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LosAltosTraveller's Port Reviews of Dubrovnik, Kotor, Corfu, Taormina (Messina), Rome (Civitavecchia)
Crystal Serenity cruise in May 2013
Member Name: LosAltosTraveller
Cruise Date: May 2013
Embarkation: Venice
Destination: Western Mediterranean
Member Review: LosAltosTraveller's Crystal Serenity Review
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Quaint, nice, like Venice without canals... narrow alleys, cobblestone streets, lots of flowers. Walk the wall, it's well worth the 3 euros.

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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Beautiful setting. Still recovering from the war. Take the walk to the fortress on the hillside.... 1000 plus steps and a spectacular view. This is going to become a real must visit place in the next few years. There's an abandoned hotel, covered in graffiti and overgrown right on the bay. Some one is going to refurbish this. Right now, it feels like a Steven King place.
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Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
The least interesting of the place we stopped. Perhaps it was some sort of holiday or something. Got a little lost. There's supposed to be an old town area, but it was hard to find.

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Taormina (Messina)
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Can't remember much about this town. Needed to pay for a bus because the town was way uphill from the port. Turns out, if you're in shape, there's a staircase, maybe a couple of hundred steps. The views are very nice.

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Rome (Civitavecchia)
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Rome was much, much better than I had imagined and I had imagined a lot. Since this was the end of the cruise, I won't put a detailed review of our three days in this posting. It was really easy and cheap taking the train from Civitavecchia to Roma. There is no need to book special transfer unless you have a lot of luggage. In our three days in Roma, we hit 12 of Lonely Planet's top 25 attractions. We walked everywhere.... it's a great walking city. Ancient ruins just show up unexpectedly. Don't miss Basilica di San Clemente in the Monti area. The 12th century church is on top of 4th, 2nd, and 1st century ruins. Each step down is a journey further into the past. Dark, cool, uncrowded. Also, the Vatican Museums are open Friday nights. You need a reservation. The museums are much less crowded in the evening.

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