Was upset that we had to take 3 separate buses to get there! More time traveling and not enough time to be able to tour the cathedral or even climb to the top of the tower. Was under the impression that it wasn't that far from Livorno. And it definitely wasn't a 10 minute walk to the piazza from where the bus left you off.
This ported in Messina, not Palermo. However, wished we'd had more time to visit. Excursion to Taormina and of Messina and it was great. Beautiful views of Mt. Etna erupting and of the coast in Taormina. Loved the walking tour in Taormina and the shopping!
Our main reason for taking this cruise was to see the Amalfi Coast and it didn't disappoint. However, I was not pleased with the tour guide at first. We booked this through Cruises Only because of the reviews and being able to see all of the coast. First of all, the tour guide was late. This was an all day tour and I knew it was cutting it close to get back to the ship. This was supposed to be a small group, but then they let us to a different bus in which we had to walk a few blocks. After that, we had to pick up two other sets of people and with Naples traffic stalled us an additional hour before we got on the road! The tour guide did not say anything, or apologized for the delay! I was furious! This was to be my highlight of the trip and if they were going to have to skip a stop, I was really going to be upset. However, she assured us we would do/see it all, so on we went. Yes, the traffic was awful, but the views were spectacular! Glad that it turned out to be a nice day, with visits to Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello, with lunch and a boat ride which we didn't expect. It was great but still worried we wouldn't get back to the ship on time. The driver took another way back and got us there half hour before boarding time. Whew!
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