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  1. maggie3

    Corsica Shore Excursion

    It is good to read these responses. Unfortunately, our ship does not offer an excursion to the Calanches. They offer trips to high parts of the island to smell the maquis(?) and eucalyptus or taste the wine. Has anyone here seen local operators at the port offering day trips to the Calanches? We may decide to follow advice here and enjoy the little town, and possibly the beach.
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    Livorno to Florence

    [quote name='dallas16']Thanks Maggie, I have done Florence previously and it is true that most of the sights are in the pedestrianised old town, my parents are interested in doing the hop on off bus tour however as it visits a few other areas of the city such as the piazzale Michelangelo where the best views are, we will likely do the shorter route which takes one hour I believe and then have a walk around the old town where the duomo and the ponto vecchio is, we will have a read of the Rick Steves guide as we have a copy of this book and see what is recommended in the book. I would love to have more than five hours in Florence as it is a beautiful city[/QUOTE] That makes sense, dallas16. That walk up and down for Piazzale Michelangelo would be taxing for older folks. Sounds like a good plan.
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    Livorno to Florence

    [quote name='dallas16']Thanks coralreef, hopefully we will get the 9.12 train to get us to Florence for 10.30, although the ports schedule has us docking at 6am in Livorno now but it says 8 on our itinerary, hopefully it will be earlier for us, how much does a taxi cost from Livorno port to the train station?we sail at 7pm and the last ships shuttle leaves from the train station at 6pm so we will probably get the 15.28 train to get us back to Livorno just before 5pm and hopefully then there will be either a ships shuttle or a taxi waiting for us, hopefully we should be able to get five hours in Florence to see a few sites, do the open top bus tour and have time for a nice lunch too :) thanks for your help[/QUOTE] Others may correct me, dallas 16, but I know from previous visits that most of what you'd want to see in Florence is in a pedestrianized zone. The open top bus tour might not do you much good. I remember Florence as a pretty compact place for walking and exploring the sights. Find a good self-directed walking tour in Rick Steves' Italy or other guidebook. That will help you get priorities organized for exploring.
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    new stops-Civitavecchia Port shuttle bus ?

    Thank you dallas16 and ganigani for the clarifications!
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    new stops-Civitavecchia Port shuttle bus ?

    Thank you,ganigani, for your kind help. May we assume that in looking at the map of Civitavecchia port, depending on time of day, for exploring the town sites of Civitavecchia itself during a port stop, it would be better to depart the shuttle near the fortress? I see on the map there is a shuttle bus picture at "Porto Livorno". Should I assume we may not get off the shuttle there?
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    new stops-Civitavecchia Port shuttle bus ?

    Does this mean we no longer exit the port from Via Turco 3? Was that just the temporary port exit? We will arrive in port in September and are confused! It appears now there are multiple stops where we may leave the shuttle? We may decide to explore Civitavecchia itself as the itinerary info in this thread looks good. Our original plan was to find the bus for Tarquinia, but we keep finding different info on where the shuttle leaves us off and where we would find the bus for Tarquinia. Exploring Civitavecchia itself is looking like a good bet. (We have been to Rome many times.) All advice is welcomed!
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    Vegemite/Marmite

    On an Australia/ New Zealand cruise a few years ago, I bought a couple of jars of vegemite to bring home to the U.S.. I had often read about it, but hadn't yet tried it, and was looking forward to enjoying it at home. I had packed the two jars in my carry-on, not remembering that at the airport anything of a gel consistency would be confiscated, and it was! I begged the agent to please let me at least taste it, as I didn't want to miss the experience. He said "Here, Sure. Go ahead." I thanked him and innocently dipped in my finger, scooped out a good sized dollop and popped it into my mouth. The face I made must have been terrible, because everyone around us was laughing hysterically! The agent cheerfully apologized and said he was sorry he didn't warn me, but he just had to see what would happen. He also hinted that in his country, they didn't much care for our peanut butter either. It was a memorable learning experience! I will look for the marmite on an upcoming Med. cruise and I will try it properly, very sparingly! One day I will find vegemite again, and I will give it, also, due respect!
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    Ajaccio, Corsica

    Our ship will dock in Ajaccio, Corsica for one day. We are torn between exploring the town of Ajaccio on our own for the day, or taking a tour into the Corsican countryside. Is the countryside not to be missed? Which parts of Corsica would be most beautiful or enjoyable for the day? We will be very grateful for all advice.
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    Civitavecchia to Tarquinia

    Thanks, everyone, for the kind replies.
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    Civitavecchia to Tarquinia

    Since no one has responded to my question of where to buy bus tickets for the Sedici Settembre bus stop for Tarquinia, may I assume there is no place nearby to buy tickets for that bus stop?
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    Civitavecchia to Tarquinia

    Thank you, Cruisemom and eurocruiser for clarifying. I know we will need to purchase the bus tickets in advance. Where would we purchase tickets to board the bus at this 16 Settembre bus stop location?
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    Civitavecchia to Tarquinia

    I have found the Via Sedici Settembre and the Largo Camillo Benso stops on the Google map. Now I just need to know the exact point on the map where the NEW Civitavecchia port shuttle from the ship will leave us off. Can someone please pinpoint that location for me, for example the corner of blank and blank? We will be traveling in September. Is the new shuttle temporary or should it be the same in September? Thanks everyone for your help. I really need to pinpoint these locations so we don't wander aimlessly that morning. ALSO if we go to the Via 16 Settembre bus stop, where will we buy the ticket before the bus arrives?
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    Corsica Shore Excursion

    Our ship will dock in Ajaccio, Corsica for one day. We are torn between exploring the town of Ajaccio on our own for the day, or taking a tour into the Corsican countryside. Is the countryside not to be missed? Which parts of Corsica would be most beautiful or enjoyable for the day?
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    Civitavecchia to Tarquinia

    Thanks so much! This advice will be most helpful.
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    Civitavecchia to Tarquinia

    Thank you both for your advice. So, in looking at Cruisemom's google map, am I correct that we will find the bus to Tarquinia at Largo Camillo Benso on the map?
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