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teacher_md's Port Reviews of Florence (Livorno), Rome (Civitavecchia), Naples, Palma de Mallorca
Norwegian Epic cruise in October 2011
Member Name: teacher_md
Cruise Date: October 2011
Embarkation: Barcelona
Destination: Western Mediterranean
Member Review: teacher_md's Norwegian Epic Review
Florence (Livorno)
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
We used Rome in Limo for a private tour of Pisa and Florence. Because of the long distance of Florence, it's best to do some kind of excursion for this port, in my opinion. Anyway, we spent some time in Pisa taking pictures. Make sure you pre-book your tickets to climb the bell tower WELL ahead of time. We tried to book them a week before and we were too late. Lines are long, do the research and get on that if you want to walk up. Anyway, it was beautiful! Then we went to Florence for the rest of the day to sightsee, have lunch and buy leather jackets. Yep, we totally splurged and both bought fine Italian leather. Lunch was really tasty... the food in Italy is just very fresh and rich tasting. I think it has something to do with the olive oil. We climbed up the Duomo for spectacular views of Florence and of Michaelangelo's ceiling painting. Florence and Pisa have amazing architecture and Rome in Limo was top notch. Our guide was Vinny and he did a really good job.

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Rome (Civitavecchia)
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
We decided to do Rome on our own as we already had visited the city extensively in 2009. We found directions online to use the local train to Rome and then went to see the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps. Grabbed some pizza and some gelato as well. It was a nice day, but we really should have departed much earlier to get more time to explore. If you are going to do Rome on your own, just get off the ship as soon as possible in the morning to get a full day because it takes a lot of travel time.
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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
We used AP Tours and our guide was Vitorio. We started off at Pompeii and then on to Positano and Sorrento. This tour was one of the highlights of our vacation. Our guide at Pompeii was Genaro, who was excellent! He brought the site to life with his extensive knowledge and passion for the history of Pompeii. The views on the Amalfi Coast are spectacular. Victorio took us to a restaurant for lunch in Positano that had delicious pasta, desserts and appetizers. Also unlimited wine and limoncello. There was singing, tambourine playing -– just a ridiculously FUN time. Boy, were we carrying on! Just a great day overall. I highly recommend AP Tours.

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Palma de Mallorca
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
We didn't know much about Palma and after all of those days of heavy duty sightseeing, we wanted to do Palma at a more leisurely pace. We tried to walk to the center city on our own but got completely lost. Do yourself a favor and pay for the shuttle provided by NCL to the city center. From there you can walk and discover the city on your own. We went to the gothic cathedral and then walked around the city. We also went to the Arab Baths and that was interesting as well, but nothing to write home about. Palma is a really beautiful city though. Just take a walk through the winding streets, have a cafe con leche, see the cathedral and take it easy. A great day.

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