Absolutely would NOT recommend this tour!!! We spent approx 45 min at each island. The island of Murano was for glass blowing. The people doing the actually glass blowing were very talented and it was interesting to watch. The person explaining what they were doing was RUDE in his tone and BORED with his job. It is obvious that he hated his job. There is nothing more interesting there than another demonstration in the USA. And the glass is NOT less expensive there. The island of Torcello is not worth seeing. Its big site is the oldest church in Venice, but you have to pay extra to go inside and see it. You spend 15 min walking down to see it and then 5-10 min there and the walk 15 min back. The last island Burano, looked very interesting, the colorful village was fun to walk around. We went there for a demonstration on lace. Again a waste. It is not believable that all these pieces of lace are handmade. We were feeling the fabric not seeing the sign not to touch (which of course we would have not touched it if we saw it). Instead of the woman asking us not to touch, she RUDELY grabbed the fabric out of my 78 yr old mother's hands. Though the pieces were beautiful. They were incredibly expensive.
The tour is well worth the money. Because we were in Venice on Sunday, the tour was late in the afternoon, by then the line for San Marco was very long and we walked right in. The tour guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. I loved walking the tiny streets which I would have never done alone in afraid of getting lost. The tour ended with a wonderful tour of the Grand Canal along with the smaller waterways. The guide for the boat trip was also enthusiatic and wonderful. The timing of the tour was very precise and well run.
A wonderful tour. Seeing the Castle was interesting. Of course the highlight was seeing The Last Supper. We made our reservations several months in advance. We talked to people that tried to see it and could not because they were not signed up for a tour. You only get to be there for 15 min, but it is well worth it. The visit to the La Scala is also worth it. The guide was fun, knowledgeable and enthusiatic.
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