The rating I gave to this tour is the average of one star for walking tour and five stars for the boat tour. The first part of this experience, the two hour tour of Venice, was truly disappointing. Our guide had a tonality that was flat and boring and all members of our group of six wanted to leave after the first half hour but we didn't want to be rude. We started in San Marco square and ended the tour at the Rialto Bridge where we had to meet the tour organizers to return our head sets. What we saw and heard could have been done in an hour. I am sure their was more to Venice then what we heard which started with the same repetitous phrase, "Now I want you to consider". There were about thirty people in the entire group and there was little conversation between any of the tour members and our guide. The boat tour made the experience worth while. The were only ten of us in a water taxi with our guide, Francesco. He was lively and engaging and displayed his love for the city. We saw many of the sights off of the Grand Canal, even his old High School. The boat itself was well maintained, a beautiful vessels, and it was fun watching the skipper interact with his fellow Venitians. He certainly operated his vessel with the skill of a pro.
The cooking class was a wonderful experience. From the little tour as we gathered provisions for our meal to the last bottle of wine that we drank as we ate the food we prepared we had a wonderful time. Our chef was engaging and displayed his true passion for cooking. We were given the oppurtunity to prepare a wide variety of foods which was definitely a " hand on" experience. Even dessert back at his restaurant was a wonderful treat. Definitely worth the money and enjoyable for all levels of experience in the kitchen.
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