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Jerry & Carrie August 06 Private Presto Tour Our private tour of Florence on June 4th and in particular our guide Laura was outstanding. Our family cannot say enough about the experience she provided for us. From the very start of the tour, she pointed out things that even we would not have noticed. She was informative and pleasant and our experience with her has made us want to come back again just to tour with her. On a whole, we would certainly use Presto again while travelling to destinations you serve. Thank you. Jerry and Carrie

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Marion June 05 Tiffany We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of the Vatican. The professionalism of your guide and her enthusiasm for her subject were outstanding. She far outshone any other guide in personality and knowledge we had on our trip. We would certainly recommend your company to our friends. Thanks also for your help in booking the tour. Regards Marion

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Linda August 05 Friday, June 27 We had an absolutely wonderful experience on our tour. Federica was so knowledgeable about the art history of everything in the Vatican Museums, etc. and had a unique perspective that added several layers of enjoyment to the tour. She was very enthusiastic and made the trip to the Vatican the highlight of my entire week in Rome. Thanks for everything. Sincerely, Linda

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Tod August 05 Presto Tours Fredricka was FANTASTIC! She was friendly, polite and extremly knowledgable. In short she is everything you want a tour guide to be.

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Stuart August 06 We enjoyed the tour of the Vatican and would recommend it to anyone travelling there. Sure beats the long lines!!!! Regards, Stuart

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William August 06 Presto Tour Feedback The tours were great and the guides very good. Thank you for making our vacation a very good one. William

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John – MA,USA August 13 Presto Tour Feedback Thank you for your tour and your request for feedback. I'm a big fan of continuous improvement. Ryan was our guide of the Vatican Museum, 2 days ago. He gave an excellent tour. Great knowledge, good selection of topics and sights, good timing in terms of over all tour length, stops, finding a midway place to sit and discuss. I particularly commended him for his diction, enthusiasm, reassurance during crowded moments and consideration of not just his own tour participants but other tours and viewers. He was always respectful and polite and this very positively colored our experience. His enthusiasm for the Vatican, history in general, teaching and working with people contributed to our ability to enjoy and learn throughout the whole tour and will continue to benefit us as we reflect on the tour later. We visited other parts of Italy before our Presto tour and after seeing several, much, much larger tours herded around by seemingly unenthusiastic, metal rod bearing guides we had some concerns. We were very pleased with our tour and I have to say you accurately describe your tour on your web site. I'll send a relevant photo or two ASAP. Thank you very much. Regards, CiaoCiao! John

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Penny August 13 Presto Tour Feedback We loved the tour of the Vatican with your company. The internet purchase was easy, instructions on the purchase order were easy to follow and the welcome from your guides at the steps of the building across the street from the Vatican was friendly and inclusive. Our guide was knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and very friendly. The depth of her knowledge of the Vatican was outstanding and she answered everyone's questions with ease and we enjoyed every minute of information that she imparted. She also ensured that we had enough time to spend in each area of the Vatican and I loved the fact that she added that touch humour to the whole experience. Our guide may have done this a zillion times, but she treated our group like it was her very first time..fantastic! We would definitely recommend your company!

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Bonnie August 13 Presto Tours Feedback Fantastic!!! I took 3 tours: Ancient Rome, Evening Tour (can't remember the exact title), and Vatican Tour. All were fabulous, and I was SO glad that I DID do this by tour instead of on my own (which was my original plan) because I learned and understood SOOOOO much more. Little (and big) things were pointed out and explained of which I never would have been aware. This would have been great if I had had only 2-3 days in Rome; luckily, I had 6 full days, so I was able to go back and revisit some of the places and really get the opportunity to spend some time enjoying them, taking pictures, etc. (for example, the Pantheon, Plaza Navona, Trevi fountain, Spanish Steps). Iggy was my guide on my Evening Tour, and I totally thrived on his knowledge, both from the information he shared and the ability to answer all of my questions, and he was so personable. When I went to my appointed Vatican Tour, I was happy to see Iggy again and requested him as my guide for the tour; this change was quickly accommodated. The small groups (no more than 15) made for intimacy with the leader and the rest of the group, something that I did not see occurring in the large tour groups throughout the city. I had originally signed up for the Borghese Gallery Tour, and Tom contacted me the week before I left to say that no one else had signed up for the tour, so it was being cancelled. He offered a replacement tour (I chose the Evening Tour), but I was worried that I would not be able to get into the Borghese, as a reservation was required. I asked if he could make a reservation for me at the Borghese for the scheduled tour time, as my plans were pretty much "mapped out"; this was almost immediately accomplished, which I thought was phenomenal. I was very impressed with the professionalism of the company and the guides (which was commented on by all of the people in my tour groups) and would definitely use and recommend this company in the future. Thank YOU for adding to the pleasure and precision of my trip to Rome. I will definitely recommend your company to friends wbleepedwill visit Rome in the future!!!!

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Patrick August 13 Presto Tours Feedback We really enjoyed meeting Sara and thought she did a great job. We were able to take what she showed and taught us and apply that at the other museums we visited. Definitely made the visit to the Vatican much more interesting. The entire process from booking on the web site to the tour itself was flawless.

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Laurie August 13 Presto Tours We had a wonderful experience with Presto. Our tour guide for the Vatican, Ryan, was fantastic. Everything worked well (administratively) -- paperwork, timing, etc. I would definitely recommend your company to friends.

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Freddie August 13 Presto Tours Feedback I just want to say that we're totally satisfied with our tour of the Vatican! Our guide (can't remember her name now, sorry! But she was Irish, young, with some cute tattoos on her upper back) was absolutely great. She was obviously fascinated about the history and knowledge she had on art, and very eager to share it with us all. She managed to jump the queues, fight the crowds and show us lots of things. Also, she was able to respond to any questions we had, no matter how tricky they were sometimes. Bravo to her! We tipped her after it was all finished, she deserved that. I was proud to have introduced some friends of us to that visit, they were very impressed too. I have found you guys through the forums on Tripadvisor, since many people had recommended you as one of the best in that field. Would definitely recommend you whenever any of my friends wants a visit there, or any other tour in Italy that you might cover. And you'll see me back, I promise!

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Anonymous August 14 Presto Tours Feedback My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour of the Vatican and St Peter's. Our guide - Mya/Mia (not sure of spelling, she was a dark haired New Yorker) obviously had a great deal of knowledge and passion and this, combined with her wit and good humour, made her an excellent guide. I would certainly recommend the tour, and in particular Mya, to anyone visiting Rome.

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Nick & Amy August 14 Presto Tours Feedback Well, quite honestly, we have nothing but very positive feedback regarding our Presto Tour of the Vatican. Our tour guide, Anton was extremely knowledgeable and informative, charismatic and very well spoken. We were very impressed and satisfied with the small group size (only 15 people) which is pretty rare with tours these days. It enabled us to all stick together through the crowds and ask individual questions when desired. My husband and I would (and will) absolutely recommend Presto Tours to anyone wbleepedtravels to Italy. We have already discussed that we will certainly use Presto Tours again on our next trip to Italy in the future. Thank you very much.

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H. August 14 Special Notes: Our tour to the Vatican Museums was one of the highlights of our trip to Rome. Having previously visited the museums without a guide I really appreciated the difference. Ryan was our guide and he was brilliant. He made the tour interesting with his incredible knowledge and humour. Thank you!

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Tania August 14 Presto Tours Feedback My family just returned from our trip to rome and the mediterranean cruise. I wanted to comment on our tour guide for the vatican Ryan. He was amazing! I have two children ages 12 and 15 and his stories about the various art work really interested them. They learned alot from his tour. Thank-you Ryan and Presto tours for a wonderful tour of the Vatican.

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Kay August 14 Presto Tours Feedback I'm confident that I am speaking for all 5 of us when I say that we feel we could not have had a better tour guide and tour on Thursday, July 10, even if we'd had a private tour as originally planned with another company. Federanka [sp?] was amazing! She is so knowledgeable and her enthusiasm and passion for art history kept our attention the whole tour. We all arrived in Rome on Tuesday and left Thursday late afternoon [for Venice, then Tuscany]. We had a private tour guide/car all day on Wed. and while it was wonderful, too, your tour/Federanka was the high-light of our visit. You are very fortunate to have someone like Federanka on your staff. Please thank her again for us. We really appreciated the fact that no time was wasted in line and that the tour ran very smoothly. When we've gone through our [600+] pictures, and those of the others in our group, we'll send any good ones we may have.

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Vin August 15 Presto Review I have to say that the tours that I took with Michael (Colosseum, Vatican) were brilliant. He is by far the best tour guide I have ever had!!! Extremely knowledgeable, funny, and truly passionate about what he talking about. I have nothing bad to say about my experiences with Presto Tours. 10/10 guys.

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Max August 15 Presto Tours Feedback The tour was the best i have ever been on. The group was not too large and the tour guide was really excellent. I would only choose presto on my next trip to Rome or other parts of Italy. i have one comment that you might consider. The tour ended in the Sistine chapel. We were left on our own in the Basilica. The Basilica was in my mind the highlight of the Vaticant. I would urge that somehow the guide is still available to take us through the Basilica.

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Ann Marie August 15 Presto Tours Feedback Ciao, We thoroughly enjoyed our Vatican City tour with Michael on Jul 19. He was informative, interesting and an all-around great guide. Even our 16-year old son learned several things from the tour. Michael has an instinct for knowing when to move the group along which kept everyone's interest up. Additionally, the directions to the meeting location were excellent. Between the map and the picture, we knew exactly where to go. On Jul 20 our group was thrilled to have Michael again as our guide on the Colosseum/Forum/Palantine Hill tour. He communicated a tremendous amount of history, current facts, and anecdotes which kept everyone intrigued. Even while we waited in the security line, Michael used the time to show pictures and explain how the Colosseum evolved/deteriorated into its current state. People outside our group were straining to hear what Michael had to say. I would definitely use Presto Tours again and will recommend them to others. Thanks for making our visit to Rome even better!

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Frank August 15 Review Our tour was great! Our guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. The directions where to meet were good and everything was on time. I would highly recommend your tours.

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Geraldine August 15 Feedback... Hi, We had a lovely time seeing the Vatican. Bianca, our guide in portuguese language, was very kind and had a vast knowledge about the museum. Thank you for provide us a memorable time in Rome.

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Mina August 15 FEEDBACK I took my nieces on Maya's tour through the Vatican, and it was superb. I am an art historian by trade - graduate school, the works - but my nieces are more interested in....well, shopping! They talked about the Vatican tour through our whole trip as the highlight of their week in Italy; I dragged them through the Uffizi, too, as their only other cultural requirement of the week, and the poor guide there didn't have a chance (she WAS every art student's nightmare - just the facts, ma'am, and boring as hell). Anyway, she is incredibly knowledgable about the church's history, it's role in geopolitics, and clearly knows her art history, too, but very smart about how much she doles out at once. She's warm and funny, and in the Vatican cattle drive, both qualities come in quite handy. I'll recommend Presto to all of my traveling frinds, arty people and not....you've got a great operation going. Keep it up....

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Joyce August 15 Feedback I did want to give some feedback about my guide, I believe that was his name was Ziggy, I forget, I apologize, but he was amazing. I loved the small group and that the moderator was so knowledgeable and friendly. It was my last night in Italy, and the experience was above what I expected, also very much enjoyed the small group, they were friendly and interesting; guess I lucked out in that way.

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Brian August 15 We would (and have already) recommend your company to our friends. You more than met our expectations.

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Annmarie August 15 Presto Tours Feedback I have to say that the whole tour was absolutely brilliant, mainly by having Maya as our tour guide, she was super, very intelligent, knew her subject and had a great sense of humour, Im sure we could not have had a better guide. The tour was easy to book, directions were clear and booking paperwork easy to understand. I will certainly use your company again.

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Mary August 15 Review This was a great tour!!! I would recommend your organization to others. I was very impressed with the guide. Presto Tours delivered every thing that was promised. We will book with your organization again.

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Alec & Maureen – AU August 15 Presto Tours Feedback Just have to say it was amazing to get such a guided tour of the Vatican and Michael our guide was sensational. Always had time to answer even the most obscure questions and with a great sense of humour. Would thoroughly recommend you and use your company again

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Alec and Maureen – Sydney, Australia August 17 Hi there, Just have to say it was amazing to get such a guided tour of the Vatican and Michael our guide was sensational. Always had time to answer even the most obscure questions and with a great sense of humour. Would thoroughly recommend you and use your company again if this is an example of the professionalism your guides have. Thankyou and regards

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Michael August 17 We toured the Vatican as you know and our tour guide was Ryan from the States. Just want you to know that he is a fantastic tour guide and a great representative for Presto Tours. I would recommend your company and your tours to anyone. His enthusiasm was genuine and he made everyone feel comfortable and was extremey helpful and gracious with everyone�s questions. What was also nice was he did a nice job of entertaining us but made sure the tour was not about him. Thank you again for a wonderful time and tour and I am looking forward to recommending Presto Tours and also taking one of your tours in the future.

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Tom August 17 Thank you for asking. We were very pleased with Presto Tours. Michael led us on a wonderful tour of the Coliseum and Forum in Rome. He was very good. The tour started on time, and all of the information on meeting place, etc. was very easy to understand. We will use Presto Tours again and recommend you to our friends.

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Julie and Alan August 17 Our tour the Vatican was superb. We found the tour guide (Ryan) outside the Vatican per your instructions which were excellent. I cannot express how wonderful Ryan was, he gave an excellent tour, he was very well informed and told great stories keeping everyone glued to his tour, please pass on our thanks to him. I have put a review on trip advisor regarding our holiday in Rome and added what a wonderful company you are and advised people to use you should they wish to book any tours whilst in Rome. Once again Thank You and when we return to Rome we will definitely use your company again.

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Andrea August 17 We thought Maya (Vatican) and Michael (Colisseum) were both terrific. We were VERY pleased with the quality and content of the tours. Thank you!

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Mary August 17 We actually did 3 Presto tours this summer, all with Michael. We did the Vatican tour, the Colosseum tour and Walking Rome tour. All were exceptional. The meeting spots were easy to find and we valued Michaels knowledge tremendously. We asked a ton of questions and he answered every one. All the tours were well worth the money and time and we will be recommending Michael and your company to anyone wbleepedis interested at a future date

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Francine August 17 Our tour was superb. The guide was so enthusiastic and informative. I believe his name was Ryan from Connecticut. Our tour was July 26, Sat., at 1 pm.

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Bram August 17 Great highlight tour, good guide and good basic information for following (in depth) visits tot the Vatican. Highly recommended!

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Rosemary August 17 We had Mike for the walking Rome tour in the evening. It was our first night in Rome and I chose the tour as I felt it would help orient us. The tour was terrific. Mike told stories anecdotal and historical. He was interesting and I didn't want to miss a word. Our group was small and we felt we made friends with the others as we walked around. Our Vatican tour was with Frederica. This tour could have been overwhelming with the crowds. When I saw the size of some of the other groups, I was so happy to be with Presto. We enjoyed Frederica, she kept us together, she moved us into the front row to see pictures or sculptures. Even now when we are in a crowd and want to move to the front we say, Move like a Roman which is how Frederica explained her ability to get all 15 of us to the front by following her. I have recommended Presto to people we met and will continue recommend your company. I only regret I forgot to set up a tour for us when we were in Venice!!! Ah well next time. Thank you, the tours made our trip so special. PS we slept in on our last day, and missed the Coliseum and Forum tour. Ah well we have left something for next time.

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Laurie August 17 We were very impressed by Presto Tours and, in particular, our guide Sarah. She made our tour of the Forum and the Colosseum one of the memorable highlights of our trip to Italy. Having someone with her breadth of knowledge to place what we were seeing in a social, cultural and historical context made it the best tour experience we had while in Rome. Many thanks to Presto and Sarah.

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Joan August 17 We thought both our tour guides (Ryan for the Vatican tour, and Anton for the Colosseum) were extremely well informed and engaging. We especially appreciated the hearing devices for the Vatican tour -- the crowds made them necessary -- and the small size of our tour groups compared the many other groups that passed us. The tours were the only way we could truly get some understanding and appreciation of the spectacular historic sites we were seeing. And thank you, Presto administrative staff, for the very detailed and comprehensive directions to meeting points, tips about what not to wear at the Vatican, etc. If we ever come to Rome again, we won't hesitate to take another tour with you. (Hopefully it will be during cooler weather!)

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Julie August 17 Our tour with Chad at the Colosseum was excellent. He was very accomodating as one of our children does not do the heat very well so anytime he stopped to talk about something he found some shade for us which was great. He was very knowledgeable and made all the history interesting for the 2 children...which is not easy. I will highly recommend your services to all my friends and family.

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Peter August 17 The tour was extremely well organised, and matthew the guide very good � the right mix of fact and humour without being tedious. Getting in was quick and easy. There is no doubt we got much much more out of the Vatican with the tour than without. Well worth the cost

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Barbara August 17 Our clients were very pleased with the efficiency of your operations and the dependability. They never were left waiting and, as this was their first European Trip, they were eager for information and assistance and each of your employees provided that with enthusiasm and accuracy. It was a 100% positive experience and we thank you for that. This makes our agency look good and our clients more inclined to refer us to new clients as we will do for your company going forward. You run a very good operation - it has been a pleasure working with you. Thank you.

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Kim August 17 I'm sorry it's taken so long to get this feedback to you, but I wanted to highly commend your organization for its exemplary work, on all fronts! The 3 tours we did (July 12 - 14) in Rome - the Walking Tour of the City's squares and fountains in the late afternoon on the 12th, the Colosseum in the morning of the 13th, and the Vatican Museums in the afternoon of the 14th were truly first-rate. Our guides were fantastically knowledgeable and wonderfully gracious. The only suggestion I would make with respect to the gentleman wbleepeddid the 1st two tours is that he cognize more fully that not everyone is as physically fit and energetic as he is! I appreciate that he needed to cover a good deal of ground in a limited time, but the pace of the walking was sometimes quite daunting in the heat of Rome. Even my very athletic 18-year old son, who's 6'4" tall and plays basketball competitively, had a hard time keeping up at times! The young woman wbleepeddid the Vatican Museums tour was superbly qualified and so attentive to everyone's interests and needs. We did tours in other cities while on our Italian trip and your organization really shone - we will definitely recommend you to friends, family and colleagues! Lastly, the administrative responsiveness of your "back-office" staff in getting me directions to meeting points when the online software didn't cooperate - and the TERRIFIC photos e-mailed to us with precise travel directions to meeting points - were greatly appreciated.

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Laura August 17 We were really happy with our Presto Tour. Our guide, Federika was terrific. We did run into some issues with interference on our headsets in certain crowded spots of the museum, but we just stuck close to Federika so we could hear her. That was the only snag!

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David August 17 We went on two tours. One at the Vatican with Mia. She was great!!!! I don't think she ever stopped talking. She was very entertaining and instructive. We missed the tour that we were scheduled for but you got us into the next tour and we had a ball. Our tour of the Colisium was the following day and there was just four of us with our guide. I do not remember his name but he was a 180 degree change from the day before. I felt like I was back in school and really was instructed. It was also great. Thank you for two great days in Rome.

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Anita August 17 The tour was fantastic! Ryan was very good and knew the answer to all of my questions (I had quite a few!) Thank you for everything, i will recommend and use you again when i am next on my travels.

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Jasmine August 17 Hello, and thanks for your request. We had an amazing tour with Frederica. She was highly knowlegable, great energy, and passionate about history. Just what we wanted. We got a lot of territory covered fast. We've already recommended the tour company to others. Thanks so very much

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Carrie August 17 We recently toured the Vatican Museum with a tour guide named Ryan. He was fantastic! He was friendly, knowledgeable, and organized. We would definitely recommend a tour with your company in the future.

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Ann August 17 Vatican VIP Entrance Tour (Group) Three Canadians enjoyed a wonderful tour of Vatican Museums & Sistene Chapel with tour guide Ryan. He was very entertaining and knowledgeable. He kept the small group engaged and shared many interesting facts about the art works and the artists. Thank you for a great visit.

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Maria – California August 18 Just returned from Italy on Tuesday 8/12. We took several tours in Italy with different companies. Our overall experience with Presto was very good from booking our reservation to the instructions to meet our guide. Our tour of the Vatican with Maya was absolutely the best. She was wonderful and so knowledgeable - I wish she had a memory chip she could give me so I could remember everything she told us. If I knew anyone that was going to Rome I would tell them to book the Vatican with Presto Tours and ask for Maya. A big thank you to Maya she was excellent! Please give her our regards.

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to your mail requesting feedback about your tour guide on our recent holiday in Rome on the Vatican tour.I must say your guide was very well informed on all aspects of tapestries,paintings,sculpture,and art.She held our attention for the full tour and my party's age range was a 10yrs old up to 71yrs old and we all enjoyed her tour.She was very professional,interesting,helpful,and informative I was amazed at all her knowledge of everything and anything inside the Vatican ,I would and have highly recommended your company to people that I know,visiting Rome.I did not hesitate in recommending you as I had been very satisfied with the tour that I had been on.In a word she was excellent.

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Vivek Shaiva – New Jersey, USA August 21 Great tour We had a great experience with the Vatican tour. It was the perfect length and Ryan our guide did an awesome job. Since there were a number of kids he tailored the explanations well to make it interesting and fun. It was also just the right length. I would highly recommend this tour ! Thanks Presto Tours!

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Tracey Kelly – Dubai, UAE August 21 Vatican VIP Entrance Tour We just wanted to say how much we enjoyed our tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St Peters with Maya. She was a fountain of knowledge and made the whole experience very entertaining and informative. Maya's Art History background allowed for a tour through the Vatican from a different perspective and we learned many things that we never would have dreamt of had we wandered through by ourselves. The ability to bypass the huge queues was invaluable and well worth the extra Euros. We would highly recommend Presto Tours, and especially Maya, to anyone wanting to see an in depth view of Rome. We also confirm that the quality is such that you get value for money. Thanks Maya and the Team from Presto Tours.

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Holly – England August 21 I toured the vatican on monday with your guide Mia, wbleepedI can only desribe as amazing! Her vast knowldege of the art contained within the museum and her passion for the subject were absolutely inspiring and captivating. I am personally not often enthused by guided tours but this 3 hour tour flew past and Mia's enthusiasm was infectious, she managed to provide a comprehensive overview of the whole museum whilst keeping the mood light, fun and inspiring! I have only been back in the UK a couple of hours and have already reconmended your company and in particular the wonderful Mia to several people! I hope to visit rome again and take another tour thank you!

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Catherine August 23 Hi Our tour guide Ryan was really very good. He made the tour both interesting and entertaining and had made a very satisfying selection within the Vatican museum. My only disappointment was the limited time one could spend in the sistine chapel and the huge number of people therin. It would be really wonderful if there was some way that this could be altogether calmer! Is there a quiet time of year for visitng the chapel ever?? Al in all though we were very happy with the tour, with Ryan , and would be more than happy to recommend the experience to others. Many thanks

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Talia August 23 First of all I must say the tours were fantastic, worth every penny. Our guide for the Colosseum was so knowledgeable and we had a hard time keeping up with his pace. Mind you he was the oldest in our group. I wish I could remember his name, I am terrible with those things and now it has been a month since we were there. But it was a very memorable tour and his description of how things would have looked had the structures still remained in the ancient city painted a vivid picture in my mind. The tour we took in the Vatican was equally as satisfying. Your tour guides are phenomenal and I would highly recommend them to anyone visiting Rome. Thank you Presto Tours for making our vacation a truly memorable one.

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jodie – england August 23 i would really like to say what a wonderful tour we had around the Vatican Museum, Ryan our tour Guide was very informative and clearly enjoyed sharing the gems of the Vatican with us. Ryan also gave us pointer on what to see when going into St peters basilica. i intead on retrning to rome with family next year and i will finately be book another tour with pesto tours

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Connie Heavey – Seattle, WA August 23 Vatican museum, Sistine Chapel tour I am so glad that I decided to book a tour of the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel and I am particularly glad that I chose Presto tours. Ryan, our tour guide, brought the artwork to life with his knowledgable descriptions. He made sure that we saw many incredible areas of the museums, and that we had an opportunity to understand and appreciate what we saw. It was great to walk right in the group tour door without any wait, especially after walking past a huge long line of people waiting to enter the museum as individuals. I had expected to be pressed in tightly with big crowds, but I was pleased to find we could comfortably see each piece up close. Our group was only 11 people, so I really felt like I could get all of my questions answered. We had 15 minutes in the Sistine Chapel which was great to be able to just try to absorb the beauty. Compared to my neice's visit about a year ago (without a tour), I think we had a much greater experience. Many thanks to Ryan and to Presto tours.

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Michelle Clark – Modesto, CA August 24 Kudos to Presto! My husband and I were extremely impressed with our recent tour of the Vatican Museums. I had been to Rome before and toured the Vatican and Sistine Chapel, but THIS tour showed me how little value I'd gotten before. Our great tour guide was an American living in Rome. He was able to focus the experience on what would interest us the most. He shared interesting anecdotes and related very well with everyone in his group. And it was great to have a group that was so much smaller than the others we passed! Overall a top-rate experience well worth the money!

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Robin – NY, NY August 25 Tour of the Vatican My husband, son and I all really enjoyed the tour of the Vatican with Matt. We never would have gotten as much as we did without the tour! Looking forward to our next Presto Tour.

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Maria – London August 26 Vatican tour My dad, mom and I had a great time on the Vatican tour with Ryan. My parents are Spanish and not fluent english speakers and they understood everything he said. The tour was both informative and fun. It made the Vatican come alive for us. Thank you.

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Karla – Rome. Italy August 26 Ryan's tour of the Vatican We had the best tour guide ever! Ryan was very knowledgeable of the history of the Vatican and the art that was inside. He told great stories so you really felt like you were living there real time! He was very polite, and patient too. We learned so much more than we had in any of our art history classes!

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Annmarie Black – Cardiff, Wales, UK August 26 4 Fabulous Tours!! We've just spent a fabulous 4 days in Rome - made even more memorable by your fantastic tours. We experienced the Colosseum with Anton; walked the city with Iggy; marvelled at the Catacombs with John and enjoyed the splendour of the Vatican with Ryan. Without exception, they were all marvellous guides - extremely knowledgeable and passionate about their subject - we learnt so much! The whole 'Presto' experience went without hitch - the website is brilliant, the meeting instructions clear and concise and email help from Dan before our trip, above and beyond!! Thankyou Presto! Best Wishes Annmarie

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Pauline Gibbons – Macclesfield, Cheshire August 26 Colosseum and Ancient Rome Tour My husband and I have just got back from Rome and must highly recommend the Colosseum and Ancient Rome Tour with Presto Tours. John was our tour guide and brought ancient Rome alive for us all with his knowledge, humour and wit. The group was small, as promised, there was only 12 of us, and we all felt very comfortable asking basic questions. John always answered in great detail giving so much background information, that made history so easy to understand and remember. As promised, we walked past all the queues, which was such a bonus in the heat of mid August - straight into the Colosseum - which was fantastic! Well done Presto!!

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Jim – Syracuse,NY August 28 Vatican Tour Our tour guide was Maya and she made this our most memorable tour in Italy. She had great general knowledge of what we were seeing plus specific comtemporary knowledge that made us all feel like we were part of what we were seeing. We were 13 people and she made it feel like a personal tour. Thanks Presto !

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Sarah – New Jersey, USA August 29 Colloseum and Ancient Rome Tour and Vatican Tour My family and I just returned from Rome and we were very happy with Presto Tours. Our private tour of the Colloseum was with Sarah wbleepedwas extremely informative, very knowledgeable and most of all very friendly. We had a 20 month old with us which of course can be a distraction but Sarah was very kind and took careful consideration of having a baby along. My daughter and her husband took the Vatican tour with Ryan and were very happy with his detailed descriptions and information. My son and I took the Vatican tour with Matthew and we were also very happy having him as our tour guide. He added humor as well as giving us a well informed tour, pointing out things that someone not on a tour would never have picked up on. I would say taking the tours was money well spent and would highly recommend your agency to anyone wbleepedasked. Thank you.

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Jarod – Washington, DC September 01 Vatican Tour We had a great Vatican experience. Matt was our tour guide (from Canada) and spoke perfect english and had the tour down pat. We were in Italy for 2 weeks and he was the best tour guide we had for the overall trip. The trip me, departed and finished on time. We didn't have to wait in the lines and Matt knew the Vatican inside and out (has been doing this for 6 years he said). Great experience. A must have for the Vatican.

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Jason – London September 01 Vatican tour. Guide: Ryan I thought the tour was well organised and the guide was very good. He knew his stuff and explained it very well. Compared to the others tours we took in Rome, I was very impressed and happy with Presto tour and their staff. Highly recommended

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Barbara – Armonk, NY September 01 Vatican tour We just returned from Florence and Rome and went on the Vatican Tour with Ryan. He was fantastic. He was not only very knowledgable, but also full of interesting and often humorous background information. He made the Vatican treasures come to life with interesting info that is not in the guide books. Also, the website was easy and helpful, especially with the meeting place, which was easy to find. Thank you Ryan and Presto!

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Jill Thompson – Chantilly, VA September 01 Vatican Tour Our Vatican Tour on Aug. 30 with Presto Tours was wonderful! We booked on-line and the tour was exactly as promised--small group, listening devices, paced to take advantage of the many wonders of the Vatican. Our guide, Ryan, was extremely knowledgeable and added both humorous and specific detail to many of the exhibits. We will be most happy to highly recommend Presto Tours.

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Lorelei DePalo – New York September 02 Vatican Tour- August Our Vatican tour was really fantastic. I booked on line at the recommendation of a friend that took the tour in July. It was easy and convenient. Our guide, Ryan, was great. He provided a lot of great information and also some humourous stories that made the tour really interesting. As promised, we were a relatively small group and were really able to see alot. I took several other tours while in Italy with other companies, but this was the best!

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Linda Taurassi – Smithtown, NY September 03 Vatican Tour Everything went as it had been arranged and we met the tour guide with not problems. Your email with photo was very helpful and much appreciated. The tour and the tour guide were excellent. I would recommend this company

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Lina – Beverly Hills, CA September 04 Vatican Tour. If you want the best tour at the Vaticano, please go with Presto tours. Well organised, they delivered as promised without any problems. Excellent and very knowledgable tour lady. Top notch.

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PICKERILL – ROME September 05 ROME/VATICAN/COLOSSEUM THE 3 TOURS WERE ALL EXCELLENT, SUPPORTED BY GOOD ORGANISATION AND TOURS FROM IGGY, RYAN AND JOHN.

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Katie – Reston, VA September 07 Vatican Tour We found Presto Tours through Trip Advisor for our September trip to Italy and decided to book the Vatican Tour. Our tour guide, Ryan, was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. Not being "Museum People", he made the tour fun and accessible to those with limited art history experience. It was the best tour we booked during our vacation!

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Maria – UK September 07 vatican/jewish ghetto/colosseum Had an amazing time with 3 different tour guides wbleepedeach bought their own style to the tours. All were passionate all were knowledgeable and being in a small group was great. The e mail with photo is a great thing especially when I don't speak Italian, just show the taxi driver the photo! Overall a great experience one which I would recommend and use again. Thank-you

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David September 08 Vatican VIP tour yeah, it was really interesting! Tour guide was so funny! thanks!

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Whitfield – Woking, UK September 09 Vatican City Tour August 2008 Our (family of 4) Vatican tour on August 22 was superb, even our 2 teenagers were completely bowled over! Our guide (Maya?) was exceptionally knowledgeable and passionate. Easy to find meeting place location, with clear instructions and as promised we jumped the queues. Worth the money and highly recommended!

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Bruce Dyke – New Hampshire, USA September 10 A Great Vatican Tour! During our recent visit to Rome, our group was very impressed with the Vatican tour we received from you folks. The booking process was fast and easy, the price was fair and the quality of the tour was very good. Thanks for everything!

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Catherine – Ireland September 11 Our Vatican tour guide, Ryan, was an amazing guy wbleepedreally made the tour so interesting and enjoyable. He was so enthusiastic and entertaining and I would definately recommend Presto Tours to anyone

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Claire – Ireland September 12 vatican tour Myself and a friend had booked the vatican tour on 1st september and it was fantastic! Our tour guide Ryan was brilliant, really knowledgeable and provided a great insight into the history of the vatican. The group was small,which was ideal and we were able to skip the queues as promised! I would definitely recommend this tour for anyone visiting rome and especially those visiting the vatican for the first time like us!

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susie September 13 vatican ryan from connecticut was our guide through the vatican. he did a terrific job, and it opened up so much for our experience and learning. thank you

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Barbara Nama – Atlanta, GA September 14 Vatican Tour Our tour of the Vatican was one of the highlights of our trip. Ryan, our guide, made it come alive with his knowledge of the artwork and history and his storytelling ability. I highly recommend this to anyone visiting Rome.

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Patricia – Ireland September 17 Vatican tour Did the Vatican tour with Maya wbleepedwas excellet - great knowledge and sense of humour. Very enjoyable and would defintely recommend Presto and Maya.

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Sarah McCormick – London, UK September 17 Vatican Tour My boyfried and I did the Vatican Tour with Ryan as our guide. We originally booked it as we wanted to avoid the queues and booking this tour you skip the queue. The tour was superbly organised and the directions and photo made it very easy to find the meeting point. Ryan was brilliant. I was amazed at his knowledge and ability to answer all manner of questions thrown at him. He was calm and patient, very friendly and showed great passion in everything he spoke about. Would highly recommend to anyone visiting Rome.

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Tom – USA September 17 Presto Vatican Tour Maya was great, smart, funny and informative. I'd recommend this tour to anyone... a fun and enlightening tour.

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Jim – New York September 17 vatican tour Maya provided an excellent tour. Her knowledge of the art and the history was amazing as was her enthusiasm. My only complaint was that at 3 hours, it was too short for her to share all of her knowledge. Based on this performance, I would definately choose Presto again.

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Tracy – Chicago September 17 Great experience We took two Presto Tours this month (September) - The Vatican Tour with Maya was very interesting. Given Maya's Art Education, she was a great guide for the Vatican. Not only was she informative, she was entertaining and always kept us on the move. 3 hrs is a short time, but she compressed the information well. Thanks again Maya! Our Colo.& Palatine tour was with John (?). This was my favorite tour - very interesting (yet HOT). John's approach as a guide was well suited for us and he brought it down to a personal level. Excellent all the way around. Highly recommend both! Thanks

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John Sigalas September 17 Ryan Ryan was an excellent tour guide.In fact the best one I've encountered. Vaican Tour was fantastic!!!

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Kathy – Iowa September 17 Vatican Tour Our Vatican Tour with the Girl from California was Great...Her knowledge was excellent. We were VERY pleased to have a "Native" English speaking Guide. She was very easy to understand. Learned MUCH more on this tour than the one we took previously. Thank You. Kathy

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Dawn – Evanston, IL September 17 Vatican Museum tour Great meeting place instructions, prompt, informative, great value. Thanks to guide Ryan for a super tour of the museums.

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Steve – Watford, England September 17 Vatican Tour Recently toured the Vatican tour with Maya, she is a first class guide wbleepedmade everyone welcome and imparts her enthusiasm for the arts to the whole group. From the accurate joining details with the photo to till the end this is a very professional organisation. I would have no hesitation in recommending this company to anyone. - Great Job....

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Dave – California September 17 Vatican Tour If you want to have one of the best Vatican tours, sign up with Presto tours. The group size, maximum of 15 people, is perfect. Our tour guide, Ryan, was excellent. Incredible knowledge of the Vatican and its art, plus some tidbits and hints about getting around Rome made our stay more enjoyable. I would recommend this tour to anyone interested in visiting the Vatican museums.

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Eric Walke – Bedford, England September 17 Vatican Museum/St. Peters. Guided tour with Ryan was excellent. He was very knowledgeable and explained the many interesting exhibits and decor very succinctly. It would have been very easy to overwhelm his audience but he achieved a very good balance and kept his followers both informed and entertained. Very well done!

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Susan – San Francisco September 18 Wonderful tours! We were very happy with both the Vatican and Colosseum/Forum tours we took with Presto. Our guides were incredibly knowledgeable and engaging and made our walks through these sites meaningful. Mitra was above and beyond the call with regard to providing information about the art history of Rome and Italy in general. We would highly recommend Presto tours to anyone.

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Mitri Zabakly – Australia, Melbourne September 18 Vatican City Tour, Rome City Tour, Ancient Rome Tour. With only 2 days in Rome, after reading some good reviews on Presto Tours I booked 3 tours with Presto, The Vatican City tour, The Rome City tour and the Ancient Rome Tour. Maya - our guide for the Vatican City Tour was fantastic. Not only was she enthusiastic and passionate about what she was explaining but also had a very thourough understanding of the exhibits of the Vatican City. A very enjoyable and inforamtive tour. Iggie - our guide for the Rome City Tour was also great. Again he was very knowlegable of the sites he took us to see, and had a real passion for showing off a city he seemed to take pride in. It was a great way to see the best of Rome in the 3 hours we had. Jake (Jay) - was our guide on the Ancient Rome Tour - This was an amazing tour that really gave a fantastic overview of the Ancient city. A very comprehensive tour that really opened my eyes as to how magnificent Ancient Rome once was. I thank each guide for a fantastic tour and making my first visit to Rome an enjoyable and informative one. Would recommend Presto in a heartbeat.

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Jen – New Jersey September 19 Sarah was amazing! We had the most wonderful and informative tour of the Vatican. Sarah was so knowledgeable and we were absolutely thrilled with the tour! We would definitely recommend Presto and Sarah!!

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C Richards – Los Angeles September 20 Vatican Tour on September 12, 2008 We had a great tour guide for seeing the Vatican. Unfortunately, I do not know his name. He knew so much about the Vatican and St. Peter's, and their history, but thankfully gave us just the right amount of information. He even stayed behind after the tour to chat with my folks. Two other comments...our taxi driver dropped us where you said not to (even though I told him the Vatican Museum), but your guides were gracious about us arriving a bit late.

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Brenda – Goulais River, Ontario September 20 Vatican Tour Presto tours are the only way to go when time is limited in Rome. No around the block lineups, saves you hours of waiting. Our Vatican tour guide, Maya, was extremely knowledgeable and made the history and artwork come alive. Her passion for the paintings and sculptures engaged our group. We didn't feel rushed, and her in depth explanations of some of the treasures gave wonderful insight into the life and times of the artists. The small group also helped keep us focused.

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Sharon – Texas September 20 Tour of the Vatican Loved the tour. Ryan was fantastic and very knowlegable. Took his time and did not ever feel rushed. Only wished the tour could have lasted forever. It was that good. Never hesitate to use Presto Tours. They were on time to every tour we took and all the guides were the best. Only problem is Iggy walked a little to fast for me, but he was very knowledgable. Be sure to see St. Ignacious (sp?) Church which is on the walking tour of Rome. The prettiest church I saw while in Rome or Venice.

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Jeff – California May 20 Great tour of Vatican We had a great tour of Vatican filled with tons of information and history. Both my wife and I and 19 and 22 yearo old kids thought it was well worth it. Thank you.

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Wallace Tamashiro – Lanai City, Hawaii September 20 Vatican Tour Ryan was just GREAT! We enjoyed the tour very much and Ryan is really terrific

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Kathy, Donal and Brian – Washington DC September 21 Presto Tours of Colosseum and Vatican We did two tours with Presto Tours in mid-September - the first at the Colosseum and Roman Forum and the second at the Vatican Museums and Saint Peter's. The guides, Michael and Maya, respectively were excellent - informative, entertaining and very well informed about their subjects, Rome, Italian society. I would certainly recommend Presto without reservation.

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Barbara & Ken Timko – San Jose, Ca September 21 Vatican Tour We just got back from our trip to Italy last night and would like to add that our tour of the Vatican with Maya was the highlight of the trip. She was outstanding. We don't normally take prearranged tours, but we would have truly missed out if we didn't do this one. She had a deep understanding of not only the art but also the history behind each panel, fresco, weaving, etc. We would definitely recommend Presto and especially Maya to all. Thank you so much for making the Vatican Tour so special.

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David Hooper – UK September 22 Vatican and Coloseum Tours September 08 Vatican Tour - Ryan our guide was excellent, the best guide we have experienced in all our travels, in particular his pacing of the tour, superb presentation skills, detailed knowledge but not too over powering, really a great guy and a thoroughly value for money tour Coloseum Tour - Micheal was our guide and again he was superb, clear presentation, well paced, very knowledgable and thoughtful Very many thanks to Presto we really enjoyed your tours

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Oleg – New York September 23 Excellent the presto tours are great. they offer small groups and the guides will answer any of your questions. definitely worth the money for what you get and how much you see. Rome wasnt built in one day so you cant see it in one day but you can certainly try with Presto

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frank marazita – roma September 23 roma tours WELL EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS WAS GREAT PRESTO WAS OUTSTANDING WE HAD TWO PRIVITE TIRS IN ROME VATICAIN 8:45AM COLISIUM 2:45PM , MET AT MEETING PLACE (ABURY WAS GREAT MET US ON TIME) WE HOOKED UP WITH GUIDE FEDRICKA ? SHE WAS A DOLL AND VERY GOOD ON ALL THE INFO FOR THE VATICAIN GREAT INFO , EYE CONTACT AND PERSONAL I WOULD RECOMEND THIS TOUR, GO EARLY THE MOP OF PEOPLE MOVING AROUND CAN GET A BIT CROWDED, THE CAFE ACROSS THE STREET GOOD ROMA BREAKFEAST, MEET ROBERT AT THE LIONS HEAD FOUTAIN INFRONT OF THE COLISUIM WHAT A GREAT JOB HE DID ON TAKEING US ON OUR JOURNEY THROUGH ROMAN HISTORY GREAT JOB ROBERT, TOOK A CAB FROM VISCONTI PLACE HOTEL 10E, CAFE FAST FOOD TYE ACROSS FROM COLISIUM WAS FAST HOT AND GOOD, PRESTO TOURS IS A HOME RUN YES A RECOMMEND THIS COMPANY WHILE IN ROMA

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Johnson's – Sun Lakes, AZ September 23 Vatican Tour I would recommend your tour company to anyone. We met Aubrey just where you map shows, and there was another couple from Sydney also in our group, only 4 of us on this tour. It was wonderful! Ryan our guide was great, very much a historian and so informative. Thanks for making our time at the Vatican worthwhile.

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Susan – Oceanside, NY September 24 Vatican Tour We just returned from a Mediterranean Cruise. Prior to boarding our ship, we opted to take a Vatican Tour through Presto Tours. It was the absolutely the best tour of our vacation. Our tour guide, Ryan, was outstanding, knowing the exact locations to take us to, having unlimited unknowledge of the Vatican and the artwork displayed. I would highly recommend Presto Tours!

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Kristine & John – Mexico September 24 Vatican Tour We visited the Vatican with Tom as our tour guide and he did a fantastic job. It was my favorite tour of the entire trip...and we participated in a lot of v. good tours in various cities in Italy. Tom was very informative and obviously enjoys his job. I definietly would highly recommend this tour for anyone that wants an overview of the Vatican and its' many treasures!

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Cheryl – Houston September 26 Vatican tour We just came back from our Mediterranean cruise, and had a week before in Italy. We had a tour of the vatican with Ryan, enjoyed it thoroughly. He is very knowledgeable and our tour was very informative.

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colleen – washington state, USA September 26 we really enjoyed our tour of the vatican. our guide was very friendly, knowledgable, and fun. she did a great job. she enriched our experience and we learned so much more with her than we would have on our own. thank you.

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Angie – Canada September 27 Vatican Tour This tour is an absolute must. Our tour guide's name was Ryan and he was unbelievable! so knowledgable and made the tour that much more interesting and entertaining. The vatican museums were just awe inpiring.

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Karen McColgan – Vancouver September 28 Trastevere and Jewish Ghetto Tour This 3-hour morning tour was brilliant. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and made the tour absolutely fascinating. We walked through the alleys of Rome and learned so much history- it was magic. The tour of the Jewish area with the visit to the Synagogue gave me insight into the Jewish history of Rome. Learning that only 16 Jews returned to Rome after the holocaust was extremely moving. Personally, I would recommend this tour to anyone interested in history. Regards Karen

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Catherine – Yorkshire, England September 29 Vatican Tour Our tour guide was John. He was poorly on the day and I would like to say he was so brilliant regardless how ill he felt. His knowledge was incredible but not just that he knew how to make it entertaining and hold your interest entirely. We were blown away. We went to the Colosseum later that day and had a different company tour guide and even though he knew his stuff he could not hold our interest so we had gone from one extreme to the other. Our guide John was so good he was even having to tell other guests to move on as they had stopped to listen to his tour instead of their own!

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Matt – New Jersey September 30 Hello: Our tour on 9/13 with Ryan of Presto Tours was everything we could have hoped for. We had to book this tour only a fe weeks in advance and they took care of us froms tart to finish. It was a great experience, and I would reccomend it to everyone. Matt

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Kathy September 30 Vatican Tour We enjoyed our tour of the Vatican with Frederica. Her background is in art history and she provided her enthusiasm and passion for that subject during the tour. It really gave is greater insight into everything we saw. We had a small group (10 people), the payment process was good and the meeting place was easy to find. It was great to be able to bypass the long lines.

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Nancy Bourne – Novato, CA US September 30 VaticanTour We took the Vatican Tour on September 9, 2008. Ryan was our guide and he was fantastic. Having the headsets made it wonderful. He spoke about everything we were seeing. We loved it. I would recommend this tour to everyone coming to the Vatican. Easy location to meet and a small tour group made it easy to stay together and ask questions.

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Corinne, Steve, Chantal,Sabine – Raumati Beach, New Zealand October 05 Vatican Museums Tour Great! Brilliant! We all (including the 9 and 11 year old members of our family) really enjoyed this tour. Sarah was incredibly knowledgeable, and passed this on in a way that was accessible to all. We all learnt a lot, and each have our own highlights. We thoroughly recommend this tour to anyone in Rome. Meeting Point and small group also a bonus! (Check out the gelatti shop just down from the meeting point - YUM!!)

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Shelly – Denver Colorado October 05 Vatican tour Ryan was our tour guide and could not have been better. He not only knew his art history but his religious history as well. He truly made the art and history combined come alive. He spoke clearly, gave facts, added anecdotal stories and answered questions throroughly. We would highly recommend not only Presto but especially Ryan. Thanks for a great experience!

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Keith Hodgson. – ENGLAND October 06 Transport & Vatican Tour Hello, The pick up from airport was good.The vatican tour was excellent, our guide was very knowledgable and friendly.With a small party of 7 she was able to keep everybody interested.We enjoyed every moment of the tour and would reccomend it to everyone. The booking arrangments were very easy too. Thank you for everything. Barbara & Keith

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Natalie – Maryland October 06 Vatican Tour in September The Vatican tour was terrific! I was a bit hesitant how interesting I would find the museum tour, but it was my favorite time for the days I was in Rome. Our tour guide Ryan was wonderful! He was easy to understand, funny and extremely knowledgeable and just made the entire time enjoyable. I would highly recommend to anyone! My mom and I also really liked the use of earphones to be able to hear everything he said, even if we got seperated a bit. Ryan was always aware of everyone in the group and made sure all 15 of us were with him. Terrific tour!

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Mary Ann and Frank Suda – Chapin, South Carolina October 06 We had Ryan as our tour guide. We not only found him quite personable but very knowledgeable as well. He made the tour interesting and fun to listen to. He provided us with a lot of helpful information as well. I really enjoyed this tour only wished it included a tour of the Basilica as well. The directions were great. Thanks a lot.

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Kelley Norton – Maine, USA October 06 Vatican Tour We were in a small group of 12 for the Vatican Tour with Maya. She was enthuisiastic and very knowledgable. We took this tour with 2 other couples in our traveling party and all 6 of us really enjoyed this tour. Not only did we learn a lot, but we had fun too. Thanks for answering all of our questions Maya!

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Anne Russell – Toronto, Ontario, Canada October 06 Vatican Tour & Evening Walking Tour of Rome Took the Vatican Tour on October 2 with Ryan. We enjoyed it so much that when that tour was finished we signed up for the walking tour of Rome the following evening. Frederica was our guide for that and she was fantastic. We just can't say enough good things about her. Great depth of knowledge, sense of humour, and passion for the history, architecture and artwork of Rome.

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Karen Frederick – Ottawa, CANADA October 06 Vatican Tour Our tour was on Oct. 4 with Sandra. We had a small group (10) which was lovely, the meeting place was easy to find and Sandra was very knowledgeable and made it very easy for us to want to listen to every detail as she combined some humour. Great job Sandra!

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Linda – Gisborne Australia October 06 Colosseum tour We enjoyed our Colosseum, Forum and Palentine Hill tour on 2nd October 2008. We were 3 of a group of 5 and this gave us plenty of opportunity to ask questions. Michael our guide was very knowledgable and spoke easily with us. I am glad we took the tour as we were able to relax whilst learning and enjoying our surroundings.

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Fiona – Ireland October 07 Vatican and Colosseum Tours I highly recommend Presto Tours. They are a professional company and the tours are fantastic and very imformative. I was lucky enough to have Ryan as my guide for the Vatican. He has a vast amount of knowledge and made the tour enjoyable.

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Joe and Helen Kulikowski – Ontario, Canada October 07 Vatican and Colosseum Tours Great, high quality, enthusiastic, informative, fun are but a few words that described our experience with Ryan at the Vatican and Josie at the Colosseum/Forum. The added bonus was that our tour group bypassed a very long lineup of people waiting to enter the Vatican, saving us hours of waiting in line. Each tour's three hours flew by and we were moved by what we had seen and heard. Many thanks to Ryan and Josie!

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Dave – Las Vegas October 08 Tour reviews We took three tours with Presto Tours and were very pleased with all the tour guides. We did the Rome walking city tour, Vatican tour, and Colliseum tour. The tour guides were all very good. The walking tour had only four people in it so it was like a private tour. The highlight for my wife and I was the Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour. Ryan was our guide for that tour and he was outstanding.

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Donna Wolfe – new york city October 08 Vatican Tour Our Vatican Tour was excellent. It was timely and organized. And foremost was our guide, Matthew. He was knowledgable and especially funny which we really appreciated. Its a big place, a big tour, a big job and he was great. Thank you.

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Addie – Seattle, WA, USA October 08 My husband and I did 2 tours with Presto, the Vatican Museums and the Colosseum. For the Vatican we had Ryan as our guide wbleepedwas VERY professional and made each piece of art he discussed interesting and applicable. He guided us through the chaos that is the Vatican in one fluid motion, making our time there seem effortless. He was able to take the focus off of figuring out where to go/what to do so that we could all put our attention on the reason we were there- to learn about and experience the art and history of the Vatican. We also really loved the headsets. Michael was our guide for the Colosseum and he was equally great. He made learning fun and interesting- he was a very good storyteller. Again, we were guided through all the lines with ease, which meant a stress-free experience. My only complaint is that we would have liked to spend a little more time in the Roman forum/Palatine hill. Overall, we were very pleased with our tours. Thank you!

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nancy – New York October 09 Vatican Tour Visiting the Vatican on World Tourism Day was a bit crowded, and the wait was long, but our guide John used to time to give us information that we probably would not have received had we been given immediate entrance. John, despite being sick, was a dynamic and passionate guide and he tied the religious, historical and philosophical together in a way that made sense and made the time come alive. He was great and I cannot recommend him highly enough. I also want to note that since our original group was large, Presto had sent 2 tour guides to make sure that the group size was manageable. They get a complete thumbs up for the Vatican Tour!

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Simon – Albrighton, Shropshire. UK October 09 Rome City tour, Palatine / Colosseum & Vatican City tour My wife and I did the above 3 tours over 2 days and although the pace was intense each tour guide was extremely knowledgable and offered many insights that we would otherwise have missed, especially in relation to the works of art in the Vatican. We thoroughly recommend Presto Tours and offer our sincere thanks to Frederica, Sarah and Maya respectively for helping make our trip to Rome so wonderful.

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Linda and Robert – Canada October 10 Rome Walking Tour We were lucky enough to have Frederica as our Tour Guide for this tour. She was very energetic and passionate about the city of Rome! We learned alot from her very informative tour and were able to get to learn about the city. The tour was a good start for our other visits to the sites of Rome as we had some idea as to what to expect and some of the things that make Rome such a wonderful place to visit. thanks Frederica for such a memorable evening! Robert and Linda Ambeault

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Robert and Linda Ambeault – Blind River Ontario Canada!! October 10 We had an absolutely wonderful experience on our tour. Matthew was so knowledgeable about the art history of everything in the Vatican Museums, etc. and had a unique perspective that added to the tour. He was very enthusiastic and made the trip to the Vatican one of our highlights of our week in Rome. His sense of humour was very good and we enjoyed the bits of wit he offered. Impressed that this fellow Canadian was such a good host for the city of Rome. Lucky Rome! Robert and Linda

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Norbert Ore – Marietta Georgia October 11 Thanks Presto was recommended by friends and it proved to be a great recommendation. We took two tours and both were successful. The tour guides were very knowledgeable and had great enthusiasm to share with the group. I have already recommended Presto to friends.

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Skelton Family – New Zealand October 13 Vatican Tour with Maya Our Vatican Tour was an absolutely wonderful experience. Maya was a fantastic guide. Our two children were nine and twelve years old and both are now more interested in art after listening to Maya and learning so much from her about the Art in the Vatican.

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Kelly & Mike Fisher – Manchester, England October 13 Vatican VIP Tour Our trip to Rome was enhanced by the wonderful trip around the Vatican with our fabulous guide Ryan, he was enthusiastic and knowledgeable and was able to answer all the groups questions... the size of the group was nice and we didn't feel rushed or herded around like we did on another tour we took, its a tough job but Ryan made it look so easy, we would definately recommend Presto and especially Ryan...thanks for a wonderful time...x

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sue kaasik – australia October 13 vatican museum tour On 22nd September 08 we took a Vatican Museum tour with Ryan. The whole tour was wonderful and our children aged 10 & 13 thoroughly enjoyed it thanks to Ryans interesting and amusing tales and descriptions of all we saw. The Sistine Chapel was beautiful but overcrowded. The Basilica was like nothing I have ever seem, just beautiful. Our afternoon tour was a perfect start to our Italy holiday. Some advise take a tour we would still be aimlessly wondering around the Vatican Museum now without our guide.

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P Adams – Prince Edward Island, Canada October 15 Vatican Museum Tour We toured the Vatican Museum with our guide named Ryan. He was very pleasant, incredible amount of knowledge, impeccable manners. This was a great experience for our group and would highly recommend Presto Tours to have provided us with such a wonderful guide. There is just so much to see, one would never recognize so many details on your own.

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Andrew – Nova Scotia Canada October 16 Vatican Tour Great tour experience for the whole family (including children 9 and 12). Ryan was great. Kept everyone interested and was able to cater to all levels. The 9 year old was interested to the end. Thanks!

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Lowry MacLean – Massachusetts, USA October 16 Very Impressed with Sara! I want to let you know how impressed we were with SARAH on October 8th with her Vatican Tour. She is professional,passionate,punctual and humorous! I do hope you can let her know that we have returned from Rome and she remains a highlight of our trip . Thank-you again !

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Terry and Jan Lawrence – Toronto, Canada October 16 Wonderful Vatican Tour We took a tour of the Vatican on Sept. 28/2008. Our Guide was wonderful, very knowledgeable and made the whole experience more special. (Unfortunatley I can not remember his name.) We choose Presto Tours on line so were not at all familar with the company, but must say we were very impressed with the tour and would not hesitate in recommending the company in the future. Thank you for making our trip to the Vatican a memorable experience.

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Vickie & Alex – Los Angeles October 20 Great Vatican tour We had a tour of the Vatican on October 4,2008. Our guide was knowledgeable, articulate, open to any question, and had a nice sense of humor. Our time was very limited in Rome, and so it was incredibly helpful to skip the long line, and have our guide ensure we saw the highlights of the museum. We heartily recommend Presto to others.

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Priscilla and Fred – Stoneham, MA, USA May 21 Vatican Tour We are transitioning to reality after two weeks in Italy, one in Rome. We were fortunate to have gone on four of Presto's Rome tours- don't know how anyone can travel to the city and not take tours, but to luck out with four excellent guides and tours was beyond our expectations. These are three-hour tours with nary a lull. Our first tour was with Ryan at the Vatican. He motivated us to learn more about the artists and their masterpieces. He was so familiar with their personal and professional lives, it was as if they were personal friends, which made the tour even more interesting. Well educated and well humored, Ryan led an excellent tour and answered everyone's questions without missing a beat. Great personality. Very enjoyable.

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Priscilla and Fred – Stoneham, MA, USA October 21 Colosseum and Forum Tour Next we toured with Michael at the Colosseum and Forum. I liken him to Robin Williams in Good Will Hunting- an energetic professor anxious to share his knowledge with all of us. He entertained us with his coin magic (imagine finding 5,000 year old coins right in the ruins!) and brought the gladiator fights to life through words. Put your walking shoes on for this one- this wiry man is in great shape. We also had the good fortune to meet his hospitable wife and enjoyed the day very much. Excellent take.

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Priscilla and Fred – Stoneham, MA, USA October 21 Presto Wine Tour The night tours are ones I highly recommend early on in your stay. It gives you the opportunity to explore Rome and make a mental (or written) note to come back the next day to eat or play. We toured with John, a personable young man. A sommelier studying wines with a passion, John mixed sightseeing at the Panthenon and Trevi Fountain with touring three diverse ristorantes where we sampled different wines and enjoyed hors d'oeuvres. Our intimate group- a couple from California, a young professional from Seattle, Ryan and Michael (two other Presto tour guides) and us- enjoyed the diverse trio of wine bars- one a metro style at happy hour (a classy one), one where we went to the wine cellar with barrels and all and another intimate upstairs establishment. By the end of the evening we were very comfortable with one another- a great way to meet people while traveling. We wish John the best in his continuing studies and thank him for his invaluable advice on wine, tasting and touring. Much fun!

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Priscilla and Fred – Stoneham, MA, USA October 21 Rome City Tour Another great night tour was the Rome City tour. We had a private tour for two with Mitra, an entertaining, witty and chuck-full-of-facts (and beautiful to boot) young lady. We were fascinated by her knowledge and couldn't help but ask her how she wound up in Rome- great story. We met at Campo del Fiori and traveled to the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Venezia, Piazza Navona bristling with artists and performers and the Bernini Fountain. We learned about the personalities of the artists- their temperament, their spitefulness and their talents. She side-stepped the tour to take us to her favorite gelato bar- organic too! Mitra was intriguing. We enjoyed every minute of the tour. Presto is a top-notch touring company- very professional, organized and customer-oriented. I would highly recommend booking with this company.

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Tom and Anne – Atlanta, Ga October 22 Rome City Tour We were in Rome Sept 08. If you are planning a tour..... do it with Presto! Our guide Iggy was so knowledgable. He added so much personality and knew so much about everything. When we first met with him, I thought it was going to be a glorified history lesson. To my surprise it was one of the best tours I've ever done. Iggy truly loves history and art and made the tour absolutly fantastic! We are planing to go back to Rome and will sure to use Presto Tours again! Thanks you Iggy!!!

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jan cameron – salt lake city UT October 24 rome Just got back from four days in Rome and although my husband and I are confirmed do-it-yourself travelers we took advantage of Presto's buy 2 get one free offer and were glad we did. Rome is a big place with so much to see it can get confusing and chaotic. Taking an evening city walking tour on our first night was a great orientation with a delightful guide, Mitra. We took the Colosseum tour with Michael. He was very knowledgeable and stuck to the highlights so we didn't get burned out. OUr last tour was with Ryan to the Vatican. Ryan exudes enthusiasm for his subject and, again, hit the highlights so we didn't feel overwhelmed but thoroughly enjoyed our vist and learned a lot (from all three guides) I felt sorry for the tour groups with 25+ peope trailing around behind the flag bearing guide or wearing silly hats so their tour guide could keep track of her group. You won't get that with Presto. I highly recommend them. Even my husband usually hates group tours and he had a great time.

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Carruthers family – London May 26 Colosseum and Vatican tours We had 2 fantastic tours with Michael. He was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining. He brought Ancient Rome to life during our tour of the Colosseum and The Forum, and kept our children interested too. The Vatican, Sistene Chapel and St Peter's were all amazing and Michael gave us so much more insight into all aspects of the tour. Thank you

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Bob & Laura Leuthy – Haymarket Virginia May 27 Vatican & Rome tours No need to be wordy. Simply the BEST tours we have ever experienced. Ryan guided us through Vatican museums, Sistine, etc, and Mitra did the evening walking tour starting in Campo Di Fiori, Pantheon, Fontana di Trevi, etc etc. These two guides are truly EXCEPTIONAL!

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Sheila and Joe MacDonald – Boston, MA October 27 Vatican tour with Ryan Our tour of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel was fantastic! Ryan was extremely well versed and kept the tour very interesting at all times. We would have missed so much if we hadn't done the Presto Tour with him. The next day we did a last minute tour of the Colosseum with another tour company and the guide was terrible and knew nothing! What a waste. We have told everyone in our travels to book with Presto Tours in Rome and Florence! Thanks so much Ryan!!!

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noelle – Virginia October 28 Fantastic Tour Guides Had an absolutely outstanding time visiting all the sights with your friendly and knowledgeable tour guides. Only had 2 days in Rome before starting my cruise and couldn't ask for a better touring group - loved the small tour group sizes and the friendliness of our guides. Ryan (Vatican/Sistine Chapel), Mitra (Roman City) and Michael (Colosseum) were the perfect introduction to Rome and a great start to our trip. Once on the ship I highly recommended Presto Tours to numerous people wbleepedwere staying in Rome afterwards. Thanks so much for making our first introduction to Rome a very pleasant one - we'll definitely be back (thanks to Presto Tours)!!!!

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Sally – Australia October 30 Great tour My husband and I had a great time touring the Vatican with Presto. I don't usually have a lot of faith in finding online tour companies, etc. (because there are so many dodgy ones out there waiting to rip you off!) but everything went smoothly from buying the tickets to finding the right meeting point (which was VERY easy thanks to extremely specific directions.) I wouldn't hesitate recommending the company to a friend or family member.

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Pei Jet Chuah – Australia October 30 Vatican Tour with Ryan Ryan was incredible. He exudes enthusiasm and passion for the Vatican and the Renaissance. We were thoroughly impressed with his "story-telling" of the arts and he never failed to answer any of the questions well. It helped my friends and i appreciate the Vatican and the arts to a greater level. We enjoyed this tour so much and will recommend it to anyone wbleepedis going to Rome. We got a little lost looking for the meeting point, but Presto were kind enough to ring us up to make sure we found our way. Thanks!!

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Janice – Connecticut, USA November 02 This is the first chance I have been at a computer to take the time and give you the following report on our tour. When I booked this tour, I picked your company out of the dark. I use to be a Travel Agent in the states, and had forgotten all the companies that I use to use when booking extra events for clients. I just wanted to let you know that our tour on October 17, 2008 with Fredricka ( spelling) was awesome. I cannot say enought about this girl. She KNEW HER STUFF. We were very sad when she was finished because we could have spent the whole day with her. Please make sure to tell her, that we remarked about the tour often while we were on the ship. Some of our other tours were not near as good when we were on the ship. She was very detailed in her talk, and have just 4 people in the group, we could hear what she had to say. I will tell anyone that is traveling to Rome our experience and hopefully send you some business. Without checking on your web site, do you have tours in anyother country, We will be planning another trip but this time to the Northern Europe area. We have decided that future cruises, we want to book personalize excursions to be able to hear everything and take time to actually see things. Again that you and Fredrica for making our stay in Rome special

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Eric & Renee – North Stonington, CT November 03 Tours of Rome and Vatican My husband and I booked 4 tours with Presto so that we could get the benefit of local knowledge in every aspect of our adventures in Rome. I found Presto on the web and decided that their tour list covered everything we needed. All four of our guides were knowledgeable, energetic and patient - in a word - GREAT!. We had Ryan for the Vatican, Frederica for our Rome City Tour, Sarah for the Colosseum and Forum Tour and John for the Jewish Ghetto and Trastevere. Due to the student demonstrations that were happening, we started our tours late on a couple of occasions, and we also ended up waiting for people on the tour as well, but the guides never cut the tour short because of these issues which means we got our money's worth.

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Rex & Jean – England November 04 Rome Guided Tours I will be brief and concur with everything Eric & Renee and many of the recent contrubutors have said. We made up half of the party that was late for the Walking tour because of the the Student Demonstrations and for the same reason we very late for the Jewish tour. Humble apologies were made to other members of the group. John is to be admired for waiting for us in the knowledge that this would make him late for his afternoon tour. Frederica also deserves praise for persevering through the heavy rain and refusing to allow the stormy weather to steal her thunder!

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Julie & Simon – Liverpool, England November 09 Vatican Tour I dont usually post reviews, but felt that I had to thank Micheal, our Presto Tour Guide for making our trip to the Vatican one we will not forget. There were 8 people in our group and within 20 minutes everyone was chatting and asking questions. Micheal new his stuff and answered all our questions. He also kept my 11 year old entertained with quizzes and tales of ancient Rome. We all had a great time and I would definetly recommend Presto Tours.

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Louise and Phil – Suffolk, England November 11 Many Thanks We bought priority entrance tickets for the Vatican only, but would definitely book ourselves a Presto tour next time around...We are DIY travellers, but were extremely impressed with the passion and professionalism of these guys. It was great to meet Aubrie and Sarah - intelligent and witty women, doing a great job. Thanks again for helping us beat the queue and we look forward to booking with you when we're next in Italy.

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Michael – OC California November 13 Vatican tour Ryan was fantastic. We had researched Presto on Trip Advisor prior to our Nov. 1 trip and everyone spoke highly of Ryan. So, I requested him when I made my reservation and he truly is the best. If you are seeking a guide that tranforms you back hundreds of years and brings to life the classics of Michaelangelo and the early church, Ryan is your man. My wife and I would have repeated this tour if time permited because you quickly realize we just touched the surface in 3 hours. During our Rome visit we spoke to several people that were not overwhelmed with the Vatican. All we could say is they made a big mistake by not investing in Ryan and Presto tours. We want to thank Ryan for a tremendous start to our 2 week trip. Michael.

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Sandi and Simon Jarvis – U.K. November 14 Vatican and Colosseum tours Review We had two excellent tours with Presto and would not hesitate in recommending the company. Ryan our guide around the Vatican was very enthusiastic and Michael our leader around the Colosseum was obviously very knowledgable. Both were very personable and happy to answer questions. Many thanks to both of them.

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Frieda and Russel November 23 We were referred to Presto Tours by friends whom had used their company in the past. They were right as this tour service is the BEST! The prices are reasonable and the guides are well informed. All of our tours were excellent! We would say they could not have been better. Each guide was different, but all were well informed and qualified to give information on the specific tour. All spoke English very well and moved the group to each spot easily. When we return to an area where they operate tours, we will use them exclusively. The shuttle service from the airport to our hotel was great, the driver there to meet us on time, all was well executed. Frieda and Russell Pickett Butler TN

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Lauren – Germany/USA November 25 Vatican Tour My two friends and I are college students and took a trip to Rome and really wanted to see the Vatican, we're really glad we went on the tour too because the guide was able to tell us fun facts and details about everything we never would have known on our own. The 3 hours seemed to fly by, we really enjoyed ourself. I recommend it!

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Philip and Jadwiga Oulton – Stoke on Trent England November 26 Vatican tour We had been told my our friends that this tour was good,well they were wrong it was FANTASTIC. Ryan is Gaelic for king, well Presto tours guide Ryan is the king of tour guides. We have no hesitation in describing him as the best tour guide we have ever had. He obviously loves what he does his Knowledge of the area we visited was fantastic. I would reccomend Ryan to anyone. I doubt that you will ever find a better guide.

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michael mcgrath – spain November 28 vatican tour Our guide was Michael (sorry forget last name) an American living in Rome. I am a pretty cynical and experienced traveller but I was and am so happy we took this tour. Michael was an amusing and super knowledgeable companion. Quite apart from the normal overviews and discriptions I was surprised to find myself more than fascinated by some of the inside or aside insights and I left motivated to learn more, Highly recommended!

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Hamilton and Jenny – Germany December 01 Vatican Private Tour Thanks to Presto and Michael, our private tour guide, for a wonderful tour of the Vatican. My wife and I booked a private tour as we were traveling with our 5 yr old daughter and 2 yr old son...not wanting to weigh down a group. Michael was attentive and full of knowledge. Our son was running around and our daughter got a great deal of attention and knowledge delivered at her level. Michael is an American ex-pat and has lived in Rome for 30 years. His knowledge base is beyond compare. We enjoyed every minute and would recommend this to anyone.

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Jo Mary – New York December 02 Rome Tours Our first trip to Rome was made so special by your terrific tour guides. Our first night in Rome was spent on a tour with Frederica-she was so knowledgeable and informative....and patient. When we wanted to stop for a while in the Piazza Navone - she was more than accommodating. Thank goodness we took so many pictures - she had so many things to tell us. The next day we toured the Colosseum and Forum. Mitra was every bit as great as Frederica. She knew exactly where she was taking us, the quickest way to get there and her stories so interesting that even one of my daughters - was fascinated!!!! She did not want to go on any kind of tour, but loved it - she even asked questions. Mitra even told us about a free Andrea Boccelli concert that we were able to attend, which was followed by dinner at a small, but wonderful restuarant! I am so glad that we found your company and would recommend you to anyone looking for something much better than the average tour of Rome!!! Thank you so much Presto! We love Italy and would go back in a heartbeat! Jo Mary

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Glenn & Lisa Richardson – Chimacum, WA, USA December 16 Great Vatican Tour We had a wonderful tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica during our very short stay in Rome. Our tour guide John was extremely knowledgable and eagerly shared the best there was to see with us. There is alot to see on this tour, so we really appreciated seeing the things that were most important and profound. For our early morning tour John wisked us ahead of the crowds so we could have an awesome view of the Sistine Chapel with minimal people in the room. We were very glad to have booked with Presto Tours and felt the money spent for a private tour was very worthwhile. I would definately recommend this route to all seeking a complete and once in a lifetime experience. Thank you!

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Lon & Nancy Mantooth – DeRidder, LA USA December 23 Rome Visit Presto Tours absolutely made our trip to Rome. Imagine being met at the airport by Fabio! And he was a very good introduction to Roman drivers. I didn't scream once on the trip to the hotel (unlike several times later in the week while on a bus). Michael went out of his way to ensure a fabulous tour of the Forum and Coliseum, working around striking city employees. Frederica was totally attentive during our tour of the Vatican and had answers to every question my husband and I asked, and many questions we didn't ask. And Manuel knew exactly where to take us in the airport for our return flight home. The Presto group went so far over and above duty to make sure I had a good feeling about the trip before we left for Rome and them came through with absolutely perfect tour guides and drivers. I cannot say enough good about them, would recommend them to anyone, and would use them again in a heartbeat.

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Alice and Clark – Missouri December 25 Tour of Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel This was by far the best guided tour we have ever taken. A little more expensive than some others, it was well worth it. The guide Francesca was a Ph.D. candidate and knew her art history backwards and forwards - a real scholar! She was able to explain complex issues extremely well. She also had a great sense of humor. The tour was fast-paced and the three hours flew by. We were sorry when it was over. Had we been in Rome longer, we would have signed up for every tour she led.

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Jamie – Dublin, Ireland January 16 Vatican Tour Our guide Federica took us on a trip through time, on what turned out to be an entirely essential and utterly inspirational tour of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. Her knowledge of the art and it's history is immeasurable, her English was fluent and her passion makes the sculptures come to life and the frescoes seem to leap off the walls and ceilings. Presto provide an excellent, customer oriented service that made our group of 8 people seem intensely more personal than the hordes that seemed to make up other groups. And if Presto's guides are all as good as Federica, I can't imagine that you could book with a better company. When we left, we realised that had we not had Federica's valuable insights, it would have just been a very pretty walk. Instead it turned out to be the experience of a lifetime. An absolutely unreserved recommendation from me.

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Ryan – Sydney January 17 Presto Tours My fiance and I did three tours; Vatican City, The Colosseum and Forum and the Best of Rome tour. Without a doubt, had we not gone with Presto our time in Rome would not have been enjoyable. Frederica and Michael did such a wonderful job, and they are really lovely people to boot. To have a bit of a grumble, we really didn't enjoy Rome as a city much at all, and found we were getting ripped off by rude people at every turn. The Presto tours were about the only time we felt we got value for money, and really loved what Rome had to offer. Thank you for making our Rome memories what they should be, and will be recommending Presto on Tripadvisor, or to anyone traveling here.

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Chris – Liverpool UK February 20 We wnt on the Vatican Tour with Ryan from the USA as our guide, he was brilliant, he knew exactly when to stop and move on, and gave us some really good information on the way round. He even kept our 15 yr old interested!! Expensive but worth it.

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Donna – Wilmington, DE February 24 Great tour of Forum and Colosseum Great tour with Sarah of the Forum, Palatine Hill and the Colosseum. Our group being a bit larger (11) was no problem and Sarah provided a great insight into the history for all to enjoy. While anyone can buy a ticket and walk through the 'rubble', the guides provide the stories and descriptions make it a completely difference experience. The best way to start Rome trip is with this tour to get an understanding of the foundation of the city. (Literally it is the foundations the city built on top of) Would definately recommend Presto to anyone going to Rome!

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Malini Dutta – California February 25 Presto Vatican tour We just returned from Rome. We did the Vatican tour with Presto Tours. Ryan, our guide, was extremely good. He was very knowledgable and was able to answer all of our questions. He made the tour interesting with various unique observations. Even our 13 year old was captivated and claims the Sistine Chapel tour to be his best experience in Rome! Thank you for the wonderful experience.

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Ian – England February 27 Rome Forum & Coliseum Great trip, good value. Really brought the ancient world to life in a way that is difficult from books.

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Bill Stowers – Charlotte, NC February 27 Great Tour Guides at the Vatican and Colosseum No Question In my mind. Ryan and Michael were our best two tour guides in Rome. Ryan was a terrific educater and entertainer. Michael was also great. He brought us into the Roman Forum and the Colosseum, told some great stories and really brought history back to life. Thanks for everything-from the booking service and the guides!

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Simon and Sara – Rome March 20 Authentic Rome City Tour (private) Our private authentic Rome city tour was most enjoyable. Our guide, Elizabeth, was fantastic. As a doctor of archaeology, she was not only supremely knowledgeable but also friendly, humorous and a lovely person. We had a very educational and efficient tour. Elizabeth took us to see all sorts of things we would never have found on our own and gave us the history and background on everything we saw which put everything in context and made it so much more interesting on our first trip to Rome. We can�t wait for our Vatican tour today.

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Cynthia Speed – Amarillo, TX USA March 22 Angels and Demons Tour I was very unsure about booking the tour since I was traveling with my 14 year old grand daughter, but I am so glad that I took the chance. It was, can you imagine, one of her favorite parts of our Roman holiday. John was our tour guide, and it was just me and my grand daughter, so is was almost like a private tour. John is a wealth of knowledge and Roman history. He expanded our art history knowledge beyond what I thought was possible. The tour was great, since we went to parts of the city that I would have never have visited on my own. I intend on recommending Presto to anyone be visiting Rome. I feel that they offer an element of class that is lacking in some of the other tour companies.

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Colette & Ashley Rawles – England March 31 Vatican Tour and Colosseum/Rome Forum Tour Excellent - our tour guides, Michael and Sarah, really knew their stuff and made the tours so interesting - we were gripped for the whole 3 hours. Well worth doing as you learn so many bits of information you would otherwise not be aware of. Would definitely book through them again, thank you.

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Kellie – California April 13 Vatican Tour Hello, My girlfriend and I are turning 50 this year and celebrated it by spending 2 weeks in Italy. One of the highlights of the trip to Rome and our tour of the Vatican given to us by Frederica. She was very personable, educated and gave us an informative and very interesting tour. Even though many in our group didn't ask questions, Frederica did and kept us engaged. I usually don't like tours because you end up waiting for others and they often are too large. The size of our group was good and didn't spend time waiting around for others, it moved quickly. It was easy to hear her because of the earbud/speaker system that was used. The directions on how to meet the tour was also something I was impressed with, right down to "when you exit the Metro, go past the news stand and vendors" it all worked like clockwork. I don't know if you can request a tour guide, I would recommend Frederica. Thank you Presto Tours for the fabulous tour guide and experience!

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Linda Bates – Minnesota April 14 We booked 3 tours with Presto and were very pleased with all of them. Our guide, Michael, was fabulous. The 3 hour time frame is much to short for all the information presented. We could have used much more time in the Vatican museum. Thanks, Presto, for making Rome come alive!

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Arthur & Tobi – Westchester, NY April 16 Rome visit Apr 4, 5th While we were a little anxious in finding the meeting place, it worked out well when Michael K, appeared. There were 3 of us, including a 14 year old boy. He thrust upon us his extensive knowledge of the sites we visited with skill and patience. We were pleased and have already recommended you to a potential traveler to Rome, in a few months. Good Work

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Linda – Pittsburgh PA USA June 22 Vatican Tour We took the 3hr walking tour in May of the Vatican, I cannot remember our guides name but she was excellent. Very knowledgeable. She is originally from California and now lives in Italy. We would recommend Presto to anyone going to Italy and I am actually recommending Presto to my brother who's going to be in Italy at the Vatican sometime in October. Thank you for making that part of our trip very pleasurable.

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Ron June 26 Ryan was excellent. We enjoyed the tour very much. Ron

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Roberta June 26 thanks! Our Presto tour on June 22nd was great! The students and I all liked our tour guide: he had expansive knowledge of the collections, their histories and interpretations (including some debatable interpretations, which he presented as such). His delivery was entertaining and humorous which helped hold our interest and attention for the marathon tour. Since my students are studying art history, he made special effort to show us highlights in the painting galleries. We all appreciated the extra work that this entailed for him. It was incredible seeing both Raphael's Room of the Signatures and the Sistine chapel. I plan to use Presto tours for future trips. Thanks for helping to make our trip to Rome so spectacular! Best Regards, Roberta

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gina July 01 Michael was the BEST! Thanks to our tour guide Michael! I have learned so much! He had great learning tools in his backpack! Highly recommend!

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Mike – CA July 01 A plus rating My wife and I enjoyed the tours you provided VERY much. We were guided through the Vatican Museums and St Peter's by Sandra from Saskatchewan, Canada - she was brilliant ! I give her an A plus rating. Agnes from London guided us through the catacombs and Appian Way the next day, and she was also outstanding ! An A rating for Agnes. The third day at the Colloseum, Forum, and Palantine hill was Sandra again - thank you very much for providing her as a guide again. A plus rating for Sandra both days. I will recommend your service to anyone I know traveling to Rome. Best Regards, Mike PS - Do you provide tours in any other cities ? We would definitely seek you out again.

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Carley Hamilton – Calgary, AB, Canada July 02 Tour We were on a tour of the Vatican on June 12 and were very impressed by our guide, Ryan of Connecticut. He was very knowledgeable and lots of fun. You would never know he had given this tour hundreds of times before. I have already recommended Presto Tours to friends wbleepedhope to travel to Italy soon and will continue to do so to anyone wbleepedasks. Thank you so much Ryan and Presto Tours!

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Elizabeth – Massachusetts, USA July 17 Presto Colosseum Tour We did the Colosseum tour with John and we loved it!! I can't say enough about John, he was great! Personable, interesting and knowledgeable. There were only 5 of us on the tour, the three of us (me, my Mom and my teenage daughter), along with another woman and her teenage son. The small group made it really special, and he tailored the tour to our interests. We really enjoyed our morning with him. I will be recoommending Presto Tours to everyone! thanks again! Elizabeth

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Kathleen – Queens, NY July 17 Federica hi, i went on the tour with Federica and she was AMAZING! so sweet and knowledgeable! she knew so much about the city, art, history, architecture. one of the best tours i have ever taken. thank you so much! Kathleen

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Doris – Boston, Massachusetts, USA July 17 Awesome! The tour was awesome! Aubrie was a doll and Ryan was fantastic. He had an incredible amount of information and his presentation was excellent! He had an excellent personality and a wonderful sense of humor. Thank you for all of your correspondence with me while setting up the tour. I was having a lot of difficulty with my internet service so I really appreciated your patience. Thank you again for an awesome tour....I certainly see why your company is so successful! Sincerely Doris

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Sandra – Connecticut, USA July 17 Vatican Tour Rome We enjoyed the tour very much. It was the right amount of information for my 17 year old daughter and Ryan was quite capable of answering my questions. He covered the most important elements so we didn't get bogged down. Thanks, Ryan. I was writing a review for trip advisor but in order to submit it, you must enter information that I would prefer not to. Sorry. S

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Robin – California, USA July 17 Sandra We loved our tour of the Vatican. Sandra was a wonderful tour guide, All members of our family enjoyed the tour and would recommend it. Robin

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Whitney – Texas, USA July 17 Sandra Our experience with Presto was fantastic. I do not usually take time to write reviews, but I did for Presto because our experience was GREAT! Thanks for everything and go look for my review on Tripadvisor. Sincerely, Whitney

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Angelica – Texas, USA July 17 Ryan & Mike Dear Kirsten: Ryan was very good for the Vatican tour. Mike was excellent for the Coliseum. We really enjoyed both tours. The guides were personable and very knowledgeable. This was definitely the way to go. Tomorrow we will do the museum I will let you know how that went. Regards, Angie

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Steve – Texas, USA July 17 Private Tours w/Presto We would definitely recommend Presto tours. Our first guide �Metra� was fantastic and in fact we would like to get her email and post information to write her thank you notes. We toured ancient Rome and Coliseum with her and she was absolutely fantastic, under trying cirbleepedstances since it was raining and cold (not typical for June) but she did an excellent job. The second tour of the Vatican, etc� was also good. I can�t remember the guide�s name but she was blond and from California. She was excellent in her knowledge of art history and helped the tour really come alive for us and with additional information we got from Metra the day before it turned out great. All in all we would highly recommend Presto tours to our friends. Steve

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Alison July 20 Exceptional We had two exceptional tours with your company: 1) For Vatican tour, we had a wonderful guide (Ryan- from Waterbury CT). He was entertaining, knowledgeable and a pleasure! He truly made our experience of visiting these busy places first-class. 2) For the Collesuem, Palatine Hill and Forum we had Michael. He was also fantastic. We could not have had a better tour with either of these guides. They made the places come alive for us, and we thank you and them for a wonderful experience. Cordially, Alison

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Ross – Hong Kong July 20 Well done Both tours (private one of the City with Michael and the Group tour of the Vatican with Sarah) were outstanding and without hesitation, we would not only take other tours with Presto again but recommend your Tour Company to our friends. Well done and thanks to your Company for making Rome very special. Ross

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Stephene – MD July 23 Excellent We used Presto in Rome and loved the tours - thank you for an excellent time - Your tours were wonderful!! We compare them to Viator which we used later in Florence - because of time constraints and the difference is night and day. We will recommend only Presto tours to our friends --- Thank you for your wonderful tours. stephene

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Johanne – Qu�bec July 28 Highlight of our Trip The tour (Vatican museum, July 10th 2009) as outstanding! We enjoyed every minute of it. The info we received prior to the tour was precise and useful, the meeting place was easy to find, the tour was on time. Our guide (I'm sorry I don't remember her name) was terrific. She was enthousiastic, she knew so much about art, religion, etc. It was one of the highlight of our trip. Thanks again! Johanne

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Roger – ACT, Australia July 28 Congratulations Congratulations on the quality of your tour today and the knowledge of your guide - both of which were excellent and commented on favourably by our travel party of four. Thank you for this informative introduction to the Vatican and to Rome - especially as one of our group is new to the faith and another was interested in your comments (as requested when booking) re the observatory. Much appreciated. Kind regards, and again, many thanks. Roger

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Pam – Illinois July 30 We loved it He [Michael] was great and took us through a very crowded Vatican.. We loved it Thanks Pam

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Girish – VA July 30 Fantastic Kirsten, Thanks for asking. We just loved the tour. Ryan (our tour guide) was fantastic and was very knowledgable and very patient in answering multitude of questions posed by our ever curious kids. He kept all of us (including our kids 8 and 11) entertained by his deep knowledge. I will write a review in tripadvisor - highly recommending your tours - but please do convey our special thanks to Ryan. Regards, Girish

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Morty – CT August 20 Excellent Tour was excellent. We were an hour late getting into Roma, but Ryan was there waiting anyway. He was great and we had a wonderful time because of him. Feel free to use this as a testamant from a happy travel family. We saved hours not waiting in long, long, HOT, HOT lines at the colliseum. Thanks for everything, Morty, Bobbie and Rachael

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Lyndell – Australia August 20 True Learning Experience Dear Kirsten, We thoroughly enjoyed our tours to the Vatican City and the Colosseum. Ryan our tour guide for the Vatican City was extremely knowledgeable and he made the tour come to life. He was very keen to answer any questions and gave us time to enjoy the things that were of interest to the group. Our tour to the Colosseum was just as enjoyable and it was amazing how much extra you learn from someone wbleepedobviously has a thorough interest in it. We would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Presto Tours to anyone wbleepedwas thinking about visiting the Vatican City or Colosseum it is well worth the money and you truly learn so much from these enthusiastic guides. Thanking you for making our trip to Rome one to remember. Lyndell & John

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Jennifer – Surrey, UK August 20 Fantastic We had a fantastic time in Italy! We were very impressed with the overall service offered by Presto and it was very good value for money. Thank you Jennifer

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Heather – Alberta, Canada August 20 Awesome We had an amazing experience with Presto Tours. Your guides were absolutely awesome, especially those doing the Rome Vatican and Colessum Tours. They were informative but interesting. I will be sure to rememer your name and put it out there to any friends we have that are going. Heather

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Uma Krishnamurti August 24 Presto tours in Rome Our guide for both the Vatican and Colosseum tours was awesome. We really enjoyed our guided tours with Presto and would recommend it to anybody. My teenager boys have a very high opinion of our enthusiastic guide- we were lucky to have the same guide both days.

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Karen – Texas, USA August 24 Federicka I wanted to thank you so much for opening up this tour for us!! Federicka was amazing!!!!! She made it all come alive! I will write on trip advisor soon Many thanks! Karen

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John – USA August 24 Highly Recommended You did a great job on the tours and cars in Rome. Everything went very smoothly and the guides were both excellent. We will recommend Presto to all of our friends traveling to Rome. Thanks again, John

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Steven – Hong Kong August 25 Fantastic Ryan did an absolutely fantastic job. My friend and I had a great time. He's the best I've had. Will definitely recommend him to my friends. - Steven

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Michael – California, USA August 28 Ryan was the best! We have taken many tours/excursions in the past, but none can compare with the overall experience we had with Presto Tours. The instructions for the Vatican & Sistine Chapel tour meeting point were clear and precise (very convenient and easy to find). Our tour guide, Ryan, was the best!!! Very professional, knowledgeable, and able to answer all of our questions...a true Vatican expert. We will definitely recommend Presto Tours and Ryan to family and friends. Best regards, Michael

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Luminita – Romania October 23 Federica absolutely amazing Thank you for your kind lines and attention. Sorry for not writing before, your message has come just before my intention, as I wanted anyway to transmit our enthusiasm as to regard Presto Tours. Our guide ,miss Federica, is absolutely amazing with high knowledge about art ,Vatican and history in general. Your tour was announced for 3 hours but miss Federica, with grace, spent more than 3 1/2 time with us. She is not only excellent skilled but also an enjoyable spirit and pleasant person. We were lucky as group was 5 in total, idea with headsets was excellent to listen to and understand. We remain with the sorrow that we did not book any other tours with Presto, seeing the Forum, Colloseum without a guide. With you,I am sure we would have made those visits far more interesting.We will keep this in mind, when we book our next cultural visits. We will write with pleasure about our excellent appreciation on Presto tours professionalism and availability on TripAdvisor. Until our next meeting, We wish you all the best and transmit our gracious thanks to Presto Tours team! Yours with best greetings, Luminita

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Daniel – NY October 23 Incredible Amounts of Knowlege I don't remember the name of the guide we had, unfortunately, but I must say that she made the tour. It was incredible. She was an art history major and really made the experience special. We had a private tour so she asked for our input on what we wanted to see and even stayed on for extra time to show us St. Peter's basilica. I really appreciate the fact that she was on time, early even, and had such a wonderful attitude and incredible amounts of knowledge. I am definitely going to post something on TripAdvisor. Do you think you could e-mail me the name of our guide? I feel horrible for forgetting it because she was so great. Thank you! Daniel

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Ryan – Colorado October 23 Michael Great tour by Michael. Very professional and educaitonal. Thanks, Ryan

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Cori – San Francisco October 23 Federica - Exceptionally wonderful Buon giorno! I recently took two of your tours (21 Sept - Ancient Rome City Tour and 22 Sept - Vatican and Sistine Chapel Tour) both with Federica as my guide. I rarely send out reviews and it takes a lot for me to do so. However on this recent trip, I really meant to send your office an email regarding my experience, and I do appreciate you checking on your guests for feedback. Having been schooled by the Benedictines in the Phillipines during my grade school and high school years, part of our curriculum included the saga of the Holy Roman Empire as well as the Roman Catholic Church. I was already in awe of the city as a whole, being in the presence of centuries of history. Being in Rome and the Vatican meant a great deal to me as I came to see face to face the bastion of my faith. Of course it has been more than a decade and a half since I had those lectures and barely remember every single detail. My family was right when they told me their own experience with Federica (also as their guide from their Vatican tour back in April of 2008). Federica was impressively knowledgeable, genuinely engaging and most of all evidently passionate in what she does. The hours went by so fast, my feet were burning(!) but I did not mind at all since there never was a dull moment. I already knew beforehand that I would enjoy my first visit to Rome and the Vatican City. She made it exceptionally wonderful. The experience was like opening a stack of memory cards from my History and Religion classes back in the days. It truly made quite an impact that I felt more attached to the place (in fact I do not even have any family nor friends there and am still trying to learn to speak the language), I am already looking forward to my next visit. After every tour I noticed she was pressed for time, I did not bother taking a moment to fully express my gratitude. Now I wish I did. I am hoping through your good office, she will be able to read this message. And to extend my appreciation for the hospitality she showed, may she feel free to contact me if she gets to visit San Francisco (where I reside now) or the Philippines. More power to you, Presto Tours and grazie mille for the wonderful experience! Sincerely, Cori

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Doris – Boston, Massachusetts, USA October 23 Aubrie & Ryan The tour was awesome! Aubrie was a doll and Ryan was fantastic. He had an incredible amount of information and his presentation was excellent! He had an excellent personality and a wonderful sense of humor. Thank you for all of your correspondence with me while setting up the tour. I was having a lot of difficulty with my internet service so I really appreciated your patience. Thank you again for an awesome tour....I certainly see why your company is so successful! Sincerely Doris

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Pat & Don – Virginia November 03 Phenomenal The tour was exceptional and is highly recommended, due primarily to the expertise of our guide. Michael (sorry, but didn't get his last name) was by far the best tour guide we have encountered in over 40 years of traveling around the world. His overall knowledge of the Vatican, as well as Rome in general, was phenomenal. There were no unanswered questions on any topic thrown at him. You are fortunate to have his services! Sincerely, Pat & Don

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Claudia – Oregon November 03 Florence Day Trip Just a note to thank you for the excellent day trip to Florence. I loved the train ride, the small tour group, and the knowledge of our guide. We walked our "socks off," and sometimes had a little trouble keeping up, but overall it was a fantastic experience. I only wished we had used you for the Pompeii day trip. It was horrendous! Do you do tours for any other countries, or just Italy? Thanks again, and I wish your tour company continued success. Claudia

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Shirley – Massachusetts, USA November 03 Thank you!!! I'm back from my cruise and wish to thank you for your assistance. Also, the guide, Sandra, from Presto Tours was just lovely, knowledgeable, and very, very helpful. I arrived at the meeting place a bit ahead of time and grew anxious, thinking, "hey, this was arranged on-line and I could very well be left, holding "the bag", but sure enough, Sandra appeared, introduced herself to me (I gave her a big hug, I was so glad to see her), and we proceeded into the Vatican museums, got the wheelchair, and off we went (leaving Mario behind in the chair, waving his arms and calling out to us). We couldn't stop laughing. I was so excited to be in the Vatican museum, I totallly forgot him!!! All in all, Sandra answered every question we came up with, was patient getting us through the hordes of people and getting Mario onto lifts that helped getting him around. Our trip through St. Peter's and the Sistine Chapel made for memories of a lifetime. Sandra is a "gem", and she made many of those memories possible. Again, thank you, Kirsten, and thank you, Sandra

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James – Massachusetts, USA November 13 Just letting you know that we enjoyed our tours very much. Everything was on time and the tour guides couldn't have been nicer and very informative. We will be sure to tell our friends and hope to use you again in the near future. James

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Moira & Paul – Liverpool November 13 Federica - Exceptionally wonderful Dear Kirsten, Please dont forget to thank Federica, for Paul and I. She really made the tour, she is brilliant. I have forwarded the photograph of the three of us, to you with this email. Regards, Moira and Paul

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Marianne – North Carolina November 13 Fabulous We were going to let you know how fabulous our tours were with you anyway, so I've put a review on Tripadvisor. We have already told lots of people about Presto. We loved both Ryan and Michael in Rome- knowledgeable, personable and very willing to help us with anything. Thanks for offering such a great business Marianne

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Walter – Denver, Colorado November 13 Wonderful The Vatican tour was just like you promised. Our wonderful guide, (we never did quite get the spelling of her name) was so knowledgeable. She also was very enjoyable to be with. The train from the seaport was great, just as you said. The return trip to the ship saw the train overloaded, (standing room only), but this may have been caused by the previous train having been cancelled or something. Anyway, except for being tired of walking and standing, it was fine. We also enjoyed hearing a little about our guide's personal life, such as where she went to school, and where she lives and a little about Rome in general. She also had very nice things to say about you, which we very much agree with. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND this tour, especially with this guide. Thank you so much for setting this up. We wish we could have used your company in Naples, as our tour bus there turned out very undesireable. We went back to the ship without seeing anything of Naples. Our tour at Livorno (Pisa) was also memorable and entertaining. Very Respectfully Wally & Linda

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Martha – New York November 13 Highest Recommendation I meant to contact Presto as soon as we got home and apologize for letting that get away from me. Federica, our tour guide, was amazing. I can�t say enough good things about her; her English was excellent; she was so knowledgeable about all aspects of Roman art and history; she geared the tour towards our specific interests and was able to keep both my husband and myself, as well as our 12 year old son completely engaged for the day. And on top of all of that, she was funny and pleasant. My only regret is that we did not have her with us the day before when we toured the Vatican. Also, the woman that I spoke with on the phone was very helpful � I think her name was Audrey (or Aubrey?) but I guess you know wbleepedthat is. I was a little frazzled as I was making the arrangements all at the very last minute and she couldn�t have been nicer. I would give Presto and especially Federica my highest recommendation. Many thanks, Martha

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Peter and Erica – Malmo, Sweden November 20 John and theThe Vatican tour John made our tour of the Vatican a success beyond measure! He is an intelligent man and knows all there is to know about Rome and the Vatican from a historical perspective, an artistic perspective and a political perspective! He gave a tour that was charming, witty, informative and helpful. He really differentiated for the group...supporting those that knew very little and extending the people that already had a basic understanding. I would say that this was truly one of the greatest tours I have ever been on and it is all because of John and his leadership. Please book early and request a tour with John! Cheers! Erica and Peter

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Bart – Florida November 24 Prize of a tourguide The tours were GREAT! We more than received our money's worth and our guide, John, was a well spring of information on art and history! You have a real prize with him as a tourguide. He made our day interesting and fun; our sincere thanks to him! You can count on us as future customers are our next trip to Rome!

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Mary Lou March 01 We would have to give our tour an A+!!! The meeting place was perfect in that it was not congested and the person meeting us made herself known immediately when she saw six gawking Americans. Our tour guide was Frederica and she definitely earned the A+ for your company. She was outstanding in her knowledge and presentation. Hang on to her as long as you can. She definitely deserves a bonus if you do such things. We will recommend your company to anyone we know that is heading for Rome and a tour of the Vatican. Thank you again for your service and have a prosperous and healthy year. Sincerely, Mary Lou

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Deborah – CT March 05 Vatican Tour We had a great tour with Ryan!

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Villa – San Diego March 10 Great Experience with Two Presto Tours Just returned from Rome and had a really great experience with Presto Tours. The meeting place is really specific, even with photos, so you never have to stress about missing your guide. Our first tour with Presto was of the Colosseum, Forum and Palentine Hill and only involved my group of 3, so it was like a private tour! John, our tour guide, was great! He was from California but now lives in Rome. John was very educated and passionate about Rome's history and he kept our interest throughout. Going to the Colessuem on your own or with a guidebook would not have been the same. John brought the place to life. The tour even went 20 minutes past the allotted time because of our questions and he was very knowledgeable. I would definitely go on a tour again with Presto and John. Our second tour was a few nights later - the Rome Wine Tour with Etorre, an Italian , Sommelier, married to another Presto guide, Sarah. The tour was wonderful. We stopped at two Enotecas (wine bars) and shared 4 bottles of wine. This tour was so fun and it felt like an intimate dinner party. Etorre introduced us to wines based on our preferences and interests and spoke intelligently about each one. I learned a lot about Italy's wine history. Sarah (she's from San Diego) joined the tour and it was fun to compare and contrast experiences living in Italy and California - we were from San Diego. By the end of the night, not only did I learn about Italian wine, which I hope to find in the U.S. , but I felt like we had a three hour dinner party with friends.

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Rubin March 12 Sarah was a true gem Aubrie We are Most welcome and can't say enough good things. Thanks for meeting us with our Papal tickets we had a great experience. Additionally, Sarah was a true gem. We became art lovers and will not be able to see a museum. Without her. Thanks again The Rubins

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Matt – New York March 14 Wine Tasting Tour A really nice evening. Our guide Ettore was definitely knowledgable about Italian wines and food and picked great little enotecas to visit. Because of the small size of our group, we could really get to know eachother and learn a bit about real Italian culture. Ettore gave us an insiders understanding of Italy that we otherwise might not have gotten. For me that was really special.

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Matt – New York March 17 Wine Tasting Tour A really nice evening. Our guide Ettore was definitely knowledgable about Italian wines and food and picked great little enotecas to visit. Because of the small size of our group, we could really get to know eachother and learn a bit about real Italian culture. Ettore gave us an insiders understanding of Italy that we otherwise might not have gotten. For me that was really special.

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Carey Harveycutter – Rome April 20 Tours My wife and I have just finished three great Presto tours, Michael was great at the Vatican and Coliseum and Hector filled in for his wife Sarah on the wine tour. Due to our extension caused by the ash cloud we are going to try and go to Florence as a day trip. We recommend Presto strongly if you desire a knowledgeable and enjoyable tour in Rome, truly outstanding and very agreeable even when our incoming flights were delayed.

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Donal – Maryland April 28 Federica Recently, we had a private tour of the Vatican Museum with Kathy and her mother, my mother in law (in a wheelchair). Federica was fabulous. We had a similar tour about 2 years ago with Maia (sp?), and she was similarly good, but Federica was especially great. Give her our regards.

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Nancy – Maryland April 28 Presto Tours made all my hopes a reality Hi Kristen, I just want to take a minute of your time to tell you how wonderful our tours in Rome were . I speak for myself, a seventy year-old retired high school teacher/college professor, my forty-five year-old daughter, a marketing research professional, and my seventeen year-old granddaughter. Our guide at the Vatican on Saturday morning, March 27, was John. He was amazing. He was knowledgeable, sensitive to the members of the group, aware of our schedules and concerned about our well-being. He was just plain wonderful. Our Sunday morning, March 28, guide to ancient Rome was Sara May. Her knowledge of the arts and events of ancient Rome, and the way these arts and events are manifested in the Palatine Hill, the Forum and the Colosseum, was especially appropriate for our mixed age, mixed religious and mixed cultural, mixed interest family group. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for making our three-generation group so well informed while being so well cared for. I have visited Rome several times,but this trip really mattered as I wanted it to confirm my daughter's love of Rome and introduce my granddaughter to a life of travel and learning while expanding my own knowledge. Presto Tours made all my hopes a reality. I will recommend Presto Tours to everyone I know and look forward to joining you the next time I visit Rome. With thanks and best wishes, Nancy

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Amy – Minnesota April 28 Sarah Our tour was wonderful! Sarah was very personable and extremely knowledgeable. We really enjoyed spending the morning with her! Thank you so very much! Have a wonderful day! Amy

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Catherine – California May 02 Superb I went on the tour today with Ryan, and it was superb! Definitely one of the highlights of my trip to Rome. Thank you! Catherine

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Amanda – Quebec May 02 Thank you! My parents had a tour of the Vatican this past week with Ryan. They were blown away. The tour was top notch! Many thanks Amanda

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Linda Levine – New York, U.S.A. May 02 Presto Tours in Rome, Italy Our family was delighted with the two tours we took while in Rome in March 2010 - to the Vatican and the Coliseum. The groups were very small, and our guide, John, was excellent. He made the visit most enjoyable for our teenaged granddaughters wbleepedmight not have been so interested in historic sites had he not paid particular attention to them and made the tours such fun. We would highly recommend Presto Tours to our friends.

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Olga Patterson – Stuart, FL, USA May 17 Rome Walking Tour with John While in Rome we booked a walking tour of the city with your company. We usually don't do tours, but I am so HAPPY we did this tour with John. He was wonderful and very knowledgeable. We really enjoyed the three hours we spent with him. We learned a lot and his tour really got me interested in learning more about Rome and its culture. Your company is very lucky to have such a great person working for you. Thanks again for the experience. We are planning another trip next year to Rome and will definitely contact Presto Tours. Thank you.

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Jan – England May 21 Both my wife and I were very impressed Both my wife and I were very impressed with the tour of Palatine Hill/Forum/Colosseum – our guide was highly knowledgeable and engaging, and we learned a lot from it. The opening of some sections of the palaces meant we visited some parts which weren’t scheduled, which was great. Many thanks

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Herman – Pennsylvania May 21 Sarah We are Most welcome and can't say enough good things. Thanks for meeting us with our Papal tickets we had a great experience. Additionally, Sarah was a true gem. We became art lovers and will not be able to see a museum without her. Thanks again

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Wendy – Pennsylvania May 21 John John was a fantastic tour guide. He is missing his "calling" in life. He should be a middle school social studies teacher. My 12 year old son is not a very interested learner, and he thoroughly enjoyed his tour at the Vatican. In his words, "if my teacher at school taught like that, I'd listen."

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Sarah – UK May 21 Federica Federica was a star! I wish we could have asked her to stay by our sides for the rest of our stay in Rome!

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Vojislava – Serbia May 21 We shall certainly recommend Presto Tours and her Federica to our friends who want to travel to Rome Our guide Federica was fantastic, she gave us excellent background information, plenty of facts for different works of art, explanation about symbolism etc, pointed out the things we may not see in paintings/sculptures/etc for ourselves, and delivered her information with great passion involving me in the trip more than I expected. She also gave us great tips on what else to see in Rome and even took time to show us round St Paul although it was not exactly in our schedule. Her English is excellent. Please give her best regards. Thanks to her, we have enjoyed tremendously the visit to Vatican.

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Regue – Texas May 21 Rome The tours were wonderful and I have already recommended your company to some friends of our traveling this Fall. Thank you and we will definitely use your company again.

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Mike – Illinois May 27 Sandra We had a great time, Sandra was awesome!

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Charlene – Alabama, USA May 28 We thouroughly enjoyed our tour of the Vatican. Federica was our guide and she was absolutely wonderful. Our day was filled with special interesting facts about the Vatican that we would not known without a guide. Many thanks

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Harvey Hatch – Vancouver, Canada June 01 Vatican Tour I've been a practicing architect in Canada for 30 years, and throughout school and subsequent professional life, I have never had a more engaging or captivating lesson on the art and architecture of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel than was given us today by Mitra. Her presentation of Michelangelo's world was indeed a master class of art history. We'll certainly be recommending Presto tours to friends following us to Rome, and with any luck they will have Mitra leading their group.

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Stephanie Norris – Trussville, Alabama USA June 08 Excellent Vatican tour Our Vatican tour May 10th with Federica was excellent. Federica was so knowledgeable, enthusiastic & engaging which made for such an interesting tour. Presto Tours should be very grateful for such a wonderful guide & I would highly recommend your company.

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John – Georgia, USA June 09 Our Tour Guide Ryan Just wanted to comment on our tour guide Ryan. We had our tour of the Vatican and Sistine with Ryan on May 25. Could not have been more pleased with his knowledge, personality, desire to make our tour enjoyable and memorable. He made everything very interesting with his knowledge and humor. Thank you Ryan from the entire Blocker family. We would definably use Presto Tours when we are in Rome again.

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Sylvia – Somerset, England June 11 3 excellent tours We have just finished our third Presto tour in Rome - all were outstanding. Today we toured the Collosseum and Roman Forum with Mitra. All three Presto tour guides were fantastic and Mitra's tour today was particularly outstanding. Thank you!

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Rodger Howell – Mission, KS June 13 Great tour of the Vatican given by Ryan The Presto Tour of the Vatican given by Ryan was outstanding. Very informative and interesting throughout the entire tour. Ryan was well versed in all aspects and shared some fascinating commentary regarding the facility, artifacts, and the artists. Highly recommend his tour.

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Paul Pam and Tyler – Rome June 20 Three tours The tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's yesterday was our third Presto tour and our second with Ryan. These tours are the highlights of our trip! Ryan was so accomodating, personable and knowledgeable. He made the day perfect!! Molto Bene!!!

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Erin – Oklahoma, USA June 22 Ryan I just wanted to write and let you know how much my group enjoyed our tour with Ryan at the Vatican (May 19, 2010). He is a wonderful tour guide and definitely kept us interested in what he was explaining. My family had been to the Vatican about 5 years ago and took a tour and it did not even compare to Ryan's tour. He is an awesome tour guide! Thank you for such a wonderful experience. Erin

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patricia carlet – martha's vineyard July 01 Vatican Tour with Ryan On June 21st we had an extraordinary 3 hour tour of the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel with Ryan. As a school librarian and researcher, I was totally impressed with Ryan's knowledge and understanding of these areas. His willingness to answer every question, his warm sense of humor, his patience with our group of fourteen, was wonderful. My two 17-year-olds, a niece and a granddaughter, hung on his every word. His initial explanation of the Sistine Chapel, a half hour tutorial using placards outside on the Vatican grounds, enabled us to fully appreciate and enjoy the Sistine Chapel at our own pace. Small tour group, well versed tour guide, pleasurable experience; that's Presto Tours!!

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Kevin Murray – Coronado, California July 01 Thanks to Federica We had a marvelous time during our tour of the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's. Federica was knowledgeable and charming! She helped us find the "easy way" around to assist our 84 year old mother, which made all the difference. We would recommend your service and Federica to anyone wanting an in-depth tour full of scholarly detail.

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Patricia – Prospect KY July 02 Rome in a Day Tour My husband and I visited Italy this past May and June. We had the privilege of touring Rome with one of your guides, Frederica. It was an all-day personal tour. We thought she was one of the most knowledgeable, engaging, and charming young ladies we have met in quite some time. And she was prompt! We just wanted to pass along our kudos. Patricia

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TO and Claire – California July 02 Thank you so much! Rafaela was wonderful. Thank you so much for assigning us to her! Funny, informative and obviously intellectually curious, she was a delight from start to finish and brought Renaissance Florence to life for my daughter and myself. We were thrilled to discover that she would be our guide for both of our tours. Also, Audrey (sp?) in your Rome office was very helpful when I had trouble booking our tours online and had to call. You should be proud of your staff! Best, TO and Claire

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Peter – Washington, DC July 06 Rome and Florence Tours My wife and I booked a couple tours from you in Rome and Florence while we were on our honeymoon last month. I'd like to say thank you very much! We really enjoyed all the tours we went on but specifically found the Vatican tour with Ryan and the Uffizi tour with Raffaela to be outstanding. My wife had never been to Rome or Florence and she thought they were great. And even though I had previously been to the Vatican and Uffizi while on a group tour a couple years ago I learned so much more from your guides. Both were very professional and exhibited their vast knowledge of the places and subject matter. They really know their stuff! I can honestly say I don't think I've ever learned so much about what's really going on in the paintings as I did with Raffaela. There were a lot of "oh wow" moments. Both of them are great representatives for Presto Tours! Thank you, Peter

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Greg – Utah July 07 Great Tour in June ! We took a tour of the Vatican / Sistine Chapel in June with Ryan. It was the best tour of our trip and we enjoyed it completely. Ryan had a great style and was a wealth of information. It was very comfortable and casual and I felt fortunate to be with Presto while I watched other hordes of tourists in very large tour groups move past. Your tour was much more personal and intimate. We'll book again!

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Debbie – Indiana July 22 Thank you! Ryan was fabulous, he was an excellent tour guide, we will definately rebook and rrcommend. Debbie

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Michele – Ontario, Canada July 22 A great experience We had a great experience both with Michael at the Colosseum /Palatine and then with Steve at the Vatican. We had a tricky group with age range 4-82 and both guides were able to engage everyone. We were impressed by how much our 8 year old son learned especially from Steve. He really was able to capture his imagination and interest. He was really super with the kids and with pacing our group. I am really grateful he was able to help us digest a large and complicated sightseeing trip so well. A great experience on both counts. Thank-you. Michele

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Vijil – Florida May 22 I am at sea on a Cruise in the Mediterranean and take this moment to let you know that my family was very happy with the excellent job Federica displayed during our tour of the Vatican. I already posted my feedback in your Trip Advisor. Regards,

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Louise – Illinois July 22 Outstanding Presto tours did an outstanding job. Our guide was Ryan (I believe he was from MASS.). He was amazing and made the vatican tour above and beyond what we expected. I hope he gets compensated for the fantastic job that he does! kudo''s to RYan and presto tours.

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Minna – Hong Kong July 22 All 3 tours we join are great, All of the tour guides we had is very informative , professional and we had enjoyed it very much. The wine tour is fun and informative! We are going to Pompei on Sat morning? Will Presto have a group tour available or can group a few clienst together for the tour? Tks

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Kim Black – Canada July 22 Extremely well done We recently travelled to Rome with our 2 teenagers (14/16) and booked on two of your tours: teh vatican and the colliseum tours. Both were extremely well done, on time and advance information on meeting places, dress and tour events were very helpful. We thought our tour guides, Ryan and Michael, were terrific. They were knowledgeable and able to answer numerous questions. They were also very personable and made our tours very enjoyable. I would recommend your tour services. Thanks

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Scott – Wisconsin May 23 Presto Tours provided the HIGHLIGHTS for our vacation to Italy... Really !!! Your Guides were well informed, professional, and polite. Thank you. We would have enjoyed the same services in Florence... do you offer? Thanks again, Scott

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Renee – California July 26 3 great tours! We had 3 great tours with you; Most especially Rich for the Rome city tour (was a wealth of knowledge and very professional), and Mitra for the Vatican tour was amazing! She had a wonderful style with a witty presentation, entertaining, very informative, and gave excellent advice about Rome restaurants. We would be happy to recommend your tours.

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Francis and Anita – London August 17 We just wanted to thank presto for an amazing three days of tours. We had John for each tour and thought he was fab! I especially loved his willingness to provide us with recommendations from restaurants to gelaterias! We had a fantastic time, were shown parts of rome we didnt know existed and found his tours to be original and humorous... we would just like to thank John for his utter dedication to his job and hope he gets the chance to do more tours in the future (he is certainly capable!) Thanks again, Anita and Francis p.s. francis thought of a new saying that he thought john might like... 'lets make like a sausage.... and roll!'

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Cheryl – california August 28 vatican tour My daughter and I enjoyed a fabulous tour of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel by Ryan! He was extremely knowlegeable and courteous. I would definitely recommend this tour group for future visits.

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Randall Bain – Colorado, USA August 29 comment on Vatican Tour We enjoyed our Vatican Tour with Sarah on August 23, 2010. She was a knowledgeable and articulate guide, and provided us with lots of information about the art we saw and some of the history of Rome and the Vatican site. We give her an "A".

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Sue – New York August 31 Sandra in Florence Hello, Our tour of Florence on Sunday with Sandra was excellent. she was so knowledgable of the city, its history and its art. she gave an excellent tour and kept both the adults and children in my group interested and engaged during every minute of the three hours. Sue

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Kim – Missouri August 31 Thank you! Allie so enjoyed her tour of ancient Rome. Love the name of your web site! I actually had called a young guide I've used before but she is out of the country. Given the (extremely) short notice, I google searched and have to tell you that your company's name popped out as the obvious choice as a first place to start for a last minute guide. Everything went off without a hitch and Allie loved the tour, especially the Forum. Thank you for your help in getting it set up Sincerely, Kim

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Nancy – Virginia September 03 Absolutely Wonderful! We had an absolute wonderful time with every tour we took with Presto. We just arrived home last night and I plan on going to Tripadvisor to leave my reviews. This was our best trip to Italy we’ve taken. Thanks once again for making our trip to Italy the best ever!!! Nancy

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Nancy – Richmond, Va September 03 Presto Tours in Rome My husband and I took four Presto Tours while in Rome. We took the Vatican Tour with Ryan, the Colleseum & Forum Tour with Mietra, the Rome City walking tour with John and the One day trip to florence with Mietra. Taking these Presto T0urs made this the best vacation we ever had. The guides are very knowledgeable and personable. I would recommend any of their tours highly!!!!

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Marian & Brian – Sydney, Australia September 05 it was just wonderful! We have just returned from our wonderful month in Europe and I wanted to thank you for our tour of Florence. THANK YOU so much – it was just wonderful! I do not know if I am spelling her name correctly but Sandra (? Perhaps it is Sondra) was outstandingly informative/interesting/helpful. She adapted our time on the tour to our previous experiences and was so knowledgable that I am now inspired to return to Florence for the third time to explore so much more of which I didn’t know about until we met her. She is a great ambassador for her city and an unsurpassed tour guide. Please do pass this on to her if you would like to. I shall in the future be delighted to recommend Presto Tours to everyone. With huge thanks again Kirsten and kindest regards Marian and Brian

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Brian – Minnesota September 10 Awesome We feel very fortunate to have found Presto tours. Our guides were Ryan(Vatican) and Jeff(Colesseum) and they were both awesome. We had a different guide today in Florence and they did not match up to you at all. We will recommend you highly Thank you Brian

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Debbie – Texas September 10 Federica is outstanding Sorry to have taken so long to respond. Our tour was unbelievable. Federica is beyond outstanding. She was on time, delightful and particularly well-versed on art history, which was a perfect match for our interest in The Vatican. We have never had a tour this outstanding. I will recommend Presto and Federica to anyone. Best regards, Debbie

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Mark – Tennessee September 12 Two great tours! We had two great tours with Presto guides. Ryan's tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica was informative and fun. We had visited all these locations 4 times before but this was the first time we took a tour. What a difference it makes having an interesting and informed guide wbleepedcan help you focus on the important elements of the vast museum. We would recommend this tour and especially Ryan to all our friends. We could say the same thing for our Presto Tour of the Uffici Gallery in Florence. Our guide there was an art history university professor wbleepedgave us a great appreciation of the development of the artistic style of Italian art and artist through the ages. We will definitely use Presto Tours again. Thanks. Mark

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Bozenna – California September 12 Mitra was fantastic, thank you! Our tour of the Forum and Colleseum was made enjoyable and informative by our guide, Mitra. She gave us clear and entertaining facts and stories about each area we visited,and answered questions with ease. Since the temperature was in the 90's, she was very cognizant of our comfort, so she chose areas that were shady to give her explanations, which I thought was very considerate. I also liked the small group (there were only five of us) and it was easier to follow the tour and listen to the interesting background of the area. We enjoyed this tour immensely!! Thank you!

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Barbara – San Francisco, CA September 16 Sarah May Just wanted to let you know how pleased we were with the Vatican Tour. Sarah May was fantastic! So knowledgeable, pleasant, engaging. The tour she shared with us was a highlight of our Roman holiday! Regards, Barbara

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Michelle – Dublin September 20 Tours in Rome We had an amazing tour of the Vatican with Ryan on Saturday. We found him to be very professional ,knowledgeable and engaging. The tour was amazing and definitely one of the highlights of our time in Rome. However we were not so lucky with our tour on Sunday at the Colesseum. Our tour guide was not engaging and as informative. The three hour tour was torture, we would have liked to abandon the tour but felt it would be rude to the tour guide and the rest of the group. Kind regards Michelle

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Barry – Brisbane, Australia September 28 Keep up the good work! Before coming to Rome I booked tours with 3 tour companies, I wanted to spread the risk incase I got a dud company. My regret is that I didn't book all tours with Presto - our tour of the Vatican was excellent. Ryan was an outstanding young man, brimming with knowledge and able to impart that knowledge so well. He was also very conscious of keeping the group together and advising us of where to meet etc - little things that really made the difference. I would have no hesitation in recommending Presto to my friends. Keep up the good work. Barry

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Leonard & Gabrielle – New York September 29 Most wonderful and informativve way to begin our stay We just had to let you at Presto know right away that not only was our guide,Sarah May, just the bees knees (the BBB's), we had a chance to get to know and appreciate the kind of intelligent, thoughtful and professional person she showed herself to be as we chatted and walked around Rome! it was the most wonderful and informativve way to begin our stay here, and it can only improve with the advice and guidance she shared! Thank you Sarah, and Bravo Presto for Sarah. we would love to stay in touch, so feel free and we will surely recommend Presto and Sarah. Best, Leonard and Gabrielle

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Anthony Andrews – Lismore Australia October 10 THANK YOU FOR A TRIP HIGHLIGHT My wife Sharyn and I recently (Monday October 4th) took a Presto Tour of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel with tour guide Ryan. We cannot recommend this wonderful young man highly enough. His extremely professional, knowledgable, approachable and helpful manner made the tour an absolute highlight for us in our 6 weeks in Europe. Triple plus for People and Communication Skills!!!! He really was the passionate expert that the company advertised. Many many thanks to Presto and Ryan!!! We will definitely be recommending Presto and Ryan to friends, family and others interested in travelling to Rome.

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Lise and Michel – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada October 17 guided tours in Rome My husband and I, (friends actually booked the tours) were absolutely enchanted by our guide for our first tour at the beginning of September of the Collosseium, Palatine Hill and the Forum, by the name of Michael. Such a source of knowledge only surpassed by his passion and love for the history of Rome. To our amazement, when waiting for our guide to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, Michael arrives cheerful and greeting us with a smile and his passion. Great, great tours! We also took a tour of the Catacombs with a young lady (forget her name) on Sept. 25th. She was also very well informed, charming and went beyond the tour expectations to take us to the wonderful St. Paul's Basilica. We would recommend Presto Tours especially for the small groups and of course for the knowledge that these guides have and share with us with such passion.

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Sabbernie – Maryland, USA October 22 We took three tours with Presto and all were very good. We took three tours with Presto and all were very good. We had a Colosseum/Forum tour with John and he was not only quite knowledgeable but intertwined enough humor and tidbits into the discussion to keep it lively and entertaining. Strong tour guide. Ryan was our guide for the Vatican. There is so much to see here that a 3 hour tour could never cover it all but Ryan did an outstanding job in setting up the tour and making sure we got the highlights. He was great at answering questions and sensitive to providing time for us to walk around. Great job Ryan! We also did the wine tour with Ector (I know it's spelled wrong...sorry). This was interesting because we didn't know what to expect but by the end of the night we were feeling like we were chating with an old friend. He has a very warm and friendly way about him that makes you want to be his friend and jsut talk about wine.....and that's EXACTLY what we did.

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Sue – United Kingdom October 22 fabulous trip worth every penny An absolutely great trip made even better by the guide Ryan, he was superb

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brigidjshelly – Ireland October 22 Unforgettable, Informative and even humorous, Ryan was a great guide! This tour of the Vatican was so memorable. It had a lovely mix of information, historical fact, heresay and gossip. Our guide, Ryan, answered every question with ease and was so obviously well read on his subject. It was a joy to skip the big long queue and the use of the headphones meant that the dignity and peace that the place deserved remained intact. We absolutely loved it. The highlight of our trip to Rome

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Anonymous – Australis October 22 First choice for tours in Italy We cannot recommend Presto Tours enough when in Rome. We booked three tours through Presto based on the reviews on TripAdvisor and we not dissapointed. We did the group tours of the Colosseum and Ancient Rome, Vatican and Sistine Chapel and Rome City. What was great: - Price - So much cheaper than other tours. And the value for money! Absolutley amazing for the reasons listed below. - Group size - small numbers which is highlighted when you see the group size of other tour companies. We had the max no for the Ancient Rome tour (15 people) but had less in the other tours. This made the experience so much personal too. - Tour length - 3 hours is perfect for both the keen and not so keen tour participant as at 3 hours we hit our physical and mental capacity to take in information. - Tour guides - The best part of Presto Tours till the last. All three guides were impressive. We found consistently that were extremely knowledgable, intelligent, personable and, most strikingly, very passionate about their job. The tour guides make Presto Tours the one to pick. Mitra (apologies for spelling your name incorrectly), Ryan and John - you are brilliant and made Rome come to life for us. We are the type of people wbleepedlike to do our own thing and don't normally do tours. With only 3 days in Rome we thought tours would help make the most out of time in Rome. Presto tours definitely helped us maximise our Rome experience.

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TravelCouple – Toronto, Canada October 22 Wished we'd taken more tours with Presto We took 3 tours with presto in early Oct.,2010....Ancient Rome with "John", Vatican tour with Ryan, & Florence Renaissance Tour with Raffaela.....all guides were excellent!!! They were very knowledgable on their subject matter & they were happy & interested in being there! We tried to book extra tours after ours but they were sold out!! Tour group sizes were small (12 or less) & on one tour we were the only ones! Guides were never watching the time & some tours even lasted longer ! Great value! Book early & book now!

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Anonymous – Hamburg, Germany October 22 Small guided tour through the Vatican was exactly the right thing for us! Ryan our guide was very informative and knowledgeable about the museums, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's with funny anecdotes that peppered our tour. We hesitated between a private tour and the small group tour. Do the small group tour! You can learn a lot from the other people's questions.

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David – Oxford, UK October 22 Great experience and good value My partner and I took the Presto guided tour of Vatican museums as recommended by a couple we met in our hotel. Our tour guide was a lovely and friendly lady. She hared with us her wide and deep knowledge of Roman and Italian history, art, stories, myths and even information about good places to eat in Rome. She made the tour the most enjoyable and educative experience. If other guides are like this then Presto tours are definitely a great choice.

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Anne – Ireland October 22 Informative and Interesting tour of the Vatican with Presto Tours We found the instructions for meeting the tour very easy to understand and follow. Michael, our guide, was interesting and well-informed. (The personal ear-pieces made all the difference in the crowded rooms. I can't imagine how anyone could hear the guide otherwise). What a wonderful wealth of art and sculpture, and Michael was really able to open it all up for us - the time passed too quickly! I certainly would highly recommend Presto tours.

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Anonymous – Calgary October 22 3 tours, 3 guides, 3 great experiences! We used Presto tours in Florence and Rome (twice) and had a great time on all three tours. Just as an FYI, they say that the tours are 3 hours, but our two Rome tours were 3.5 hours. In Florence, although we booked a group tour, we were the only ones on it. The Rome tours were bigger (13 each), but still much smaller than other groups that we saw... no guides with umbrellas to follow. I would definitely book with Presto again!

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Anonymous – California, USA November 05 Walking tour of Rome at night Ryan was an outstanding guide for our walking tour of Rome. His tour was a wonderful way to get to know the center of Rome. We loved Rome a lot more after his tour. While we walked, he explained the history behind the fountains and churches we admired. We went into a couple of churches and the Pantheon. By the way, don't miss the Pantheon!! He also told us about current affairs in Rome, new archeological sites and how to cope with the traffic when you're on foot!! A great tour by Ryan.

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Anonymous – England November 05 The perfect way to experience the Vatican museums and St Peter's Met promptly by our guide, Ryan, wbleepedwas most welcoming. He quickly organized our audio receivers and we made our way into the museum, avoiding the huge queues. Ryan's prime concerns were our enjoyment and comfort throughout. His explanation of the Sistine Chapel frescoes, which he gave before we went in to the Chapel, was very clear. This later enabled us to appreciate the beauty of the Chapel for a full 25 mins.. He concentrated on the 'must see' exhibits discussing them in a most informative and entertaining manner. We felt that we had plenty of time to see and enjoy everything that mattered. We learned a great many fascinating details which we're sure lots of other visitors will have missed. All questions were answered fully - nothing was too much trouble. We highly recommend this tour which was the highlight of our visit to Rome.

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Anonymous – California, USA November 05 Presto Tours - Vatican I highly recommend Presto Tours if you want a high quality, enjoyable experience touring the Vatican museums/Sistine Chapel. Our tour guide provided our small group of 10 with interesting bits of information with a sense of humor. While there were a lot of people visiting the Vatican in late-September, our small group of was able to keep together, keep moving, get close to exhibits and ask a lot of questions.

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Barbara – New Jersey, USA November 05 Best decision of our trip...knowledgeable, dynamic,witty guide brought history and art to life. We were very satisfied with this tour of the Vatican museums. Our guide chose a wonderful selection of artwork and described the history of the artist and the piece, be it sculpture, tapestry or painting with wit and precision. The three hours flew by. The Presto information was very reliable. We found the meeting place easily and were impressed with the distribution of audio equipment and the checking to make sure each worked before we entered. And need I say that not having to wait on line was indeed a plus. Only suggestion for others on this tour, wear comfortable shoes and don't worry about carting around drinking water, there is a midway stop.

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Anonymous – Virginia, USA November 05 What a great introduction to Florence Our tour guide Raffaela was amazing. She was so knowledgeable about the history of the city and of the artwork we saw. The fact that she lives in Florence made us feel like we were getting the inside scoop as shopkeepers and horse drawn carriage drivers waved hello to her.

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Anonymous – Madrid, Spain November 05 Completely worth it! The tour includes the vatican museums, the sixtine chapel and st peter's basilica, the guide explains the most important art pieces but if you are interested in any other in particular, you ask and he explains. With the tour you don't have to make all the line to go into the vatican, which usually takes around 1 hour or more. Ryan was an excellent tour guide in explaining and making the tour interesting. Usually the groups are small and you get a set of earphones to hear everything. I recommend it to everyone and especially if your stay in Rome is short and don't have much time to waste.

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Anonymous – New Jersey, USA November 05 We had excellent tours while in Rome! We booked all three of our tours via internet before we left for Italy. That was the best thing we could have done. To see the faces of those standing in long lines while we whisked right past them was worth every cent and definitely worth the time. The tour guides were extremely knowledgeable and went out of their way to make sure everyone was happy. The small group size was a major plus too.

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Anonymous – Maryland, USA November 05 AWESOME tours We took three tours with Presto and all were very good. We had a Colosseum/Forum tour with John and he was not only quite knowledgeable but intertwined enough humor and tidbits into the discussion to keep it lively and entertaining. Strong tour guide. Ryan was our guide for the Vatican. There is so much to see here that a 3 hour tour could never cover it all but Ryan did an outstanding job in setting up the tour and making sure we got the highlights. He was great at answering questions and sensitive to providing time for us to walk around. Great job Ryan! We also did the wine tour with Ettore. This was interesting because we didn't know what to expect but by the end of the night we were feeling like we were chatting with an old friend. He has a very warm and friendly way about him that makes you want to be his friend and just talk about wine.....and that's EXACTLY what we did.

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Anonymous – USA November 12 Federica of Presto Tours is the greatest! Friends and I booked a tour with Presto Tours for the Vatican and Sistine Chapel on Nov. 4, 2010. We were so very pleased with Federica, our tour guide. She was prompt, very knowledgeable, encouraged questions, and had a great sense of humor. She even spent time with us beyond the scheduled time. It was very obvious that she enjoyed presenting the information to us and encouraged us to ask questions. I would not hesitate to recommend her for the BEST experience possible.

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Amy & Chuck – Saint Louis, USA November 12 Book your tours! You won't be sorry! I generally don't book a ton of tours during vacations so I was leary of doing so for our trip to Italy in April. However, we wanted to pack in as much as we could into our 10 days without being in huge cattle herds of other tourists. After exhaustive research on TripAdvisor, I selected Presto Tours for our tour of Vatican City & the Colosseum/Palantine Hill. In short, they were fantastic and you can stop reading the reviews. Believe me, I've already read all of them, and you can trust the other writers. Book your tours with Presto--you won't regret it. An important factor with tours is knowing where to meet them. Presto tours has step by step directions with photo landmarks and are very easy to follow. Print them before you leave because they are very handy. We did the afternoon tour of Vatican City with Ryan. He is an American wbleepedfell in love with Rome and has stayed there. We had about 15 or so people but we had headsets so we never struggled to hear him. As he spoke perfect English, there was no issue there. We zoomed right through the entry and Ryan secured the tickets for us. Within 10 minutes we were up in the main gallery and started the tour. They're not kidding when they say bring good shoes. Get some extra gel cushions--they really help ease back pain while standing on hard floors. We stayed after the tour and walked all over by ourselves. Do not cheat yourselves here by rushing through. Stay for as long as you can and go back into St. Peters to see it by yourself. We also did the catacombs and climbed the full way up into the Cuppola. The views are worth the climb! We then did the Colosseum/Palantine Hill with Mitra on a Sunday morning. She is from Sweden but her English is perfect and she was a lot of fun. Sunday was a super time to go because there were no crowds whatsoever. There were only 6 of us on the tour, and for the first hour we practically had Palantine Hill to ourselves. Don't miss this archaeological site! It is fascinating and plays a major role in the history of Rome. I had never heard of it prior to this tour and it ended up being a highlight. We then walked over to the Colosseum and toured around that area. You can imagine how cool that was. My parting shot: Just book it. You'll love every minute of a Presto Tour.

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Anonymous – Welwyn Garden City, UK November 12 Great tour, great Guide Chose Presto Tours after reading reviews and it was a good decision. Everything flowed easily. Easy to find meeting point. Only 9 people in our group. Got in easily without having to queue for 2 hours. Saw many things and had so much explained that we would otherwise have missed. Our guide, Sarah, was fantastic. Her knowledge not only of the Vatican but Rome, Italy, culture, history, etc. was fantastic. She was so patient, enthusiastic, pleasant and a brilliant guide. We certainly got what we paid for and that was great value for money. Would certainly recommend Presto Tours and use them on another trip to Rome for visiting other parts of this amazing city.

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Susan and Jim – Florida November 16 We booked 3 tours with Presto for early November 2010 in Rome. Fredricka (sp?) and John were our tour guides and were nothing short of fabulous. While very different personalities, they both impressed us with their knowlege and made the tours fun and informative. On two of the 3 tours we were the only 'clients' on the tour and were very pleased that Presto kept the schedule and allowed us our own 'private' tour - rather than trying to reschedule us. We would definitely recommend the company and our personal tour guides and use them again on future trips.

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Anonymous – Washington DC, USA November 26 Vatican City Tour My tour at the Vatican museum was the best part of my three day vacation in Rome. Tour guide was Ryan and the tour took about 3 hours. Taking the tour got us to bypass a long line outside the museum, get exposed to Vatican city history, see all of the gardens/showrooms of the Vatican museum along with Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. Ryan also seemed very knowledgeable about the city in general and gave me important tips along with a list of things to see in Rome during my stay. I'm glad I decided to take the tour and advise everyone to take it if they're interested in knowing the history behind this beautiful city.

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Anonymous – New Jersey, USA November 26 Best Tour All Vacation! We had Federica as our tour guide for the Vatican and she was outstanding. Very passionate about the subject matter and kept us interested all 3 hours. She was so knowledgeable and we just enjoyed the tour immensely. We have nothing but rave reviews to say about her and felt that it was the best tour we took in all of our trip (and we took many!). We would book Presto tours (and Claudia) again in heartbeat. We will remember this tour forever!

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Anonymous – New Jersey, USA November 26 Awesome and very educational tour! We had such a good tour. Our guide was knowledgeable and able to answer all of our questions. We went in the heat of July, but our guide was great at finding shade and water fountains. My husband had been to Rome before and said the tour he took with his cruise line was a waste compared to our Presto tour. It is fascinating and our guide really brought everything to life. You will leave knowing more about this ancient city and happy that you booked with Presto!

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Anonymous – Port Washington, New York November 30 Trust Presto to do it right I looked at many Vatican City reviews and every one I saw about Presto was favorable. Our guide, Federica, is getting her PhD in History, studied in London and lived in the US. So her English was great, and she knew everything. We booked a private tour just for our family of 5 and that was a great way to see Vatican City.

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Anonymous – Singapore November 30 Presto tours are great Ryan from Presto tours was our guide to the Vatican museums, the sistine chapel and St Peter's (but on that day, the Pope had a reason for why we couldn't enter the basilica - thankfully we had already seen it that morning).. The meeting point for the tour was completely convenient and well marked in our email, and Ryan appeared right on time. We felt instantly at ease with his easy, down-to-earth manner and his wealth of knowledge really impressed us. My husband and I are both teachers, so when I say Ryan is a great facilitator, I think I would know what I'm talking about! The tour took us through all the important pieces, pointing out significant points without overloading us with details. We covered the main rooms and the best part was having Ryan answer ALL our questions - honestly, we felt like we were part of a series on Discovery Channel. Without a competent guide, it's very likely one will be very overwhelmed in the museum and much of the significance of the art, the rich history and all the other nuances would be lost on the average traveller - case in point, a beautifully sculpted muscled back (or torso) with large holes in them would mean ABSOLUTELY nothing to us had Ryan not explained why and how the Belvedere torso became the catalyst for the classical revival. To cut the long story short - we had fun on the tour, and because it happened to be just the 2 of us that day, we got a private tour that had other tourists hanging around us and eavesdropping!

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Anonymous – Mesa, Arizona November 30 Presto Tours added greatly to our enjoyment of Rome. We had read online reviews of Presto Tours while planning our trip and were impressed by the many favorable responses. After recently taking 3 of their tours in Rome (Vatican, Colosseum, Catacombs), we can heartily recommend this company. The group size for each tour was small (4-8), the guides were well-informed and good at communicating their knowledge, and seemed to enjoy what they were doing. The directions to the starting place for each of the tours were clear and even included a helpful photograph. Our questions were always politely answered, whether specific to what we were viewing or to gain helpful travel information about Rome. Ryan was the guide for our Vatican Museums/ St. Peter's Basilica tour and John handled the Colosseum tour - both guides were obviously experienced, easy to understand, and just did a fantastic job. After our Rome visit we took several tours in other countries, each involving a busload of people, and really missed the more personal approach that the Presto Tours provided.

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Anonymous – Ohio, USA December 27 If you are visiting the vatican, this tour will make it worthwhile A great tour. Our visit to the Vatican would have been pretty meaningless without it. I would recommend Presto to any of my friends visiting the Vatican. Ryan, our tour guide, was amazing. I can't say enough good things. We were very fortunate to have a small group and it felt like a private tour. Ryan did a good job getting to know a little bit about each person so that he could address different things of interest to each person. Even though we went in off season, the vatican was still very crowded. He did a good job keeping an eye on everyone and making sure the group stayed together. Also we were each given a headphone so that we could hear everything he said clearly. Presto tours was also well prepared for any problems that might arise.

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Julie – Virginia, USA January 13 we were very impressed with the quality of Presto tour guides in Rome. Ryan gave us a great introduction/overview and tour of the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's. Mitra provided a wealth of knowledge about the Colosseum and Forum. John was our guide for the Villa Borghese and Christmas in Rome today. He was terrific, knowledgeable, and shared several vignettes about the sights. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with him and wouldn't hesitate to recommend him or any of your guides. All of the guides were enthusiastic and clearly knew their material.

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Claudia – California, USA January 13 We thoroughly enjoyed our Presto Tour with Sarah May. She was an amazing tour guide and we felt that it was well worth the money. The meeting spot was not hard to find and we started right on time. We could not have been happier with the tour, Sarah May is the best!! Thank you so much for providing wonderful services.

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Natalie – Australia January 13 We went on 2 tours through yourselves when only planning to do 1. We did the Vatican Tour on 1 day and were delighted to find my mum and I were the only ones on the tour that day and had Ryan as our personal tour guide. His knowledge, skill at sharing it in an interesting way and general pleasant manner made this tour one of the highlights for us. He mentioned at the end that he was doing a city tour the next day and it didn;t take long for my mum and I to decide this would be something we would like to do given our experience on the 1st tour. The city tour again didn't fail to wow us and again Ryan was a factor for us rating Presto Tours so highly. At the end of the tour we asked him to recommend a restaurant to us and the one he did was fabulous. Presto tours was originally suggested to me by a friend wbleepedhad also been on the Vatican tour with you when they were in Rome. Rest assured my mum and I will be recommending Presto tours to all our friends heading to Rome and will surely use it again on our return visits whenever they may be.

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Mike & Stacy – Nebraska, USA January 17 Presto Tours significantly enhanced our trip to Rome! City Tour (Ryan) Christmas Tour (John) Roman Forum & Coliseum (Mitra) Vatican (Ryan) Florence (Mitra) Our trip to Italy was one of our best vacations ever. While it would be difficult not to enjoy Rome, our trip was certainly enhanced through scheduled tours of the sites and elements we wanted to experience. Presto Tours was very professional and offered the insight and experience we were looking for from our tours. There are so many elements to the history of Rome that would be missed without a quality tour guide; and the key word here is "quality", which is exactly what you get with Presto. From our perspective, quality must include not only the guide's background and understanding of the subject, but also the personality to carry the attention of the group and make the event truly memorable. The three Presto guides we experienced in Rome were amazing and possessed these qualities and more. Specifically, we would recommend experiencing each of the tours noted above. We took the "City Tour" on our first evening in Rome and it was the perfect way to begin to acclimate yourself and subsequently gain a level of comfort in a very unique city, while seeing some key sites in Rome (i.e. - Trevi Fountain, Pantheon). We would suggest doing this tour very early in your visit. We took the "Christmas Tour" on Christmas day, which made the tour very special. However, we would certainly recommend this tour, regardless of when you visit Rome (offered year round). The churches were amazing and the history of the holiday from an Italian perspective was very interesting. The Coliseum is likely one of the more anticipated sites for anyone visiting Rome, as it was for us. While it may seem that seeing the Coliseum on your own would be fine, please take our advice and use a tour (Presto). The Coliseum experience is enhanced with inclusion of the Roman Forum. We spent a great deal of time in the Forum area and learned a great deal about the history. Had we not used Presto, we would likely have spent 15-20 minutes in the Forum and come away much less 'impressed' with what is actually represented at this site. The Forum experience provides a great build up and beautiful walk to the Coliseum. The Coliseum is an amazing experience and again enhanced by the insight of our tour guide. Another significant advantage of using Presto Tours is the "access". The lines for the Coliseum are always long, which Presto association allows you to bypass…this is a huge advantage and makes the overall experience much better. The Vatican is another visit you should not even consider doing on your own. With Presto Tours, we were able to bypass seemingly endless lines. The history in the museum is endless and therefore you could not even begin to gain a true appreciation for the art and architecture without the assistance of an experienced guide. While we knew the Vatican would be amazing to see, it was more than we could have ever expected and our Presto tour guide was a key. Our trip to Florence was great! We were able to see some Italian countryside and experience the high-speed train system; also, the city of Florence was very unique and interesting. Again, this experience was greatly enhanced by our Presto tour guide and in our opinion this is the only way to take this excursion. We spent eight days in Italy; and five of these days included time with Presto Tours. Again, we have learned from previous trips that tours are a must for seeing and appreciating key historic sites; and we obviously applied this to our trip to Rome. We want to ensure that others take steps to make their time in Rome as efficient and enjoyable as we did. There are certainly good and bad tour agencies out there, so we want anyone reading this to understand that, with Presto Tours, you are getting a high-quality experience that will truly enhance your trip. Mike & Stacy Omaha, NE

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Mary – California, USA January 17 Best Tours Ever! We used Presto for three tours in Italy. In Rome we took a group tour of the Colosseum and Forum. Lovely guide, well-paced tour. We also used Presto for the Vatican tour and were very impressed. Presto keeps all groups to 15 or under and they use individual mic's for indoors. Very interesting guide, very bright. Had a private tour of Ufizzi in Florence, just for 4 of us. Most excellent!

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Anonymous – Virginia, USA January 17 Christmas Week in Rome Presto Tours made our first visit to Rome incredibly memorable. We booked a Vatican tour, Villa Borghese tour, Rome City tour, Colosseum tour, and Christmas in Rome tour with them. The guides knew their material, had a great sense of history and respect for Rome, knew the ins/outs of the city, and shared several vignettes about many of the places we visited. The Christmas in Rome tour could actually be taken any time during the year. Thank you Presto Tours for a beautiful Christmas in Rome.

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Anonymous – New York, USA January 17 Small group, excellent tour guide! My friend and I did not want to tour the Vatican with a large group of people so we chose Presto Tours from reading the reviews here. our choice did not disappoint! We had a group of 8 of us and we went in November the day after the once-a-month free day at the Vatican. Best day to go by far. Ryan was extremely knowledgeable but you could also feel the passion he had for the Vatican. The headsets were great, I cannot imagine being on a tour without them. Ryan did an excellent job of taking his time while we were able to take in so such in a short amount of time; neither of us felt rushed, it was the prefect pace. He pointed out not only the highlights but some of the hidden, obscure things within the Vatican. He was able to answer most questions and if he couldn't, he would provide as much information as he could on the subject. We never lost anyone and even had chances to wander away from the group. After the tour, he suggested other areas of the Vatican to explore and how long each exploration may take. He also stayed as long as we had questions for him. If you can, request which tour Ryan is leading - you will walk away with more knowledge than a tour book could provide you. As a side-note, we asked him about places for dinner and he recommended Vino e Camino and it was by far the best meal we had in the 9 days we traveled around Italy - thanks Ryan!

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Anita – Australia January 31 We enjoyed our tour very much. It was well organised and of high quality. Our guide was one of the best we have had. We have been to few tours before. He was very knowledgeable and very informative. We are still talking about how good the tour was and have recommended it to our friends. We actually went on a Vatican tour 2 years before but definitely enjoyed this tour better. Well done.

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Brendan – Dublin, Ireland February 01 Myself and my brother paid for group tours but were the only one's there and had the benefit of Mitra all to ourselves. I had good memories of Presto from a tour I did in 2008 in Rome and was delighted to have Mitra again, wbleepedwas my guide also in 2008. Her knowledge is excellent and it was amazing how she was so good at painting a picture for us of ancient Rome which made us feel like we were there. The 2 tours were professional and very informative and her commentary fitted seamlessly with our tour of the museum afterward. Whatsmore i found her opinions thought provoking and her personality engaging.

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Chris Neville – UK February 26 Vatican and Rome City Tours Small groups certainly and very good English. Our tour guide was very well informed and articulate, holding our attention throughout.Vatican Tour was so good we elected to go on the City Tour with the same guide the following day.

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Debbie – Canada February 28 I just can't say enough good things about Presto Tours. While on the VaticanTour with Federica on Wednesday I think I convinced another couple to take the city tour with her and yesterday while researching something else on Tripadvisor (which is how I found out about you in the first place), I replied to someones query about the Vatican Tour highly recommending Presto. Yesterday while at our cooking class I told another young couple from New Zealand about the tours and how seeing these sites on your own is amazing because of the sheer beauty and majesty of what we are witnessing, but hearing the history and the back stories of these sites and works, while gazing at them is indescribable You do not want to have your nose buried in a book reading about this stuff while it is in front of you and what could be better than being able to ask your questions and have them answered as soon as they pop into your head. Federica's passion is absolutely contagious. We intend on buying the book she mentioned "The Lives of the Artists" and yesterday while eating breakfast I looked up on the wall and noticed a print of the "Twin Churches" in Piazza del Polpolo. This may not seem like much to those surrounded by this beauty on a daily basis, but you must understand that I have never been terribly interested in art.....until now. I can't believe what I have been missing. The artists stories make their works even more fascinating. I had been looking forward to the Colosseum the most and John did not disappoint. His tour was easily followed and understood and his injection of humour kept it light and entertaining.

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Deanna & Michael – Oregon, USA February 28 Raffaela was an outstanding guide and hostess/embassador. She was friendly, enthusiastic, and extremely knowledgeable - everything a guide should be.. Rafaella also showed us her Florence, which made it even more special. We have many wonderful memories of our trip to Florence thanks to Raffaela.

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William – Canada February 28 My tour was very fine; our guide Ettore was excellent. Thank you!

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William – Ontario, Canada February 28 Federica and Sandra were wonderful. Federica's knowledge is exceptional. Sandra being from Canada was a pleasant surprise. It was 10 of 10 experience and I would recommend your services. Thank you for a wonderful time

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Diane – Hertfordshire, GB February 28 I was on the tour on 26th February 2011 with Sandra. Bearing in mind I did a Vatican Tour two years ago I thought this tour was far superior. She was very knowledgeable, gave us relevant information and didn't try to bombard us with too much information as there is so much to see - 1200 rooms and all that - she was also friendly and approachable. Well done!!

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Patricia – Kentucky, USA February 28 My husband and I visited Italy this past May and June. We had the privilege of touring Rome with one of your guides, Federica. It was an all-day personal tour. We thought she was one of the most knowledgeable, engaging, and charming young ladies we have met in quite some time. And she was prompt! We just wanted to pass along our kudos.

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David & Barbara – Pennsylvania, USA March 03 We would like to commend our Vatican tour guide, Ryan, he gave us such a great tour on October 21. He was exceptional. Thank you!

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Kate & Greg – Queensland, Australia March 03 Uffizi Gallery Tour Dear Presto Tours, We wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our Uffizi tour with Raffaela yesterday afternoon. It will be one of the memorable events of our time in Florence. Raffaela's knowledge and friendliness ensured that the afternoon was not only most enjoyable, but also educational. We now have a much better basic understanding of art development in this era for when we look at Renaissance artworks in the future. The tour was more than anything we could have anticipated. Raffaela was also very generous in suggesting further places of interest around Florence that we might like to visit, especially those relating to art. Thank you again for all your assistance to date and especially for the tour yesterday.

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Anthony March 03 My wife Sharyn and I recently took a Presto Tour of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel with tour guide Ryan. We cannot recommend this wonderful young man high enough. His extremely professional, knowledgeable, approachable and helpful manner made the tour an absolute highlight for us in our 6 weeks n Europe. He really was the passionate expert that the company advertised. Many many thanks to Presto and Ryan!!!

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Sharon – New York, USA March 08 Our Vatican tour with Ryan was amazing. He was friendly, informative, kind... all of the attributes one would seek in a guide. I am an Art History major and had been in the Vatican before, yet I learned many new things from him. Please share with Ryan how much he made our trip special. Thanks for a wonderful tour

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Jason – Canada April 01 One of the best experiences I've ever had If you plan to visit the Vatican, I HIGHLY recommend paying the extra for a tour. It is very well worth the money. Your won't be disappointed. Our tour guide was Ryan and he was great. If you can get a tour with him, do it!

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Anonymous – Augusta, Georgia April 01 Very informative and well executed Sarah was very knowledgeable and I learned much about art and the Vatican. This really helped put context to the different periods of the Church.

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Anonymous – Athens, Greece April 01 Fantastic experience We had a semi -private tour in Vaticano with Sarah on March 24th.She was fabulous, the most interesting guide we could possibly have. I am so satisfied. I highly recommend Presto Tours to everyone. Sarah, thanks a lot!!!!

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Anonymous – Arnhem, Netherlands April 01 Great knowledge and great personality Our guide Federica was wonderful, she knows a lot of art and history. She walked with us through Trastevere, we visited the Santa Maria Church and the Santa Cecilia Church. After that we passed the Tiber and watched the Tiber island from the bridge. She told a lot about the history of Rome, also things we did not know yet. We made a tour through the Jewish Ghetto as well and saw the Synagogue and many other things. We ended at the plaza Argentina. It was very nice. In November we will be back in Rome and do a tour with Presto Tours again!

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Anonymous – Texas, USA April 01 Excellent tours and great guides We had 2 semi-private tours in Florence with Raffaela and 1 in Rome with Ryan. All the tours were great. Both Raffaela and Ryan were extremely knowledgeable about art history, culture, etc. Above all, they were both professional and passionate about what they do. We signed up for semi-private tours but were fortunate enough to be the only customers during the off season. Raffaela was very kind to give us additional information about good restaurants, shopping tips, and other fun things to do while in Florence. We were so glad that we found Presto Tours for our first trip to Italy and would love to sign up for more tours next time we visit again.

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Anonymous – England April 01 Presto Tours - Vatican Tour/Rome City Tour & Colosseum & Ancient Rome Tour Booked these 3 tours via Presto Tours following the recommendations on Trip Advisor. All 3 tours were excellent and very informative. Our guides, Ryan and John wbleepedwere excellent, tailoring the content of the tours to the needs of the groups. The tours had between 6-8 people which made them more intimate and more enjoyable and at no point during any of the tours did we feel that we were being pressurized to complete the tours within the allocated timings. Would thoroughly recommend Presto to anyone looking for a high quality tour and would use them again without hesitation. Thanks Ryan and John!

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Kim – California, USA April 01 Great way to see the Vatican Ryan was our guide. Only 4 on the tour, so very personal. Ryan was very knowledgeable; answered all our questions, and had a good sense of humor. Well worth the price.

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Mark – Belgrade, Serbia April 01 Very interesting tour, lots of insight from our tour guide, Sandra, particularly regarding all things concerning art. An excellent tour, thoroughly enjoyed the friendly, laid back, humorous, but thoroughly informative style of our tour guide, Sandra. If you are thinking of visiting the Vatican, and you are not an expert on Renaissance art or the Roman church, then i strongly recommend you use a professional tour guide, such as Presto Tours.

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Anonymous – New Mexico, USA April 01 Touring Rome the Smart Way My husband and I toured Rome years ago.. We did all the tours we could fit in, which was sort of a mistake. For the Vatican Tour, we went with a company that had us waiting in the longest line on the planet. We felt really crowded out since our group was pretty large and the whole experience felt really overwhelming. It was great to see the Vatican, but we both felt like the whole experience blew right past us. The second time around, we knew that we wanted to tour the Vatican again, but had to be more careful about whom we chose to tour with. I read some great reviews about Presto and sent them a few emails. I got really fast and helpful responses everytime I sent them a list of questions. They even opened a tour at a time they didn't previously offer it just so we could make it happen! The tour guide was fantastic and very knowledgeable! He really made the entire experience special and his enthusiasm got the whole group buzzing. This company gets VIP access to the Vatican so we didn't have to wait in line and I think they said the group max was 15 people. Even the kids that other couples brought to tour really enjoyed it. I am pretty sure that this is also a family-run business which is another bonus. I have a niece that is touring Rome for school and suggested Presto Tours, it turns out that they even have a budget tour. Love these guys!

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Antonios – Athens, Greece April 01 The Vatican tour with Ryan was just perfect The tour we took with Ryan on Monday 7th March 2011 was just perfect. We were just a group of three people (can you believe it ?) and we skipped the endless queues outside the Vatican Museum.Our quide Ryan was kind, patient and informative. In just three and a half hours he showed all the highlights of the museum collections and St Peter's Basilica and he was ready to answer all of our questions. I suggest Presto Tours and Ryan to anyone wbleepedwants to visit Vatican. One of the highlights of our visit to Rome.

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Simon – Dublin April 26 great tour - only way to see and understand the Vatican We took a semi-guided tour of the Vatican in March and Federica was our guide. Only 4 on the tour that morning so it was almost like a private tour whcih certainly enhanced the experience. Federica's english was excellent but then again she did fine-tune it in Trinitiy College Dublin!!! Incidentally our daughter is currently a student in Trinity. I would like to compliment and thank Feberica on making our tour so enjoyable and hope you will pass my comments on to her. Her passion for art is obvious and her knowledge really helped us leave with a better understanding; basically we could not have gained very much from "doing our own thing". She is very direct too which I found refreshing particularly in insisting we asked any questions. A couple of times she noticed me taking a particular interest in something and engaged me on it specifically which was great and she was certainly helping to make the route more personable. All in all a really positive experience and we left with a much greater understanding and appreciation of the vatican and the museums.

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Anonymous – Portsmouth, UK May 31 Excellent Tour of Vatican Museum and St Peters It is very rare I rate anything as 5-star on Trip Advisor but I am happy to do so with The Vatican Tour organised by Presto Tours. I was a little worried when it cost a total of €108 for two but.....by the end of the tour I realised it was worth every euro. The queues were huge at 10:30 am but our tour guide was able to jump all of the queues and arrange a personal radio as well (entry fee and radios included in above price). I am not a religious person but culturally the tour was astonishing and made much more interesting by our Presto tour guide wbleepedwas highly knowledgeable. I think we were lucky inasmuch as we were only a party of two couples (us two Brits and two Americans). Thanks Presto, we will use you again.

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Kori – New York City June 05 Sarah My family and I went on a tour of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, Roman Forum with Presto Tours last week, as well as a number of tours of other sites led by other companies, and we all agreed that the Presto tour was the best. Presto seems to keep the groups small so you can always hear the guide and don't have any problems staying together. On top of that, our guide had an M.A. in Italian Studies and told us about the qualifications of other Presto guides (all M.A. and Ph.D. holders), which means they are all specialists and know what they are talking about. My family was a diverse audience - a 15-year-old high school student, 30-year-old PhD student specializing in Italian history, and two parents - and all of us got a lot out of the experience. I shopped around a lot before choosing this tour and am very glad to say that I definitely made the right choice.

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Richard and Catrina – Sydney, Australia June 06 Tiffany Hi Presto people We went on your Vatican tour yesterday 5/6/12 at 8am. Tiffany was our tour guide. What a lovely and knowledgeable lady. Not only did she look great, she also knew how to keep us informed about all the different sculptors, painters and their characters. She knew her way around and kept us thoroughly entertained. As an American she seemed to have greatly adapted to the Italian way of life. We felt we learned a lot and feel pleased we took the Presto tour. Thank you Richard and Catrina

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Adriana – Canada September 30 Excellent customer service! Will recommend to any of my friends going to visit the wonderful and beautiful country of Italy.

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James Allocco – USA October 01 Vatican skip the Line Tour My wife, her sister and had a wonderful tour of the Vatican with Eleana. We had a small group of 12-15 people as compared to much larger tour groups that I wittnessed. Elean was very knowledgeable about the history of the Vatican, the popes the artists and the works of art. We felt fortunate to have her as our guide and were both educated and looked after. Thank you Eleana. Jim Allocco

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Nancy Traubitz – Silver Spring, MD April 03 Sara & Hector Dear Presto Tours, We have used Presto Tours for five tours in March 2010 and March 2013, twice for the Vatican with two different and equally excellent guides, twice for the Colosseum/Palatine Hill, both times with Sara, and this year for the Catacombs with Hector. We first found Presto tours in an article in the Washington Post and booked our semi-private tours on line. The on-line response from staff and the directions emailed to us were clear, helpful, and prompt. Every time we arrived to begin a tour, the guide was waiting for us, was concerned about our well-being, and was knowledgeable and responsive to our questions and needs way beyond the call of duty. We especially appreciated Sara's wit and sensitive information, and her suggestions for lunch and transportation options appropriate for our group of three: grandmother (75), mother (45) and grandchild (16), I have traveled frequently with major tour companies in many cities in Europe and have never had better guides. For example, Presto staff was quick to reassure us via email when the Vatican was closed for a few days this March. Hector rearranged our tour of the Appian Way and Catacombs to get us out of the pouring rain. As the grandmother and organizer of these two trips to introduce grandchildren to Europe, I can only say, thank you, thank you. Nancy Traubitz Silver Spring, MD

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