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Old November 7th, 2012, 09:09 PM
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Originally Posted by jools789 View Post
I am looking to visit a number of Italian ports, probably next year year but will probably only be able to have a limited amount of time at each location (perhaps only 2 days)

Can anyone suggest as to what are best places to go to/see in any of the following locations:-


(Tour companies generally recommend staying in the old parts of port towns) but happy to read other suggestions and/or recommendations.
Thank you in advance for your help.
Be sure to check the dates you will be in each city since some museums are closed on certain days. For example, the Uffizi and Accademia in Florence are closed on Mondays.

Purchase any entrance tickets on line before leaving to avoid long lines.

Use a guide and or tour company to get the most out of your visit. Using a private service we were able to have a guided tour of the Vatican museum and the Colloseum, and several other highlights plus lunch while on a one day stop.

I love Taormina, but there are other options such as Mt Etna, or The Godfather tour.

From Naples there are many options such as Capri, Sorrento, Positano. Pompeii and several other places along the Amalfi Coast.

Venice can be done on your own or you can pre-book tours. I really enjoy doing Venice on my own and try to allow a day to visit the Islands of Murano and Burrano if at all possible. Pre-book entry to St Mark's Basilica and a Vaporetto or Alilaguna pass. If you are on a cruise, you can use a private water taxi, or Alilaguna to get your directly to St Marks Square then use the vaporetto. You can also walk to the people mover which will get you about a block from Piazzle Roma where you can catch the vaporetto. We personally found it easier to grab a taxi (5 euro for 4) at the ship and went directly to Piazzle Roma. The people mover involved more walking and was 4 euro for 4 people.
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