We booked the day with Your Tour in Italy. I cannot remember our guide's name, only that it started with an "M". She was from Pisa and our driver, Francesco, was from Florence. They were both great, very friendly. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and gave us many historical facts on our drive from place to place.
We visited Pisa first. It was great to see the tower and have a cappuccino and there's not much else to do here so it was a short stop. We moved on to Florence where we visited a great shopping area with leather goods and scarves. You can haggle prices so don't pay "sticker". Lunch was great at a place our guide recommended. The David is a must see and Your Tour in Italy made reservations so we could avoid lines. The lines were very very long, this was a real time saver. You won't need much time here and it's not far out of your way, I recommend going. We saw the Duomo and some beautiful squares in Florence. Our guide took us to a high point in the city for an awesome view overlooking Florence. It was a great photo op.
During our drive our guide recommended a visit to a winery. We jumped on that idea! It was a great ending to our day. The winery was beautiful, built in the 1500s. It was an experience that most might not see on their trip and we really enjoyed it.
Your Tour in Italy's price for this day was 520 euros for 6 of us.
Sorrento was beautiful and had some nice shopping. Save the shoes/purse purchases for Florence ladies - there is a great market there where you'll find beautiful leather.
The Amalfi Coast is the most beautiful scene I have ever witnessed. It was gorgeous. Since we were on a private tour we were able to drive all the way up into the mountains, on narrow roads where buses could not go. We stopped for lunch in a restaurant in Positano, everything was homemade, great food and a good price (about 25 euros each). If you think you have had good Italian food you ain't seen nothin yet. This place was wonderful. The food, wine, lemoncello...all unbelievably good cooked by "Mama" herself who came out to say hello. A++ Oh and the view - breathtaking.
Pompeii was next and here Your Tour in Italy arranged for a private guide for us for 2 hours. It was an extra price of 100 euros for the entire group. I highly recommend this as there is so much to see in Pompeii and having a knowledgeable tour guide made all the difference. It's well worth the additional cost.
For 6 of us it was 520 euros for Your Tour in Italy's services.
Keep in mind you're 1.5 hours from Rome when you disembark.
We visited the Colosseum first. Aldo made reservations so we were able to skip the line. It was very cool...so much history. We didn't have a guide here, I don't know if we would have gotten more out of it if we had. Also gave us a lot of history before we went in. There are interesting laws in Italy that prevent tour guides from doing certain things, for instance they can talk to you about a place in the car ride over, but not out in the street in front of the place, that would be another type of guide. They can get fined if they do not follow the rules.
We saw Trevi Fountain, The Pantheon, and several beautiful squares and fountains. We didn't do any shopping in Rome - there wasn't any time. We had lunch in a restaurant that Aldo recommended, very good food and wine. We also tried gelato in Rome. Wonderful!
Aldo took us to Gianicolo hill for a breathtaking view of the city from above. This is not something you will get on a bus!
We also had a private guide for the Vatican. Again I highly recommend this. In the short time we had it was worth the cost to have someone give us the highlights and point is in the right direction to see everything we could in a short span of time. A 2 hour guide was 130 euros for the group.
Our price for Your Tour in Italy's services were 520 euros for 6 of us.