica, one of the most significant collections of priceless paintings in Italy including Raphael and Caravaggio.

Just as Joe Bradely drove away from the palace after Princess Ann turned the corner, so shall we because now it’s time for lunch at a traditional restaurant or trattoria.

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ANN: "I've heard of a wonderful place for dancing on a boat."
JOE: "Oh, you mean the barges down by Saint Angelo."
ANN: "Yes! couldn't we go over tonight?"

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CASTEL SANT'ANGELO

Your Vacanze Romane / Roman Holiday tour continues  to the towering cylindrical mausoleum to Emperor Hadrian that was later converted by popes into a fortress, a prison, and a castle.

Legend has it it was dedicated to Archangel Michael and became known as Castel Sant’Angelo because the archangel appeared above the mausoleum sheathing his sword signaling the end of the plague of 590.

Today the mausoleum is the Museum Nazionale di Castel Sant’Angelo.

You will have the opportunity for a stroll around the outside of castle and its bridge, Ponte Sant’Angelo, that’s lined with 10 angels holding the passions of Christ, designed by Bernini.

Standing on the opposite side of the bridge you will have a marvelous glimpse of the area where the barge was located in the movie with the castle as the backdrop.

Although not featured in Vacanze Romane, nearby is St Peter’s Basilica where you can stop in its awe-inspiring square to admire the largest church in Christendom, Bernini’s embracing colonnades and the Egyptian obelisk in the center. (St Peter’s Basilica was featured in Federico Fellini’s classic “La Dolce Vita)

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ANN: "Yes, and I'd like to sit at a sidewalk cafe; and look in shop windows; Have fun, and maybe some excitement. It doesn't seem much to you, does it?"

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TREVI FOUNTAIN

From here you will continue your Roman Holiday to the Trevi Fountain.

The Baroque fountain with stunning nautical statues was also featured prominently in other classics such as “Three Coins in A Fountain” and “La Dolce Vita”.  

Here is where Joe Bradley got a lesson in not trying to borrow other tourists’ cameras.

Be sure to toss a coin in the fountain to ensure another visit to Rome. Of course, all our returning guests have told us that it works!

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SPANISH STEPS / PIAZZA DI SPAGNA

We continue to the most famous stairway in Rome: The Spanish Steps.

Its 18th century winding steps connects the French church of Trinita dei Monti and the Egyptian obelisk above to the piazza and the one of a kind fountain below.

You’ll notice people gathered around what appears to be a stone boat overfilled with water. The early 1600’ Baroque “Fontana della Baraccio” (The Fountain of the Old Boat) is credited to Pietro Bernini, the father of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and resembles a type of boats popular for carrying wine to the port of Ripetta.

If you are facing the steps, to your right is the house where the famous poet John Keats lived and died in 1821.

Across from the Spanish Steps is Rome’s fashionable street, Via dei Condotti, lined with top designer boutiques for a window shopping extravaganza!

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VIA MARGUTTA

From the Spanish Steps we will take a drive through one of Rome’s most exquisite neighborhoods on Via Margutta and pass by “51”, the residence of Joe Bradley.

Behind the big doors that are locked to the outside world, is a large atrium with a number of art galleries and multiple bohemian-like apartments stacked in apparently no particular order.

Because this is a private residence, non-residents are not permitted to enter. That’s ok, because the narrow Via Margutta itself is far more fascinating with charming aged ochre buildings overtaken by green climbing and hanging ivy, galleries, artisan workshops, and boutiques.

Via Margutta is by far one of the most charming, romantic, and picturesque streets in Rome and it's no wonder it has been featured in Vacanze Romane.

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THE PANTHEON

Our last stop is the Pantheon where Princess Ann and Joe Bradley sat at the outdoor cafe.

This magnificent rotund temple dedicated to all Roman gods was built in 126 AD and is the oldest standing domed structure in Rome as well as in continuous use throughout its extensive history.

During the 7th century it was transformed into a Catholic church as well as a tomb for Italy’s kings and prominent artists like Raphael.

The only source of light inside the Pantheon, other than the entrance, is the Oculus at the top of the coffered dome. Always open to the elements, the “eye”, allows for rain to fall to the floor, where it is then carried away through the drains. You will enjoy a stop to admire this incredible ancient monument.

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JOE: "Tired?"
ANN: "A little."
JOE: "You've had quite a day."
ANN: "A wonderful day."

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This marks the end of your Vacanze Romane / Roman Holiday tour in Rome.

Our sincere hope is that Rome has charmed you in ways it has so many others, and when asked upon your return from your trip:

Which of the cities visited did you enjoy the most? you will answer with the same conviction as Princess Ann:

Rome, by all means, Rome. I will cherish my visit here, in memory, as long as I live”

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Thank you for choosing Stefano Rome Tours for your Tours and Shore Excursions in Rome and beyond. We look forward to meeting you in Rome!

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Note

PLEASE READ BEFORE BOOKING VACANZE ROMANE TOUR

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IMPORTANT:  PLEASE CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDER if you don't receive correspondence from us within 24-48 hours, especially if you use hotmail or msn email accounts.

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* The price of Vacanze Romane tour includes VAT tax, fuel, and applicable toll fees.

* The price of Vacanze Romane tour does not include entrance fees, lunch,  gratuities or private guides if hired separately.

* The total price for the tour is per vehicle. Individuals may split the cost of the tour among themselves.

* Payment for the tour is made in Euro funds to your Driver at the end of your journey.

* Please allow up to 24-48 hours for email inquiry replies and service confirmation.

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NO-LINE COLOSSEUM TICKETS:

* Unlike in "Vacanze Romane / Roman Holiday" era, today tickets are required to enter the Colosseum.

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Price of Colosseo standard Admission Tickets booked online is 14 Euros per person.

Please purchase your tickets to the Coliseum in advance at the link below and be sure to elect to print your vouchers at home and bring them with you in order to avoid long ticket lines. The vouchers are required to be converted into tickets:
http://etickets.coopculture.it/index.php/en/index.php?option=com_snapp&view=event&id=C1F4480E-9F88-41FE-BD39-1C2283FF1AF9

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*** Colosseum has recently put in place a security check point which has resulted in a wait line. This mandatory check point is required of all visitors, including ticket holders. To avoid excessive wait times and possibility of missing other sites due to potential delays at the Colosseum, we recommend a 7:30 AM pick up time from the cruise ship for shore excursions.

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YOUR TOUR DRIVER

* This tour provides an English speaking Driver who is not a Licensed Tour Guide.

Italy has strict laws and regulations aimed to protect official licensed guides that makes it unlawful for Tour Drivers to act as tour guides and accompany guests inside monuments, museums, or piazzas. Your Tour Driver will be obliged to remain with the vehicle while you sightsee.

* Your driver will drop you off as close to the sites as possible in accordance to municipality and traffic laws.

* If you are pleased with the service you received from your Driver a minimum of 10% gratuity is customary in Italy.

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CANCELLATION POLICY

Don’t worry, we do not ask for your personal credit card information, require advance deposits to reserve your tour, or penalize you for cancellations. We operate on the Honor System, so we kindly ask that cancellations be made at the minimum 7 days in advance so we can rebook your service and your reserved driver does not lose work for that day. We thank you for your cooperation and consideration.

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Cancellations must be made via email and confirmed by us so we have it on record. We do not accept cancellations by telephone, text message, or 3rd party.

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For more answers to your questions please visit our F.A.Q. Page

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Please READ and ACCEPT our TERMS OF SERVICE prior to placing your reservation.

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Tips

Places in Vacanza Romane movie that are not included in the tour:

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Palazzo Brancaccio - While Palazzo Barberini played the role of the exterior of the embassy of Princess Ann’s country, the luxurious interior was filmed inside Palazzo Brancaccio that is also restricted to visitors and cannot be entered on this tour. The palace is located not far from the Termini Station and Piazza Vittorio Emanuelle.

The Wall of Wishes - Unfortunately this wall featured in the movie no longer exists, the ex-voto plaques were removed in the mid 1950’s leaving the wall unadorned. Many people have tried to pinpoint the exact place where the Wall of Wishes was originally located but it’s only estimated that it was somewhere on the Aurelian Wall on Vialle del Policlinico southwest of Villa Borghese.

Other smaller “walls of wishes” exist in some areas of Rome where small altars for saints were created inside wall niches (usually the Virgin Mary), and people placed small plaques of thanks for divine intervention by the saint.

The Police Station - some places are best avoided on one’s trip abroad.

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Vacanze Romane / Roman Holiday movie trivia:

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~ The role of Princess Ann was originally written with Elizabeth Taylor in mind, but Audrey Hepburn was cast when the camera was left rolling after the audition and she revealed the royal dignity and school girl innocence that the director William Wyler sought.

~ The role of Joe Bradley was originally written for Cary Grant, but Grant declined the role believing the age difference between him and Hepburn was too great.

~ Gregory Peck’s contract secured his solo star billing, but halfway through the filming, Peck graciously suggested that Audrey Hepburn be elevated equal to his billing because he predicted the movie would make her a star, a gesture and prediction that was most uncommon in Hollywood.

~ While promoting Roman Holiday in France, Gregory Peck met French journalist Veronique Passani and as soon as his divorce to his previous wife was finalized they married...a marriage that lasted 48 years until his death in 2003.

~ The part in the movie where Joe Bradly pulls his hand out of the Mouth of Truth that appeared to have bitten off his hand causing Princess Ann to scream was an unscripted prank he pulled after once seeing Red Skelton do it. Unaware of the gag, Audrey Hepburn’s scream was her real reaction to what appeared to be Gregory Peck’s missing hand.

~ Audrey Hepburn won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as Princess Ann.

~ In 1999 the Library of Congess chose Vacanze Romane / Roman Holiday for preservation in the United States National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

~ In 1970’s Hepburn and Peck were approached with the idea of a sequel to Vacanze Romane / Roman Holiday, however the project never materialized.

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Movie Script: http://www.script-o-rama.com/movie_scripts/r/roman-holiday-script-transcript.html

*** Please note that the Trevi Fountain is currently undergoing much needed restoration funded by FENDI and it may not be  in function during your visit. Read more about the restoration process here:  Trevi Fountain Restoration
This tour may continue to include the Trevi Fountain due to high demand. If you wish to skip the Trevi Fountain please advise your driver at the start of the tour.

 

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What are your hours of operation?

We operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year – including holidays

Are your vehicles non-smoking? Air conditioned?

All of our cars are non-smoking and air-conditioned.
Also, they meet all the safety requirements of the Italian Ministry of Transportation.

When do I make a reservation?

We suggest you use the ATM machines that are avaliable at the port/airport.

What happens if my flight is delayed?

We track your flight on the Internet and by WAP, so we are aware if you will be arriving late. Whether you are 1 hour late or 6 hours late, we will have a driver for you at the airport.

When do we pay our driver guide for the tour?

Payment for the tour shall be made in Euro funds at the end of the tour.
If you prefer not to have to worry about payments on the day of the tour, you may also pre-pay in advance via PayPal, which is a fast, easy, and safe means to make online payments. We do not take your credit card information. If you decide to pay for the services you booked in advance, you may take advantage of the opportunity when currency exchange rates are in your favor so when you make your advance payment you can save money in the process.

How do we pay for the tour?

Payment for tour services are to be made in the Full Amount, and in Euro funds at the end of the tour.
We do not accept Credit Cards, nor do we require you to give us your personal credit card information to secure your reservation. We have full trust in our clients to honor their reservation.
If you are in need of an ATM machine to retrieve necessary funds, your Driver Guide will be happy to assist you in locating a facility. Please make sure you know in advance how much funds you can retrieve per day so you do not come short in necessary financial obligations.
We also accept advance payment for services booked with us via PayPal, which is a fast, easy, and safe means to make online payments.
If you decide to make advance payments, you may make your payment when currency exchange rates are in your favor so you can save money in the process.

Can we share tours with others in order to save money?

Sharing your tour with others is a great way to save money. One way is to travel with a group of friends and family to share expenses.
You can save on your Shore Excursions by posting an ad on Cruise Critic for shared tours. You can save a lot for a group of 8!
Tour sharing is a great way to save money. Whether booking your vacation with friends to share expenses, or posting an ad on Cruise Critic (http://boards.cruisecritic.com/forumdisplay.php?f=34) for shore excursions, you can save quite a lot for a group of 8.

We are sharing our tour with others, how do we pay for it?

You may split the cost of the tour amongst you and pay your Driver Guide separately or together at the end if your journey.

What is included in the price of the tours?

Your quoted tour price includes a professional licensed English Speaking Driver Guide, a private deluxe vehicle, fuel cost, tolls fees, insurance, parking fees, and Italy VAT tax.

Are tips included?

Listed prices don’t include gratuities. You may tip your Driver Guide the customary gratuity of 10%-15% if you are pleased with the service he or she provided for you.

What is your cancellation policy?

Unlike other car service companies, we do not ask our clients for their personal credit card information. We operate on the Honor System: you place your trust in us to honor your reservation and provide you with the service you contracted us to provide for you, and we in turn trust our clients to honor their contract as well.
We understand that emergencies happen and in certain cases our clients need to cancel their reservation, so we will not penalize you for it. We do ask that you kindly give us at least 7 days in advance notification of your cancellation needs so we can re-book your reserved driver guide and vehicle to other travelers in need of our service, and your driver guide will not be left without income for the day of the cancellation.

Do we have to give you our credit card information to reserve a tour?

No, you do not. Unlike other car service companies, we don’t require our clients to give us their personal credit card information. We operate on the Honor System: you place your trust in us to honor your reservation and provide you with the service you contracted us to provide for you, and we in turn trust our clients to honor their contract as well.

May I pay by credit card?

No, payments are made in Euro funds at the end of your journey or via PayPal in advance prior to your tour date.
ATM machines are available throughout Italy, and your driver will happily assist you in locating ATM facilities if you need to withdraw funds.

Can I pre-pay in advance?

Of course! You may pay us in advance via PayPal which provides a secure, easy and quick way to pay for your services in advance. You may also take advantage when currency exchange rates are in your favor to pre-pay so you can save money.

If we are staying at a rental apartment or a B&B without a lobby, where will our driver meet us?

You will be met by your Driver Guide at the door outside your apartment or B&B building at the precise time of your scheduled pick up.
In some cases accommodations are in areas of Rome where it is legally forbidden for us to park our vehicles or leave them unattended. In such cases your Driver Guide will park the vehicle as close as possible, meet you at your entrance door, and escort you to the nearby vehicle.

Are the tour guides whose services you use licensed, local and fluent in English?

We only use the services of experienced, reliable, local professionally licensed tour guides who also speak fluent English.

How should we dress for our tour, and what do we need to bring with us?

Comfortable shoes and clothing are highly recommended. Many of the streets in Italy are made of cobblestone, which makes it rather dangerous to walk on with high heel shoes, strappy sandals, or flip flops.
Summers are hot and sunny, therefore sunscreen, sunglasses, summer hats or umbrellas are recommended.
Be sure to bring important personal items such as your wallet with enough money to cover your day’s expenses (and some extra for unforeseen expenses, such as shopping) and a government issued ID. It is not necessary to bring your passport if you worry about losing or damaging it. Valuable personal artifacts such as expensive jewelry, large sums of money in excess of what you are anticipating to need on your tour, should be kept in a safe place inside your hotel or place of accommodation.

Why should we book a private guide for Vatican Museum or the Coliseum if our driver guide is so knowledgeable?

According to Italy’s stringent laws and regulations intended to protect official licensed guides, it is unlawful for Tour Driver Guides to offer narration about sites after exiting the vehicle. Your Tour Driver Guide will provide narration and information only inside the vehicle.
In order to comply with Italy’s laws, Tour Driver Guides cannot accompany our guests inside monuments, museums, or piazzas or provide tour services reserved for licensed tour guides.
In Italy licensed tour guides must successfully pass rigorous examinations, therefore they are extremely knowledgeable about history, art, culture, architecture and archaeology.
Driver Guides possess general information, but not as extensive as a licenced tour guide.

Are the tour guides whose services you use licensed, local and fluent in English?

We only use the services of experienced, reliable, local professionally licensed tour guides who also speak fluent English.

Why is it recommended we book a private licensed tour guide for the Vatican Museums?

Private licensed tour guides are recommended for Vatican Museums visits during Day Tours in order for guests to get the most out of the limited time inside the museums.
The labyrinthine system of halls and galleries that make up the Vatican Museums make it difficult to know where the most important pieces of art are if you are not well familiarized with the museums and the locations of the art. Your guide knows precisely where to escort you so you have the opportunity to see the best the museum has to offer, provide informative commentary about what you are seeing, history, culture, art, and is open to any questions you may have so you have a better understanding of the masterpieces showcased inside the museums.
In addition, easy access to St Peter’s Basilica through the Sistine Chapel is only made available to visitors accompanied by a licensed tour guide. General public, or unlicensed tour guides are not permitted entrance. This time saving shortcut will save you precious time so you have the opportunity to see more on your visit to Vatican City.
On Shore Excursions when time is of essence, your private tour guide will make certain you will experience the best the museums and basilica have to offer, and return you to your awating Driver Guide and vehicle on time.
It is very easy for novices to get lost inside the Vatican Museums and difficult to find the correct exit where your driver and vehicle are waiting for you. When this happens not only do you risk exiting late and arriving late to your ship, but you will miss out on seeing the Museums and the Basilica as intended.
For guests’ optimal experience inside Vatican City and peace of mind, it is highly recommended your visit is accompanied by a licensed private guide.

What is the payment policy for private licensed guides?

Payment is made directly to your guide at the end of the tour he or she provides for you. RomeCabs or your Driver Guide do not accept payments on behalf of your tour guide which operates independently from us.

Where can we book our tickets in advance for the Coliseum or Roman Forum online?

The price for each Coliseum ticket booked online is 13.50 Euros. You may book online here:http://www.ticketclic.it/database/B2c__/order.cfm?siteDefID=170&LN=1
You MUST bring the printed ticket voucher with you in order to enter the site. Stefano Rome Tours accepts no responsibility for guests who fail to book their tickets in advance or forget to bring their printed vouchers.

Where do we book our Uffizi Gallery or Accademia Gallery tickets online in advance?

You may book either your Uffizi or Accademia tickets in advance for the 12:00 PM time slot here:

http://www.florence-museum.com/

You MUST bring the printed ticket voucher with you in order to be allowed entry into the museum.

Failure to book your tickets online in advance for the specific 12:00 time slot may result in waiting in long ques that can be over 2 hours long. Stefano Rome Tours accepts no responsibility for guests who fail to book their tickets in advance or forget their printed vouchers and must either wait in the long lines or skip the museum visit altogether.

Where do we book in advance our no-line Vatican Museums tickets?

The price of Vatican Museums VIP tickets per person with no line booked in advance online is 19 Euros.
Please book your admission tickets for the 2 PM time slot.
http://biglietteriamusei.vatican.va/musei/tickets/do?weblang=en&do

You MUST bring the printed ticket voucher with you in order to enter the Vatican Museums. Stefano Rome Tours accepts no responsibility for guests who fail to book their museum tickets in advance or forget their printed vouchers.

Are Credit Cards and Travelers Cheques widely accepted in Italy?

Major retailers and chain stores in Rome, at shopping centers and outlet malls generally accept major credit cards (Visa or MasterCard). If you plan to use your credit card internationally, be sure to let your credit card company know in advance so your purchases abroad are not denied.
Smaller boutiques and shops, restaurants and cafes usually do not accept credit cards.
Travelers Cheques are also not widely accepted in Italy, therefore it is advisable to cash them in advance, or make use of ATM facilities to access necessary funds.

How close to the sites that we are visiting are you able to drop us off at?

Our professional license permits our vehicles to stop as close to historic sites as legally possible. In Rome for example, we can drop our guests off right next to the Coliseum and Roman Forum, we can drive right past the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain, and pick you our guests after their Vatican City tour conveniently next to St Peter’s Square.
When visiting many of Italy’s small medieval towns, we are permitted to drive our guests through most narrow streets to their destination inside the town.
We are also allowed by the port authority of Civitavecchia and Livorno to pick up and drop off our guests right by their ship.
In contrast, vans and buses with capacity to seat more than 9 passengers cannot drive close to historic centers or monuments like we can, pick up clients inside Civitavecchia or Livorno cruise ports, or drive through most medieval towns. This results in extra walking distance that can be exhausting for many of our guests, while extremely time consuming and taking precious time away from seeing the sites you came to visit.

Can we extend our tour if we are enjoying our day? And how much will it cost us?

We are always very happy to accommodate your requests, so if you’d like to extend your tour, just let your Driver Guide know.
Your Driver Guide will let you know when the tour officially ends and it is time to return to your hotel. Please know that your tour ends at the moment you are dropped off at your hotel, not when you depart for your hotel.
There is a 50 Euros per hour fee for each additional hour past the standard return time. For example, if your return time is 5 PM and you wish to extend your tour by 2 extra hours, you will return at 7 PM and there will be an additional 100 Euros added to the total amount of the tour.

Where do we meet our Driver at Civitavecchia port?

For either a Shore Excursion or Port Transfer, your driver will meet you on the pier next to your ship holding a sign with your last name.
Our professional license permits us full entrance inside Civitavecchia port, so you do not have to walk far to your vehicle. Taxis and Buses cannot enter this area, resulting in extended walking distance.

Where do we meet our Driver at the port of Livorno?

Your Driver Guide will meet you on the pier next to your ship holding a sign with your last name.
The port authority of Livorno does not permit entrance prior to 8 AM, accordingly, all pick ups must be scheduled at 8 AM or later.

Where do we meet our Driver at the Port of Naples?

The port of Naples requires cruise ship passengers walk to the taxi and car service waiting area, which is the only location vehicles are allowed to park and for drivers to meet their clients. You can spot your Driver Guide standing next to his or her vehicle, holding a sign bearing your last name.

How do you make sure we don’t miss our cruise ship while on a Shore Excursion?

We carefully plan our Shore Excursion tours with extensive consideration to distance from your port of all, timeline, and traffic conditions to assure our guests have an exciting excursion with prompt return to their cruise ship. We never guide our guests in areas that may possibly place them at risk of arriving late to their ship. Our vehicles are well kept and frequently maintained for optimal safety. In case a vehicle breaks down, Stefano Rome Tours is part of a strong network of reliable expert drivers where a replacement vehicle will be provided to our guests immediately so they can continue with their tour. We take every possible measure and precaution to ensure our guests have the most enjoyable experience on our Shore Excursions and arrive to their cruise ships on time.

How do you select the restaurants you take your clients to?

We only select restaurants after we personally visit them ourselves as paying clients and always based on the quality of food served, caliber of service, pleasant ambiance, value, and overall enjoyable experience. Only the best overall restaurants are suggested to our clients.

How do you select the restaurants you take your clients to?

We only select restaurants after we personally visit them ourselves as paying clients and always based on the quality of food served, caliber of service, pleasant ambiance, value, and overall enjoyable experience. Only the best overall restaurants are suggested to our clients.

Does Stefano Rome Tours make receive kickbacks from private tour guides and restaurants that you recommend to your clients?

No, we certainly do not. Stefano Rome Tours believes in providing each client with highest level of service so you enjoy you tour experience. We never receive commissions, kickbacks, or favors from anyone we recommend to our clients.

Can you accommodate elderly clients on your tours?

Yes, we certainly do. We can also adjust our tours and make recommendations for tours that are best suitable for our guests with special requests.

Are you able accommodate passengers with disabilities?

Please inform us about what we can do to accommodate you, and we will do our very best to meet your needs.

What if we exit the ship late for our pick up in the morning?

If you are anticipate meeting your Driver Guide later than the planned pick up time, please call us immediately at (011 39) 339-352-5028 so we can notify your driver of your delay.

Can we change our tour itinerary during our tour in case we’d like to stay longer in one place or less in another? And can we skip any sites completely if we prefer to spend more time in others?

Whenever possible you certainly can do that. Your experienced Driver Guide will make sure you will not run behind schedule and miss important sites, or cause you to arrive late to your ship, therefore we strongly suggest you follow the suggested itinerary in the tour description and the guidance of your driver to ensure the best possible experience on your tour.

Please keep in mind that, if you book your museum tickets online (Vatican Museums, Uffizi Gallery or Accademia Gallery), you will need to enter the museums for the time slot you indicated. Failure to arrive for your visit at the pre-arranged time may result in your ticket being invalidated.

Your Tours and Shore Excursions have so much to offer in terms of itinerary. Can you guarantee that we will see everything listed without feeling rushed from place to place?

Our Tours and Shore Excursions are carefully planned and selected to offer as many wonderful places to see and things to do as possible in the allotted time without feeling rushed or exhausted at the end of the day. There is plenty of time to enjoy each site with ample time to see everything listed on the itinerary.

However, if you would like to extend the length of the tour, you may do so at any time during your tour at a rate of 50 Euros extra per each additional hour. Your Driver Guide will be very happy to accommodate your wishes and do his utmost best to help you create many wonderful memories on your tour.

What do we do if a museum or a site on our Monday tour is closed to the public? Can we substitute that with something else?

Of course! There are plenty of exciting places to see and great things to do when we substitute a visit to a site that’s closed on the day of your tour. We are more than happy to offer suggestions to you based on your interests and desires.

I emailed an inquiry to you but didn’t receive a response yet.

We greatly appreciate your giving us your business so we make sure to respond to all inquiries we receive within 24 hours. If you haven’t heard from us, please check your spam box in case our email correspondence was sent there.

By booking service with Stefano Rome Tours and through this website, you agree to have Read, Understood, and fully Accept All Terms of Service listed below. It is your responsibility to ensure that services and information provided by Stefano Rome Tours on this website meets your precise requirements. If you disagree with any parts of our terms of service, please do not proceed to use this website.

OUR COMMITMENT TO SERVICE:

Stefano Rome Tours is committed to providing our clients with reliable, punctual service, professional, experienced and courteous driver guides, and comfortable deluxe vehicles.

Once you submit your reservation for service provided on this website, you are legally bound to a contract with Stefano Rome Tours.

* Please allow up to 48 hours to receive correspondence from our office. We answer emails in order they are received and during our office hours. If you are a current client and your email requires immediate attention, please indicate in the subject line: URGENT.

We do not accept reservations made by telephone, through concierge, or via your driver guide. All confirmations must be made through the company via email, never through your chauffeur or hotel concierge.

* If you do not receive an email from us within 48 hours, please check your spam folder or any other filters that may have prevented our email from reaching you, and contact us immediately to let us know you have not received our correspondence. If we do not hear from you we assume you have received our correspondence and are in agreement with it.
* Tours and services must be booked online via this website in order for service to be be secured and provided.  Email inquiries and/or correspondences do not serve as actual reservations, nor do they guarantee availability. Availability changes depending on actual reservations and confirmations received throughout the day.

CANCELLATION POLICY

We operate on the Honor System: you trust us to honor our promise to be there for you to pick you up on time and in a professional manner, and we trust that you honor your reservation. We do not impose cancellation fees on our clients, but if you must cancel for any reason, please be considerate and cancel at least 7 days in advance. While we understand unexpected emergencies to arise, please be aware that last minute cancellations result in your assigned driver losing work for that day because it’s not possible to book him another tour last minute. Our drivers are professional, hard working family men and they count on the work assigned to them.

Cancellations must be made via email and confirmed by us in order for the cancellation to apply. We do not accept cancellations by telephone, text message or 3rd party.

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WHAT IS INCLUDED IN PRIVATE TOUR:

A private tour with Stefano Rome Tours includes a comfortable deluxe climate controlled vehicle driven by professional chauffeur licensed by the municipality of Rome, Italy’s VAT Tax, Fuel cost, Insurance, Airport Parking fee, and applicable toll fees.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN A PRIVATE TOUR:

Gratuities, Meals, Entrance tickets to monuments and museums, private licensed guides, and any personal guest expenses.

* OUR STEFANO ROME TOURS DRIVERS:

Our tour drivers are selected based on experience, professionalism, reliability, and spoken English. Our drivers are drug free (with periodical testing for drugs and alcohol to ensure full legal compliance and safety), full background checks, and perfect safe driver records.

Your driver will provide basic information during your tour, but is not a licensed tour guide, therefore their knowledge of history and culture are limited.

* As per Italian Laws, Drivers cannot accompany guests inside Monuments, Squares, Museums, Churches or to sightsee away from the vehicle.

* Italy has strict laws protecting official licensed guides make it unlawful for Tour Drivers to provide guests commentary while outside the vehicle. In order to be in compliance with Italy’s laws, Tour Drivers cannot personally accompany or tour our guests inside monuments, museums, churches or piazzas. Only official licensed Tour Guides can accompany guests into Monuments, Churches, Squares, and Museums. Failure to comply with these laws result in steep fines and suspension of our professional licenses. Your driver will be obliged to remain with the vehicle while you sightsee.

EACH DRIVER AND TOUR SERVICE IS AN INDIVIDUAL AND UNIQUE EXPERIENCE, therefore your experience will not be like the experience of others. Anything aside from ourCommitment to Service cannot be considered part of standard service we provide.

* If you have difficulty hearing your driver speak, please ask him or her to speak louder.
Vehicles are not equipped with microphones or audio systems. Local authorities deem usage of microphones and audio system by Drivers an uncessary distraction and a safety concern, therefore only licensed tour guides or licensed tour companions are lawfully permitted to use microphones and audio system inside the vehicle.

For anyone who is hearing impaired or has trouble hearing the driver speak from the back of the vehicle, please let us know prior to booking your tour so you can be informed of your options.

Religious theme Vatican Tours

Tour guides licensed by the local municipalities are required to possess extensive knowledge in areas of History, Architecture and Art.

Licensed tour guides do not provide religious (Christian or Catholic) themed tours of the Vatican or elsewhere.

If you prefer to have a Vatican tour that includes religious content and commentary we recommend that you make separate and independent arrangements through the Vatican or your local church, pastor or bishop.

Touring with Children
Tours offered are geared toward adult participants and interest as the content and commentary provided during chauffeured tours and private guided tours inside the Coloseeum/Roman Forum and Vatican Museums may include subjects such as History, Ancient Rome, Architecture, Culture, and other subjects that children may or may not find interesting.  The tours provided are not geared toward children nor can they be altered to make them more enjoyable to chilren interest.

If you are interested in “kid friendly’ activities we are happy to suggest other venues you and your family can explore separately during your stay in Rome that are most suitable and interesting for children. The tours we offer are rich in historical and cultural content most understood and appreciated by adults who share these interests.

CHILD SEATS
We provide child seats or booster seats upon request that are up to European safety standards. The parents or legal guardians are the only parties authorized to install the child seat or booster seat inside the vehicle, and to ensure that that each child is safely secured in their safety seat before departing. 
Drivers, as non-parents and non-legal guardians, cannot perform this safety function on behalf of the parent or legal care taker. Drivers will not proceed to depart until the child or children are secured inside their respective safety seats. By requesting a child seat or booster seat, you agree to comply with these terms.
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WINE TASTING TOURS
* Please consume wine and alcohol responsibly during your tour:

Our tours offer many opportunities for wine tasting, and you may also enjoy wine or alcoholic beverages with your lunch as you wish. Stefano Rome Tours accepts no responsibility for the amount of wine and/or alcoholic beverages our clients consume during the tour.

Please be advised that consuming excessive amount of wine and alcoholic beverages may interfere with your enjoyment of the tour. If as a result of consumption of wine and alcoholic beverages you request to terminate the tour early and return to your hotel, you accept financial responsibility for the original quoted amount of full day tour. The tour will not be discounted if you wish to leave early under these circumstances.

ALTERING THE ORIGINAL ITINERARY OF YOUR DAY TOUR OR SHORE EXCURSION:

The itinerary suggested in the tour descriptions on the Stefano Rome Tours site and recommended by your driver guide are intended to optimize your sightseeing opportunity and make the most out of your limited time on the tour.

* SHORE EXCURSIONS:

We strongly suggest you do not alter the recommended itinerary for your Shore Excursions as these itineraries are carefully crafted by local experts who have complete knowledge and experience of the geography, distance, local traffic conditions, and driving time. Any alterations to the original itinerary may result in your inability to return to your ship on time. If you request changes made to your Shore Excursion itinerary that are not recommended by Stefano Rome Tours and your driver guide, you accept complete responsibility of all and any consequences if these changes result in late arrival to your ship, and Stefano Rome Tours is therefore completely exempt of any liability as a result of clients’ change in recommended itinerary.

Pick up time for shore excursion, unless otherwise indicated in your reservation, is 8 AM. Disembarking later than 8 AM will take away time from your sightseeing opportunities.  Price of the tour service will not be ammended if tour time is shortened due to delay on behalf of the customer.

If you are experiencing delays disembarking your ship for your tour, please contact us immediately so your driver will be informed and will wait for your arrival. Wait time is 1 hour past the scheduled pick up time, after which without information from the customer regarding delays, the driver will be released from duty due to customer no-show.

Meeting Place for Civitavecchia and Livorno Cruise Ports:

From Civitavecchia and Livorno Cruise Ports, your driver will meet you on the pier next to your ship holding a sign with your name.
Do NOT take any shuttles or buses away from your ship 
or leave your ship area. Buses and shuttles will take you outiside the Port where you will not find your driver.

Meeting Place for Port of Naples:
The Port of Naples requires passengers to make their way to  the Taxi Area. This is the only area permitted for car service vehicles to park and wait for their clients. Your driver will be standing next to his or her vehicle holding a sign with your name.

Additional passengers:
We can only accept passengers for shore excursions that are booked in advance. 

Any last minute additions to the number of passengers must be submitted at least 48 hours in advance so we can update your reservation, revise the new price of the tour, and assign proper size vehicle for your group.

In order to comply with Port Authority and security, we can only transport the exact number of passengers declared in the reservation voucher we have to present when asked by security upon entrance.

Last minute tour participants are advised that only visitors with entry tickets purchased in advance and with the printed ticket vouchers will be able to enter the Colosseum and Vatican Museums without waiting in general ticket lines. Any last minute participants who are not in possession of their advance no line tickets may either have to wait in long lines or not be able to enter.

* DAY TOURS:

If deviations from the agreed upon itinerary and schedule result in delays and the tour time being extended, you accept full financial responsibility for the extra fees that will accrue at 50 EUROS for each additional hour past the original tour time.

To avoid fees for unintentionally extended tours, we strongly recommend you follow the suggestion of your driver guide so your tour continues on recommended schedule and you optimize your sightseeing experience.

Of course, if you desire to extend your day tour past the agreed upon time, please let your driver know. For each additional hour of the tour, 50 EUROS will be added to the final price of the tour which shall be paid in full in Euro funds to your driver at the end of the tour. For example, if your tour is scheduled to end at 5 PM when you are dropped off at your hotel, but you extend your tour and arrive to your hotel at 8 PM, that is an additional 3 hours at a total of 150Euros in addition to the originally quoted price of the tour.

LUGGAGE:

Maximum luggage capacity per vehicle is up to 8 standard size check in suitcases and 7-8 small carry-ons.  Standard size suit cases weigh 50 lbs (23 kg) and do not exceed 62 inches (157 cm) in combination of length + width + height

If traveling with luggage on Tours please specify the exact number of large suitcases and carry-ons in order to be provided proper size vehicle for you.If the exact number of large and small luggage pieces is not specified, it will be assumed that you will bring 1 standard size suitcase and 1 carry-on per person and provide a vehicle accordingly.
Failure to provide the exact number and size of suit cases and carry ons prior to placing a reservation will result in our inability to provide the correct size vehicle and/or inability to accommodate al lugage together.
If bringing oversized or overweight luggage, please must advise the company prior to booking services to determine if all luggage will fit into the standard vehicles. Failure to advise the company of precise number and size of luggage may result in our inability to accommodate all luggage together in 1 vehicle and if needed, a 2nd vehicle may be required at expense of the customer.
Unless advises otherwise, it will be assumed all luggage will be standard size as indicated above.
Tours for up to 3 passengers are issued a sedan type vehicle. If you are a 3 person party bringing extra luggage that you believe may not fit into a sedan type vehicle, an upgrade to a minivan vehicle will be required at additional cost to cover expense of large vehicle.  Failure to request a vehicle upgrade to accommodate extra luggage will result in being provided a standard sedan vehicle.

* UNFORESEEABLE DELAYS: We do not assume any responsibility for delays due to traffic andweather conditions, protest marches, strikes, parking difficulties at the airport, mechanical problems, political unrest and any situations beyond our control.

AMBIENCE INSIDE YOUR VEHICLE: If you have preferences regarding A/C, heat, music, or typically experience motion sickness while driving, please feel free to let your driver guide know immediately so he/she can accommodate your needs.

HANDS FREE CELLPHONE USE FOR WORK: According to Italian law, professional drivers are permitted to use their hands free cellphones for work related issues. From time to time your driver may need to make and answer calls as it is part of our job.

NO SMOKING, EATING  OR DRINKING FROM CUPS/OPEN CONTAINERS INSIDE THE VEHICLES: In order to maintain a fresh and clean vehicle for all our clients to enjoy throughout the day, smoking, eating or drinking from open containers that are susceptible to spillage (soda cans, coffee cups) is not permitted inside the vehicles. Bottled beverages that can be closed tightly with a cap are welcome. Please treat the vehicle with respect as to not cause any damage to it.

OFF THE BEATEN PATH ACCOMMODATIONS: If you book an off the beaten path hotel, B&B or rental apartment be aware that we may not be able to provide door to door service. In many areas of Rome including piazzas and streets it is either illegal or impossible to park or pass through with our vehicles. In such cases we will do our best to pick you up and drop you off as close as possible to your place of accommodation.

ITALY HIGHWAY SPEED LIMITS: Please be aware that legal speed on Italy’s highways/motorways may be higher than in many other countries. Your driver guide will safely obey the legal speed as electronic speed checks are implemented throughout by the state to catch speeders.

If Italy’s legal speed makes you feel uncomfortable please let your driver know if it is safe to drive at a lower speed, but please keep in mind that driving too much below the speed limit becomes a traffic hazard as other vehicles try to overtake slower moving vehicles.

* We do not tolerate inappropriate, abusive, rude, harassing, or disrespectful behavior by any passenger towards our chauffeurs and staff either in person, over telephone or email. We reserve the right to refuse service at any time (including during transfer service) to any person we deem behaving inappropriately, is intoxicated by alcohol or illegal substances, excessively disturbs the chauffeur while driving in ways that could potentially present a safety risk.

* USE OF THIS WEBSITE:

Stefano Rome Tours website contains materials owned or licensed by Stefano Rome Tours, including but not limited to written content, design, photography, videography, graphics and layout. Reproduction or redistribution of any content in full or in part on this website is prohibited other than solely for personal and non-commercial use on your own personal computer or mobile device.

* For additional information that may be helpful to our clients, links to other websites may be available on this website and blog. These links are not intended to be endorsements of those websites, nor do we accept any responsibility for content or activity on linked websites.

* Linking to this website from any other websites is strictly forbidden without prior written consent from Stefano Rome Tours.

PRIVACY POLICY

Information our clients are required to share with Stefano Rome Tours (full name, email address, contact telephone number, flight information, etc) is protected and strictly private to be used only as necessary information in order to provide adequate service. It will not be shared with outside parties, made public by any means, or used in any way not originally intended.

* If you have any questions regarding our Terms and Conditions or there is something you do not understand, please feel free to ask us via email atinfo@stefanorometours.com and we will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

* By booking service with Stefano Rome Tours you therefore certify that you have fully Read, Understood, and Accepted ALL the above Information and Conditions as they are Provided. Once you accept the terms and conditions and book your service with Stefano Rome Tours you therefore entered a contract for service as is and we do NOT accept complaints regarding items listed in the Terms and Conditions, and any party publishing such complaints publicly are in violation of contract and Terms and Conditions mutually agreed upon and will be personally held liable for damages resulting from such complaints.