My husband, my three year old son and I met our Rome Private Guide, Elena, at the Spanish Steps for our 2-hour private tour around the historical district.We started at 11am as Elena briefed us on the history of Piazza di Spagna, as well as the historical significance of La Colonna dell’Immacolata in Piazza Mignanelli. From there we stopped inside Basilica di Sant’Andrea delle Fratte to observe two original statues of the famous Italian Sculptor, Bernini. Tempio di Adriano was close by, and we talked about the conservation process of the 2000 year old ruins, and studied the temple’s reconstructed model while admiring the original architectural design. On the way to Palazzo del Quirinale, we passed by and briefly talked about Fontana di Trevi (still under renovations) and stepped inside Chiesa di Sant’Ignazio di Loyola. Inside, we discussed the history and cultural significance of the Jesuit church while admiring the beauty of the frescoed ceilings, the illusionary dome, and the priceless colored marble columns. Our tour ended after a visit to Quirinale Hill and a history of the Palazzo.
Elena was extremely friendly, professional, informative, and my family enjoyed her immensely as our private guide. In the beginning, she asked me what we were interested in seeing. But, as my husband is a native of Rome, while I have previously studied in Rome, we were more interested in lesser known churches, monuments, piazzas, and other details of historical significance rather than the more touristy and well known areas.
Elena, our guide was really great with my son. She was very aware of the fact that my 3 year old was in his stroller, and that we couldn’t use the stairs, or see certain sights without wheelchair/stroller access ramps. Elena also tried to avoid overly crowded areas, or very narrow alley ways. During our two hour guide, Elena asked us a couple times if we needed to stop for a snack or beverage. We stopped once for a refreshment for 5 mins and Elena was very patient during our short break. She also made sure Lorenzo was happy during the tour by talking to him and sometimes playing with him, and we also stopped during the visits so that he could run around a little bit in less crowded areas.
I always appreciate Rome more when seeing it through the eyes of a fun, friendly, and knowledgeable tour guide. Thank you for this great experience.