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Civitour Private tours in Rome, Tivoli & surroundings

Tivoli, Italy
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Civitour Private tours in Rome, Tivoli & surroundings
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Kopite2007 wrote a review Aug 2017
Liverpool34 contributions17 helpful votes
We found this tour online and it was drastically cheaper than the ones offered by the Cruise company, we were a little concerned. However it was brilliant. We left the port on time, the coach was fab to Rome. We picked up Nils our guide. He was excellent, while not been a native to the city he shared his passion for Rome. We took the option to add on the skip the line tour of the Vatican. It was well worth it but rushed as we had so much to add in. We need to go back and take more time there. Rome was incredibly hot while we were there so it was a relief to get back on the bus. We saw all of the sites with excellent commentary from Nils all topped off with a walking tour through central Rome. We were so happy we came across this company. It was value for money, reliable and it was great to support a local company. I would highly recommend them.
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Date of experience: August 2017
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Mick F wrote a review Jan 2017
Leicester, England85 contributions11 helpful votes
We arranged to go with this company as they picked you up from the port gate, provided a guide and gave us a "taster" of Rome before arriving back at the boat in plenty of time, about 17.30. They gave you the chance to buy "Beat the line tickets " with a guide for the St Peter's Basilica and also gave you some free time. Our guide Neil? was superb, very knowledgeable and entertaining and we really enjoyed it once we got going. The recommendation for lunch was superb and exceptionally cheap. The only complaint I had was that, in spite of telling us to be at the meeting point 10-15 minutes before departure, we actually set off a good 3/4 hour after our designated time. We were shipped to another point to pick up a bigger bus. No problem, but, it became apparent that this bus was waiting for passengers who had not pre booked and were being recruited at the port gates. There was no heating on in the bus, (January) and no explanation as to why we were waiting. The bus did not appear to have air conditioning either so, this could be a problem in the warmer weather. Many people wanted a toilet before we set off but, did not dare leave the bus as we did not know when it would depart. This tour was very good, especially for the price, but I think it would be so much better if they informed you exactly what was happening in the build up to departure.
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Date of experience: January 2017
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sis_Bucharest wrote a review Apr 2014
Bucharest, Romania12 contributions3 helpful votes
I was lucky enough to meet some great people in Italy, Michele, Guido, Laura and Peppe from CiviTour (www.civitour.com) and I had a new, wonderful experience, visiting Tivoli. Hadrian Villa – part of the UNESCO patrimony – is located about 18 miles from Rome, in Tivoli (formerly named Tibur). It actually is a complex of many antique buildings on a huge surface (0,46 sq. Milles) and it seems that just as much is still unexcavated. Adoptive sun of Emperor Trajan, Hadrian had managed the military and administrative business of the empire for many years and when he decided to retire from the military life, outside Rome, he wanted a majestic residence on the Tiburtine Hills – Hadrian’s Villa. The architects have inspired from Greek and Egyptian stiles and have included in the ensemble houses, hot springs, theaters, temples, libraries, conference halls, buildings where slaves, soldiers, artists and others lived permanently. Here he collected the biggest and most beautiful art works of that time. At the entrance there is a long alley leading to the first pavilion where you can see a mock-up of the entire ensemble (just as it is known now days) that will help you understand the greatness of Hadrian’s Villa, the gardens, the fountains, the villas, everything. I was amazed by the Golden Stone Building, Hospitalia (the guests’ house), Teatro Maritimo (a circular construction with a round island in a round lake), Canopus (the party area), the Greek Theatre, Venuses Temple and many others. There is a huge space to explore and admire in Hadrian’s Villa and when you decide you saw everything … well, then you can move the next villa: Villa D’Éste and its gorgeous fountains. But for this, I shall come back with another review. Thanks guys, thanks civitour.com!!
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Date of experience: October 2013
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