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Well done, just enough information. Not boring, the guide was informative.
Although were over 40C the guided tour was exiting and very nice. She managed to guide us around Florence just picking up the most relevant sites leaving us the opportunity to explore the rest according to our budget and time. Not to many unnecessary details, not to much history but sufficient information to make us curious to comeback and spend more time in this beautiful city. The walking tour includes also some sites or information which you hardly find in any touristic books but which gives a special flavor to the sightseeing tour. Following Uffizi Gallery tour was more tiring than the walking tour through the city because the Galleries were pretty crowded and indeed too much information in 2 and half hours was pretty hard to digest. Still I recommend to add to your day visit some information which you can find very easy on You tube. This will give you a very fruitful information at least for the most famous paining and sculptures you have seen during the crowded tour. Best advice: plan your Florence trip in May or September to avoid unpleasant summer's high temperatures accompanied by all tourists who are at the same time in the same place. Very good choice to book in advance the tour! Save a lot of effort, money and long waiting time on all long lines! You just book your priority entering with groups. Inside the Galleries we had audio tour which was very welcomed considering the noise caused by so many visitors!
Great tour and knowledgable guide.
I took this tour so that my kids 12 and 14 could get a short and sweet education on Florence history with a knowledgeable guide. I expected this tour to last about 3-4 hours, tops. Our group started off well, as there were only 5 of us, I thought we would get some good information. What we got was information all right. Droning on and on. We couldn't hear well because of the crowds while walking and our guides' focus was on the other couple with us, so it was often hard to pay attention to what he was saying. We did get info on the Duomo and Baptistry, but nothing on the front of the church except the kind of marble it was made of. I really wish I could say I liked this, but the guide was just so uninteresting that I feel like I could have gotten a guide book and read this to my kids with as much success. We saw a few interesting sights on our path to Palazzo Vecchio, but not really in a way that made any of it come to life for myself or my kids. We had a break because the walking and Uffizi tour are actually two different tours, so when we finally made it into the Uffizi, it was already 2.5 hours into being with this guide. Our walk through the Uffizi was pretty much the same. We spent forever in the medieval sections of the museum, with him going on and on while other groups passed us by. It took 2 hours to get through the Uffizi and not seeing nearly any of the more recent renaissance collection, at which point it had closed and we could not go back and look at other art that we were more interested in. While I did get information about some of the art, I was really disappointed in the delivery by the guide. It seemed like he would just get started talking about a picture and we had to learn every. single. thing. about this picture and artist. Sometimes brevity is golden. This was the only chance we had to go to the Uffizi because OMG the crowds are impossible. My kids hated this day, and I can't blame them. It was 5 hours wasted for them.
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