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Old April 23rd, 2011, 12:54 PM
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My fiancé and I will be on this cruise for our honeymoon. We are looking for people on the cruise that are interested in sharing tours in Italy with us. We both are really looking forward to seeing all the sites and taking full advantage of all the tours have to offer while cutting down on costs. We registered for tours on*Share A Shore Excursion In Italy :: Home
You have to register for the site but registration is completely FREE!
On the left hand side you will see a calendar just select the dates that we will be in Italy and look for open excursions. All tours are in private vehicles and hold up to 8 people with an English speaking tour guide.*
I have researched the tours from NCL and this is much cheaper even if it is only 4 people per tour. Tours through NCL for Rome are about $300 per person or higher! The prices for these tours are written below!


All 3 of the tours are the same prices and they are as follows...
4 people- 125 euros per person
5 people- 110 euros per person
6 people- 95 euros per person
7 people- 86 euros per person
8 people- 75 euros per person


JUNE 7TH...*we have a tour of Florence/Pisa below I have copied the description:

Depart the pier and drive through the tuscan countryside for about 1 hour and start exploring the city of Florence, visiting the Piazzale Michelangelo first to see the spectacular view and beautiful Michelangelo statues over the course of the following hours your group will see Accademia’s Gallery or Uffizi Gallery with some of the most famous pieces of art in the world.You will also get to see both the Baptistery and the Duomo to first-hand witness the beauty and strength of ancient architecture. And to get a real feel for Italy’s history we will wander Piazza della Signoria and the church of Santa Croce to see the tombs of artists and philosophers alike.Please keep in mind that the museums are closed on Mondays therefore we will have extra time for shopping and will be able to stop by the famous leather market. Proceed after your lunch to Pisa. The town of Pisa has been a Roman colony and in 89 B.C and was an important naval base and trading port for the Romans. We will visit its most celebrated attraction, the Leaning Tower which has become, along with the Coliseum, gondolas and spaghetti, a symbol for the entire Italian Republic. At the "Field of Miracles" we can see the Leaning Tower, the cathedral, the “Campo Santo” cemetery, the Baptistery, and the cathedral museum. The tower has been recently re-opened after a long restoration, and you are now permitted to scale to the top of the tower and admire the fantastic view. The climb to the top is an experience in itself, as you can feel the “lean” in the structure while you wind your way to the peak.


JUNE 8TH... We have a tour of Rome below is a copy of the description:
Begin by exploring the magnificent Vatican City. Visit the fascinating Vatican Museums that wax founded in year 1503 when the newly elected Pope, Julius II placed a full-size statue of Apollo in Chains. Since then, many different works of art were added to the church, discover the Gallery of Tapestries, a collection of tapestries of different fabrics from the 16th and 17th centuries and the Gallery of the Candelabra, created in 18th century which contains classical Roman sculpture which dates from the 3rd century B.C. to the 3rd century A.D.Located alongside these museums is the Sistine Chapel built in the second half of 15th century and famous because of its beautiful frescoes, especially the ceiling and the Last Judgement painted between 1508 and 1512 by Michelangelo. Exit the museums and enter the remarkable Vatican Square of St. Peter, with its ellipse of encircling columns in front the impressive St. Peter’s Basilica, traditionally believed to have been erected over the spot where St. Peter was buried after his martyrdom in Rome around 64 CE. Head towards the Monument to Victor Emanuel II (the first king of united Italy), also called the “Wedding Cake”, built from 1885-1911 and located in the very heart of Rome, Piazza Venezia. Today, the Victor Emanuel II monument contains Italy's tomb of the unknown warrior from the First World War and is also the home to an historical institute and museum. Climb to the top of the famous Capitolin Hill, over steps that designed by Michelangelo, to observe the superb panorama of the Roman Forum and the Rostrum that stands upon it, a platform from where Rome's leaders addressed the city's people. Visit the most impressive and artistic Trevi Fountain in Rome that covers an entire side of Piazza Poli. Then on to Piazza Spagna, walk along a number of exclusive shopping streets, not to mention climbing the Spanish Steps, carefully dodging the masses of seated people, to admire the view from the top. Take a stroll through Piazza Navona, a marvel of light and sculpture with its three Baroque fountains by Bernini, a short walking distance from the Pantheon, a classic Roman temple built by Agrippa in 27BC. Tour the vast Colosseum and imagine it in its grandour, explore this well renowned structure; a symbol of Rome, today standing with original wall sections at their full height and exposed sub-arena pens. Conclude with one of the most important commemorative monuments of antiquity, the highest and best-preserved arch of triumph in Rome, the Arch of Costantine, located in the valley of the Colosseum that represents victory over Maxentius in the battle at the Milvian Bridge in 312 CE.


JUNE 9TH...we have a tour of Naples, below is a copy of that description:
Pompeii is an ancient Roman city destroyed and buried by the eruption of the volcano Vesuvius in 79 A.D. The remainder of the uncovered city is today buried under the new Pompeii rebuilt many years subsequent to the eruption. Archeological excavations are open to the public between the hours of 09:00 and 6:00 every day of the week, guides can be hired at the entrance or headphones can be rented, voicing explanations of the sites. Please note that since Pompeii is a popular area for tourists, we strongly recommend to keep track of your belongings! The next stop will be the famous resort Sorrento, You will discover a village that is brimming with character and overflowing with picturesque streets, scenes and charming people.It was here in Sorrento that greeks and Romans found inspiration for their art and industry, and it is here that you will find an extraordinary collection of wood works, mosaics, furniture and porcelain. The Amalfi Coast drive begins after Sorrento, and will allow us to reach Positano, after the winding one-way road, is the busy central Piazza dei Mulini. There you must leave the car because the streets leading to the waterfront are for pedestrians only. To take a break from the crowds of tourists we will take a short walk to Trattoria La Tagliata, a small cozy restaurant where you can taste some of the finest home-made food in southern Italy. After our delicious lunch we will continue on foot to the cathedral; shops selling ceramics, lemons, shoes and clothing line the avenues on the way. Positano is alive at night as well as during the day with exotic nightclubs such as “Music on the Rocks” and various bars and cafés that remain open until the sun begins to rise. There is a short walk back uphill in order to return to the car and back to the main road.



ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE FEEL FREE TO EMAIL ME AT etepedino@yahoo.com

Thank you!

Erica
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