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We loved this tour! My husband and I had both read the book and we took our two kids 9 and 14 with us. Our tour guide, Vanessa, was awesome!! She knew the plot of the book very well and was really animated in the way she retold the story as we retraced the steps of Robert Langdon. Our ticket came with access and a private tour of the Palazzo Vecchio, the Baptistry and a pass to climb the bell tower of the Duomo.
Brilliant insight of the route Robert Langdon took, albeit backwards!!
We saw places you would never have noticed if you tried to do this yourself. The Vasari corridor was fascinating for me having never saw it on my last visit to Florence, highly recommended for any Dan a Brown fans.
Unfortunately, I did not clearly read that this tour was in two parts. We did the morning tour with Barbara who was an amazing tour guide. Barbara was very knowledgeable and we were lucky there were only 4 of us on this tour so we got to ask questions and take photographs. Of course, we were not signed up for the afternoon tour, so we missed the Vasari Corridor and the Ufizzi.
Our guide Vanassa, was extremely energetic and engaging and it a great tour, even for my wife, who had never read the book.
Our tour guide, Barbara, did an excellent job of showing us the sights of Florence most directly associated with the novel. She also did a great job of discussing the poetic license Brown took with some of the story lines. This was a fun way to bring the book to life while also spending a beautiful morning walking the streets of Florence. Highly recommended.
The tour was wonderful, mostly because of the guide. She was very knowledgeable and added much more information that expected. It was worth every penny.
We loved this tour and our tour guide Julia. It was as if we were having a college history course in three hours but with joviality. Even if you did not read the book take this tour. the amount of knowledge that you will learn about the Medici's and Dante is incredible.
Really enjoyed the tour. Not only did is cover the Inferno sights, but it gave a good overview of the entire city of Florence.
Fantastic experience make sure you include the Vasari corridor. and our guide was a history professor to boot so got all the lowdown and tips.
Barbara Bandinelli, the local tour guide in Florence, was hands down the best guide I have had on a Viator tour. She knows her art and history inside out and makes the day funny, interesting, and a learning experience. She also does a great job of pointing out great women in history and their contributions. Take this tour regardless if you have read the book. There are no spoilers given away, but it does assure you see all the major attractions in Florence except the David, that is not included in this tour and you will learn throughout the day. This was my third trip Florence and the first time I visited Palazzo Vecchio. I kick myself for waiting so long. I visited in early March 2015, so Florence was actually not crowded and quite manageable. My personal opinion is Florence is best experienced off-season. I highly recommend this tour, and if you can ask for Barbara, you are guaranteed a great experience.
Fabulous. Our tour guide was great, really into both the history of Florence and the book. She truly made the tour memorable. Both my wife and I would highly recommend it.
This tour is based on Dan Brown's Inferno Novel, in terms of using the historic places used by Dan Brown in his book, which, not surprisingly, are the most famous places in Florence - this tour was led by a guide named Mario, who was a great tour guide and was definitely opinionated on Dan Brown. We thought it was very interesting when he shared his critique of the book with us during the tour - I suppose when one makes a living giving tours such as these, you really become intimately involved with the writing.
We started at the Palazzo Vecchio, the government palace. Started when Florence was ruled as a republic, and then taken over by the Medici family when they rose to power. Mario pointed out some of the true hidden messages mentioned in Dan Browns book, which actually do exist in some of the old paintings. It was very cool.
Amid countless rooms of amazing art by Vasari and others, we saw a small room that was once Machiavelli's office, and Cosimo de Medici's amazing map room, with an enormous metal globe in the center and walls covered with 16th century maps, with areas marked terra incognita for the unknown world. Beautiful and fascinating. Our guide provided a wonderful history and really made our time on the tour enriched with history and art. We also had a walk around Florence, and while walking from the Palazzo Vecchio to the Duomo, our guide introduced us to one of the many street performers of Florence, the aged Poet of Florence, who was dressed in period garb.The guide tipped the old man and he recited a brief poem in Italian for our group of four people. I appreciated how our guide treated the elderly street performer with respect. We also visited the Duomo, Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiore, and the baptistry where our tour ended with a discussion of the book, and Mario asked us our opinions of the book, as well as the social issues brought up by Dan Brown in his writing. Mario is opinionated but we appreciated his candor.
I really enjoyed this walking tour. Marco wove an interesting interpretation into the various sites we experienced. By the end of the afternoon tour through the Uffizi and Vassari gallery, I had a better way of interpreting the paintings. Well done :)
Guila was an excellent guide. Really interesting, Knowledgeable and humorous.
This was a very nice tour and I would recommend it to anyone who liked the Dan Brown book or
anyone who just wants to see more of the museum an usual.
The tour was great, Sara our guide was wonderful, her personal insights of the city and the people added to the tour.
We bought the full day tour and let me tell you every cent was worth it. Our guide Vanessa was amazing, one rarely meets someone with that passion for art and history. If you read the book, this tour is going to be your dream come true and even if you didn't, you're still going to enjoy it.
This was a fasinating tour. Our guide marco really took us through the history of the area as well as how Richard Langdon narrated his running through the city. We were really impressed with Marco when we stopped at the Dante church and recited ,without props or script a dialog with the Dante character, the Divine Comedy. Wow! I recommend taking the second half of the tour as well to go through the Pointe Veccio and the rest of the book to the train station. If you like history you'll like this tour.
Having read the book, my wife was excited about the tour. Mario, the tour director kept the tour very interactive by involving everyone involved; including knowing all names of the entire group.
This was a great tour even for those who haven't read the book. Vanessa, our tour guide, was a great story teller and really made the book come alive and it was awesome getting to see some of the secret passage ways. This tour also includes a ticket that gets you into the Duomo and all the associated museum so was a great deal overall.