excellent tour guide - enthusiastic and very knowledgeable about art history. A once in a lifetime experience
this was something I have always wanted to do. it was worth every euro!
Simone was excellent. He reminded us that we have to 'look' at things - take that first 'snap shot' then think about what was it that caught your attention in the first place and then take photo's 'from the heart' :) He also provided a great introduction to Florence and some of the more technical aspects of using our camera's (he's a great teacher)! I would recommend this tour to anyone with an interest in photography. My photo's turned a corner after this tour with him.
Very good tour, informative guide
This tour was so enjoyable. Seeing the self-portraits was really interesting. The sights of the city were different from walking down below on the sidewalks. I would enjoy seeing this again. But one problem, when we arrived at the gardens, the guide had no map for us. Needless to say, we got lost, missed the fort and the opposite side from the grotto, could not find the restrooms or water stations.
Loved the Boboli Gardens and Pitti palace. The guide was so-so
The explanations of the works of art in the Vasari Corridor were good, but it is not necessary a tour to visit the Boboli Gardens; there is no queue to enter.
Our tour guide was great - we did not go to pisa, but drove by and walked the streets. There were 9
of us in a private tour and we felt the day was very informative and special.
Let's just say that the area around Uffizi is quite busy. We had a hard time finding our tour. When we finally caught up to the tour in the Vasari corridor, the guide was very knowledgeable, but the tour went a little fast. We lost them again in the crowd, but we had the tickets and were able to do it on our own. Beautiful.
The guide was knowledgeable about art and Florence. The group size as a little larger than I would have liked (a little over 25) but it was still possible to hear the guide and see the corridor. The only disappointing thing about the tour is that we could not enter the Boboli Gardens as part of the tour, as advertised. There was some construction or repairs which prevented us from exiting through the Boboli Garden's exit. I believe the agency should have informed people ahead of time about this; the tour was not as advertised. I had already toured the corridor and the Uffizi on a different tour and really wanted to see the Boboli Gardens section this time around. It was still worth doing but I was disappointed in the company for not updating their website about the construction.
Simone was the guide, agin we were the only ones on the tour. A native to the ci, Simone shared many stories and history of the city, he is a professional photography teacher. He tried to teach us more about the camera and succeeded in teaching us how to take night time pics. The timing of the tour in hindsight prob wasn't ideal, unless you want to learn to take night time pics, as it was sunset within an hour of us starting, then ,ostly night time pics. A very able and patient teacher!
I found tour of the corridor fascinating. was frustrated that link out into boboli gardens not operating but that was.t the tour operators fault. Boboli gardens were disappointing, it would have helped to be given a map. Gardens were short on maintenance
We were rushed through the Vasari Corridor, too fast really to enjoy it. Yes, we could tell it was magnificent, a place everyone ought to see. We had a knowledgeable guide who, however, had too little time to provide anything more than a cursory introduction to the gallery. The Vastour escorts were professional and welcoming. Given how costly the tour was, we felt we could have at least been allowed a leisurely view of a collection so large and so fine it deserves genuine attention, and not a stroll past a nicely decorated space.
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