If you find yourself in Naples, I'd HIGHLY recommend an excursion outside of the city. This tour was the highlight of our trip. Where Napoli Centrale was squalor, the tour was redeeming. It was extremely informative, well-managed, and comprehensive. We were able to see the ruins of Pompeii, street-by-street, and climb Mt. Vesuvius without feeling rushed.
The price was quite fair, especially with transportation, meal and tickets included. The tour guide managed our small group in both English and Italian, and conveyed the history of the sites perfectly.
It's also worth mentioning: we were able to bypass the lines entirely, and were never left waiting. We were dropped off at our hotel feeling great about the tour choice. What more can be said?
The tour is short and basic, but perfect for those new to Italy, just getting their feet wet. The tour was completely within the confines of one of Florence's more intimate markets. Our guide, Linda Sorgiovanni, had been doing the tour for a decade, and her experience showed.
It wasn't physically demanding, and the tour was extremely flexible to allot for extra time wherever we'd want it. She had an excellent realtionship with the local growers and shopkeepers that made us feel like we had an "inside line" to the local cuisine.
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