We found out about Share a Shore Excursion in Italy through a discussion board on Cruise Critic, and our day with them was the best tour we took in Italy! Communication through the company website was clear and timely. Daniele, a co-owner of the company, was our guide for a full day in Rome. My husband and I arrived at the pier about ten minutes before the meeting time and were happy to see that he was already there. The Mercedes van was quite comfortable, and it was easy to hear the commentary from any of the 3 rows of seats. We were able to beat all of the big buses out of the pier parking lot and get a head start on our day. The traffic on the streets of Rome was crazy, and I appreciated what a great driver Daniele was! He kept good control of our group of 7, insuring that we all knew where to meet and arrived back at meeting points on time. Probably the best part of the day was being able to bypass the extremely long (hours-long) lines at the Colosseum and the Vatican/Sistine Chapel. Daniele just walked up to the ticket counters and our tickets were waiting for us. That was priceless! I also appreciated those of us on the tour could have input on what to see or what not to see. We had enough time to see everything, and Daniele's knowledge of Italian history made the tour really interesting.
Daniele was polite and professional, but also very approachable and funny throughout the day. And, it was nice to be with someone who had such a great command of the English language, without a heavy accent that made it difficult to understand.
My only regret is that we had already booked tours of Naples and Florence through the ship's excursions. I feel that the tours with ShareAShoreExcursioninItaly were fairly priced, and that we got a lot more for the money than with the ship's tours.
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