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dbmm's Port Reviews of Naples, Rome (Civitavecchia), Florence (Livorno), Cannes, Marseille
Norwegian Epic cruise in June 2012
Member Name: dbmm
Cruise Date: June 2012
Embarkation: Barcelona
Destination: Western Mediterranean
Member Review: dbmm's Norwegian Epic Review
Amalfi Coast Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
The Amalfi Coast is a MUST SEE! Also make sure to sit on the right side of the bus because all tourist buses can only go one way and you will have the best view of the coast on the right side.

There is a stop in a ceramics shop where you can go to the bathroom or buy some souvenir.

Then we stopped in the small village of Amalfi and had about 1 hour on our own. We visited the basilica. It was interesting but it took a good part of the time we had to visit it all.

You have to go to the port for a good look at the city. Simply beautiful!

Pompeii Walking Tour Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
We went to Pompeii after the Amalfi Coast tour and after lunch. We didn't spend a lot of time there but we could see plenty of remains. I would say we stayed 2-3 hours max. The temperature was quite hot and I was happy to get back on the bus for some freshness.

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Rome (Civitavecchia)
Colosseum Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
We didn't have the chance to climb the colosseum. We only stayed at ground level. That was a major disappointment for us. We also had to wait before entering the colosseum because of someone hadn't bought the tickets in advance.

Historic Tour Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
We then visited some ruins outside the Colosseum. It was ok.

St. Peter's Basilica Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
We followed our guide in the basilica and here again she was going too fast for photos. We didn't go everywhere we could have but we saw a lot of nice things.

Trevi Fountain Rating: 2.0 out of 5+
That was our first stop and it was so crowded that it was crazy! Leaving the fountain we walked a really narrow street where scooters were trying to fend off the group by what looked like intimidation.

Our guide was walking too fast for anyone who wanted to take pictures of anything.

At that point I hated Rome!

It got better during lunch time where I drank some wine :)

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Florence (Livorno)
Florence Walking Tour Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
This tour stops at some shops pretty close to the port. It was a total waste of time.

During the bus ride our guide talked about Florence and Tuscany. She was interesting. When we got to Florence she walked us to our meeting place and the we were on our own.

Florence is really a beautiful city and we really liked our time there.

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Port Rating: 1.0 out of 5+
We had to pay for transit from the EPIC to the old Marseille port. The port was under major renovations and the place was not welcoming at all.

While walking around (trying to find the train to Notre-Dame de la Garde), we were robbed by gypsies. Fortunately we reacted swiftly and regained our wallet!

The train ride to Notre-Dame de la Garde is interesting and the view there is fabulous. There are lots of people taking this ride and you have to wait in line for the return ride also.

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