Does anybody have any recommendations on tour guides in either of these cities ? My vacations usually start on the wrong foot until we get our bearings on directions and sites and it makes for a bad start to a vacation.Just a note ...it's 99.9% my fault and i'm trying to stop it now before it begins !
We used Laura Sabbadin last June in Venice and she was terrific with our famiy of 8. We adjusted the standard offering to accommodate our family of 8 (and varied ages - 14 to 75). She showed us Venice off-the-beaten path (as I requested) and arranged for a private water taxi down the Grand Canal for us. She was the best!
In Rome, we used Angel Tours: http://www.angeltoursrome.com/
All their guides are Irish and full of humor! We enjoyed three tours with them and found their services to be reliable and commentary was engaging.
Hope this helps!