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2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Walked off the ship and into the centre of town (approx 25 mins) where we bought a family train ticket to Cinque Terre. There you can visit all five town on the rail line. We just did 4 which was enough, missing out the one in the middle ... Read More
Walked off the ship and into the centre of town (approx 25 mins) where we bought a family train ticket to Cinque Terre. There you can visit all five town on the rail line. We just did 4 which was enough, missing out the one in the middle as we were told there was a lot of steps to climb and we didn't want to rush visiting the other towns. We started at the furest away and made our way back. All were very pretty, but think my favourite was the first one, Monterosso, there after a walk along the beach, we turned back on ourselves and walked through a tunnel visiting some lovely shops in the old town. I think the train ticket in total for the 4 of us, was only around 50 euros... a bargin compared to many of the tours on offer. Plus we were able to spend as long or as little in each of the town, rather than being herded along as part of a larger group. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
went on Ship tour for a wine tasting in Tuscany, liked as it was half day, however didn't really leave time for pisa so missed that (wish they'd had a combined one-as travel to piza is long didn't want to risk doing it ... Read More
went on Ship tour for a wine tasting in Tuscany, liked as it was half day, however didn't really leave time for pisa so missed that (wish they'd had a combined one-as travel to piza is long didn't want to risk doing it ourselves and not makign it back for the wine tour) place we went was nice, people there were nice, wine and info was great! good prices for shipping wine overseas as well. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
La Spezia: Here we had plans to take the ferry up the coast of Cinque Terre but the towns had been shut down due to flooding and boats were not operating due to rainy weather. Still were able to take the free shuttle into downtown La ... Read More
La Spezia: Here we had plans to take the ferry up the coast of Cinque Terre but the towns had been shut down due to flooding and boats were not operating due to rainy weather. Still were able to take the free shuttle into downtown La Spezia for shopping and sightseeing Read Less
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
We consciously decided against a tour to Florence as we didn't fancy a long coach ride for just a few hours there. We are lucky enough to know we can come for a weekend break from home quite easily. Instead we decided to visit the ... Read More
We consciously decided against a tour to Florence as we didn't fancy a long coach ride for just a few hours there. We are lucky enough to know we can come for a weekend break from home quite easily. Instead we decided to visit the Cinque Terre towns by train (we're not big hikers) and had read a great guide on Cruise Critic to help us with that. The weather was wet and grey but we had waterproofs and a plan! We got off the ship (free shuttle as people are not allowed to walk the pier area) and picked up a taxi to go to the main station. The driver was talking about the bad weather and how wet we'd get but we weren't worried. But then 15 minutes and 15 euros later we were at the station to be told they wouldn't sell train tickets to the Cinque Terre due to the bad weather, and that the shops would all be closed at other stops. This wasn't in the plans! We had our trusty Rick Steves guide book with us so decided not to immediately declare we would go back to the ship (if nothing else I wanted to get something for that 15 euros!) The book suggested we could walk through the town and down to harbour gardens but then I also saw it mention Porto Venere, about half an hour away by bus on a scenic ride. The lovely Rick told us the bus number and street where we could catch it so we headed off there. 20 minutes later we were on the bus buying tickets from the driver; note, buy them in a local shop and it's half the price! It was a nice ride with views over the bay and half an hour later we dropped down into Port Venere. The place is quite lovely and being so wet and rainy there weren't many people about. We did a lovely walk up to the church and then the hilltop with some gorgeous views that would be stunning in sunshine...but also would have been cluttered with other people. We spent quite a bit of time here, and it turned out to feel like we salvaged our day. After returning to La Spezia we took the walk back and again it was quite pleasant. I had heard it described as a transport hub and thought it would be more bland and industrial so was happily surprised to see some lovely old buildings on our walk back to the port terminal. Not a patch on Florence but a nice alternative if you don't want to do a full tour day Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
We traveled to Florence by coach arranged by Celebrity. The 90 minutes each way were 2 and a half hours in reality. That left us two hours in the city. Poor value for money, and the travel time was misrepresented in the brochure.
We traveled to Florence by coach arranged by Celebrity. The 90 minutes each way were 2 and a half hours in reality. That left us two hours in the city. Poor value for money, and the travel time was misrepresented in the brochure. Read Less

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