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Review of Palermo, Sicily

Reviewed by JackM Review Date: 06/10/2007

Rating: (9)
Recommended

Village of Cefalu
$69 Adults, $59 Children

Revel in the age-old antiquity of Palermo and escape to Cefalu where the stunning Cathedral and medieval lavatory await. Although the Cathedral is w/c accessable, the lavatory is not.

Mari and Raleigh:

Motorcoach ride wonderful. So good at pointing out the sites. In Cefalu we went to the Cathedral, walk up and down a variety of streets. Almost like watching the travel channel live.

Linen hanging off the balconies... so relaxing in the main Piazza - sweet treats of canoli and marzapan and almond cookies and juice and tea.

Meal with zucchini, eggplant, great taste. Antipasta also on the table.

Tour guide excellent.

Pros:

Motorcoach ride, Lunch and Sweet treats

Cons:

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Review of Naples, Italy

Reviewed by JackM Review Date: 06/10/2007

Rating: (5)
Recommended

Pompeii, Sorrento and Capri
Adults $199 Children %159


Unearth the past during a walking tour of recently excavated Pompeii, stroll through the charming streets of Sorento, and journey to the scenic island of Capri for a visit to the spectacular Gardens of Augustus and Capri Town. Jet-foil boat ride to Capri can be bumpy.

SandyF:

Time in Pompeii was wonderful. Disappointing part was that when the guide described the section we were in, he then told us many things in a museum.

Pros:

Meal at lunch

Cons:

Capri cancelled due to weather, too many shopping stops.
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Review of Naples, Italy

Reviewed by JackM Review Date: 06/10/2007

Rating: (10)
Recommended

Private Car and Driver
(did tour with Glo and Gary)
(Carmine Ussano of Benvenuto Tours)

GaryF:
9 hours of pure bliss. Can't say enough good stuff about the entire day!

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Review of Naples, Italy

Reviewed by JackM Review Date: 06/10/2007

Rating: (7)
Recommended

Pompeii, Sorrento and Capri
Adults $199 Children %159

Unearth the past during a walking tour of recently excavated Pompeii, stroll through the charming streets of Sorento, and journey to the scenic island of Capri for a visit to the spectacular Gardens of Augustus and Capri Town. Jet-foil boat ride to Capri can be bumpy.

Allison and Lauren (6 years old)

Did not get to Capri due to weather :(

Sorrento awesome. Enjoyed Pompeii. Awesome to stop at the Cameo factory.

Pros:

Extra shopping time in Sorrento

Cons:

Hydra Foil ride to Sorrento
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Review of Naples, Italy

Reviewed by JackM Review Date: 06/10/2007

Rating: (0)
Recommended

Amalfi Coast Drive and Ruins of Pompeii
$145 Adults, $105 Children

Surrender to the picturesque beauty of the Amalfi Coast as you wind your way on a scenic drive to a local village before embarking on a walking tour of Pompeii. The Amalfi coast drive is narrow and winding. If you suffer from Motion Sickness or fear of heights, use caution.


Deb and Linda

We begin with a 2 hour drive along the coast in our ai c onditioned motor coach. After approximately 1 hour, we stopped at a wood working store that specializes in wood inlays. We had a brief lesson in how that is done and got a chance to use the restrooms!

Back on the bus for another hour..... this time we saw more and more of the beautiful Amalfi coast line. Just Magnificant! No words to describe. The roads were thisnarrow and many hair pin turns. Some folks did experience motion sickness, so do be prepared!!! It does mention this is the excursion description.

We encountered tons of traffic delays that unfortunately shortened our time at the various stops. Our tour guide, Gino, was outstanding!!!! He is an archiologist by trade and was extremely knowledgeable and funny!

Upon reaching either the village of Amalfi we had about 45 one hour to explore on our own. We used the time to visit the Cathedral of Amalfi. Built in the middle ages 839-1135AD. The crypt of St. Andrew is located here. This church, unlike the ones we visited in Palermo, had candles that could be lit. It was here I was able to honor my mother’s memory and light a candle for her – Linda joined me in a very special moment.

From here we went to a hotel for lunch. It was kinda strange at first, we weren’t sure if the buffet offered was appetizers or the main lunch. Each table had a bottle of water and bottle of wine. Very nice. The buffet consisted of salad, escarole (like Swiss Chard/spinach), pizza (no cheese LOL), small fried dough balls, fresh mozzarella (awesome), tomato salad, rolls and proscuito. Like I said, no one seemed quite sure if that was the appetizer or main entrée. Why no one asked, I have no idea LOL. So, I made a sandwich from the mozzarella and proscuito. It was quite good. Also, I asked for a bottle of red wine that was also quite good!

Soon the servers were clearing our plates and then we realized more food was to come. Each person received a plate with small penne pasta with red sauce and a most delicious spinach cannelloni.. I don’t think I have had one taste this good in many many years! For dessert – cake – hazelnuts or something..whatever it was tasty! Was also my splurge meal for the day!!!!

Back onboard the bus, we travel an hour to the ancient city of Pompeii which was buried by Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD. I was getting very concerned at this point because the rain, once again started this time it was very grey and starting to come down. Our guide told us that if the rain got much harder our trip to Pompei would be cancelled. I was heartbroken, as this was one of my “must sees” for the whole trip. Fortunately, when we arrived it was only drizzle and off we went. Again, because of traffic problems, our one hour became 45 minutes…and then the rain really started to come down. So we had Pompeei in the rain for 40 minutes, which was much better than no Pompeii at all! I would like to revist Pompeii sometime. Spend a solid day or half day with the audio tour. Gino was awesome with his explanations….. we also had small headsets so that he talked to us thru them, which helped a great deal too!

Pompeii was lost for 1,600 years until it was accidentally discovered in 1748. At the time of the eruption, the town could have had some 20,000 inhabitants, and was located in an area in which Romans had their holiday villas.

Pros:

Amalfi Coast Drive, Pompeii ruins

Cons:

Not enough time in Pompeii, rain
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Review of Naples, Italy

Reviewed by JackM Review Date: 06/10/2007

Rating: (10)
Recommended

Amalfi Coast Drive and Ruins of Pompeii
$145 Adults, $105 Children

Surrender to the picturesque beauty of the Amalfi Coast as you wind your way on a scenic drive to a local village before embarking on a walking tour of Pompeii. The Amalfi coast drive is narrow and winding. If you suffer from Motion Sickness or fear of heights, use caution.

Chris and Beci:

First bathroom stop included wood working shop and that took too much time. Needed more time in Pompeii.

Pros:

Very knowledgable guide.

Cons:

Too little time in Pompeii and other towns.
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Review of Naples, Italy

Reviewed by JackM Review Date: 06/10/2007

Rating: (10)
Recommended

Amalfi Coast - Private Car Tour (not booked thru Disney).

Glo and Gary:

Today we were one of the first ones off the boat to meet our private driver for an all-day tour of the Amalfi Coast. A few months ago one of our group asked if someone wanted to share a private car and I jumped at the chance. Unfortunately his wife was one of the folks who was sea sick and decided not to accompany us. Fortunately, we still had an absolutely wonderful day.

Our tour guide (Carmine Ussano of Benvenuto Tours) was an outstanding and charming guide …and an expert driver which is extremely important given the narrowness of some of the roads. (Let me stress how narrow the roads are! Sometimes there was no more than two or three inches between us and a tour bus or us and a scooter or us and the car parked on the side of the road in the opposite direction.)

On the way out of the city we got a great view of Mt. Vesuvius with clouds surrounding the top. It really is exciting to see these locations you have heard about as a child.

I cannot begin to tell you how beautiful the drive was, some of the most magnificent scenery I’ve ever seen …and the lemons growing on trees in terraced gardens up and down an impossible mountainside were amazing. Unlike Palermo yesterday (bustling city), the villages along the Amalfi Coast are small, some having as few as 1000 inhabitants. We did not go into the largest city (Sorrento, not considered to actually be on the Amalfi Coast) which has about 16,000 people, but we visited the next city, Positano) with its beautiful town square and marketplace. Next stop was the city of Amalfi where we had no more than exited the car than we ran into Deb and Linda (dinner mates) who were on one of the Disney bus tours. We chatted for a minute or two and then went our own ways. The last city was Ravello whose claim to fame is its Lemoncello production.

We dodged a couple of showers during the day, but all-in-all it was a wonderful day with pastries and coffee in Positano and lunch of fresh fish in Amalfi.

Driver Carmine took an alternate route back into Naples and showed us many more little villages that were not so much “tourist” locations. Whether tourist or not, the whole area was amazingly beautiful with lemon trees, bougainvillea, oleanders and many other flowers all over the place. We also got a quick peek at two columns and an archway from the Pompeii archeological site …but when I say a quick peek, I mean about 2 seconds, if that, before it was hidden back behind the trees that have now grown all over the area.

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Review of Palermo, Sicily

Reviewed by JackM Review Date: 06/10/2007

Rating: (6)
Recommended

The Sites of Palermo
$49 Adults, $39 Children

Tour the historic hold city of Palermo on a scenic drive and walking tour which includes stops at Martontana Church and Palermo Cathedral.

Deb and Linda:
We began with a motor coach ride to Old Palermo. Our guide is full of facts.

We visit the famous "Four Corners" intersection in Palermo. This is the home to four statues representing the four seasons. Four statues depicting Spanish Kings and four female statues for the four patron saints of the town. Architecturally, Four Corners is a melting pot of Arabo-Norman magnificence, Palermitan baroque, and the work of craftsmen of the Middle Ages. Each sculpted angle of the Four Corners celebrates seasons, a patron saint, or a Spanish viceroy.

At City Hall Square we visited the Martorana Church (a 12th century Norman-Arab structure) and then the 12th century Cathedral at Palermo. Built in 1184 by the Norman king William II in the place of a Muslim mosque, the cathedral has undergone several renovations over the centuries, which have resulted in its current Neo-Classical style. The fourteenth-century door and the Gothic-Catalan style portico are worthy of note. The treasures that are kept inside, including some precious objects and embroidery found in the tombs of the Kings and emperors must be seen.

We had a delicious gelato break and then onto the motor coach and then off to Gustavo Whitiker's villa and Palermo's equivalent of the US Botanical Gardens. This family imported trees and plants from around the world. It was quite nice to wander around the grounds.

All too soon, time to get back on the bus and head back to the Disney Magic.

Pros:

Knowledgeable Guide, Gelato, Gardens, Historial information

Cons:

Not taking a 2nd excursion in the afternoon to see other areas.
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Review of Palermo, Sicily

Reviewed by JackM Review Date: 06/10/2007

Rating: (9)
Recommended

Palermo on our own

Cheryl and Mark -- Wandered on our own, found a wonderful market and thought it was most like Sicilian life. We saw many of the same things others probably did on their tours... Cathedral, 4 corners with the Kings, back along the harbour. Walked about 2.5 miles.

Pros:

Free, close to ship.

Cons:

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Review of Palermo, Sicily

Reviewed by JackM Review Date: 06/10/2007

Rating: (8)
Recommended

Village of Cefalu
$69 Adults, $59 Children

Revel in the age-old antiquity of Palermo and escape to Cefalu where the stunning Cathedral and medieval lavatory await. Although the Cathedral is w/c accessable, the lavatory is not.

Sharon:
Village of 10, scenery lovely. Guide talked too much and spent too much time in cathedral - really boring. More time in the village would have been nice.

Pros:

Village was lovely

Cons:

too much time in Cathedral, not enough time in Village
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