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Aug092013

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Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Venice, Italy

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

We enjoyed visiting these islands - a definite must when visiting Venice. But I wouldn't recommend taking this tour. The boat is hot and sweaty (you feel like sardines in a can), it is hard to hear the tour guide and you don't get much in the way of information from the tour guide anyway, since the guide only speaks while on the boat. We would rather have taken a private tour and gotten more information on each of the islands.

Aug072013

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Skip The Line: Best of Florence Walking Tour including Accademia Gallery and Duomo

Florence, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Great tour - very informative and interesting. Tour guide, Francesca, was wonderful. Loved stopping for gelato and history of this delectable treat!

Aug062013

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Cinque Terre Hiking Day Trip from Florence

Florence, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

We had so much fun on this tour - despite the heat index of 105 degrees! Freddy was an exceptional tour guide - informative and funny giving the expat view of Italy (he's originally from Philadelphia). Even though the tour explicitly stated to wear shoes for hiking, some people still showed up in sandals and flip-flops (or not dressed appropriately for the heat!). After a 400 step climb to our lunch restaurant, Freddy gave those who couldn't do the hike over the hills to the next village the out of taking the train instead. Very accommodating! Freddy tells you about the places you're passing on the tour bus ride, and gives you history and background on the five towns, then lets you explore the towns yourself (highlighting good places to eat and drink!). If you're doing the hike and it's hot, definitely bring a bathing suit and a towel (you may need your partner to hold the towel around you while you change into your suit!) and flip flops if you don't want to put your sweaty socks and boots back on! Bathing in the Mediterranean after the hike was divine! Felt like we did so much in just 12 hours!

Aug042013

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Hidden Venice Half-Day Walking Tour

Venice, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Wonderful tour - so interesting and nice to get away from the crowded parts of Venice. Our tour guide was so informative and brought the history alive for us. She even showed us the square where she lives and explained a lot about how it is to live in Venice now. Great to have a local's point of view!

Aug032013

Tour/Activity

Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

Venice, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This was our first tour of Venice on the day we arrived. Once we got away from St. Mark's square, it was much easier to hear our tour guide and learn about the many back ways of the city. The gondola ride was very hot though - we were there during a heat wave in the beginning of August.

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