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Oct182012

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Florence Airport Private Departure Transfer

Florence, Italy

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

My Review

We requested a van for all our luggage, but got a Mercedes town car. Ended up jammed into the car with my wife between me (230 lb) and son (6'3", 270 lb) in the back seat. Not good...

Oct162012

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Uffizi Gallery and Vasari Corridor Walking Tour

Florence, Italy

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

My Review

Was interesting getting in to the corridor, but the artwork there is there for a reason; it's mostly very dark work, and the lighting is poor - just ambient sunlight and weak fluorescent light. The real art is in the Uffizi gallery proper. Also, the group is shepherded by a couple of "nannies" from the museum staff, and they tend to be very much like guard dogs; understandable given they're guarding art that's hundreds of years old and unique,but unpleasant nonetheless. I would have spent a lot more time in the Uffizi -- you only see a small fraction of the Uffizi itself on this tour. I returned on my own to see the rest, and it was a fraction of the cost.

Oct112012

Tour/Activity

Private Arrival Transfer: Florence Train Station

Florence, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The driver was there when we arrived, helped lug our luggage (and there was a lot), knew where he was going, and helped us unload when we arrived. A great service that made our arrival in an unknown city as easy as it could be.

Oct102012

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Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Venice, Italy

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

My Review

Herded into a store when you exit the boat, shown how glass is blown for 5 minutes, and then pressure-sold glass for the next 40. That's Murano. In Burano, we refused to be herded into the lace store and actually had time to see a bit of the town. Torcello was interesting, but largely a 20-minute round trip from the boat to the square in a 45 minute trip. Given the obvious pressure on clients to buy glass and lace, this tour should be free...

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