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  1. Would love a close estimate of the driving time between Pisa (close to leaning tower) to Portovenere. I've done a few searches and a lot say 1 hour 15 minutes, while some say 1 hour 40 minutes. Just wondering if anyone has a close estimate? Thanks so much!!
  2. We docked last year in LaSpezia, but I see where someone had mentioned tendering here. Maybe that was old information. Does anyone know if ALL SHIPS are docked or if some are tendered? Do happen to know this for Kotor and Toulon? Thanks so much!!
  3. What is the best way to go from Portovenere to Riomaggiore if the seas are rough and the ferry is closed?
  4. Good morning! We were on a boat tour of the CT last May and had to transfer into a smaller boat before going into the harbor. I believe they only require this during certain months. Do they still require this in September or do they allow your boat to pull up to let you off at the dock?
  5. Good evening! We'll be in LaSpezia on a cruise stop. Going to stop in Portovenere and then will be taking a boat tour of the Cinque Terre. We may stop at only one of the villages. My husband and I were in Portovenere last year, however, only had a very short stop at the end of the day. We decided then we would like to spend more time there on our next trip. We'll have about 7 hours for the time in Portovenere and the boat tour. If we allot 2.5-3 hours for Portovenere, will this be enough time to do some shopping, hike out to Church of St. Peter and have a light lunch? How many streets might have shopping?
  6. Thanks everyone for the input. I will give everyone the facts and have them research if they want to do the climb!!
  7. My husband and I have been to Pisa as a short stop on a land tour and just did photos, no climb of tower. We will be in LaSpezia for a cruise stop with family. They want to see the leaning Tower of Pisa, as so famous. However, we are also trying to fit in PortoVenere and a short private boat excursion of the Cinque Terre. if we get a 9 o’clock tower entrance to do the climb, how long does it take to go up AND down and see the Cathedral, which opens at 10? As we dock at 6:30, we could be at Pisa by 7:30, get the famous pictures and be on our way at 8:30. If we wait until the tower opens at 9, we won’t be on our way until 10:30. This 2 hours would give us more time in the CT. Any thoughts as to the importance of climbing the tower?
  8. I am deciding between the following two transport companies for transport from Civitavecchi to Rome and then back at the end of the day: (1) NCC Airport Shuttle (2) Rome Shuttle Limousines Has anyone had experience with either one or both of these companies? Are they reliable and punctual?
  9. Good afternoon! We were here last year and had a private boat tour from LaSpezia. We had lunch in Vernazza. They had us get from our boat into a smaller boat to be rowed into the city. Is this normal? It wasn't too difficult for the four of us that time, however, a member of our group this year had knee surgery about a year ago. I want to be sure it's not too difficult in changing boats for her. Any thoughts?
  10. This is so very true.... I had forgotten about this. Thanks for the reminder!
  11. We are in on a cruise to Naples (7-7) and are going to Capri first thing in the morning. At noon, we would like to have a boat tour around the island, seeing the natural arch, large rock formations and maybe one or two small grottos. (Not the Blue Grotto as extra time and cost.) Then we would like to be taken to Sorrento and dropped off there. I will be sending notes to a few boat companies. What is a good amount of time to request for this type of tour? Is 1.5-2 hours enough time?
  12. Instead of the ferry, does anyone have recommendations for a private boat company in Portovenere that may do "short" excursions and have reasonable rates?
  13. The Bellevue Syrene in Sorrento is the one I really like!! Il Geranio looks nice, how far from Capri town is this? Do you need a taxi? Ristorante Panorama may be a good option as looks like close to Capri town.... (Ristorante Pulalli may be one I do if just my husband and I return. Great location!)
  14. We will be in Portovenere for 3-4 hours and then would like a short 2-3 hour tour that goes by the Cinque Terre and then drop us back in La Spezia. Does anyone have any recommendations?
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