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Get a tour with Brandi. Covers lots of interesting details that you would not get without a guide... read more

Reviewed November 25, 2013
dmacintyre187791
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Rome, Italy
14 Wonderful Days in Italy

My husband and I made our first trip to Italy in July 2013. We are both busy professionals with no... read more

Reviewed October 5, 2013
Donna K
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Milpitas, California
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

Get a tour with Brandi. Covers lots of interesting details that you would not get without a guide. Kritios Tours.

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Reviewed October 5, 2013

My husband and I made our first trip to Italy in July 2013. We are both busy professionals with no time to plan a vacation but were in desparate need of a get away. Brandi Gribbins of Kritios Tours made our dream a reality. We simply booked the flight from SF to Rome, emailed her our preferences and she took care of the rest. We spent 5 days in Rome where she was our personal tour guide (Vatican & St. Peter's Basilica, Highlights of Rome, Ancient Rome). Brandi was an Art History major in college and was extremely knowledgable about the history and art of Italy which made our visit so enjoyable and interesting. She booked us a private apartment with a chef for the evening and made sure that our every comfort and detail was attended to. She chased up our lost luggage with the airline and even gave us a cell phone so we could stay in touch if needed when we were not on tour with her. Brandi personalized our tour by taking us to Tivoli (an impromtu extra!) with her husband (super sweet guy) on their day off. She is an amatuer photographer and gladly took photos of us so we didn't have to impose on strangers. The next leg of our journey was to Florence where Brandi arranged a Renaissance Walking Tour with our guide, Marina. We were to meet Marina at 9 AM and wouldn't you know it, Brandi called on the cell phone at 9 AM to make sure we had connected with Marina. Marina was fabulous and made the history of the city come alive for us. Our next stop was Pisa and then on to the island of Sardinia. Brandi knocked it out of the park with reservations at the wonderful Villa del Golfo & Spa. We spent a relaxing 5 days soaking up the sun and enjoying the aqua blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The food on Sardinia was like none other that we had experienced in Italy (local meats, cheeses, wine, olive oil and fish). At the end of our trip, Brandi met us at the airport in Rome, brought us the large bag of souvenirs that she stored for us so we didn't have to carry them during the last legs of our trip and she made sure we were tucked in at the airport Hilton prior to our trip home. I highly and without reservation recommend Brandi and the services of Kritios Tours.

Thank Donna K
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

We used Brandi for three days of tours in Rome in early June. She was knowledgeable, flexible and most importantly fun! She knows all of the best times to see the sites and we did not have to wait in any lines which was much appreciated. She also provided excellent restaurant and shopping recommendations. We left Rome feeling as if we had really experienced Rome. I would recommend Brandi as a tour guide to anyone.

Thank JENNIFERandJOHN_13
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

Did a Vatican tour with Jon. It was 3 hours and we covered a lot in that time. It was a really good small group tour (just the three of us) and we learnt a lot with Jon's excellent stories and observations. It was my second time in the Vatican and there is so much to see. I would highly recommend this tour group for the Vatican.

Thank Happyfatprick
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Reviewed May 1, 2013

This was our second tour with Brandi. We met her in October when she showed us (myself, husband and 15 year old daughter) around the Forum and Colosseum ( Flavian Amphitheatre) and the Palatine Hill. We have just returned from a flying visit to Rome with several relatives(12 of all ages!) keen to see the sights. We contacted Brandi on the Saturday and she was with us all of Sunday morning doing the same tour as we loved it so much first time round and knew the family would too. We weren't disappointed. Everyone thought it was great. Brandi knows her history and she makes it really interesting. Definitely recommend you contact her and arrange a tour!

Thank carol c
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Reviewed April 24, 2013

We did a private tour with Brandi of the Coliseum, Roman Forum and Palantine Hill and it was great! We called her in the morning and she got back to us immediately, we ended up doing the tour that afternoon. We didn't have any lines and seemed to find quiet areas to hear about the history. Her knowledge base on the subject is excellent which made her tour very entertaining. She is energetic and personable! We learned a lot about ancient Rome and really enjoyed it!

Thank dmacintyre187791
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Reviewed August 21, 2012

My husband and I did a private tour with Brandi while in Rome for our honeymoon. She was personable, incredibly knowledgeable and willing to give as much detail as wanted. We had an absolute blast on our day with Brandi and left feeling like we learned so much. I will recommend her tours to all my friends and family who visit Rome. And I personally can't wait to go back to experience her Vatican tour!!

Thank Katie S
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Reviewed March 31, 2012

As others have said, Brandi is awesome. We spent 10 hours with her yesterday and it was the best thing we could have done. We told her we needed to do the highlights of Rome in a day and she made it happen. Very organized, professional and knowledgeable. We did not wait in any lines; Brandi made sure we maximized our short time in Rome. She is energetic, fun and passionate. Additionally, she arranged for drivers to meet us at the start and end of our vacation, in addition to making us train reservations. Everything went so smoothly - thanks Brandi!

Thank soccermom327
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Reviewed February 28, 2012

Brandi's knowledege and passion of Roman history made our tour come alive. It was such a pleasure waking and talking with Brandi as we wandered through the streets of Rome. It was a wonderful experience that I would recommend to everyone!!!

2  Thank linda b
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Reviewed January 28, 2012

There were two couples of us that took the "Best of Rome" walking tour through Kritios Tours. Our tour guide, Brandi, had lived in Rome for several years and was a wealth of information. She led us through the streets of Rome providing us with an on going commentary of historical facts and interesting stories. She truly made history come alive! Brandi's knowledge of the city allowed us to move through the attractions effortlessly and avoid long lines and congested areas. Brandi was sensitive to the fact that the four of us were over the age of 60. She was willing to take breaks and customize the tour to fit our needs. The only equipment needed for this tour is enthusiasm, a sense of adventure, a good pair of walking shoes, and a camera to recored this wonderful experience.

1  Thank Barbara B
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