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Vagabonda and others........

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Vagabonda and others........

I was posting previously about doing a tour of Sicily and asking a lot of questions. I just wanted to let all of you know, we did get a taste of Sicily...Taormina, in fact. I got an E-mail from my travel agent in late July about a cruise on Azamara....well we bit the bullet and made a snap decison...one we'll never regret. We did the French and Italian Rivieras....all I can say is it was wonderful...and the ports were breathtaking. We had 11 fantastic days and we visited 9 ports....the cruise was definitely port intensive. I'll try to get a trip report ready at some point. Since it was last minute, we did not book any extra time in Rome. But I know we will definitely be returning to Italy/Sicily and hopefully within the next year. There is just so much more to see.

This was our itinerary:

DATE PORT/CITY ACTIVITY ARRIVAL DEPARTURE

Saturday, September 1 Monte Carlo - Monaco Embark

Sunday, September 2 Monte Carlo - Monaco Docked 5:00 AM

Sunday, September 2 St.tropez - France Tendered 10:00 AM 11:59 PM

Monday, September 3 Portofino - Italy Tendered 10:00 AM 11:59 PM

Tuesday, September 4 Portovenere - Italy Tendered 8:00 AM 11:59 PM

Wednesday, September 5 Florence/pisa(livorno) -italy Docked 7:00 AM

8:00 PM

Thursday, September 6 Sorrento - Italy Tendered 4:00 PM

Friday, September 7 Sorrento - Italy Tendered 4:00 PM

Friday, September 7 Amalfi - Italy Tendered 7:00 PM

Saturday, September 8 Amalfi - Italy Tendered 5:00 PM

Sunday, September 9 Taormina - Sicily Tendered 8:00 AM 6:00 PM

Monday, September 10 Capri - Italy Tendered 9:00 AM

Tuesday, September 11 Capri - Italy Tendered 5:00 PM

Wednesday, September 12 Rome (civitavecchia) - Italy Debark 5:00 AM

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1. Re: Vagabonda and others........

Bump...where is Vagabonda?

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2. Re: Vagabonda and others........

Ciao get_away_from_it_all,

It’s so good to hear from you once again and you did get a taste of Sicily after all, and also some really lovely ports throughout Italy!

Once you get the taste, you’ll surely return!!

All the best –

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Oh yes...we definitely want to return. It was wonderful..simply amazing. The Amalfi coast was breathtaking....something we will never forget. We loved Taormina as well. We did not realize Taromina was so close to Castiglione Di Sicilia...home of my husband's grandfather. Is it really as close as it looks on the map?

We found the cruise to be an easy way to travel...only unpacking once.

The fresh cannolis in Taormina were so delicious.

I'm going to put a trip report together...just not sure which forum to post it on.

So nice to hear from you again.

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Vagabonda

Since I have to pay more for the driver/ translator , I don't think I can stay at Hotel Garibaldi, in October, money issues and getting the driver was more important

what else in that area Politeama would you recommend, a B & B or hotel would be fine, as long as I am close to the area for the airport bus that stops right in front of the Politeama Palace Hotel

Thank You for all your help

vERONICA

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5. Re: Vagabonda and others........

Ciao get_away_from_it_all.

Your cruise stopped at fabulous ports!

We had discussed Castiglione di Sicilia when originally planning your itinerary.....

Although Castiglione di Sicilia is located in the province of Catania, and Taormina is located in the province of Messina, Castiglione di Sicilia is perhaps a 40-minute drive from Taormina.

tripadvisor.com/…38298679

The general Italy forums would be appropriate for your report, but you might include the section about Taormina on the Sicily forum.

Thanks in advance for your report get_away_from_it_all!

All the best -

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Hi Veronica,

Please find a response to your question on your thread entitled “hotels” – tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g187890-i418-k5726…

Grazie!

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7. Re: Vagabonda and others........

staying at Hotel Garibaldi, no car in Sorrento, Less expensive hotel in Sorrento, hiring car to get to Torchiara and have a translator

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8. Re: Vagabonda and others........

Excellent plan Veronica!

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Vagabonda

PM not opened, wil wait for you, have info in front of me

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10. Re: Vagabonda and others........

It is open Veronica!!!

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