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Tump01's Port Reviews of Nice, Florence (Livorno), Rome (Civitavecchia), Capri
Liberty of the Seas cruise in October 2012
Member Name: Tump01
Cruise Date: October 2012
Embarkation: Barcelona
Destination: Western Mediterranean
Member Review: Tump01's Liberty of the Seas Review
Nice
City Tour Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
First, we did a bus tour of Nice, nice town but not much to really see then on to the mountaintop medieval village at Ste. Paul de Vence. Many photo opportunities in this postcard town. Shops were nice - mostly artistic, vendors friendly and prices were moderate to high. Lots of narrow streets and alleys to explore and photograph. Some walking but not too strenuous. I would recommend.


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Florence (Livorno)
Port Rating: Not Rated
Bus tour to the leaning tower of Pisa (it leans a lot!). You park in a distant parking lot and walk 15 mins or so to get there. Then had to rush around. No public restrooms but you can use the restrooms at McDonalds, after you purchase something! Then on to Florence. Right away they crammed us all into an expensive jewelry store that had restrooms. We had to get salesperson to unlock door so we could get away. On to Uffizi gallery was almost as good as Louvre but more cramped with paintings/sculptors in smaller rooms. Line went around the block, which we skipped, yay! Rushed by lots of famous works of art so the grumpy tour guide could stop and talk about his favorite, un-famous works -- Boo! Provided meal was good. More climbing up steps, but not too bad. Unfortunately, surly tour guide, frantic pace and high cost of this excursion put this into the "poor value" category.
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Rome (Civitavecchia)
Port Rating: Not Rated
Rome was too cool and crowded. Threw our coins in the fountain, saw the coliseum inside and out -- the line of individual tourists buying tickets seemed to stretch to infinity (we felt guilty skipping it) At the Roman forum excavations were still going on. St. John's Basilica was huge, lots of Michelangelo murals complete with mummified popes and the Pieta. Provided meal was good. They are starting to restore things that have toppled from earthquakes. Ticket said that Spanish Steps were included but we never saw them. Since you can't park near sights -- walk, walk and walk some more... Still, a great excursion with tons of things to photograph!

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Capri
Port Rating: Not Rated
Bused to Pompeii, kinda cool but it helps if you have a vivid imagination about what things might have looked like. Volcano is very far away considering that it buried the town. Then on to Sorrento with lots of OMG views from bus straight down to ocean 1000 feet below. Neat, scenic little touristy/souvenir town and reasonably priced. Then took high speed catamaran to Capri. Capri was the most beautiful place on our trip. Clear blue water, lots of OMG edge of cliff views (with fences), and lots of luscious plants, flowers, even cactus! Most shops closed from December to March when cold weather arrives. Many postcard views, souvenir shops and lots of inclines and steps. Overall, great scenic excursion...

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