*Updated June 30, 2017
Every new region I visit in Italy seems to be more beautiful than the next (although living in Friuli leads me to believe that it is the most beautiful region of Italy).
Come on, we expats all feel that way about the Italian regions we live in!
Now that I’m past the Italy honeymoon phase (pizza, wine and gelato at every meal) I’ve been doing my best to get to know Italy on a deeper level.
Rather than roaming and touring around Italy alone without having a clue what I’m looking at, I realized that it was time to take my relationship with Italy to thnew heightsl…
…by taking a tour.
If you’ve never thought much about taking a tour while you travel or you’re worried about finding the right tour company, then I’ll share my awesome experience with LivItaly Tours in Rome below.
Read and enjoy the photos!
Discover Rome With LivItaly Tours
We all have different expectations when we travel, we all have different preferences and we all have different interests, so here’s a little bit about where I’m coming from and why I chose LivItaly Tours.
My LivItaly Tours Review
I seem to have a lot of luck on Twitter because I’ve been able to connect with some really cool people!
Rachel from LivItaly is another one to add to the list thanks to her polite, friendly approach and her helpfulness when it came to answering my questions.
Our little Twitter conversations stayed at the back of my mind and when I started planning my trip to Rome, I decided to reach out to them when I was ready to book.
I did my research, too! I like to know what the competition offers, the pricing differences and see what people had to say about all of them, so I checked out a few other tour companies.
LivItaly stood out above the rest. I liked all of the positive comments that I read on Trip Advisor and on their website, I already had a really positive experience dealing with them and I even watched their promotional video (Yes, guys, I did!)
Vatican and Sistine Chapel Small Group Tour
If there was anything that I wanted to see in Rome, it was the Vatican, so their Vatican & Sistine Chapel Small Group Tour really stood out to me.
- 6 people maximum
- 3 hour tour
- €89 per adult
Even a year later (2017), I see that the price is still the same.
There were four of us (me, my husband and my parents with an age range of 30’s – late 60’s) and since this was my parent’s first time in Italy, I thought that we’d all appreciate the smaller group.
This was my first small group tour (ok, ok, so it was pretty much my first real tour ever because I was never interested in taking them) and I couldn’t have been more pleased.
Once I booked and paid, I recieved a confirmation email and was given a meeting point (in front of Caffè Vaticano at 2:15 pm. Greeter will be in the shade under the tree with a sign that says “LivItaly Tours”).
We walked up right at 2:15 and there they were! Easy to spot them and we didn’t waste any time jumping right in.
Our guide was Andrea.
If you book a tour, I suggest that you request him because he was awesome!
He was very professional but also had a witty disposition that made the tour quite enjoyable. He is a historian so he knows what he is talking about and is also very passionate about it! (Andrea, come up to Friuli some time so you can see the mosaics of Aquileia!)
One thing we noticed (and greatly appreciated) throughout the entire tour was that Andrea was the only guide we saw using an iPad.
It was such a useful tool because when he was making comparisons between the statue or artwork we were looking at with other famous pieces, he just whipped out the iPad, showed us the picture and he was able to enlarge it to show us the differences.
He was so well prepared!
We entered the Vatican during the Jubilee, so it was actually busier than normal.
I have to say that Andrea handled it like a pro, navigating his way through the rooms, patiently waiting for other groups and always checking on us to make sure we all understood what he was saying.
Final Thoughts for the LivItaly Tours Vatican & Sistine Chapel Small Group Tour
Would I book LivItaly Tours again?
Absolutely. In fact, I booked them for a tour of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence in December 2016 which you can read about here.
Is it easy to communicate with them?
Absolutely. When I e-mailed, I always received a reply. Their office is quite multi-cultural and they have tours available in quite a few languages.
Was the tour enjoyable and was it easy to understand the guide?
Yes. He spoke English very well.
Did it last the full 3 hours?
It sure did!
We had an awesome experience in Rome thanks to LivItaly Tours and the Bed and Breakfast we booked.
Fifth floor of a historical building with a view of St. Peter’s Basilica, Room Service and neatly decorated:
Small luxury in every sense of the word. Their prices were fair (too fair!) and the couple who runs the B&B is awesome (grazie Magda e Andrea!)