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    drtom is offline Junior Member - Learning about Tuscany
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    Default Visit to Pisa, etc. and cooking class

    We will be in Florence for the week beginning July 8. Is it worth it to purchase a tour for Euro 90 for an all day trip to Pisa, and two other cities including lunch. Several such trips are offered. How do we know which is the best? We have already booked a cooking class for the same amount that begins in Florence and goes to a farm outside of the city. Will this be a good experience and is there a better way for a one day cooking class.

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    Lourdes is offline Administrator - DiscoverTuscany Team
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    I often recommend guided tours for the added value they offer, particularly being with someone local who explains the history and importance of what you're seeing AND for the transportation to and from the places you visit, especially if you don't want to drive in a foreign country.

    I cannot stress enough how many places would be off limits if you don't rent a car... as well as those places you just woulnd't know to visit.

    In my experience, I would say a whole day tour to Pisa and 2 other cities and lunch would be worth the 90€, and a cooking class that starts in Florence and also takes you into the countryside to a farm (where you might not go without your own car) is worth the cost.
    I am sure the experience will be worth it!
    As far as which one is better, I recommend you take a look at the reviews for the tour from past participants - and also check how large the group is, because my own personal preference is always to seek groups of 20 people or less where you get a bit more personal attention, where you can ask questions and have the chance to meet others like yourself traveling from across the world to Florence and Tuscany.
    I've done larger groups but the feeling is sometimes of just being herded around, so I will pay extra for smaller groups ;-). But if budget is sometimes a constraint, even those larger group tours do have their advantages (cost less and you get to see what you wanted to see in a short time period).
    In the beginning stages of planning to come to Tuscany? Make sure to read Where to Stay in Tuscany WITH a car and Where to Stay in Tuscany WITHOUT a car for ideas on where to stay in Tuscany. Also read When to Visit Tuscany to decide when is the best times for your visit.

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