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Sharon Q

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2015

This was a fabulous tour! Antonella was sensational! As we walked through the streets she gave a very unique perspective and history on the changing of the people, the buildings and the culture throughout the centuries of this ancient but yet still so beautiful city! She even recommended trying the traditional Florentine street food, lampredotto, although a very different food selection, I was not disappointed! Thank you for contributing to the wonderful memories made while visiting!!

Robert S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2015

We had very limited time in Florence and so this CRASH tour was ideal. In December there are fewer tourists and so we were not shoulder to shoulder with the mobs that can be in Florence.

ronrun5

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Great guide who showed us many new things even after living in Florence for a year!

Susan M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

This was my first tour with Viator. Our guide was excellent, and I learned a lot about Florence, even after 5 previous visits. Our guide had much interesting information to share. The size of the group was just right. I will book with Viator again.

Lee A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Great trip. Saw everything we wanted to see which was a lot. Easy pace and very informative. Great back ground history to put everything in perspective.

MariaLucia J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Katerina, was knowledgeable, organized and answered all questions! !
Next time we visit Florencia, we will surely book her for another tour!!

Carole M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

We loved this tour with Barbara, she was so knowledgeable and made the tour so interesting. We were a group of 3 and would definitely recommend this tour.

Frank

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Fantastic tour . Wonderful guide and so knowledgeable. Definitely do. David and history of Florence is amazing

Janice C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

Wonderful, had a marvellous guide, Antonella, who showed us both the expected and unexpected. The highlight of our stay.

Angelo S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

Excellent job done by our guide, Antonella!!!! She is phenomenal!

psm127

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

It was very educational. The tour guide is great and knowledgeable. It was a fun experience

Charlotte H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

What an amazing guide Antonella was and so knowledgeable. She brought the city and its history to life for us all. I cannot praise her highly enough and I encourage others to go on this tour. Great value for money and you will not be disappointed!

Louisa K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Wonderful experience with Antonella. Her passion and knowledge really opened up the city for us. It takes a local person to give you the real insight into a city. Well worth doing. Thanks

johnvig19

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015

This VIATOR was the only of four tours we truly enjoyed 100. That was due to our excellent guide Caterina. Although it rained she kept the group moving and interested in the historic sites of Firenze. The tour ended at Acccademia Gallery where we could browse for however long we chose. Caterina was the only exceptional guide on the four tours we booked with Viator. Gracie Caterina!

Anthony M Belgium

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

Viator has another great tour. This small group provide a tour of the backstreets of Florence which help bring a full picture of the city. Differently a must tour.

Anthony M Belgium

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

Viator has another great tour. This small group provide a tour of the backstreets of Florence which help bring a full picture of the city. Differently a must tour.

Anthony M Belgium

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

Viator has another great tour. This small group provide a tour of the backstreets of Florence which help bring a full picture of the city. Differently a must tour.

Anthony M Belgium

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

Viator has another great tour. This small group provide a tour of the backstreets of Florence which help bring a full picture of the city. Differently a must tour.

Anthony M Belgium

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

Viator has another great tour. This small group provide a tour of the backstreets of Florence which help bring a full picture of the city. Differently a must tour.

Dave

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

We met our guide, Chiara, for a private walking tour around Florence. Chiara studied art history and has been giving tours of Florence for 19 years. Another amazing tour guide, who speaks Italian, English, French, Spanish, and German though she doesn't give tours in German, she admitted and is learning Portuguese. The knowledge she shared about the history of the city, the powerful Medici family, and the breathtaking artwork in Florence really provided great perspective and background.


We visited the Piazza del Duomo - when approaching it is quite a shock, come from in between two buildings toward the square, step out into the open and boom! there is 3rd largest church in the world, which was 5 times bigger than any other church in the world when it was built starting in 1296.

We next walked to the Galleria dell'Accademia, which contains work by Ghiotto, some by Botticelli, 4 incomplete works by Michelangelo, and the prize of the Accademia, Michelangelo's David. We were lucky again to be here in the off season, as the crowds were not bad, and we were able to leisurely enjoy the room containing Michelangelo's works and discuss the David with our great tour guide.

Also located in the Academia, in a wing nearly empty most people go to the small museum just to see David, is a musical instrument museum. It was a small exhibit, but included several instruments made by well known luthiers such as Amati, Guarneri, and, of course, Stradivari. Of several of Stradivari's instruments on display, the most interesting is a one-of-a-kind tenor viola, made for you guessed it the wealthy Medici family.

Overall it was a fantastic tour with a fantastic guide. Chiara was very friendly and had a great knowledge of the artwork and history of the area. My Dad and I both commented that while we could have seen all of these things on our own, we would not have gotten much out of them without an expert guide. It makes all the difference. Thanks for a great tour!

H&B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

Perfect way to start our time in Florence! Beautiful city great tour! Thank you

penny

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2015

Wonderful guide who was enthusiastic to show off a city that means so much to her. It was an excellent way to see and find out about hidden gems around Florence. It inspired some subsequent sightseeing for the rest of my trip. Thank you!

Clifford M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2014

This tour was fabulous. Our tour guide was very good. The small group is ideal.

Fina T L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed the tour. It was very informative and enjoyable.

Roger H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Excellent small-group tour! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and covered all the major sites in Florence.

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