Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about art history and the masterpieces that we would see at the Uffizi. Indeed, he did a masterful job of guiding us to the essential masterpieces that we "had" to see in the museum, for example the Birth of Venus and the like. He was wonderful. The only quibble I would have is that the tour portion is pretty short, an hour and a half. By the time we got into the museum, we only had 75 minutes left with our guide, which necessarily limited his ability to discuss many works of art with us. That being said, he was fabulous, and the tour was very worthwhile.
This tour was simply wonderful through and through. Our guide was just fantastic, and his enthusiasm for the details of Tuscany history was contagious. We had a fabulous guide in Siena, who enthralled us with so many fascinating tidbits about the history of this wonderful city. The visit to Machiavelli's estate, along with the wine-tasting and accompanying delicious lunch, was a true highlight of this tour. This was truly a wonderful tour that was worth every penny of the fee. To see this much of Tuscany in twelve hours was quite a feat, and we loved it.
Overall, this was a wonderful tour. Our initial guide, Kathleen, was very friendly and quite informative. We then had a separate guide to take us through Naples, and he was extremely knowledgeable. Finally, we had Franco who guided us through Pompeii, and he was terrific. Every aspect of the tour was well thought through and managed. The only reason I did not give this five stars was because the return to Rome was quite lengthy. We were the next to last group to be let off, and that took over an hour once we hit the city limits. Although this could not be helped because of the fierce traffic, it was still frustrating to wait to long to get home. Overall, though, this tour was fantastic.
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