Definitely would recommend to family or friend who could afford it. It definitely is a large cost which was in our affordability range, but would not necessarily be for everyone. The tour was great as was the guide. He was very patient to answer all my inquisitive 10 year olds questions. We got far more out of the private tour in Rome than out of the half day walking tour in Venice in a group of 27 with no other kids. There is so much to see in Rome and the Vatican and having a guide who can pick out certain monuments/pieces and discuss the significance and history is fantastic as compared to trying to do it on your own and you do not understand the story of what you are seeing.