Enjoyed this Vespa trip in the surrounds of Florence very much. Was so nice to get out of the crowded town. We made a couple stops to enjoy a bit of history, views, architecture. The meal provided was very good and included pasta, bruschetta, pate, and a beef dish. Our guide Angel was very personable and made sure the group kept together despite red lights and traffic. The only negative was the Vespa itself. I was told it was thirty years old, and I certainly believe it. My turn signals didn't work, neither did the starter (Angel had to start it for me with difficulty every time). The engine was noisy and belched smoke. Others had mechanical problems, too.
Best day of my three weeks in southern Europe. Nice combination of activities...hiking, trains, boat, food, free time. Vernazza was crowded but the other three towns we visited were charming and inviting. Our guide Freddy was outstanding, informative, funny. It's a long day, over thirteen hours, but a good way to see a lot in a short time. Only problem was that the hiking was too fast to allow time to stop, rest, and take in the views.
This probably would have been a great trip if the weather had cooperated, but we had a lot of fog and mist and at times couldn't see more than ten feet from the train. Our guide Angela was well organized and knowledgeable and handled everything with ease. St. Moritz was pretty dead when we were there, between seasons in early October. Not much to do in the hour and a half there.
What a nice surprise Montenegro was! This trip made three stops in varying locations, something for everyone. Kotor was fascinating and fun to explore although pretty crowded. Didn't like Budva as much but still enjoyed exploring the castle and having an excellent lunch. Loved the little church on the island, and the fjordlike setting. Take this trip, you won't be disappointed. It's a long day but a great way to check out Montenegro.
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