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Giovanni couldn't have been nicer and more informative. Alex was wonderful too. We learned so much about Florence. Our only disappointment was that we were unable to see David as the museums are closed on Mondays. That was included in the price of the trip and wish we had been notified ahead of time. Will there be an $86 entrance fee returned to us? It was a good day, but wish we could have had more time. Pisa was our first stop and we were very impressed with the leaning bell tower.
Francesca was a fantastic tour guide! Really helped my 9 year old see the meaning behind some very old art and architecture! Our driver, on the other hand, was an ass. He felt the need to remark that Francesca and I (having traveled to Florence and Pisa previously as well as our group lead) were wrong on many counts and that he was far superior. I highly recommend Francesca!!
Both the driver and the guide in Florence Academiea were excellent and Florence is very special. The sedan our driver used to take us from the ship to Florence was not adequate. We had a party of four and paid the full price of eight people and a van, but spent about three hours riding in a sedan. We had three adults in the back seat and the ride was not comfortable. If these adults were not smaller that average we would not have gone on the trip. We feel that we deserve a rebate for the vehicle used to transport us.
I was very pleased with our driver who was very personable, polite and efficient. His driving tour of Florence was excellent and therefore I would rate him on his own a 5. However, I was disappointed in the walking tour of Florence and the very small amount of time we were given to explore the Academia (really only had time to go straight to Michelangelo's David and nothing else). Although our walking guide was knowledgeable about art history, given the short amount of time we had it would have been more beneficial for her to provide us with the detailed history of the particular art and architecture we were viewing instead of an overall lesson in the history of Florence in general. If I were to arrange a tour again, I would have hired a driver only and simply done a walking tour on our own as Florence is quite compact and easy to get information on the sights. I chose to tour the Academia this time given our limited time in port, however, for those with more time to tour I would recommend that the Uffizi over the Academia.
The driver spoke very very limited English even though we thought we were getting an English speaking guide. She was unable to give us much guidence. When in Florence she dropped us off and we had a pick up location. Again very little help and no useful information to share. Was simply a driver that dropped us off at a location and picked us up at the location later. Would have appreciated some recommendations or something.