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About dawnskers

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    Cool Cruiser

About Me

  • Location
    Venice, FL
  • Interests
    travel, community theater, singing, reading
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Princess, Royal Caribbean
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Caribbean, Alaska, Europe
  1. Hello there, Are ATM's fairly easy to find in Split? Or do you think it is wise to try and exchange dollars for Kunas here in the States before we leave? If you wouldn't mind speculating, how many Kuna would be advisable to have for a day in Split? I have already booked a tour and paid online for that, but would like to tip and also get to a beach and maybe buy lunch and drinks, etc; Thanks for sharing your experience on this thread!
  2. Thank you so much! I think we will probably end up taking taxis and maybe brave the Metro for the Vatican. Appreciate your input.
  3. I am talking about my credit card- I know not to take large amounts of cash with me. I will be in Rome for 3 days before a cruise- arriving 8/25 and departing via train for Florence 7/28.
  4. I will be traveling with another woman- we are both 50+ years of age, and don't speak any Italian. I am considering the Roma pass, but wondering with there being two of us to share the cost of a taxi if we would be further ahead to do that. I am a bit concerned about the risk of pick pockets on public transportation- Rome is the beginning of our trip, and don't want to lose our finances before we arrive at the rest of our destinations!
  5. Would you recommend the tour operator you used? Would you please share, if so? Thank you for your suggestion! We will be there in early September and very excited to see this country!
  6. I am flying into Rome and will be there 3 nights, then taking a train to Florence where we will stay for 2 nights, then train trip to Venice where we will stay 2 nights prior to boarding our cruise to Greece 9/1/18. Thanks for your response!
  7. From all I've read, it sounds like we will be visiting during the height of the tourist season. I want a more authentic experience than just going to all the typical things that all the rest of the tourists here want to see... I would rather go to some "off the beaten path" museums, attractions, etc; The thought of standing in lines and being crammed together with everyone else doesn't appeal much to me, especially when it is so hot. BUT, we already have our reservations (this is coinciding with a cruise to Greece in early September), so would appreciate any recommendations as to places that are maybe not the MUST SEE attractions, but still special in their own right. Thanks in advance for tips- I always learn so much from the people who post on these boards. It is so kind of you to share your expertise with those of us who haven't had the opportunity to travel. Your generosity is very much appreciated!
  8. My travel partner and I took a trekking tour in the Canary Islands last year that was 6 hours of walking, and the last 3 were uphill, so we should be fine with this amount of walking. If we survived the Canary trek (had to use some ropes in several places to climb up rocks), Venice will be fine, as long as we don’t get lost!
  9. It seems like the best way to get to the cruise port is via the People Mover at the Piazelle Roma, which is around a 10 minute walk from Hotel Pausania... does this make sense? We will be traveling light, so this should be doable according to Rome2Rio anyway... Am I mistaken?
  10. Thank you so much for answering my questions! :)
  11. Thank you so much! We are planning on traveling light- we have heard that one wheeled bag is the way to go when traveling in Venice, so have planned to pack light and do plenty of rinsing things out during our travels! Is there any advantage to buying vaporetto tickets online ahead of time, or do you advise just buying once we arrive? We are thinking about buying the unlimited use for our stay- do they sell a 48 hour ticket, or just the 72 hour? We are staying overnight 2 nights, then will need transport from Pausania to the cruise port...
  12. I am traveling with a friend, arriving from the airport and will be staying 3 days at the Palladium Palace. We will need to transfer from airport to the hotel and also from the hotel to the train station (will be heading to Florence). Any suggestions for how to get around while in Rome are greatly appreciated. Are there hop-on-hop-off buses? We don't speak any Italian so the thought of using public transportation is a little daunting... Really like your idea of splitting up the city into sections- thanks for the plan!
  13. Thank you to all who have suggested the best ways to handle transportation issues in Venice. This will be my first time in Italy, so I am also looking for advice- we will be arriving by train from Florence and will be staying at the Pausania Hotel. We will be there for 2 days, then will be sailing on the Rhapsody of the Seas so need transportation to the cruise port from our hotel and then from the cruise port to the airport after our cruise is complete. Asked our travel agent for cost for transfers and OMG! They must get a great commission from those private water taxis... Thank you so much for posting the beautiful pictures, Hank. Not to mention the maps- we will be going in late August and leaving for Greece on September 1- this will be my first time traveling in Italy and I am very excited!
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