A fantastic day! Despite the early start and length, the tour was great. They break up the long bus ride (which, by the way, was very well air conditioned) with a rest stop (the frozen coffee was a hit!) Our guide, Georgia, was fantastic, and she and her colleague on the bus found the right balance between informing us and letting us rest. We had a wonderful guide at Pompeii as well, and the hike up Vesuvius was amazing!
These are the 2 "must-see' museums in Florence and I can't say how great it was to go to each of them with a well-informed and entertaining guide. While there was a problem with our Accademia guide, another one showed up fairly quickly and gave us a great tour. Our Uffizi guide was equally as informed and entertaining. You could easily spend an entire day in the Uffizi, so for true art lovers, this may not be enough. While you 'skip' the longest lines, you still do need to wait on the group line.
This tour was the 'splurge' of our trip and while we had a great day, it was a bit disappointing. We had a fantastic driver for the day - Allesandro - who was informative and enjoyable all day. In fact, when the restaurant in Pisa to which he usually takes people on this tour was closed, he found a wonderful restaurant in the countryside between Pisa and Lucca for us - it was truly one of the highlights of our entire vacation! While we enjoyed both towns, the Pisa portion was a bit disappointing. Read carefully - tickets in Pisa are NOT included and you will need to wait on lines (which can be long) to buy them (and they are not cheap!). Our guide there (Francesca) was just o.k.; she spent much less time with us than was expected/ advertised and when we did not want to go into certain buildings, she did not offer us any alternatives. You are on your own in Lucca and while we were provided a map, more direction / suggestion would have been appreciated (perhaps a suggested walking tour / top sights to see?). All in all a good day, but not sure it was worth the cost.
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