We spent 1/2 day with Francesca last week visiting Monreale. She picked us up at our hotel and drove us to the fantastic cathedral in Monreale. I had prebooked with her months ago after reading the great reviews she got on TA. After our morning was over, I was puzzled about what I had missed in the reviews. I thought perhaps it was because the reviews I had read months ago were old and that newer ones would match our experience. To my surprise, the recent reviews were all very favorable. I did look to see the one lone poor score. The concerns matched ours exactly. I realized it was exactly the same month, October, but one year earlier. So perhaps it was fatigue from a busy tourist season or that she was not feeling well. We had very limited conversation in the car until our questions drove the conversation. But in the cathedral, she was excellent giving us a lot of information about the beautiful mosaics. After the cathedral, it seemed there was no plan. She asked us what else we wanted to see. We really weren’t prepared and had no answer. We saw the entrance for the cloisters and decided to see them. Beautiful and fascinating. As I said, the reviews are excellent except for those in October. We were rather disappointed.
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