Goldring Travel Revisits Regent Seven Seas Cruises (Seven Seas Voyager: Rome to Barcelona - August 1, 2017) - Part III (Florence and Ajaccio: Starting to Drill Down on the Regent Experience) - Travels Blogs

Goldring Travel Revisits Regent Seven Seas Cruises (Seven Seas Voyager: Rome to Barcelona - August 1, 2017) - Part III (Florence and Ajaccio: Starting to Drill Down on the Regent Experience)



Our second day on the Regent Seven Seas Voyager was a day in Florence, Italy with my having arranged for a private art history guide to take my daughter through the Uffizi Gallery.  It was also my first opportunity to experience the ?free? tour options that Regent includes with your cruise fare.
During online Registration you are given the opportunity to select from a wide variety of included tours.  The descriptions seem adequate.  For Florence we chose "Florence on Your Own" as we had our guide.  From an economic standpoint, a private car transfer with a private guide for the day would run approximately $600 - $1,000 for two people dependent mostly on the tour.  This, however, is just for a group transfer.
Florence - Santa CroceWe arrived in the Constellation Theater, where the tours are staged, and turned in our tour tickets (which are provided upon Embarkation in your suite) and receive a bus number.   At the appropriate time you are escorted to the bus.   I was pleasantly surprised that our large bus only had 23 people on it along with a guide that gave us plenty of information, but did not overwhelm us with dates.  
Our guide did give us some ?recommended? shops and said to be sure that we told them we were from the Seven Seas Voyager in order to get better pricing.  Really"  What it was actually for is so that she gets her ?commission? from the shops for sending the tourists there...but she was quite good at her pitch.  After being escorted to the meeting point and the time to be there reinforced, we met our private guide. It was also of note that water is supplied at the gangway, but if you wanted water on the bus it cost 1?. Seriously"  
Uffizi GalleryPatrizia, Devin and my privately arranged guide, was a wealth of knowledge and with Devin being a stellar student at Pratt Institute I spent the next four hours somewhat overwhelmed at the intricate weaving of influences and techniques from this artist to that artist, but it was certainly impressive?and head-spinning.  As Devin said with that college attitude we all know and love, ?This is what you get for $62,000 a year!?  (Thank goodness for scholarships!!!)

 After our tour, it was my time.  Time to find a great place to eat.  Both the tour guide and Patrizia provided me with the names of many restaurants, both touristic and local, but in the end with had tired legs and I needed a drink sooner than later, so I did what I usually do:  Wander until I go ?That?s the place!?. 

The place was dei Frescobaldi; which was tucked into a small alley with four tables outside and a quaint area inside (and a larger dining room in the back).  As it was nearly 100 degrees outside we opted for the quaint area and settled into a tiny table by the door for a wonderful lunch with a nice bottle of prosecco.   

Devin started with grilled octopus with artichoke pu...
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