FAQs

1) I heard the Vatican is closed on Sundays does that mean you'll arrange to bring us elsewhere in Rome since I'm assuming it will be unavailable?

The Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel are closed on each Sundays except the last one of the month. The Basilica of St.Peter's is always open so you will be able to visit it and if you are lucky enough you might be able to see the Pope since he gives a Blessing on this day. When the Vatican museum is closed it will be replaced with a visit to the catacombs or something else you would like to see.The tour is very flexible so we do not follow a strict itinerary and if you have any suggestion we will be happy to satisfy it.

2) Are the Vatican Museums the only way to get to the Sistine Chapel?

Yes they are and that is why we have long lines at the entrance!

3) How much are we supposed to tip?

This is a very personal habit. In Italy the tip is not deeply rooted in our culture but it is surely a nice way to show our DRIVING GUIDES - TOUR GUIDES - TOUR ESCORTS - CULTURAL ESCORSTS how much you appreciated their service. The more you like the service the more you can tip them. If the service is awesome due to their professionalism, punctuality and personality you are more than free to give them a big tip! Anyhow I'd say 10 % good job; 15% very good; 20 % super.

4) What is the difference among a tour guide, a tour escort, a tourist interpreter or our English Speaking drivers?

Tour guides: surely very knowledgeable, according to the Italian law they have to be licensed. That means that they have to get a permit to be tour guides through an oral and written exam many times very hard and peculiar. Tour guides are the only ones that can give explanation - territorially speaking - within the monuments or museums of interest. You can see them for example in the Sistine Chapel or in the Colosseum. They are normally the most expensive to be hired per hour.

Tour Escorts: according to the Italian law, they have to be licensed, too but the exam to get the permit is much easier. They cannot give explanations within the monuments. Their preparation and historical/cultural/art education is very high but they can just give explanation when on busses or minivans. Their job is more various: they follow groups basically everywhere and they take care of all bureaucratic things (check in/check out/ tickets/ meeting places, etc).

Tourist Interpreter: they have a lot of knowledge too, but their job is 100 % based on their language education. They are nothing more than linguistic mediator. To be a tourist interpreter you have to certify a certain level of education.

English Speaking drivers: this is a pretty new figure that operates in this field. Driving Guides are very expert drivers that show you around with those very fancy and cozy vehicles with a deep knowledge of the Italian History and Art. Almost all of them are perfect bilingual.

This is more or less what the Italian Tourist Legislation says. Obviously trespasser will be prosecuted with big fines or confiscation/revocation of their permit.

5) When is the Accademy closed in Florence?

It is generally closed on Mondays and it is a pity because the Dadiv (statue by Michelangelo hosted in there) is surely something unbeliveable.

6) Do i get the driver requested?

I wish i could guarantee for your tour the driver requested .You probably read about him or he was suggested by a friend and knowing that he will be assigned to you maybe will let you feel more secure about booking a tour with us. I will be honest with you and not lye saying, yes he will be assigned to you knowing that there are many things that can change from now to the day of your tour. We schedule the drivers tours at the beginning of each week and try our best to assign to each client the driver requested .This happens most of the times but not always. Please be reassured that all the drivers used by driverinrome are trained to be friendly , informative and safe. Some are more fun some more informative but the important thing is that you will be satisfied with them!!! Remember it takes years to get a good reputation and one unsatisfied client to ruin it , so do not worry you will have a great time with our tours. If you have a preferred driver or more then one, when you book a tour please let us have the list so we can try to satisfy everyone!!!

7) I booked a transfer from the airport. Where do i meet my driver?

Once you have collected your luggage and cleared customs head to the information desk of your terminal.This is where you will meet you driver.He will be holding a sign with the name shown on your reservation confirmation .It normally takes 40 minutes from the moment your flight touches ground that you phisically meet you driver, unfortunatly Italians work slowly especially during the hot summer . So if it you notice it is taking longer, please call us at:

  • Daniele 011 39 33841809478
  • Luca 001 39 3287973979
  • Manny 001 39 3397146491
  • Paolo 001 39 3345639115

Or ask the custom police officer to let you come out for a second to tell your driver you'll be late. If the driver does not hear from you he might not wait longer than one hour. After 1 hour extra time will be charged. Please remember that the driver is not allowed in the baggage claim area.

Be so kind as to letting us know if you are cought in a long delay or even if you miss your flight at the numbers above! For sure we will appreciate it!

8) How do I make a reservation with RomeDrivingTours.com?

If you wish to secure a reservation with RomeDrivingTours, please provide us with your credit card information and telephone number. If you do not feel secure to send your credit card number by e-mail you may either fax it to us (ask us the fax number) or you can mail it to us with 2 separate emails at the standard e-mail adress info@romedrivingtours.com.

If you find it easier please just click on the following and fill it in https://www.romedrivingtours.com/book.php.

Payments can be made in Dollars, Euro, traveller cheques just at the end of each tour.

NO CREDIT CARD, sorry!!! The credit card is used to guaranty your reservation but will never be charged. Once we have this information we will e- mail you a confirmation of your booking.