Foster - Answered a Question by ross (05 Oct 08 20:25)

From Livorno and Civi, hire a car - can be done on net in advance. From Livorno, go to Pisa or Lucca, from both of them, head into the Tuscan hills/lakes. Car hire around 50 euro a day - it's for nothing! Villefranche - either train to Nice or just walk around the town. Santa Margherita - boat trip around the headland to Portofino - beautiful. When you say 'you don't have much time ashore'...you have as much time as everyone else!!! Just don't take any notice of the IDIOT who has wasted his own time, and ours, by telling you to 'stay on board and have a coffee' - they should just have stayed at home, period! Seriously, on our first Civi stop we did Rome, all in a day and fantastic, but without staying for a week, wouldn't want to do it again. Pisa OK but otherwise a dirty town. Last trip, this year, Ventura maiden voyage, did the two car hires and the difference was amazing - we do live in France so have no probs driving on the 'wrong side' but if you've done it before then it is worth it - take a satnav, invaluable, and have two fantastic days. Just remembered - Tuscania from Livorno was great, driving in countryside, discovered Sassa - miles up in the air on a huge hill, one local shop for picnic goodies, overlooking the valley...sublime!! Enjoy!!

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Aldrich - Answered a Question by ross (03 Oct 08 14:15)

If you google 'ports of call cruise boards' the first link should take you to a most excellent site full of info.

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MAWANNABANGER-PAGE - Answered a Question by ross (03 Oct 08 18:58)

Sit on the boat and have a free coffee.

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Brown - replied to MAWANNABANGER-PAGE (03 Oct 08 21:11)

Sorry but I have to comment on this. This was a serious and sensible question I have just read a few of your answers to diffeent people's questions -none are helpful and some are downright rude. people ask questions because they are inexperienced and need information or help. If you, or anyone else has nothing helpful to say , then it would be better not to answer than to be patronising and rude.

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Welch - replied to Brown (04 Oct 08 11:14)

I agree with you entirely. If people can't give a helpful reply then they shouldn't bother at all. THERE'S NO NEED TO BE RUDE!!!!!

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beynon - replied to Brown (04 Oct 08 17:34)

I too fully agree with you. If you have nothing nice to say keep quiet. This site has been very useful to me in the past, and I have passed my comment and experience on. Lets 'try' and remember her 'NAME' !!!!!!!!! she might need some advice one day !!!!

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Pawley - Answered a Question by ross (03 Oct 08 19:14)

In Livorno if you get the shuttle into town you can get a trip to Pisa for 10 euros, you get 2 hours there and it is much cheaper than on board trips and is very easy. In Villefranche it is a lovely place just to wander around, lots of pretty little streets and when iwent there was a land train trip which was only a few euros .

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Hodges - Answered a Question by ross (03 Oct 08 22:05)

Hire a car at Livorno. If you pre-book it can be waiting dockside for you. ( dont forget satnav) Drive to Voltera and San Gimigano thru' attractive countryside. Take your time. Enjoy a meal. Alternative direction for Lucca. When you return just leave the car by the gangway!

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Bennett - Answered a Question by ross (03 Oct 08 22:48)

I would definitely recommend Pisa from Livorno. From Villefranche, get the Menton bus (100 or 110) and spend the day in Monaco; fare is just 1 euro each way.

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Wade - Answered a Question by ross (04 Oct 08 06:27)

Having recently visited Livorno, Marseilles, civitavechia, santa margherita I can offer the following suggestions. Livorno - Pisa or spend some time in Livorno - The town centre is close to the ship dock and there are quite a few shops and cafes - seafood being a speciality. There is usually a shorex to Siena a beautiful mediaeval Tuscan town that may appeal. Marseilles - depending on which dock you are at and size of ship you may be at the container port and then have a shuttle bus into town. The harbour front is quite pretty and a tourist train runs from here to the main sights. Further afield you can do a shorex to Aix en Provence or make your own way there by train (about 30 minutes on the train) Civitavechia for Rome - not a lot in the port town itself but my tip would be to catch the shuttle to the port gate walk 2 blocks and you can catch the train to Rome - 1st stop is St Peters and the trains are every 20 minutes and it take 35-45 minutes. The trains do continue to Rome Termini - but I recommend getting off at Rome St Pietro and you can catch a bus outside into Rome or walk to St Peters. The best ticket to buy (particularly if you are using the metro/bus in Rome) is a BIRG which you can get at the newsagent counter in the staion and it covers all your travel as well as ticket to/from Civitavechia. You validate the ticket at the station and off you go. Cost is around 11e from memory. Santa Margherita is very pretty and you can get a bus or ferry to near by Portofino. Small quiet place but very picturesque. The buses leave very regularly so you don't have to worry about getting back to the ship. Hope this helps .

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