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Nov152011

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Skip the Line: Borghese Gallery and Gardens Walking Tour

Rome, Italy

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review
Joanne was a reasonable guide, who needs to continue to study art and iconography and to confess when she doesn't know the answer to questions. The gallery itself is very worthwhile visiting, but the tour should be reduced to 2 hours and the useless visit of the gardens eliminated - the info about it could be delivered in a 5-minute valedictory talk by the guide outside the Borghese.

Nov152011

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Half-Day Walking Tour

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Another essential tour. Davide, our guide, was terrific, with an enthusiasm for the history of the places and the ability to engage his listeners. An example of a local guide with a real feeling for the stories he was telling and a personal stake in the life of Rome.

Nov152011

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Walking Tour including Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Rooms and St Peter's

Rome, Italy

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review
The tour is a must. But the crowds are dreadful and reduce the impact of the experience - I advise going early before it really opens if you can. Our guide, Michelle, did a good job in the circumstances (I suspect guides find it a difficult tour to run) but a guide should not ask for tips at the end.

Nov152011

Tour/Activity

Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

Venice, Italy

My Rating
2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better

My Review
Rosanna was a satisfactory guide who showed us through the basic sights and explained some things. But the gondola ride needs better organisation. The idea is fine, but a quieter time of day would give a calmer ride, and 6 people should not be crammed in because one passenger gets a dodgy and unstable seat. The gondoliers weren't interested - they chatted amongst themselves without apparently noticing that we were there.

Nov152011

Tour/Activity

Hidden Venice Half-Day Walking Tour

Venice, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Sabrina was a VERY knowledgeable, caring and generous guide. The route is engaging and allows for some lively story-telling. An all-inclusive price would be better, instead of the "optional" church and additional payment for the final stop, which any tourist would be silly to miss.

Oct062011

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Ticket and Tour

Venice, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Laura was an excellent guide and coped well with recalcitrant staff at the Doge's Palace. It's a really interesting place, especially the range of sights it offers - colourful and grand rooms, prison cells, the bridge..... However, it would be much better to pay for everything up front, instead of this messy additional entry payment.

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