This tour is wonderful for those who are only able to schedule one day in Florence while on vacation in Rome. The sights you will view speak for themselves. It was our tour guide, Giovanna, and her skills that made the tour run smoothly. She treats you like "famiglia" the entire time. She was organized, knowledgeable and extremely friendly.
As for the tour, you meet at Piazza del Popolo and move quickly to your private coach and begin the journey to Florence. On the bus Giovanna begins to do what she does best; tell stories. She begins to speak of what you will see in such a manner that by the time you arrive you are filled with excitement and anticipation. Once you arrive you are greeted by a local tour guide, given individual headphones and begin walking through Florence. This local tour guide is present only as you walk through Florence. She exits at lunchtime. Unfortunately as you only have a limited amount of time you must walk by many sights (the Church of Santa Croce, Uffizi Gallery) but you will go to the Duomo Santa Maria Del Fiore, Ponte Vecchio, and of course The Galleria dell'Accademia!
The tour includes lunch (I'm not sure if it will be the same restaurant for each tour), but we went to The Clubhouse. To and from Florence "pit stops" are made, each were clean and offered snacks for purchase.
Of course the highlight is Michelangelo's "David." Thankfully you will skip the line, allowing more time to experience the masterpiece. I suggest that you download "Rick Steve's podcast" and listen to it as you tour the Galleria.
Remember there is a lot of walking on this tour. Wear comfortable shoes, and be prepared for crowds.
Enjoy the experience.
This was an absolutely fun way to spend the morning while in Rome. As a fan of the Dan Brown books I was able to geek out and get an in depth education in the process. Our guide through the tour was fantastic. She balanced the fictional with the actual. So, in many ways you are getting two tours. You begin at the Santa Maria Del Popolo, then off to Saint Peter's Square. From there, via coach, you travel to Santa Maria della Vittoria followed by Piazza Navona. The tour ends at the Castel Sant'Angelo.
Even if you're not a Dan Brown fan you will enjoy this tour! As you cross Rome you take in so many fantastic sites. Along the way you will stop for a caffe and surely bookmark sites to return to at your own leisure.
Though you travel by private coach several times through the tour remember that there is a lot of walking!
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