My Exclusive Best of Siena with a Great Tour Guide
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On 2015/08/13
Gail said:
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We did a private Florence walk and Accademia tour with Hilda (from Belgium). She was wonderful! We were travelling with family that lives in Germany and who had been to Florence many times and they felt this tour made their return visit so worthwhile! We also had three kids (10 to 14) with us and they loved it and didn't want it to end. We learned so many interesting facts and our guide didn't miss a beat! Highly recommend.

On 2015/07/02
Julie Wilkinson said:
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Uffizzi tour no other

We went on the tour in June 1015, from the beginning the guide and her passion for the gallery and its artists, paintings and masterpieces shone through and had you drawn in wonder. The other couple we were with were won over as they were not lovers of the arts. I say in all sincerety that I am pleased we did the tour and learned some of the unknown specifics behind each works, cannot get that in a book to readily (pun not intended). We highly recommend this tour rather than go individually, in fact look at the feedback from the travel blogs, this is the one tour to do. I will return.

On 2015/06/24
Mike M said:
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Excellent!

Thank you Tatiana & Brenda for bringing Firenze to life!! Forever grateful for the new appreciation of art! M

On 2015/06/24
Mike M said:
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Excellent

Tatiana & Brenda were terrific guides who brought Firenze to life!!! Thanks for an informative tour that taught us the beauty of art in Florence, Italy. Forever grateful. Michael

On 2015/06/19
Tonia said:
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Skip this tour- Guide was horrible

This is a tour you would want to skip. Tour guide was very overwhelmed by her group. As the tour continued she became increasingly more rude to the guests. After requesting to sit down in an adjoining room- the tour guide said no and yelled at me for wanting to sit. When I returned my headset to her- she responded in her microphone: IT IS BETTER TO LOSE YOU THAN TO HAVE YOU IN MY GROUP. This was sadly not her first outburst. At the start of the tour- the group requested a bathroom break, ( the meeting office wouldn't permit use of their bathroom and the wait to gain entry was approx. 30 min.) the guide made snide comments to the group about guests using the facilities. The guide, Tatiana, was not equipped to handle a 20-25 member tour. I have taken several tours in Italy during my many visits and have NEVER encountered an issue. Not only was the guide rude, but she completed omitted several rooms of art during the beginning of the tour. Skip this tour as the guide will ruin your experience.

On 2015/06/19
TONIA said:
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VERY BAD TOUR GUIDE

Skip this tour. I have taken many tours during my trips to Italy and this was by far the very worst!! The tour guide - Tatiana - was very overwhelmed with the group. After requesting to have a bathroom stop ( bathrooms were not available in the meeting area and we were made to wait in a long 'tour guide line' for entry)- the guide was very rude- making snide comments about my request. After this at least 2 other tour members were lost due to their bathroom visits. These delays caused the tour guide to become increasingly more rude. I stepped to another room during the tour as I needed a bench to rest my swollen ankle - the tour guide stopped the tour and ask that i remain. When I stated I was just going to be in the next room- she angrily stated that I could not walk away. T At this point I approached the guide and handed her my ear set. After taking my set- she spoke into her mic for all of the party to hear- IT IS BETTER TO LOSE YOU THAN TO HAVE YOU IN MY GROUP. my husband and daughter were stunned

On 2015/06/01
Dave and Maria Galloway said:
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Excellent tour - worth every Euro

This was very enjoyable and very information 3+ hour walking tour. Our guide - ask for Kane - presented a perfect balance of historical background to make the stops on the tour come alive. A great mixture of political intrigue and art history and daily life. Why were kitchens build on the top floor? (You'll find out). The tour ended on the very spot where the Medici family met a critical turning point ( I won't spoil the story). Thank you Kane - you are very Able :-)

On 2015/05/28
Jen Farmer said:
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The best way to see Florence!

I cannot recommend this tour enough! My husband and I were only in Florence for 24 hours and this was the best way to see it. Running through the city before the other tourists are awake is magical (and we are not usually morning people). Marco is fantastic, he told us the history of Florence but also pointed out some wonderful sites that we would not have found on our own. Nice gentle 6:30 min / km pace with a few stops and a cheeky uphill to the church which gives you beautiful views over Florence. Just do it....

On 2014/10/31
Greg D said:
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Outstanding

We took tours in Venice, Florence, Sienna & Rome. Nothing short of exceptional at every turn. Knowledge, friendliness and honesty are what we got with every tour and guide. They are simply the best. Thank you all for making our trip as memorable as it was. Ciao!

On 2014/09/28
Eric P said:
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Excellent, friendly and professions Venice tours

We look 4 tours in Venice today (27 Sept) and cannot adequately describe how pleased we were with the quality of the tours. Christina, our guide, was excellent and very knowledgable. And most importantly, she was extremely friendly and always courteous. We thoroughly enjoyed the day. The day was made up of the gondola ride, the original and best Venice tour (St. Marks), Doge's Palace tour and culminating with the Grand Canal tour on our own boat. Christina was very impressive with her knowledge and presentation skills. It was simply a joy to be in her small tour group. We cannot say enough good things about her. One of the highlights of the tour was being (coincidently) literally two boats away from George Clooney's water taxi as he made his way to the Aman Canal Grande Hotel. It made my wife's day. And we managed to achieve this by coincidence. The boat captain was very professional throughout the madness of many, many boats on the Grand Canal at this time (a little before 19:00). Bravo Art Viva!

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Explore one of Tuscany’s most charming hilltop towns, with an expert tour guide. 

On this three hour walking tour you will hear murder stories, see relics of famous saints, learn about the famous annual ‘Palio' horse race and much more!

Immerse yourself in the history of one of Tuscany's most charming hilltop towns on this My Exclusive Best of Siena tour.

Discover why Siena was once the enemy of Florence. Visit the stunning cathedral of Siena. Step into the unforgettable ‘Campo' square. Get a true feel for life in a charming Tuscan picturesque town exploring the sites.

Highlights of the My Exclusive Best of Siena Tour include:

Visit some of Siena’s most charming piazzas. Hear about the fascinating lives of the powerful families that lived within the Siena’s gothic, renaissance and mannerist-style palaces.

From the fable of the Sienese wolf to the murderous tale of Pia de’ Tolomei, your private Siena tour guide will share the amazing stories behind this charming must-see Tuscan town.

Enter the church that saw the birth of the famous Sienese painting style. Hear the fascinating stories behind the life of Siena’s Saint Catherine, see where she lived and the paintings depicting important scenes from her life, as well as the relics of her thumb and head!

Spy the mark of the Medici – their coat of arms emblazoned on the impressive Town Hall building in the charming shell-shaped Piazza del Campo that is transformed for the Palio – Siena’s famous horse race with an intriguing history.

Your expert Siena tour guide will show you where the horses are held, as you hear about the tensions, tricks and thrills that have marked the Palio throughout its colourful history. You’ll also see where the Archbishop holds mass for the jockeys before the Palio.

Learn about Pope Pio II Piccolomini – Siena’s pope.

Hear the dramatic and at times humorous stories of the rivalry between Siena and Florence.

Visit the cathedral that was intended to out-do Florence’s ‘Duomo’ and decide for yourself who was the victor. Inside, hear about the famous pavement, see artworks by Michelangelo, Bernini and Donatello, and see the Tuscan sun’s rays coloured by the delicate stained glass window by  Duccio di Buoninsegna.

On this 3-hour guided Siena tour, discover the business innovation that allowed Siena to become such an important and rich Italian city that has never lost its small-town charm. 

Tread in the footsteps of pilgrims who marched the long road from northern Europe to Rome in ancient times.

Learn about the great foods that have become famous in Siena from sweet treats to delicious meats. Your Siena tour guide can also point out some great places to dine, or to stop for a gelato or glass of Tuscan wine in a charming location, and even let you in on some great Italian shopping secrets in Siena, one of Tuscany’s best places for great shopping in Tuscany.

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