What's not to like about Venice! Well.. Food can be hit or miss.. Not Italy's best destination for food. You can walk all you want here! Crossing the bridges is neat. DO take a gondola ride. DO NOT pay their 120 Euro asking price. Talk them down to 80-85 Euros.. Singing is extra.. Just so you know.. Public transport is actually pretty easy.
The pearl of the Adriatic! Beautiful! Walk the walls. Take the cable car up top for a magnificent view! Have a drink at the cafe up there and just take it all in... Have another drink at the bar just outside the wall on the cliff side. Don't be surprised if you feel you've seen this before. Game of Thrones "King's Landing" scenes have been shot here.
MUST see city! We've been there 3 times and it doesn't get old. If only there one day, Vatican is #1 with the Sistine Chapel. Colosseum is nice and worth a look. Grab a brochure that tells you about the construction instead of paying someone to tell you.. DO have an espresso.. DO NOT have a cappuccino after breakfast. Only tourists do that..
Someday maybe I'll see Naples.. But its awfully hard to see Naples when you have Pompeii, Capri, and Sorrento so close by.. This is one port where an excursion might be best for first timers, although you dock right next to the hydrofoil and can go to Sorrento (15 Euro RT) or Capri (20 Euro RT) so easy on your own.. But don't deny yourself the chance to see Pompeii and the Amalfi Coastline...
HOT! Left my butt in a pool of melted fat somewhere in Malta.. Bring water! But seriously, a beautiful place. Saw Mdina, which was nice. Caught a bus from Mdina to Valletta and walked around the city center. Very nice day. DO take public transportation! Not that far from port, up the hill some is the main bus depot for Valletta. DO NOT take the hop on hop off bus! They sell more tickets than seats on these. We hopped on at the port, hopped off at Mdina and could not hop back on.. After missing out on two buses in the stifling heat, decided to take a regular bus back. Piece of cake as they speak English in Malta! 5 Euros for two people on the public bus. 30 Euros for two people to be stranded on the hop on hop off fiasco... Go ahead and take a horse drawn ride. 40 Euros for 45 minutes and spectacular views for pictures!
Kotor may be the most beautiful sail in for any port in the world. Wow! Get up early and take pictures! The top of the ship gets crowded but you get awfully nice pics from your private balcony as well... The old town is small but so pretty and quaint! Loved it! Wished we had a couple days to explore more of Montenegro... May be the best kept secret in the Adriatic... What Dubrovnik used to be 10 years ago... And the town is right at the drop off from the tender. No excursion needed unless checking out other parts of Montenegro...
Loved Split! A young population with an exciting pulse to the city! Saw plenty of old ruins from Diocletian's palace. Had drinks on the Riva right on the waterfront. Walked around and found the locals to be downright friendly and they spoke English fairly well. Croatia is a definite vacation destination! No tours needed here as Diocletian's palace is right there where you get off the tender.. Not even 5 minutes walk.