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Old 04-25-2013, 03:23 PM   #511
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Thoughts on La Spezia port

We will be on the June 8th Med cruise and had initially planned to do Cinque Terre on our own. However, many of the trails are still closed. Now we are considering Pisa or Florence instead. But we REALLY want to see Cinque Terre. Our 2 boys, 10 & 11 years old, and my in-laws (in their 70's) will be with us. Thoughts/suggestions??
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Old 04-25-2013, 03:28 PM   #512
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Great information, thank you so much I am looking it up on Google maps right now We are planning on using the Metro/train
No problem. BTW they've closed the entrance to Palatine Hill that used to be right at Capitoline Museum, but there's one close by. Can't recall the street name but if you google it will come up.
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Old 04-25-2013, 03:39 PM   #513
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Vatican tickets

If I buy my vatican tickets in advance, what is a good time to shoot for? I think we'd like to do that first, just to make sure we see the Sistine chapel, etc. and then if we have time go to the Colliseum. We will have an 8yo and a 10yo so there we won't be spending a ton of time appreciating the art.
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Old 04-25-2013, 04:59 PM   #514
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We will be on the June 8th Med cruise and had initially planned to do Cinque Terre on our own. However, many of the trails are still closed. Now we are considering Pisa or Florence instead. But we REALLY want to see Cinque Terre. Our 2 boys, 10 & 11 years old, and my in-laws (in their 70's) will be with us. Thoughts/suggestions??
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Old 04-25-2013, 05:22 PM   #515
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We did consider the Disney boat tour, but since we are cruising, was hoping to stay on land . The price also seemed a bit steep, $780 for a half-day tour for 6 of us. We may just have to take our chances and take the train to Cinque Terre and actually be spontaneous!
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We did consider the Disney boat tour, but since we are cruising, was hoping to stay on land . The price also seemed a bit steep, $780 for a half-day tour for 6 of us. We may just have to take our chances and take the train to Cinque Terre and actually be spontaneous!
Is the ferry still running even though the trails are closed? If it's running maybe you can take it from town to town instead of walking the trails. Link to ferry a few pages back.
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If I buy my vatican tickets in advance, what is a good time to shoot for? I think we'd like to do that first, just to make sure we see the Sistine chapel, etc. and then if we have time go to the Colliseum. We will have an 8yo and a 10yo so there we won't be spending a ton of time appreciating the art.
There are reports of the line guard letting people in early, but not late. So I'd reserve a time that is 30 minutes later than when you intend to arrive.
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We aren't until 2014, but we are going to train to Pisa to climb the tower. The boys (mine are 8 and 10) really want to do it. I really am dying to go to CT - if we do that we will just wander around and hit the beaches.

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We will be on the June 8th Med cruise and had initially planned to do Cinque Terre on our own. However, many of the trails are still closed. Now we are considering Pisa or Florence instead. But we REALLY want to see Cinque Terre. Our 2 boys, 10 & 11 years old, and my in-laws (in their 70's) will be with us. Thoughts/suggestions??
We are planning to go to Cinque Terre on our own the following week, and we plan to just take the train to the furthest village, spend a little time there, then use the train to make our way back, stopping along the way. We had hoepd the Lovers Walk would be open so we could walk that part, but we'll just take the train if it's still closed.

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We aren't until 2014, but we are going to train to Pisa to climb the tower. The boys (mine are 8 and 10) really want to do it. I really am dying to go to CT - if we do that we will just wander around and hit the beaches.

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In 2007, our boys were 11 and 9 and the one thing they asked to do for the trip was to climb the tower, so we did Pisa instead of Florence. This time we're going to Florence It's really fun to be able to do it and it makes great memories for them.
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We were hoping to go to pisa, climb the tower and then head back to Cinque Terre to see one or two villages. Has anyone done this? Can anyone suggest a good time to book the climb the tower at pisa tickets?
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We will be on the June 8th Med cruise and had initially planned to do Cinque Terre on our own. However, many of the trails are still closed. Now we are considering Pisa or Florence instead. But we REALLY want to see Cinque Terre. Our 2 boys, 10 & 11 years old, and my in-laws (in their 70's) will be with us. Thoughts/suggestions??
We are doing the train to the villages. I think there are some trails open, but the "harder" ones are still closed Since my mom is older I didn't think she would be up for harder so we will just plan to train between villages. May take the ferry some too.

I think this is a do on your own and adapt as you go kind of day
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I too want to squeeze in Pisa and CT but not sure we can... I want to book early pisa tickets, but then I am also afraid to miss the time!

Glad to hear other boys liked Pisa! I guess I will take one for the team and miss CT.. . DH and I went to Pisa in 2000 and I did love seeing the tower! You couldn't climb it then, so I am looking forward to that!

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We climbed the tower in 07 and had so much fun that we want to climb it again this year. It's something not to be missed. I also would love to head back and check out Cinque Terre before we head back to the ship. Hoping we can squeeze it all in.
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We climbed the tower in 07 and had so much fun that we want to climb it again this year. It's something not to be missed. I also would love to head back and check out Cinque Terre before we head back to the ship. Hoping we can squeeze it all in.
Be sure to check out the train schedule for Cinque Terre area from La Spezia so you can figure out the times should you try to do both.

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I too want to squeeze in Pisa and CT but not sure we can... I want to book early pisa tickets, but then I am also afraid to miss the time!

Glad to hear other boys liked Pisa! I guess I will take one for the team and miss CT.. . DH and I went to Pisa in 2000 and I did love seeing the tower! You couldn't climb it then, so I am looking forward to that!
They had recently re-opened the tower for climbing when we went in 2007. Our afternoon in Pisa was one of our favorite days on that trip. We did it through DCL and had an afternoon departure, so we had the morning to just sleep in or we could have gone off ship and into town or done something else in the morning.
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