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Best way to beat the queues and see all the main sites. Especially if you are short on time.
The tour was a great introduction to Florence and the spots to come back to later in the day. You don't go into any museums but are given an excellent background on them. There were no headsets so you need to stay close to the tour guide.
Guide was very good. But once again, the tour was offerd by CAF, as a local agency without any audio. We lost two folks during the tour whivh would mot have happen wigh some audio guide, which most guides have by the way, especially for walkkng tour in very crowded city.
We arrived slightly late but luckily found the tour not too far away from the meeting point after calling the tour operator office and being given helpful instructions about who the tour guide was that day. The tour guide was very informative and made sure we all stayed together as there were about 50 other tours happening in the city at the same time and its easy to get mixed up. Lots of walking but it was a lovely day and the time flew by. By the time we got to the final stop we were wishing it would continue! Overall a great start to our short stay in Venice!
An excellent way to start our first visit to the city.
Our guide not only showed us the main sites of Florence but also one two that we would never of found on our own,
It was short, compact and just what we wanted. I'd recommend it.
It was fine, but I expected a bit more. Maybe because the walking tour in Berlin was so absolutely fantastic. But it was good.
Enjoyed the tour but we weren't especially impressed with Florence overall. It's a very big busy city with lots of people but it just felt as if it was all buildings, little walkways and lots of religious buildings.
Ok tour - bit hard to understand and wish we had walked into more places. This tour needs something else to make it really worth while.
This was an average tour. If you do it, do it at the beginning of your stay in Florence as an overview. The tour guide was challenged to do our tour in two languages - she was fluent, but this created pauses that were not helpful, other than for me to try to understand her Italian.
a good way to get an overall view of the main sights of Florence and then plan t he ones you want to visit in detal later. My only critisism was that the tour was supposed to be in English but there were spanish people in the group so the commentary was in both languages which I thought took up too much time.
We took this tour just for some background on the city. The tour was run by CAF tours. Our guide had to do English and Spanish which bogged down the tour alittle. She did an alright job, but was not enthusuastic at all. If you find a similar tour by a different tour group, skip this one......Joe
Covered a lot of ground, and gave us a good idea of what we wanted to go back and spend more time on. Tour guide was nice and informative, and kept a good pace. A lot of walking, so wear good shoes!
The guide was certainly informative and knowledgeable. Having her translate in 2 languages was somewhat time consuming. The guide was lovely, but perhaps some more enthusiasm would have improved the tour.
The guide spent too much time on historical minutiae and dates that eventually become muddled in the listener's mind. Visitors are interested in the family stories of the Medici and others. I would have liked to have visited Santa Croce, and perhaps just strolling the back streets of Florence. We spent time hiking over to the Pitti Palace, but were not taken in. That time was wasted. Discussing current life in Florence would have been interesting, such as the flooding in 20th century. More time was spent walking that visiting inside historic spaces.
As a family of four we were not impressed with the way things were run through Viator's partner company that ran this tour. It was a little disorganised at the beginning but we could overlook that. The main problem was that although the guide, Aida, was knowledgeable, she was doing the tour in English (what we booked) and Spanish... and as paying customers (25 euro each) we found this unacceptable. It detracted from all the information that the guide was telling us, it made us lose interest very quickly and obviously made the tour longer and we didn't enjoy ourselves as much as we would have liked. We could have easily done a 'free' tour but decided to use Viator as this particular tour had good reviews.
I was a bit disappointed as it seemed our guide wasn't too keen to try and impress. It was a very relaxed tour of Florence, and we liked the fact that we were part of only a group of 4. I didn't feel like I got much of a sense about the history of Florence, more just an idea of where everything was in relation to the main sights. Our guide was very friendly and chatty but we spent more time having random chats about food and football rather than focussing on the nitty gritty. We decided against further Viator tours in subsequent locations as a result.
tour cancelled but company offered alternative bus tour which was adequate but not as satisfying as the walking tour I had done previously
The guide William was very lovely but his English really wasn't adequate to be giving a guided tour in English....he was definitely enthusiastic though. The tour was an excellent quick way to introduce you to Florence, I would make sure next time you ensure the guide is fluent...better still we actually tracked down an Aussie living in Florence (Freyas tour of Florence, ie Freya middelton). We also booked her for3 hours, more expensive but definitely worth it for those who have a good knowledge of art, renaissance history and wanting someone to make Florence come alive!