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  1. If we decide to go by ferry, is there a danger of planning to catch the last ferry from PortoVenere at 17:20 (5:20) to LaSpezia? If there is a danger, how readily available are the taxis in front of the Grand Hotel?
  2. How full are the ferries the first part of September? Are you able to get the upper outside deck easily? Do you ever run a danger of missing a certain timed ferry or can you prebook a time?
  3. I checked with the cruise line and Celebrity Constellation will be docked. I have two cruises I'm planning at the moment, so I messed up the name of the ship earlier. lol On the question regarding Pisa and Lucca, our ship has a pretty reasonable priced tour to those two cities. You may want to check your excursions.
  4. Do you know on September 3, 2020 what ships will be in? Our ship is the Constellation of the Seas and I'm hoping we're able to dock. 🙂
  5. 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!!
  6. 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!!
  7. What is the best way to go from Portovenere to Riomaggiore if the seas are rough and the ferry is closed?
  8. 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?
  9. 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?
  10. Thanks everyone for the input. I will give everyone the facts and have them research if they want to do the climb!!
  11. 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?
  12. 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?
  13. 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?
  14. This is so very true.... I had forgotten about this. Thanks for the reminder!
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