Florence is fantastic. Starting our visit with the Viator guide opened up the entire city. It would have been hard to comprehend all the the Accademia Gallary and Uffizi Gallery had to offer without a knowledgeable guide. On top of that, the guide helped us to understand the other treasures of Florence that we could explore on our on. I promise you that you will leave the tour in absolute amazement of the knowledge the guides are going to share.
You may have visited ancient Rome on your on in the past, but seeing it through the eyes of a professional guide gives a totally different perspective. With our guides words, the ancient trading duomo came to life. The Palatine Hills came alive. Looking down at the emporer's personal stadium at the end of the tour illustrated the power of the Roman Empire. (Of course, the Collosseum is a jaw dropping experience. Don't forget to have your guide show you the men's room.)
After grabbin a byte and taking the metro across town, we began the walking tour. There is so much to see. The guide made sure that we didn't miss the subtleties. Our guide had two degrees, one in Art History and the other in Archeology. He was like getting a semester of Roman History in about 4 hours. It is a true pleasure to be guided by someone that is passionate about his work. Doing the walk alone is great, but doing it with an expert creates lifelong memories.
Our guide, Patricia, was fantastic. Her education in Art History made this tour a fantastic learning experience. She personalized her discussions. When walking through the hall of maps, she pointed out her small town on a historic map. She told of her father hold her up to be blessed by the Pope and was proud to say that her town was the birth place of several Popes. When we went throug the Rafeal apratment, she was careful to show us the stenciling and plastering techniques that Rafeal used to create this work.
Her dedication to our enjoyment of this experience greatly enhance the experience. Don't go without a guide. You will not be disappointed.
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