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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
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Herbert Zuegel Sep 10, 2015 at 11:15 AM

'Would greatly appreciate RS or someone else with experience responding re: acquiring/using best prepaid cellphone on our upcoming Rome + Amsterdam trip. T/Y

Jeri Kinnear Jul 07, 2015 at 08:48 AM

I took the Rome trip in March. We were very fortunate to have an excellent guide who went out of his way to accommodate us. The entire trip was great. I was concerned with the hotel after reading some of the reviews. I was traveling single and was given a room on the second floor that overlooked the garbage cans, had no room to walk around the bed, and the bathroom was last century. I asked our guide to have them change my room as I wasn't going to spend a week in that particular room. I was put on the fourth floor and it was night and day. My advice is stay on a floor 4 through 6 and if they are putting you on a lower one ask to see it prior to occupying. The location of the hotel is great and so is their breakfast.

Pamela Puleo Jul 06, 2015 at 08:24 PM

My husband and i went to the Rome trip last year (Sept 2014) Here are the Pro's - Our guides were friendly and most knowledgeable. They made rome come alive! They were all experts in their field! The second Pro is the access GS provided us. We had the Sistine Chapel to ourselves for about 2.5 hours - and had a wonderful solar provide an insightful lecture. We had wonderful travel to each location. On time an very organized. The resturants were wonderful with great food and service. every day was organized and timely. The Con's - Our main guide 'den mother' was not very friendly. The hotel accommodations were 2 star. If you have traveled before, skip the first night orientation.

Sharon Clarke Jul 06, 2015 at 03:39 PM

My husband and I are going on the Sept 13 Rome trip and then the Sept22 Florence trip. I would appreciate hearing from anyone who has taken the train between these cities.
Lois MacLean Jul 06, 2015 at 05:12 PM

It's very quick and easy, Sharon, and economical even in first class. I booked my ticket online from the US with, I think, Trenitalia. But you really don't need to book in advance. There are many trains each day between Rome and Florence. There's more than one company, though, so you need to be sure which train station yours stops at in Rome. They all, I think, stop at the main station in Florence. You could wait until you are in Rome, and ask your RS leader or the hotel concierge to help you book a ticket. I'd avoid heavy commute hours unless you don't have a choice, but other than that, no worries!
Sharon Clarke Aug 20, 2015 at 12:32 PM

Thanks, so much.

Ed Welch Mar 11, 2015 at 08:49 PM

Hi all,
We are going on the "Rome:The Eternal City" trip May 17th. Anyone on the board going as well? Hotel reviews on this site are mixed. Heard Trevi Fountain is under remodel?
Joan Gruen May 07, 2015 at 12:08 PM

My granddaughter who just graduated from Cu-Boulder and I from Buffalo are going on this trip.

Gerry O'Sullivan Jan 27, 2015 at 06:59 PM

I did this program in 2014 (March 30-April 7). I have no negative comment about the Hotel Pace Helvezia. The location could not be more convenient. I saw no evidence of a lack of cleanliness. The desk staff were helpful, gracious and fluent in English. I'm sorry that your experience was unsatisfactory.
William Sherman Jan 29, 2015 at 10:51 AM

Thanks for your note. Hopefully I can say positive things about this hotel lin October. Several days ago I emailed them about booking a few extra days with them before the RS trip - no response so far.

William Sherman Jan 17, 2015 at 05:20 PM

This is the response I received from RS.

Thank you for your recent service request concerning comments on Trip Advisor about the hotel used on "Rome: The Eternal City." (#19688)

Back in the Spring, someone reported a cockroach, and the hotel immediately addressed the issue. It had rained the two previous days, which may have driven bugs indoors but again, the issue has been taken care of by the hotel.

There are places where people’s luggage has scraped off some paint from the door jams, but that does not affect the comfort of the room, perhaps the aesthetics. No issues were found with the linens.

Our program manager spent two weeks at the Hotel Pace Helvezia and believes it is a fine hotel, ideally situated in downtown Rome. From the hotel, one can easily reach the Trevi Fountain in less than 10 minutes on foot. There is a spectacular panoramic view from the top floor terrace, over 180 degrees from the Colosseum to the top of the Spanish Steps. The hotel is adjacent to Trajan’s forum and column is just behind the structure.

Hmm.......great location, but other wise, not that good. RS response certainly differs in general from
Trip Advisor. After my recent experience with a RS hotel in Santiago, I tend to put more trust in Trip Advisor that RS. Still wondering if RS reads this discussion board.

Denise, think you are wise to put this trip of until 2016.
mary light Jan 18, 2015 at 08:06 AM

What was your experience in Santiago?
William Sherman Jan 18, 2015 at 09:24 AM

Fairly good location, nice public area, breakfast OK. Our room was tired and worn out. If carpets wern't dirty they sure looked that way. Electrical fixtures literally coming out of the walls. Lights that did not work. Mold in bathroom and laminate on bathroom door pealing becuse it got wet. Wall in front of heat vent black. Shower head leked bdly when turned on. I think
William Sherman Jan 18, 2015 at 09:28 AM

Shower head leaned badly when turned on. I think RS gave the hotel a 4 or 5 star; I would give it a two. I am not a five star person, but do expect room to be safe, clean and free of mechanical defects.
Joanne Snead Jan 18, 2015 at 08:22 PM

We are signed up for this the Rome trip for Sept.27 and am concerned too about the hotel. I also wrote RS in Dec. after reading many of these posts but have not had a response. I will be very interested in hearing reports from Jeri Kennear after the March trip and from anyone else who may be going soon. Thank you all for sharing your experiences.

Denise Root Jan 17, 2015 at 04:37 PM

We would like to go on this trip but will wait until 2016 and hope that Road Scholar will upgrade their hotel choice.

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