Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy - Rome was a mess - this is the second time in Rome in the summer and now I remember why I did not go there for 20 years. Hot and millions of people. Took the local train - read the schedule carefully to take the intercity express (40min, non-stop). Took the local back and it stopped at every station, and packed it in so people were sitting on the foors. 2 hour torture.
Palma De Mallorca, Balearic Islands - Forget the excursions. Take the double decker bus tour which stops right outside the port.
Monte Carlo, Monaco - Cathederal and the view from the palace area
Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy - Did not take the tour to Florence - a real shame but came to realize if you include the drive time you don't have enough time anyway. Took the local bus to Pisa - worthwhile to do.
Naples, Italy - Make a deal with a taxi driver to take you to Pompei - schedule more than 2 hours for visit.
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