Posted June 15th, 2013, 11:27 AM
I am wondering if anyone can make recommendations for port excursions to Villefranche, La Spezia, Civitavecchia, & Naples. The choices are overwhelming, and this is our first-time traveling to Europe with our 12-year old & 2 19-year olds. Which cities are the best to see? Should we limit our time to one area, or try to see 2 to 3 cities/towns, as many excursions offer? Should we take the tours offered by Disney, or try to navigate some of these ports on our own? Which cities are must-sees? Which are disappointing? Should we try to do excursions at all 4 ports, or is it too exhausting to see all of them on back to back days? We currently have a Disney excursion scheduled for each of the 4 ports, but I just don't know if we've chosen the right ones. We currently plan to see the following:
Villefranche: Monaco, Monte Carlo, & Eze
La Spezia: Florence & Michelangelo
Civitavecchia: Vatican City, the Coliseum, & Catacombs
Naples: Pompeii, Sorrento, & Capri
We would be completely open to trying a different excursion, tour company, or exploring a bit on our own with some solid guidance. I'd love some honest opinions from people who know more than I do about these ports!
We did the DCL Med cruise in 2010. We did the Monaco, Monte Carlo, & Eze tour and enjoyed it. It has a lot of walking, but the weather was beautiful and not many people were there that day.
In La Spezia we went to Florence & Pisa. Mostly because I've always wanted to see the Leaning Tower. We were late back to the ship due to some people who felt they didn't have to keep up with the group and traffic.
Civitavecchia - Taste of Rome. We saw Trevi Fountain, walked over to the Forum and through it, Coliseum, and then to Vatican City. There we were given gelato tickets (one each) and had 2 or 3 hours free time (I forget how much). We ate lunch, and went to St Peters (including the catacombs). It's at least a 1 hour bus ride from/to the ship to Rome, so this was a long day.
Naples - Timeless Pompeii & the Flavor or Sorrento. JMO, adding Capri to this would make a very full day, with the feeling that you really didn't see anything. Most reports I've read say that Capri should be a trip unto itself, as the time involved in getting there (and back) is quite long. That's what we plan to do the next time, just go to Capri.