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Aug252012

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

Rome, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Overall this was a great tour - the guide was very knowledgeable. It was an extremely hot August afternoon and this tour was entirely outside, so it was a bit miserable. Highly recommend doing this tour earlier in the day. You get to go around the main level and the upper level of the Colosseum but not the lower level. The Roman Forum part of the tour was OK - not as much to see as in the Colosseum.

Aug242012

Tour/Activity

Capri Day Trip from Rome

Rome, Italy

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

This was a great tour but it is a VERY long day. They picked us up at the hotel at 7:30am and dropped us back off at 9:30pm. There is a 3-hour bus ride from Rome to Naples and then another 1-hour ferry boat ride from Naples to Capris -- so roughly 8+ hours travel time and only about 4 hours on the island. Once you get to the island, they bus you to the top, which is another 30 min ride and then they force you to watch a wood furniture making demo and try to sell it to you. The chair lift ride to the top of the island is very nice and the views are great. Lunch is provided and was OK but beverages aren't included (beware). Don't waste your time with the Blue Grotto tour - it takes less than 5 minutes to go inside a small cave with blue water! If we had it to do over again, we would take the train from Rome to Naples and take the ferry ourselves. The Island is beautiful, but it is so small that you don't need a tour guide.

Aug232012

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour including Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This was the most amazing tour of our entire trip. We had the BEST tour guide - her name was Tiffany and she was with the Dark Rome tour company! The depth of her knowledge about the history of the church and all the paintings was just phenomenal! Getting to pass all the long lines was worth the price of the tour alone. The Sistine Chapel is a breathtaking experience, especially once you understand all the history behind it. The paintings in the Raphael Rooms are also amazing and St Peters is awesome. Highly recommend this tour, even if you are not catholic!

Aug212012

Tour/Activity

Cinque Terre Small Group Day Trip from Florence

Florence, Italy

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

Very disappointed in this tour -- the Cinque Terre village was gorgeous, but our tour guide was abysmal and the day was horribly coordinated. This was supposed to be a 12 to 13 hour tour, but we were back to Florence in 8 hours. The tour guide seemed to be in quite a hurry to get rid of us. There's about a 2 to 2.5 hour drive from Florence. When we arrived around 10am, the tour guide basically dropped us off, gave us train tickets, put us on a boat and told us where to meet him at 2:30p. There were no handouts or itineraries given out, so it was very confusing, as we were on our own to get off the boat at the right stop and then get on and off the right train. We lost 1/2 of our group because they got on the wrong train. Our tour guide's accent was so thick, we couldn't understand his English - he sounded more Russian than Italian. If the tour guide had truly been more of a "guide" than just a shuttle driver, we would have enjoyed this more. The villages were incredible and the ocean is gorgeous - but for the money, we expected a better experience from our guide.

Aug202012

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Florence City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Florence, Italy

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

We never could find these busses anywhere - waste of money!!! None of the locals recognized any of the names of the bus stops that we were given. There is so little driving going on inside the heart of Florence that I can only guess that the busses only go on the outskirts of town.

Aug192012

Tour/Activity

Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour

Florence, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This was an awesome tour, highly recommend it! Our tour guide was Barbara with Walkabout Tours and she was just an incredible guide. It is a fairly long day but definitely worth the trip. The cities of Siena and San Gimignano are absolutely amazing and are worth the trip. The Pisa part of the trip is not that great - it is more of a tourist trap -- but it was OK to get the cheesy picture with the leaning tower. Highly recommend this tour and especially Barbara with Walkabout.

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