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“Thorough & Excellent Excursions”

Shore Excursions in Italy
Ranked #135 of 820 Tours in Rome
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Owner description: We are a Limousine Company operating in Italy since 1998. We do guided Tours from all the Italian Ports, provided by multilingual drivers driving Mercedes or similar A/C Vehicles.
Reviewed August 26, 2013

We chose this tour company for our three days in Italy. We used them consecutively in Naples, Rome, and Florence. The company guides were each very good in knowing their way in and out of all the sites. Valerio in Florence was on his home turf and was VERY knowledgeable and a highly certified tour guide. Florence/Pisa was certainly the highlight of the three stops, but each was good in their own right.

There were six of us and we were able to book a very nice Mercedes van for our group. The fees charged were markedly less than that of our cruise ship. Given the size of the group we easily saved over 1000 euro for the three days with this company. Further, being able to book a personalized tour for a group as small as six of us made it a far better quality product than any of the other options.

Recommendations -- listen when the guides tell you where to eat lunch and where to get gelato. They know the best places and the price/quality of all were excpetional.

As for tours -- I think I would skip Pompeii and go to another ruin. Our guide at the Pompeii ruins kept mentioning another site (perhaps Herculaneum?) that was far better preserved because it had been encased in mud rather than the ash of Pompeii (which was looking a little worn by tourists). Other than that our Pompeii guide at the ruins site (he was NOT affliated with the company I'm reviewing) kept running ahead every five minutes and smoking before returning to talk right in our faces. YUCK! No tip for you...

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Reviewed August 15, 2013

We were a group of 17 (age 80 to age 6) on a 9 day Mediterranean cruise and booked Shore Excursions in Italy for tours in Livorno (Pisa and Florence) and Civitavecchia (Rome). We did a lot of research and chose this company based on the prompt and professional service from Monica via email. They helped us pre-arrange tickets to the Leaning Tower, Colloseum and Vatican Museum. They also arranged private tour guides for us at the Colloseum and Vatican Museum which was invaluable given the crowds at both venues. We were very impressed with the service - at both ports the drivers were on time and what we appreciated most was that they were knowledgeable, respectful and gracious. Ricky and Ricardo were our driver guides in Pisa/Florence and Carlo and Frederico were our driver guides in Rome. Carlo, the owner of the company was exceptionally knowledgeable and it was apparent that he loved his job and very proud of his country and its history. On both days, the guides arranged for us to have wonderful lunches at authentic restaurants. We had to use other tour companies for a couple of other ports on our cruise because Shore Excursions in Italy did not do tours in those ports and our experience with those companies paled in comparison. We would highly recommend Carlo and company - they really made those two stops in Italy memorable.

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Reviewed August 15, 2013

I'm late in writing this review as our experience was in August of 2012, however, Shore Excursions in Italy is worth recmooneding. Our driver was Carlo and we couldn't have been more pleased. To accomodate us, we were met early at 0730 in Livorno because we had tickets to go up into theLeaning Tower of Pisa at 0830. That schedule meant we were first at the Tower before the arrival of tour groups from our ship and others in port. Carlo kept an ongoing narrative informing us of the history, etc. ofwhereever we were during the day. We also had tickets for the Academia in Florence to see the David statue. Carlo always found a nearby parking place, knew where the cleanest restrooms were and how to get to just what we wanted to see. He recommended a pleasant place for lunch in Florence based on what we wanted to eat and had us back to the ship on time. Should we have reason to book again, we will be asking for Carlo.

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Reviewed August 4, 2013

We just returned from a 12 day Mediterranean cruise - our ship was the Royal Princess out of Barcelona. I contacted Monica about six months ago and we arranged for personal drivers and vans from Livorno for Florence, Citivecchia for Rome, and Naples for Sorrento and the Amalfi coast. Short response - Monica in reservations, Lisa in Florence, Carlos in Rome and our tour guide in Naples ( so sorry I forgot her name) were brilliant and showed us a wonderful time. There were nine of us travelling together, so the logistics were a little difficult, but each of our tours was exceptional. We visited all of the usual tourist spots - Michelangelo square, the David, the Ponte Vechio, leaning tower of Pisa, the colliseum in Rome, Sorrento, Positano, Pompeii, etc. but each tour had a unique event - a special wine cellar lunch in Florence, a lovely meal in Rome, the most exquisite hillside dining room in Positano. All of the guides were expert in providing information and historical insights and were very friendly and helpful. I would give six stars if there were six to give - they could not have done a finer job. Thanks Carlos for the wonderful memories.

Paul Ponte

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

We used Shore Excursions in Italy in Livorno to tour Florence / Pisa and during our 6 day stay in Rome. Monica handles communications via email for the company and we found her prompt, helpful, and professional. She helped us arrange tours to fit our schedule and she was always available to us via email. This professionalism carried through to all aspects of our tours.
Our guide/driver Carlo was waiting for us in Livorno when our group of 6(we added a couple we met on board) walked off the ship. We jumped in his van and were out of the port an on our way before most were off the ship. We had a wonderful tour of Pisa and Florence. Carlo was a great driver and guide. He knew just where to park and drop us off and got us right into museum past the lines. Carlo took us to the best Gelato in Florence before we returned to the ship. We got back in plenty of time and paid after the tour. It was a great day with an excellent guide. Thank you Carlo!

We met our next guide Francesca across the street from the Vatican and she gave our group of 4 another excellent tour. We again went in front of the lines. Francesca was enthusiastically and informative. Having a good guide in the Vatican was vital as we never would have known about all the beautiful sites without her enthusiastic explanations.

Our last day in Rome Monica arranged for a driver to pick the 4 of us with luggage up at our Rome apartment and drive us to Ostia ruins. Wewere met another good guide that walked us around explaining the ruins. Afterwards the van took us to a hotel we had booked for the night near the airport where we checked in and spent the night. We took a taxi to the airport the next day.
Shore Excursions in Italy was great to work with from beginning to end. We will be using them next time we are in Italy!

Thank LSJ6
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