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Mar182014

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Skip the Line: Uffizi Gallery and Vasari Corridor Walking Tour

Florence, Italy

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended

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Our guide Eleanora took us through the Piazza Vecchio to the Uffizi where she led us through a very crowded gallery to works of art. My favorites were the Botticelli paintings and the room dedicated to Micelangelo's work. The Medici sculpture room, which we could only look at from the entrance, was another favorite. Our guide was very knowledgable in the arts and you could see and hear her passion for the artists. Next she brought us to a locked door which was the entrance to the Vasari Corridor, a corridor built in the 1500s running from the Palazzo Vecchio, through the Uffizi Gallery, above the Ponte Vecchio across the Arno and ending at the Palazzo Pitti. The door was unlocked and guards (one in front and one in back of our tiny group) escorted us through the corridor filled with self-portraits of artists. Not many get to go through this corridor and we loved that we had the chance to do this. Dan Brown's book Inferno came to life with the Vasari Corridor, the little grey door and the secret side door of the Palazzo Vechhio. Unfortunately, no photos could be taken...even without flash. I would recommend this tour just for the chance to walk the steps of the Medici family through the Vasari Corridor!

Mar142014

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Trastevere and Rome's Jewish Ghetto Half-Day Walking Tour

Rome, Italy

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended

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Our guide Marketa was the perfect guide, friendly and knowledgable and took extra time over the allotted 3 hours with us. It was a wonderful tour just to be about in Rome and hear the history, especially of the Jewish Ghetto. We stopped along the way at a very local cafe for espresso with our tiny group and enjoyed our guide and each other's company. Marketa recommended a restaurant she had never been to but heard good things about and we went back to Trastevere to Spirito di Vino and had a wonderful dinner. Part of this restaurant was once a synagogue and the building dated back to 80BC. Fabulous recommendation! The owner even gifted us with a bottle of wine as we left. Truly a perfect ending to a wonderful tour!

Mar132014

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Rome Walking Tour and Cooking Class

Rome, Italy

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended

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Marco was our guide for this trip. Although we had been to the Pantheon, Piazza Navona and Trevi Fountain in the past, it was nice to hear the history from Marco. The reason I booked this tour, though, was the cooking class. We ended up at That's Amore close to the Trevi for our pasta class. Fernando was the perfect teacher, patient and friendly. He even took photos for us! There was just one other couple that took the cooking class with us which made it so nice to get individual attention. We made cavatelli, fettuccine and ravioli with both semolina and water and 00 flour and egg. The best part is that the restaurant cooked the pasta we made and we sat down to enjoy our handmade pastas. They served good wine and a light and airy dolce, too. On our last night in Rome, we decided to go back for dinner at That's Amore and the food was fantastic! We even got to see Fernando again for a second goodbye. I would recommend this tour just for the cooking class alone!

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