Here is a selection of the most recent reviews of the Skip the Line: Florence in One Day Sightseeing Trip from Rome submitted by actual travelers. Read what travelers liked, what they loved, and what they thought could be improved.
Everything about the day was great. Small group meant we had "special" attention in every respect. And the lunch was spot on.
Our guides were knowledgeable, humorous, passionate and patient.
We, as a 60+ couple, would highly recommend this tour for anyone
This tour is wonderful for those who are only able to schedule one day in Florence while on vacation in Rome. The sights you will view speak for themselves. It was our tour guide, Giovanna, and her skills that made the tour run smoothly. She treats you like "famiglia" the entire time. She was organized, knowledgeable and extremely friendly.
As for the tour, you meet at Piazza del Popolo and move quickly to your private coach and begin the journey to Florence. On the bus Giovanna begins to do what she does best; tell stories. She begins to speak of what you will see in such a manner that by the time you arrive you are filled with excitement and anticipation. Once you arrive you are greeted by a local tour guide, given individual headphones and begin walking through Florence. This local tour guide is present only as you walk through Florence. She exits at lunchtime. Unfortunately as you only have a limited amount of time you must walk by many sights (the Church of Santa Croce, Uffizi Gallery) but you will go to the Duomo Santa Maria Del Fiore, Ponte Vecchio, and of course The Galleria dell'Accademia!
The tour includes lunch (I'm not sure if it will be the same restaurant for each tour), but we went to The Clubhouse. To and from Florence "pit stops" are made, each were clean and offered snacks for purchase.
Of course the highlight is Michelangelo's "David." Thankfully you will skip the line, allowing more time to experience the masterpiece. I suggest that you download "Rick Steve's podcast" and listen to it as you tour the Galleria.
Remember there is a lot of walking on this tour. Wear comfortable shoes, and be prepared for crowds.
Enjoy the experience.
We enjoyed the tour to Florence. The guide Julia was very knowledgeable and informative and helpful. Sitting and observing the mammouth statue of David by Michelangelo was a highlight for us.We also enjoyed hearing about the Etruscan history on the way up to Florence. Due to time we did not get to stop in Orvieto or Perugia. We missed that.Reviewed by: Vincent M, June 2013
A very wonderful experience for getting to see Florence and the most important sights. Only reason we are not rating it a 5 star is that there is just so much to see in Florence and the time for this tour only allows you to briefly see the sights. We would recommend at least a full day in Florence to really be able to appreciate the history, buildings, sculptures and art!Reviewed by: Deanna A, June 2013
Our bus guide Dario was great, no complaints, but the local guide we had in Florence, Mila, was horrible. She held the microphone to her mouth instead of pinning it lower so all you heard was popping and crackling. When someone told her we couldn't understand, she tried for all of two seconds and then returned. I couldn't tell you a word she said. She would walk well ahead of us and no one in the group would be around her. It didn't even occur to her to turn around to see if the group was with her. You don't get a whole lot of time on your own, an hour, so if you see a store you wanted to go to, best to mark it and run back to it because you'll be meeting your group before you're ready to leave. Lunch was decent, great chance to talk to the people that are in your group. You'll definitely need to go back to Florence because this is literally just a quick in and pop flavor tour.Reviewed by: Samara K, June 2013