We took one of those open air buses to make sure we saw everything and then picked what we wanted to go back to later in the day. We also had the most amazing experience when we took a night time Segway tour of many sights we had seen by daylight. It was magical. (For those who have never ridden a Segway..they are very easy to catch on to and really a LOT of fun!..If this uncoordinated 65 year old grandma can do it..you can!)
We had a wonderful guide who made this trip very enjoyable. My three grands climbed to the top of the tower while I watched and took pictures from below. I hope that when they are old like me, they will see a picture of the tower and remember this experience.
This was a tendered port. When you get off the tender and walk to the end of the pier...turn left and you are immediately on a beautiful sandy beach. There were many areas where for 12 Euros you could rent a comfortable lounger and umbrella. The one we stopped at (blue striped umbrellas) had a delightful young man who seemed to enjoy his work and had a great personality.
We also took the little train, which was a good way to see other areas of the city.
Basilica of Notre Dame de la Gorde What a wonderful old church with an amazing view. The guide, Paco, was a true joy. One time when we were stuck in a traffic jam he got out and personally directed traffic (said he had to go show them how to drive).
I am in awe of the ability of the bus drivers to manipulate the huge buses through VERY narrow streets!
Hydrofoil trip out to the Island and then the Funicolare up to the top. What a beautiful island with wonderful flowers.
Pompeii Walking Tour Rating:
Again, MANY tours were there at same time, which made for a lot of congestion in the main sites. It was a very hot day, and there is not much shade to be found inside the site.
At the entrance there were lots of seats, but there were stern waiters who would not allow anyone to sit in a chair unless they placed an order. The sight could definitely add benches for visitors in many locations.
The streets were also hard to walk on and you had to keep a close eye out for toe stubbers.
However, it was truly an amazing place and worth all the sun and pushy people.
With five ships in port, there were many tours going on..lots of people holding up signs followed by lines of people! We had a great lunch at a local restaurant.