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Posted by admin on September 28, 2012
It has been said that all roads lead to Rome, but once a traveller has wandered the city of Caesar and the Vatican, is there ever a desire to return?
We consulted with recent clients and it appears that they wouldn’t hesitate to go back to Rome. As you might expect, a city of such magnitude and cultural importance has so much to offer that one visit is really only the briefest of introductions.
“There was so much we missed,” says Leonie Weston of Australia, who took a semi-private 10-day vacation package to Rome in July 2012. “We took the most popular tours, and as first-time tourists that is what you do, but the longer you are there you realize how much more there is to discover!”
What struck Weston most, she says, is that when they would ask their guide Francesca how old something is she would reply not too old, maybe 300 years or so.
“We would realize that these ‘new’ buildings are older than our relatively ‘new’ country. Something that I felt, rather than learned, was that I don’t think the people of Rome, and the other cities we visited, realise what magnificent cities they have. When you come from a country as young as ours I am more and more overwhelmed by the history of Europe as a whole and Rome and surrounds as a whole.”
Weston’s most memorable moment is walking out of the underground station and seeing, right in front of her, the massive Roman Colosseum she had previously seen only in history books and photographs. She loved how the guide Francesca would incorporate her own ideas into her dialogue: “You could tell she loves the city with a passion and is very proud of it, as she should be.”
Should Weston get a chance to travel from her native Australia back to Rome she would like to see the city sights by night and head out into the countryside.
Another recent traveller to Rome echoes her desire to return to see more of Rome. Robert Claveau of Canada enjoyed the Enchanting Italy Package in July of 2012 and says without hesitating that they would definitely go back.
“There are many more things to see and explore,” he says, noting they really enjoyed the Vatican and Ancient Rome tours.
“[Our guide] Luca was very knowledgeable and accommodating and we had the pleasure of having him on both tours. He even recommended a reasonable lunch place nearby and also joined us.”
Claveau says the highlight of their trip was also seeing the Roman Colosseum, which he calls “breathtaking.”
Should they get a chance to return, Claveau says a walking tour would be top of their things to do.
“The history of Rome is so fascinating and the city is so beautiful. A walking tour would be a great way to see more of Rome and learn more of its wonderful history.”