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May122012

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Skip the Line: Florence Accademia and Uffizi Gallery Tour

Florence, Italy

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

We had very nice guides for both of these guided tours. Very knowledgeable and friendly. The obvious highlight of the Accademia is the statue of David. It is a small gallery and everything else is "interesting" but not the highlight. The benefit of a guide in these galleries is clear - without one you either have to be reading a guidebook, or you will just be passing by artworks without knowing the history or connections.

May112012

Tour/Activity

Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour

Florence, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

WOW - this was a great day. Our tour guide Stefan was funny and attentive. We met at the train terminal and boarded our bus starting out with a visit to Siena where we picked up a local guide. We then were off to a Winery where we had a tour of the small facility and enjoyed a wonderful lunch consisting of Pasta Bolognese, breads, 4 different wines, cheeses, salad and more. No limitations on the wine. From there we went to San Gimignano which was simply a shopping trip to a mid-evil village. Had some wonderful Gelato there. Finally off to Pisa where we visited the leaning tower and took the Cliche pictures. All in all it was a first class trip.
There was a little confusion at the start. Viator actually contracts with local tour providers. This particular tour was marketed under different names so we were not sure we were on the right one until we met a few others who had Viator coupons.

May102012

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

Rome, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This was a very organized tour since there are so many people visiting the Vatican. True to the advertisement, we skipped all lines and got right in. Our guide was knowledgeable and made sure we saw the highlights before the crowds arrived.

May092012

Tour/Activity

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

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Our tour guide, Franchesca, was incredible with her energy and knowledge of the Colosseum. There were lots of anecdotes and it's impossible to know if they are all true, however, she put everything together into a great descriptive and believable story. At one point we had to combine tours due to some restrictions inside the Colosseum and another tour guide took over. She was good, but the delivery was not as "alive" and Franshcescas.

All in all every one of our tours arranged by Viator was excellent

May082012

Tour/Activity

Rome by Night Walking Tour

Rome, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Our tour guide took us on a very long journey both in time, and on our feet. We started at the Piazza Novella and finished near the Colosseum visiting all of the major sights. Her delivery was on target and her personality added color to the history lessons.

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