If you can only do one day trip in Italy, make it this one! Francesca, our guide, was fantastic to our whole family. Her knowledge and kind demeanor was so welcome. The high speed train from Rome is definitely the way to go. Great way to see the countryside, and got us to Florence so much quicker so we could enjoy our day there. The Uffizi was specatcular and we really enjoyed the trip to the leather shop and an explanation of how they make their leather goods. Lunch was delicious and we had adequate time to do just about everything on our short list. We could honestly spend a lifetime in Florence...but if you only have a day book this trip.
lets start with the good stuff: florence is imazing. beutiful. the hight train ride was nice too. the local guide giovanni was great , really nice and knew a lot. the guide mauro was nice , but.the feeling was that if someone left behind is his problam they just set a meeting point to come to at the end of the tour/ as someone who travel alone, it felt to me a little un safe.
they didnt gave enough time to sit and drink coffe althow we go out from rome really early and we didnt had time or place to drink coffee befor.
they took us for a walking tour for a whuke and then to the uffizzi. after they took us to a leather and gold shop, complete waist of time. instead they should have invest a little bit more money, and take us with a minibus to piazzela michaeleangelo that everybody sais is tt has the most beutiful view on florence.
the guides also recomend for this place to go on the free time, but i didnt found someone to go with so i missed it.
if they just invest a little more money and took us there by a bus, it was much better then spend the time in a leather shop so we spend more money.
after it we went to really really bad restaurant. the menu was fix menu without able to choose and the food was so awful that i ate one bite and left the rest. and the service was really bad too. i asked for an empty plate twice and didnt got it at all.
the idea of going out for florence to one day tour is good, but to my opinion not this tour. i could come with hidht train alone' make some round by walking' go to the uffizzi alone and sit at a good restaurant, and it was completly the same, with less then a half price.
so do it alone or choose an other tour for the same place.
The worse tour... not in English! Spanish only with a small amt of Bilingual. False advertisement! Guide in Florence is not educated in art history of the great masters. The uffizi museum was restored primarily by US friends from Florida. Also, the museums display plates are in Italian and English. The lunch was at 2 pm ... a typical FLORENTINE meal! Even PEPOSO ALLA FIORENTINA has flavor with peppercorns and garlic! I opted out for vegetarian, but my husband had this flavorless meat with out the seasonings. The wait staff was inattentive and did not care to serve us! I could go on and on about the inaccuracy of the script if this tour. Viator you should be ashamed at your quality control!
This was a lovely day tour from Rome. The high speed rail trip went smoothly and we were glad to find coffee and croissants available for purchase on the train, since we missed breakfast at our hotel. Florence is a beautiful city with gorgeous views, amazing art, lots of opportunities to eat and shop, and the most amazing cathedral exterior I have ever seen. Our guides were friendly and full of personality. There are only a couple of reasons I give this 4 instead of 5 stars and most of them are not the fault of the tour company. We had to wait quite a long time to get into the Uffizi gallery and once inside it felt rushed and crowded. The leather making stop, while interesting, was really just a sales pitch. Lunch was good and it was nice to be inside off our feet for a while. During our free time we hiked to the top of Michelangelo Point, which was breathtaking and then our family split up - some to shop and some to attempt to see the original David statue. We had been told that if we showed up at 4:30 we'd have enough time, but after waiting in line for over an hour we had to give up to meet our party at 6pm for departure. It was disappointing to spend so much of our time in Florence in line. At the return to the station in Rome we were told we'd need to walk back to our hotel, which was a surprise. Fortunately it was only a 10 minute walk. Despite a few hiccups the day was a good one - our shoppers enjoyed their time, we experienced a city with a very different personality than Rome, and we enjoyed the views from and comfort of the train.
Having only a short time in Rome and only one day to visit Florence, this tour makes sense. We got picked up at our hotel near the Vatican and taken to the meeting place and onto a small bus to the train station a couple of blocks away basically walking distance. Our guide was really nice a made sure that everyone was settled on the train. In Florence the guide was nice and we were on an English/Spanish tour. The double language tour got old really quickly because we spent a lot to time just waiting around to move through Florence. We got into the museum - skipping a long line, but then the double language thing made the tour go slow and got boring, so we moved ahead on our own, but we had not picked up a museum guide, so we kinda wandered aimlessly. We could still hear our guide with the wireless set, so we would check in on and off.
The guides gave us suggestions of what to do for the afternoon and where to meet for the train ride home. The guide circled an area on our map for shopping- we walked far to get there, but there was no shopping, it was more of a residential neighborhood we were at the exact street.
Otherwise was a good tour, but somewhat pricey.
It was a rainy day, and half of our group kept falling apart. One girl and her boyfriend left without telling the guide to go shopping, and another couple went shopping while on the tour. The rest of us waited in the rain for lunch. The day started for us at 5:45am since we were being picked up at 6:30am by the guides. Lunch didn't happen until 2:00! And the extra waiting around for other people was really annoying. The museum visit was extremely rushed, and I didn't feel like I got a good sense of Florence. Next time I'll go by myself and really take in the city.