We truly appreciated our guide - his friendliness, his knowledge of the history of Florence, his abiding interest in Italy, and his earnest desire to satisfy our curiosity on the science tour of Florence.
However, I think Context really needs to reconsider this whole tour. There’s just not enough to see to make it a Context-worthy tour, and we consdered it to have fallen very far below the standards of a Context tour, as witnessed in our Ancient Rome tour with Dimo.
The guide for a tour about science has to have a strong understanding of science. They must be able to illuminate scientific information in an intriguing way, and to be able to index what we see on the tour to an underlying theme that is more developed than “science flourished in the Renaissance.” Instead our guide seemed to meander through exhibits that he didn’t know very well and had no organizing principle or timeline to talk us through. We could have learned so much more by reading the plaques in the exhibit, and walking ourselves over to Santa Croce to see Galileo’s tomb.
We felt like we paid a premium premium price for what was lower quality than a standard museum docent tour, and we are very disappointed with our experience.
We fully expect that our guide is a good guide on *other* tours in Florence, and so although he ultimately may bear the brunt of a negative review, we do consider his placement as a guide on this tour to have been a bad decision on Context's part.
May. 24, 2023