Loved getting up to Mt. Etna. Wonderful ride with views of local wineries and farms, small villages along the way. Amazing visit to area of 2002 caldera with a walkway around the main chasm. Interesting to see what forms of flora first grow in the dark, sere landscape.
What a spectacular experience--sailing into the bay toward this little, walled city. Not crowded but beautiful streets, buildings and ambiance. Could have spent more time here. Stopped in a square for a cappuccino, and watched the world go by in the little square. Interesting old churches and synagogue. Just a beautiful, overall experience for a great day.
I am rating this a 5 in spite of the very hot and very crowded conditions. Of course it's a lovely, old, walled city. But fighting large crowds takes away from the experience and it was way too hot to attempt walking the walls. Again, interesting churches and synagogue. Good local guide who gave all the important points. The history of this whole area is such a patchwork--going back and forth from one ruling party to another. I will be visiting again in November and am looking forward to cooler, less crowded conditions.
No option for next port--not on the port list here. Hvar (*****) is lovely. Beautiful island with lovely small city with interesting buildings, streets and friendly people. It was a Sunday and heard local group singing acapella beautifully--at a sidewalk cafe.
Next port also not listed here--Rovinj (****). Another lovely old city with interesting multi-colored buildings. All streets lead up to top of hill with pretty church.
It's Venice. What can I say that hasn't been said? Did the obligatory gondola ride--great fun, at sunset so light/colors were lovely. St. Marco Sq extremely crowded but enjoyed watching the world go by from a pricey square-side cafe. Walked to Rialto bridge area--a lot of fun to walk through all the small streets, along canals, to that area. Will be here again next month and looking forward to exploring more in less crowded conditions.