Excellent tour! Valentina was wonderful! She was knowledgable about the city and the tour was so educational. We visited teh Duomo which was breathtaking inside and out, viewed the original Last Supper painting which was mind blowing and her description of the component of the paintings was a wonderful learning experience. We also toured the Galleria and the Castle which was huge and got to see so much of the city. Highly recommend!
The tour was excellent with the highlight being The Last Supper. As with all the Masters, seeing the original work was amazing. Seeing inside La Scala and being about to access a box was also fascinating. These were the absolute highlights but the Duomo and the Castle were also very interesting, although I did the Duomo more thoroughly the next day - accessing the roof etc. With thanks
Maybe I read the description wrong but I thought this was a walking tour, not a bus tour with serval stops so that was unexpected and not so much for me. That said, if you have limited time in Milano , it provides a decent overview. The trip to La Scala was very worthwhile, and we did walk through several parts of the theatre, then through the Galleria and Duomo square close by. Sforza castle courtyards were included but return for any of the 14 museums there would mean a separate trip.
The Last Supper is breathtaking and worth the trip alone if you can't otherwise get rickets to see that (requires significantly advance reservations),
My tour had the guide speaking in both English and Spanish so it seemed that less information was provided in each than if only one language was used as she was hurrying to get through both as we tooled around.
The trip was worth doing but the balance wasn't right. Too long was spent in La Scala and too long in the coach between Duomo and Sforza Castle with not much to see. We had only 20 mins in the Duomo and my daughter was not allowed in because her shoulders were uncovered. This meant we had to run back to the coach and pick up her cardigan and run back to the Duomo where we then only had 10 mins. The guide, who had told us that jackets etc could be left on the coach, should have warned us that vistors would not be allowed in with bare shoulders.
Our itinerary included a visit to the Duomo, but our guide wasted so much time in the Vittorio Emanuele Galleria, that we could only take a glimpse at the front facade of the Duomo on our way to the bus.
MALO EL GUIA NO NOS ACOMPAÑO A LA IGLESIA Y NO LE ENTENDIMOS MUY BIEN QUE A LAS 11.00 AM SE IBA EL MICRO TUVIMOS QUE CORRER POR TODA LA PLAZA DEL DUOMO PARA ALCANZAR EL MICRO NO LE IMPORTO QUE FALTABAN 4 PERSONAS POR CORRER MI MARIDO SE CAYO EN EL MEDIO DE LA PLAZA DEL DUOMO Y SE ESGUINSO EL TOBILLO Y NINGUNO DEL MICRO SE ACERCO A AYUDARNOS CUANDO MIRABAN TODO LO OCURRIDO POR LA VENTANILLA, TERMINAMOS EN EL MEDICO CON SU TOBILLO ENYESADO, NO CREO QUE VOLVAMOS A CONTRATAR CON USTEDES
The tour was conducted by Zani Viaggi, a big tour operator in Milan. The guide was extremely knowledgeable about the city and the sights visited on the tour, which included the cathedral (Duomo), a walking tour of parts of the city, and a visit to Da Vinci's "Last Supper". The enthusiasm, efficiency and helpfulness of the guide, who pointed out some very interesting aspects of the "Last Supper in particular, were appreciated.
For a half day tour giving you the chance to get an idea of where everthing is and seeing some sights, it would not be possible to do it better. The viewing of "The Last Supper" is wonderful - it is on a timed ticket giving 15 minutes to look at the painting. This applies however you organise to see the painting. La Scala was not doing a production so we had a good view. The duomo and castle are done quickly, but probably best done at a leasurely pace when you know where they are at a later date. The guide was informative, but it is necessary to make sure your radio receiver is working. The group was large (49) so it is necessary to make sure you position yourself well at all times. It is important that you know you are looking for a yellow bus which arrives about 20 minutes before the tour leaves.
Was a great tour! We had a limited amount of time and this tour took us to the best sites, including the Duomo and Last Supper....
Our tour guide was wonderful! She was informative, efficient, organized, and experienced. Despite the rain and massive crowds due to an organized race through Milan (which resulted in closure of streets,) she effectively managed our group. The tour did not include the inside of the Duomo, which left me a bit disappointed. I would have preferred to have seen that, rather than the opera house. But, seeing the Last Supper was worth it.
To get to know small city of Milan, one should have this tour. It started from a very convenient location(near Castello Sforzesco fountain). Our English tour guide was Mirkhov. He was knowledgable and patient. He had very good info about opera(La Scala Theatre) also. While watching 'The Last Supper', he mentioned many details about it and answered many questions by visitors. After the tour ended, he also replied to general questions of people about where to go in night, restaurants etc.
One suggestion from my side would be that guide should accompany people inside the Duomo also(not sure if it is part of some other tour). In our case, guide narrated things about Duomo and its insides, but didn't accompany us inside. From the gate, he gave us 20 mins to pay visit insides and come back outside at a scheduled time.
This was a convenient way to see the major sights of Milan in half a day, and the ability to see the Last Supper on such short notice with this tour (since you normally have to book tickets months in advance just to see this masterpiece) is well worth the price of the tour. Very knowledgeable guide. I would have liked to have been able to spend a little more time inside the Duomo though.
We were left by the tour bus. Despite the guide broadcasting by radio to keep all of us in touch, we had absolutely no contact or instruction from her on where to rendezvous or when it was time to leave. It was an obvious yet unaddressed concern having a large group in the busiest part of Milan, Piazze di Duomo. The guide spent more time pointing out bathrooms then making sure we had the pertinent details. Needless to say, it put a black mark on our entire visit to Milan. Fortunately, the tour wasted enough time in Sforza castle for us to hike/run half way across the city (without direction from the local office) to catch the bus again. Thus, no review of the castle. If we had not been able to re-catch the bus again and make it to the Last Supper, really the sole reason for this tour, we would have demanded our money back. Obviously, a tour that is based on taking navigation out of the hands of the tourist, by putting him on a bus, will make it pretty difficult for said tourist to find his way to the next stop on foot in a foreign city that they were planning to be shown by bus. Also, we were not satisfied by the tour of the Opera House, which was represented with at least an open view of the stage and theatre, but in reality only provided a view behind tinted glass. It was hardly a view to remember, much less an ideal opportunity to take a photo. This was a "tour", but not one I will ever recommend to anyone.
We had a wonderful time on the tour. Our guide, Helena or Elena, was knowledgable, friendly, helpful, humorous, and full of interesting information about the sites we visited. We liked the use of radios, even in our small group, because it made it easy to look around and see the ceilings, walls, windows, and walkways without having to be in front of her. We enjoyed visiting the Duomo, La Scala, a castle, but the highlight was seeing the Last Supper. The organization was amazing to see the painting: 30 people at a time can view the painting for 15 minutes. I was surprised how close we were to the painting. Our guide explained the painting had been repaired and restored over the centuries. A final restoration that lasted 21 years was unveiled in 1999, and it is breathtaking to see a 500 year old painting looking very much like Leonardo painted it. I would highly recommend Viator tours. The online booking was easy. We received timely confirmations and reminders. We found the office easily, and the yellow bus was clean and comfortable.
I highly recommend this tour to the people who want to see for themselves the splendid architecture, the impressive il Duomo, the Gallery Vittorio Emanuele II, and the most overwhelming of all, Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper" , monuments of history and art that made Milan famous.
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