Our guide Daniele met us in Livorno. We traveled on RC Brilliance of the Seas and he met my family of five and took us to Pisa where we spent approximately 45 minutes exploring the square and the Tower. He then drove us to Florence where he escorted to the Accademia, the Duomo, Santa Croce, Ponte Vecchio and several other locations. With his help we were able to skirt the huge lines at the Accademia which would have drained an hour or two from our limited time resources. There was so much to see that we only had time for a sandwich and a gelato on the go but that was fine. Dany was knowledgeable, informative, pleasant and well worth his prices, which are very reasonable and which are actually less expensive that the huge bus tours arranged by RC. We did not use a single excursion offered by RC and everything was arranged through private operations such as Tuscan Heart. When you see your comfy Mercedes van waiting there for you and you know you are going to see more in less time that by going on the big buses you will realize your money has been smartly spent!
Dany finished our afternoon with a trip to a winery in Chianti where we had a pleasurable afternoon with Nonny touring the winery and tasting wines and eating estate prepared meats. Bought a few bottles of wine and then back to the ship with plenty of time to spare. My mother and aunt want to adopt Dany but I think his wife and mother may have something to say about that.
Thanks to Daniele and Tuscan Heart for a very special day in Tuscany from the Pettway family!!!!
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