Our recent visit to Rome would not have been the same enriching experience without the tours we booked with your company. Lucia was our guide for Ancient Rome, Underground Rome and the Vatican/St.Peter’s. We were so impressed by her knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject matter, and particularly the way she communicated with our two sons (ages 8 and 10). My children loved Lucia and were sad on the one day that we had not booked a tour. The primary reason we booked a private tour was to make sure the children would get the most out of the tours, and I feel that our children learned quite a lot (and enjoyed it!). I might not have considered booking a private tour if my husband and I had been traveling without our children. After our wonderful experience, I would highly recommend to anyone traveling to Rome, (whether traveling alone, as a couple or with family), to book a tour with your company (and Lucia). We intend to return to Rome and plan to schedule some of the other tours. Please give our best regards to Lucia.
I had been working with another touring agency for two weeks and was continually frustrated that I was getting no where in defining costs, which was important for our budget. They made an initial excellent recommendation about seeing Florence first, but that was it. After 2 weeks, I gave up and searched the web, finding your company among others. The description of your agency and the length of time in business was what made me send an initial inquiry. Within 24 hours, not only had you detailed an itinerary to work from, you had all the costs associated with it! The promptness and detail was what won me over immediately. Rachel was excellent and accommodating to work with. Not only were the initial planning emails detailed and the final reservations easy, your organization followed through wonderfully on every aspect. The drivers were courteous and careful, and dressed in suits and ties even in the hot Italian weather (we encouraged them to lose the coat and tie to be more comfortable). Our drive from Pisa to Rome was especially memorable due to the driver’s congeniality; we even invited him to eat with us. As an opera singer, he regaled us with some of his work and our young daughter reciprocated with her own version of Sunrise, Sunset.
The tour guide in Florence, Elizabetta, was energetic, extremely knowledgeable with a masters in Art History and who was also sensitive to our kid’s needs to stop for a drink or some gelato. Again, we asked her to join us for lunch where we could converse some more. Our stop at her favorite gelato shop resulted in us going there 3 more times before leaving Florence. If it wasn’t so hot, we could have gone on for several more hours.
Our tour guide in Rome, Linda, was great; with children of her own, she was sensitive to my son and daughter. She moved at a quicker pace, skipping over some things to get at areas or topics that would be more interesting for the kids.
The cost of the tour seemed expensive to us at first and is why we deleted some things from our original plan. However, after being with the quality of individuals assigned to us, we think that the value for the money is worth it. We will not hesitate to book with you again or to recommend you to friends planning trips to Italy.
Thank you for helping make our trip to Italy memorable and enjoyable. Please feel free to use this letter or any part of it as testimonial on your website.
Hello! Specifically also to Ann who assisted in coordinating our tour: Thank you so much for this email, I am including my responses-and was planning to email you today and let you know that I will be submitting my post to Travel Mamas today. I will be in touch with the link as soon as the post is live. My responses as well to your questions:
Our overall experience with Nancy Aiello Tours was wonderful! Vincenzo was a hit with my children who wanted him to stay with us for our remaining days in Rome. From start to finish my emails prior to our visit were response to quickly and professionally. It can be very stressful to try and accomplish such a tour with 3 very young children- however Vincenzo read us perfectly and gave us exactly the kind of tour to keep us interested and entertained.
In a word or a sentence, how would you describe your experience with Nancy Aiello Tours? Tailor made for what our family was hoping to see and experience on a guided tour.
I would absolutely recommend Nancy Aiello Tours to my family and friends! I plan to include our very positive experience in an upcoming Travel Mamas post- and have already completed a TripAdvisor review. I would tell anyone going to Rome that this is the tour company to check out. My trip advisor link: http://goo.gl/B6oyVO
If you do not mind me asking how did you come across Nancy Aiello Tours? I googled family tours in Rome.
Thank you again so much for this experience and I will be in touch soon.
We enjoyed the Colosseum tour very much the guide was very well prepared and organised the both kids and us learned a lot. I have just sent an additional request for the Real David tour in Florence
Hello, here is the feedback from our recent tours. We organised 2 family tours (two boys aged 12 and 9): Ancient Rome and the Vatican. Ann did a great job helping us arrange these only a few days before our arrival. Thank you.
Laura was our guide for both tours and from the very beginning she was extremely welcoming and focused on ensuring the boys were engaged. Throughout both tours Laura showed a huge amount of knowledge and undoubtedly made sure we could make sense of these 2 amazing venues. Both of these venues are extensive, incredibly busy, and have so much to see; Laura was able to guide us around them in a sensible manner, avoiding the worst crowds, making sure we didn’t miss anything, but also spotting when weariness was getting the better of the boys. We would thoroughly recommend these tours and Laura really helped make a great holiday. Thanks Laura.
We cannot recommend Nancy Aiello Tours highly enough. In fact we’ve been telling all our friends about you since returning home!
We went to Rome and Pompeii with our children to learn as much as possible about some of the most famous sites, and gain a greater understanding of the history surrounding them. With a very curious and interested 10 year old boy, I was most concerned about our daughter aged 8. Would she keep up? Would she get bored? Would a 4 hour tour be too long? Was it going to be a waste of money? Absolutely not! Katia in Rome (4hrs Vatican and St Peter’s tour and 4hrs Colosseum and St Clement’s tour) and Stefania (3hrs in Pompeii) were amazing. The tours began with them both engaging with the children and making them feel like VIPs throughout. They valued the children’s opinions and frequently asked them questions to help them remain focussed. After 4hrs in the Vatican my daughter even said she wanted more! These guides are amazing as my husband and I were also learning all the time too. If you’re concerned about children being tired please don’t be. The guides pace the tour so that there are periods of time when you all have a rest too. For example before entering the Sistine Chapel we sat for about 40mins looking at a picture of Michelangelo’s paintings and hearing some of the funniest stories ever about how they came to be. The children especially liked the one about the Pope’s secretary being painted in hell with a snake and the other artist’s dog appearing in rather random places!
Thank you once again, for making our holiday so special. We’re already thinking about returning to other parts of Italy and would definitely use your tours again.
PS We found you by Googling ‘Family friendly tours Rome’
The experience was quite good. Our representative, Rachael was very responsive and answered all of our questions in a very timely manner. Our tour guide was on time every day, and provided excellent tours. Nancy Aiello Tours was very professional and delivered everything that was promised. We would recommend Nancy Aiello Tours to family and friends. I found Nancy Aiello Tours when I was searching the web for tour guides for Venice, Italy.
We had a lovely and interesting experience today. I was a little concerned at first that such detailed historical information would be too much for a little boy age eight, but he loved every minute and followed the stories with great interest. We went to the Roman Forum, coliseum and the catacombs. It gave everyone a wonderful lesson in Roman ancient life. Phillipo is certainly knowledgeable and very articulate. Thank you for a nice experience of Rome. I found you researching children’s Rome tours on the web.
Our guide Lucia was fantastic she spoke to our 8 year old boy at the perfect level for his interests and abilities, she was “young and cool” so he was more engaged with her and she was very understanding and accommodating of the needs of also travelling with a 3 year old. Her knowledge was fantastic and her professionalism made the tour run smoothly and very stress free despite two children!
In one sentence I would say that hiring a guide through Nancy Aiello meant our little boy is now far more knowledgeable and enthusiastic about Ancient Roman history than he ever would have been through school or listening to his parents!
I would definitely recommend you to anyone who was looking for a family friendly guide for Rome and I would definitely book again when we return. I came across you through a review of a similar tour on a website called Ciao Bambino.
We learned so much about Rome during the time and the sites in the catacombs brought it all to life. It was a fabulous learning experience for the whole family soaking up the rich culture and exploring the rich history of Rome. The underground trip was extraordinary not spooky, just fascinating. The atmosphere is suitably gloomy without being scary. This tour had my children’s attention and enthusiasm from the start to the end of our morning adventure. The stories and the way our guide made the history of the ancient ruins came alive and helped my children to learn about a different “side” of Rome.
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