Hallo Angel, (My comments will be in Blue, my questions will be in Red). (I may switch between names of places from English, to Italian, to Russian translit as we pronounce it in Russian . Its too hard to keep track of language when typing foreign names). I think the list of tours and day trips provided by your friends tour-agent is excellent, and covers all the sites and locations that are worth seeing and visiting. Of course, a lot depends on how the tour/trip itself is organized and handled, the size of the group, the knowledge of the guide, the time allocation to each element, etc. I would not be able to evaluate the quality of the listed tours by data given below. I have not been on an organized tour more than 2x in my life, and each time I went (for sake of my travel companions) Ive suffered, since traveling in groups, being time-restricted, and led from place to place is not pleasant for me. However, there are big advantages in joining organized tours: - such as convenience of pre-arranged transportation between hard to reach and/or distant locations. - Quality commentary and historic narrative by a professional guide (vs. reading a guide-book). - Priority access and hard-to-buy tickets into sights and attractions which otherwise may take hours to enter, or require very advance planning and purchase. - And last but for many people not least security of traveling in a group, and temporary companionship of other tourists. If traveling in a group and time constraints in each place is an issue, there is a solution: One can always stay through the tour, and during or after the tour, leave the group and continue to walk on his/her own (in the museum, historic site, park or villa). Any historic site that is open to public, both groups and single-entry visitors, allows a person from the group, to continue his/her sight-seeing alone without the group. The only 2 sights that limit time inside and require one to stay with the group, as far as I know (in Italy), are the Last Supper/Milan, and Sistine Chapel/Vatican. All other places leave the group if you like, stay till closing time. So keep that option in mind, in case being dragged through a museum too quickly or some other site is a concern. Also take into consideration how you want to enjoy a specific site, location, architecture, art work . Do you want to be on your own and enjoy it through the prism of your own knowledge, perception, emotions .? Or do you want specific information about the leading events, the history of a place, the artists, their motivations, the meanings behind it all .. ? For example, lets take P-za Navona, a must see in Rome. Navona has a lot of things going there . 3 Bernini fountains, several pieces of historic architecture, many side-walk cafes and out-door restaurants (some were featured in many famous movies), and a plaza FULL of street artists and painters with their own art-stands . So what do you want to do? Listen to history behind Bernini fountains and then move on to the next location? Or read up on the fountains in a tour-book, and enjoy the atmosphere, have a cup of coffee, people-watch, check out the works of the street artists? Not to mention the small narrow streets to and from P-za Navona are quite charming and interesting So, here are my 2-cents on the listed tours (the ones I like by the basic info listed). ROME: Tour1 AM or PM IN THE HEART OF ROME (Morning, 3 hrs approx) St. Peters Square ( visit inside), Navona Square, Pantheon (inside visit ), Trevi Fountain I personally think 3 hrs is not enough time to see St. Petes, Navona, Pantheon and Trevi Fountain. Trevi is 5 blocks from your hotel. It is also wonderful at night, and you can read up the history of it in 2 paragraphs. But it is not a bad in-nut-shell tour . Tour 2 PM ANCIENT ROME - (Afternoon 3 hrs approx) Colosseum ( visit inside), Roman Forum ( inside visit ), Palatine Hill ( inside visit ) Tour2 BPM COLOSSEUM AND THE ETERNAL ROME Walking tour (Afternoon, 2,30/3 hrs approx ) Colosseum (inside visit ), Palatin Hill (inside visit ), Roman Forum (inside visit ) This sounds like a very good tour, and 3 hours is enough. But dont you already have Roma Pass which gives you entry to Colosseum and Roman Forum? (I am not sure). Tour 3 AM - VATICAN MUSEUMS, SISTINE CHAPEL & ST. PETERS BASILICA (Morning, 4h00 hrs approx) Vatican Museums (visit inside), Sistine Chapel(visit inside), St. Peters Basilica (visit inside) This sounds like a good tour. 4 hrs is MINIMUM one can spend seeing most of Vatican main attractions. If what you see is not enough, you can always a) stay behind in Vatican Museum/Sistine Chapel, and then enter St. Petes after, it is free entry at any time. (I would not take the afternoon Vatican tour, if you want to stay longer, youll be up against closing times. And I would not take Vatican tours which are listed @ 3 hours total not enough time). But I do recommend at least 1 tour in Vatican area which guarantees you tickets into Vatican Museum/Sistine Chapel, which are otherwise very hard to get. Tour 4 CHRISTIAN ROME & CATACOMBS (Afternoon, 3 hrs approx) Basilica of St John in Lateran (visit inside), Holy Stairs, Catacombs (visit inside) St Mary the Major Basilica (visitinside) .. CATACOMBS and Christian sites . I dont know .. unless you are very interested, on this trip I think they are VERY optional and may cut into time for other sites. You already have 3 tours for 3 days (Vatican, Ancient Rome, Walking Tour of Famous places) and the 4th day I strongly recommend to go to Tivoli/Haidrians Villa (listed below) Tour 5AM - TIVOLI AND ITS VILLAS (Morning , 4 hours approx) Villa Adriana, Villa DEste ( visit inside ) TAKE THAT ONE! !!!! Tivoli and Haidrians villa (or Adriana villa) are worth seeing. Nice 1 day trip out of busy hot Rome, into the hill-site. Tour 8 - ROME BY NIGHT PANORAMIC TOUR (Afternoon 2 hours, approx ) Illuminated Rome by night tour with stop at Trevi Fountain ( walking ), Capitol Hill, Colosseum, Palatine Hill, Janiculum Hill, Castle St. Angelo, St. Peters Basilica, Trastevere Tour 9 - ROME BY NIGHT with dinner in TRASTEVERE Panoramic tour by bus & dinner in a typical Italian restaurant located in a traditional popular area. Stop at Trevi Fountain ( walking ), Capitol, Colosseum, Palatine Hill, Viale Trastevere, Janiculum Hill, Castle St. Angelo, St. Peters Basilica, Trastevere NIGHT TOUR is a good Idea, but all depends on how the tour company sets it up. If they drive you on the open top bus and you can sit and enjoy the light play on all ancient buildings then it is worth it for 2 hours! On the other hand . From your hotel Trevi Fountain (which looks great at night) is 5-6 blocks and there are plenty of people in that area on the streets at night The other locations look great at night, all light up, but you can see them by walking around.. I dont know about tours like Papal Blessing, Christian Rome, etc. I would not pay to be led to Papal Blessing. You can lead yourself, on the days when he is there, and just stand in line . I would not do ANY combined tours Rome Site-seeing AND Vatican/Sistine Chapel it will be a RUSH tour. Tour 15 - ASSISI PERUGIA or ORVIETO ( 1 day ) Discover the charming, Medieval Assisi, Perugia or Orvieto Once on the bus, the majority of participants will decide if stop in Perugia or Orvieto. Assisi, Perugia or Orivieto are very charming hill-top towns, and maybe a substitution for the day in Tivoli/Haidrians Villa, if for some reason youre not inclined to go to the later. FLORENCE - I am not sure (looking at the tour-agents list) if what they are offering is a driving trip from Rome to Florence, or the tours below are offered once youre in Florence? - If these are tours once youre in Florence, then some will suite your purpose. - The two must see museums in Florence are: Uffizi and Accademia. Others are great but optional during a short visit. - The two must see Churches are: Duome and Fiesole S. Croce. Florence Guided Walking Tours (I prefer walking to buses). - I think you are going to be walking, even if the tour states bus I can not imagine how a BUS can be driven between the listed sites in the Old/Historic Centre. It is simply NOT physically possible to drive a bus on those streets (youll see what I mean when you get there), so that means the bus will be driving on main roads around the historic centre . I would take walking tours of famous sites (without museums included in that schedule). And separate Museum Visits. And do not take tours which offer lunch, unless it is full-day tour.. 2.a MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE FLORENCE San Lorenzo, Duomo, Piazza Signoria, Ponte Vecchio, Piazza Pitti. This one is PERFECT, if the tour ends at Pitti Palace, just buy a ticket and go into Pitti Palace to see if anything the Boboli Gardens inside the Palace. Florence Museum Guided Tours - Any of the choices are good! All depends if you want to see 2 museums in the same day. M.1 - GUIDED VISIT TO THE ACCADEMIA GALLERY M.2 - GUIDED VISIT TO THE UFFIZI GALLERY M.1 + M.2 - GUIDED VISIT TO ACCADEMIA + UFFIZI GALLERIES Excursions from Florence - Also, all sounds good, unless you want to take public transport to Siena one day, and St. Gimignano the next day, and wonder on your own. 3 SIENA, SAN GIMIGNANO & CHIANTI AREA - Landscape tour Outlet Shopping Tours from Florence - if youre interested in Outlet shopping let me know. It does not require advance planning, but some Discount Outlet Shopping Malls will take a 2-hour bus ride going up north. EVERYTHING THERE IS STILL EXPENSIVE. - If youre in Florence many street vendors sell great leather goods right inside the Old centre, for reasonable prices. Dinner and Show in Florence - I dont know anything about those arrangements. Dinner and music may be fun .. Historic theme dinner in a palace maybe fun .. In conclusion on Florence, I have questions: - Do you want info on how to get to Siena and/or St. Gimignano on your own? I recommend seeing both places 1 day each, not all in 1 day. - Do you want Uffizi and Accademia Museum web-site so that you can order tickets on-line and go on your own? VENICE Two walking tours of Venice (given on your lists)- Both tours are great! And will occupy both of your days VERY productively. - Since the first tour is less than 2 hours, and does not provide tickets inside the Museums and main Attractions, you can take the walking tour, and 2nd part of the day buy tickets and go inside the main attractions. - The tourist must sees are: Galleria Accademia (next to your hotel), San Marco Basilica, The Doges Palace/Ducale. - The trip of the local Lagoon Islands is a great trip .. QUESTION: do you want websites on how to get tickets? Or will you enjoy Venice by walking? One can enjoy Venice just by walking around .. without going inside of any paid venues . All churches (except St. Marco Basilica) have free entry when open to public. So, to sum-up Rome, Florence and Venice: Some tours are worth taking. Do you want web-sites to museums in Florence and Venice to go on your own? Or have you made up your mind on going on a tour with a group? Once you reserve the tours, and still want my advise, I can make suggestions how to allocate your time between the remaining attractions and areas not covered by tours. (Next section will be on Sorrento/Capri/Amalfi Area, which is not covered in the above).