Guidebook Updates for ‘Rick Steves Mediterranean Cruise Ports’

When we learn of critical changes to the information in our Mediterranean Cruise Ports guidebook, we post them here. (Of course, it's still smart to reconfirm critical transportation and sightseeing details locally.) Armed with a Rick Steves guidebook and these late-breaking updates, you're set for a great trip!

Barcelona

For books printed before October 2019, the following may apply:

  • The Eixample audio tour slated for release in 2019 in the Rick Steves Audio Europe app is delayed indefinitely.
  • Sagrada Família now costs €17 for a basic ticket (church only, available only from 17:00), €26 to visit with a live guide, €25 with an audioguide, or €32 for a visit with an audioguide and access to the tower elevator (and we still strongly recommend buying timed-entry tickets online in advance of your visit). The church's new hours are April–September daily 9:00–20:00, October & March daily until 19:00, November–February daily until 18:00.
  • The Picasso Museum is now open mid-March–Oct Mon 10:00–17:00, Tue–Sun 9:00–20:30, Thu until 21:30; Nov–mid-March Tue–Sun 9:00–19:00; Thu until 21:30, closed Mon.
  • The nighttime tour at La Pedrera ("Gaudí’s Pedrera: The Origins") has a new name: "La Pedrera Night Experience."

For books printed before October 2018, the following may also apply:

  • For Barcelona's top sights — the Picasso Museum, La Pedrera (Casa Milà), Sagrada Família, Casa Batlló, and Park Güell — purchasing a reserved-time ticket in advance is virtually a must — otherwise you might not get in at all. Advance tickets for the Dalí Theater-Museum in Figueres is also advised.
  • Sardana performances take place on Sundays in front of the cathedral at 11:15 (not noon, none in Aug), and some Saturdays at 18:00.
  • The Magic Fountains music-and-light show schedule has changed: April–May & Oct Thu–Sat 21:00–22:00; June–Sept Wed–Sun 21:30–22:30; Nov–Dec & March Thu–Sat 20:00–21:00; no shows Jan–Fe.
  • The Maritime Museum's permanent collection is open again, after a long renovation, covering the history of ships and navigation from the 13th to 18th century (restoration is continuing on ships from the 18th century on).
  • The Renfe train between the El Prat De Llobregat Airport and downtown is on the "R2 Nord" (not "R2 Sud") Rodalies line.
  • Uber is now up and running in Barcelona.
  • BCN Fashion House B&B no longer includes breakfast in its rates.
  • The Tramvía Blau trolley is closed indefinitely while it undergoes maintenance.
  • Biciclot no longer rents bikes on the Barceloneta Beach.
  • NH Hotel Barcelona Centro is closed for renovations; they expect to reopen in early 2019.

For books printed before October 2017, the following may also apply:

  • The Picasso Museum is free every Thursday evening 18:00–21:30 and all day on the first Sunday of each month.
  • The main tourist information office no longer stocks the Modernisme Route map. Instead, you can pick one up at the Institut Municipal del Paisatge Urbà, inside the Edificio Colón.
  • The Zoen leather workshop in the Jewish Quarter has closed.

For books printed before August 2017, the following may also apply:

For books printed before November 2016, the following may also apply:

  • The Metro's L9 Sud line now runs to El Prat airport, serving both Terminals 1 and 2. It's a long ride and at least one transfer to get into the heart of town (single airport tickets cost €4.50).
  • The Cathedral of Barcelona's museum is now only open during the afternoon tourist hours (Mon–Sat 12:45–17:15, Sun 13:45–17:15), when visitors pay €7 to enter the cathedral and can visit its three minor sights (choir, terrace, and museum).
  • The Shoe Museum has closed.
  • The Vaho shop on Plaça del Pi has closed.
  • Hotel Regencia Colón, in the Old City, is closing down to make way for a new hotel in the same location.

For books printed before August 2016, the following may also apply:

  • Ticketing options have changed at the Sagrada Família. When buying tickets online, you must decide at that time if you want to add the audioguide, tower elevator, live guide, or Gaudí House Museum to your ticket. You can't buy any extras once inside the church. And, when reserving online for the Sagrada Familia's Passion Facade and Nativity Facade elevators, you may — or may not — be able to match your tower entry time with your church visit. You'll only be able to ride one of the elevators — but you may not have a choice as to which one.
  • Discover Walks no longer offers "free" walking tours; their two daily offerings (Gaudí, and the Ramblas and Barri Gòtic) cost €19 each.
  • La Pedrera no longer offers free entry to its atrium.

Aix-en-Provence

For books printed before November 2017, the following may apply:

  • L'Epicerie Chambres has closed its B&B and now operates only as a restaurant.
  • The restaurant L'Epicurien has moved to a location outside the old center (tel. +33 (0)6 89 33 49 83).
  • L'Epicerie Restaurant is under new ownership and has been renamed "Les 3 Ormeaux."
  • Pavillon de la Torse is no longer operating as a chambre d'hôte.
  • The square in front of the Palace of Justice is under renovation until sometime in 2019; until then, the square's produce and flea market has moved to the area around Cours Sextius, Rotonde, and Cours Mirabeau (Tue, Thu, and Sat mornings).

 

French Riviera

For books printed before November 2019, the following may apply:

  • Bus route #81 has changed. It is now route #15.
  • The Nice Tram #2 now goes from the Nice airport to the city center at Jean Médecin, where visitors can transfer to Tram #1.
  • In Nice, the Coco & Rico restaurant near the Promenade des Anglais has closed.

For books printed before October 2019, the following may also apply:

  • Cruise lines now provide a shuttle boat right from the cruise dock at Port of La Seyne-sur-Mer (near Toulon) that takes passengers directly to Toulon's central waterfront (free or €10, depending on cruise line, 20 minutes).

For books printed before November 2018, the following may also apply:

  • In Eze-le-Village, parking will be a headache in 2019 as construction of a new underground garage will be underway. If possible, aim to arrive early or late.

For books printed before November 2017, the following may also apply:

  • Construction of a new tramway linking Nice with its airport (running parallel to, and a few blocks inland from, the Promenade des Anglais) will continue to cause traffic disruptions and rerouting of bus routes throughout much of 2018 and possibly into 2019. The tramway should begin service in late 2018.
  • Bus stops in Nice for eastbound buses (to Villefranche-sur-Mer, Cap Ferrat, and Monaco) have moved to accommodate tram-line construction, and their locations may remain in flux for a while — ask your hotelier or at the tourist information office before heading out for the day.
  • Bus connections from Nice to Le Trophée des Alpes have changed: Buses #116 and #T-66 both now leave from the Vauban tram stop — except on Sundays, when riders need to catch bus #T-66 from the Pont St. Michel tram stop.
  • The Picasso Museum in Antibes is no longer open until 20:00 on summer Wednesdays or Fridays.

For books printed before January 2017, the following may also apply:

  • All of Nice's museums except the Chagall Museum now share the same €10 ticket (valid for 48 hours, €20 for seven days). The Chagall Museum is €8 (and well worth it).
  • The Russian Cathedral has reopened (after a two-year, €20 million renovation), and is open Mon 13:30–17:00, Tue–Sun 10:00–17:00. Services are held Sat at 17:00 and Sun at 10:00 (no tourist visits during services).
  • Bus #17 no longer runs from the train station to the Chagall Museum.
  • The US Consulate in Nice has closed.

Across Italy

For books printed before December 2019, the following may apply:

  • The intercity bus services formerly operated by Sena/Baltour have been taken over by Flixbus, with some changes in frequencies and routes.
  • Eurail Select Passes are no longer being sold (but similarly priced Global Passes still are) — see our 2019 rail-travel update.

For books printed before October 2019, the following may also apply:

  • Italian sights are still offering free admission at least once, and often twice, each month, but the specific day varies in peak season (in low season, it's the first Sunday of the month).

For books printed before September 2018, the following may also apply:

  • Both Trenitalia and Italo have call centers for answering general questions. You can dial these numbers direct from any US number: Trenitalia +39 06-6847-5475 (daily 7:00–24:00); Italo +39 06-8937-1892 (daily 6:00–23:00).

For books printed before November 2017, the following may also apply:

  • The number for making a collect call from Italy to the US via AT&T is now 800-172-444.

For books printed before May 2017, the following may also apply:

  • Eurail Select Passes are now available as Italy–Switzerland two-country passes (among other options).

For books printed before November 2016, the following may also apply:

  • Italy's unreserved train tickets (regionali) are no longer valid for a two-month window. Instead, you much specify an intended travel day when you purchase the ticket. Tickets must be validated on the day of travel, and your must board your last train of the trip within four hours of the time stamped on the ticket. (To change the date on a ticket after it's been purchased, contact a Trenitalia agent before midnight of the day before travel.)
  • Trenitalia has changed its ticket validation machines from a yellow box to a new green-and-gray oval machine.

Florence

For books printed before December 2019, the following may apply:

  • Tour guide Karin Kibby's new email address is: klkibby@yahoo.com.
  • Hotel Maxim and Hotel Axial are now one hotel: Hotel Maxim Axial. Their new contact info is: tel. +39 055-217-474, www.hotelmaximaxial.com, info@hotelmaximaxial.com.
  • Prestige Rent has a new address and phone number: Via della Saggina 98, tel. +39 055-286-059.
  • Transfer Chauffeur Service has a new email: welcome@transfercs.com.
  • The Bargello's new hours are: daily 8:15–14:00 (until 17:00 for special exhibits); closed on second and fourth Sun and first, third, and fifth Mon of each month.
  • The Medici Chapel's new hours are: Tue–Sat 8:15–17:00 except Oct–late May until 14:00; also open first, third, and fifth Sun and second and fourth Mon of each month.
  • The Basilica of San Lorenzo's is now closed Sundays. It also has a new website: http://www.operamedicealaurenziana.org/. The basilica library's hours are now Mon–Fri 9:30–13:30, closed Sat–Sun.
  • The Vasari Corridor above the Ponte Vecchio is closed until at least 2021.
  • The Gucci Museum (now called the Gucci Garden Gallery) is now open daily until 23:00.
  • The Duomo now closes at 16:30 Mon–Sat year-round (though opening times sometimes change due to religious functions).
  • English mass at the Duomo is now Sunday at 17:00.
  • The Duomo sights combo-ticket is now valid for 72 hours.
  • There's a new contact email for booking Duomo-themed tours: commerciale@operadelduomo.firenze.it.
  • There is a new combo ticket for the Uffizi/Pitti Palace/Boboli Gardens. Valid for three consecutive days, this €38 combo-ticket offers admission to the Uffizi Gallery, Pitti Palace, and Boboli Gardens at a €12 savings (€38 March–Oct, €18 Nov–Feb). Note that with this ticket, you must start your visit at the Uffizi.
  • The Pitti Palace's two ticket options have changed. Ticket #1 now covers most of the sights (the Palatine Gallery, Royal Apartments, Treasury of the Grand Dukes (silver museum), Museum of Costume and Fashion, and Gallery of Modern Art) while ticket #2 now covers the Bardini and Boboli Gardens as well as the Porcelain Museum.
  • From July–Aug, the Uffizi and Accademia stay open until 22:00 two nights a week. (Uffizi: Wed and Thu, Accademia: Tue and Thu, also open from 7:00.)
  • The new tram line, T2, is now operating between Amerigo Vespucci Airport and near Florence's SMN train station (runs every five minutes, 20 min, runs 5:00–24:00).
  • Bus #7 to Fiesole now leaves from near the train station on Piazza Adua rather than from Piazza San Marco (only return buses stop there now; with returns also near the train station at Largo Alinari).
  • Buses #14 and #17 no longer run between the train station and Piazza San Marco but buses #7 and #12 now do.
  • The city of Florence no longer rents bikes at the train station.
  • Turishav Travel is now Florentour. Their hours are now 9:30–16:30, closed Sat–Sun.
  • Walks Inside Florence's website is now www.walksinsideflorence.it.
  • Istituto Gould has been renamed Foresteria Valdese di Firenze.
  • Hotel Europa has new ownership and has been reopened as Arté Hotel.
  • Panella's Residence has new ownership and is now open under the name Haggi's Residence.
  • Lovelife Café has closed.
  • Due Sorsi e Un Boccone has closed.
  • Trattoria I' Cche c'e' c'e' has closed.
  • Reserving an entry time for the Brancacci Chapel is not required, but it is recommended. You can book spots up until the day before your visit. It should still be considered mandatory from March through the end of May and advisable through the summer and fall. It's no longer possible to make the reservation at the Palazzo Vecchio.
  • The Medici-Riccardi Palace has a new phone number and website: +39 055-276-8224, www.palazzomediciriccardi.it.
  • The Museum of San Marco's is now open every Sunday rather than select Sundays. It's now open Tue–Fri 8:15–14:00, Sat–Sun until 17:00, and until 14:00 on the first, third, and fifth Monday of each month.
  • Minibus #D is now #C4, and runs on a slightly different route, traveling from near the Duomo to the train station, across the Carraia bridge, through the Oltrarno (passing the Pitti Palace), and on to the San Niccolò neighborhood.

For books printed before October 2019, the following may also apply:

  • Firenze Card holders visiting the Accademia and/or Uffizi now need to make a free reservation to receive priority access. Reservations can be made over the phone (tel. +39 055-294-883, Mon–Fri 8.30–18.30, Sat 8.30–12.30) or at dedicated ticket counters on-site.
  • Cruise passengers arriving in the Port of Livorno have a new option for getting inland: TuscanyBus.com, which offers cheap bus excursions to Pisa and/or Florence, as well as combo-rides that include Lucca. Buses leave from Livorno's Piazza del Municipio (near the port shuttle dropoff point).
  • Bellevue House/Palazzo Riblet, a hotel near Santa Maria Novella and the newly opened tram line to the airport, now has an elevator.

For books printed before September 2018, the following may also apply:

  • The Duomo sights combo-ticket is now €18.
  • After years of flux, the Uffizi, Accademia Gallery, and Bargello now have stable websites with useful information for visitors (see links).
  • The price of admission to the Uffizi Gallery has increased fairly dramatically (from €12.50) to €20 March–Oct (€10 if no special exhibits); off-season (Nov–Feb) it drops to €12 (€6 if no special exhibits).
  • The Uffizi and Pitti Palace will offer a combined three-day ticket (valid for three days from first use) offering ticket holders priority admission (once to each complex) to all the museums in the Uffizi Galleries' circuit (Uffizi, Pitti, Boboli).
  • Accademia Rooms is now the Hotel Accademia and has 21 newly renovated rooms and new contact info: tel. +39 055-290-993, info@hotelaccademiafirenze.com.

For books printed before October 2017, the following may also apply:

  • The Duomo Museum is now open daily 9:00–20:00 year-round, but (still) closes all day on the first Tuesday of every month.
  • Reservations to climb the Duomo's dome can now be made at ticket machines in the lobby of the Duomo Museum. (They can also be made online and at the ticket office on Piazza San Giovanni; see below.)
  • Miso di Riso Vegetarian Bistro has been sold, and replaced by a traditional Tuscan restaurant.
  • The tourist information office in Livorno no longer arranges buses to Florence for cruise passengers.

For books printed before June 2017, the following may also apply:

  • The Bargello is now open Tue–Sat 8:15–17:00, until 13:50 Nov–March (closed Sun–Mon; last entry 40 minutes before closing).
  • The Museum of San Marco is not open on the first Sunday of the month.

For books printed before May 2017, the following may also apply:

  • You now need to make a reservation in order to climb the Duomo's dome — book one online or at the ticket office in Piazza San Giovanni 7, facing the Baptistery entrance. (If you have a Firenze Card, make the reservation when you pick up your access ticket.)

For books printed before November 2016, the following may also apply:

  • The Firenze Card no longer covers transportation, though it does now cover several additional sights, including the Ferragamo shoe museum.
  • The Duomo's dome is now open on Sunday in addition to its regular hours (Mon–Fri 8:30–19:00, Sat 8:30–17:40, Sun 13:00–16:40).
  • The Baptistery's hours have changed (now Mon–Fri 8:15–10:15 & 11:15–19:00, Sat 8:15–19:00, Sun 8:15–14:00).
  • The tourist information office at Via Cavour 1 red has reduced its hours, and is now open Mon–Fri 9:00–13:00, closed Sat–Sun.
  • The combo-ticket covering Florence's Baptistery, dome, Campanile, Duomo Museum, and Santa Reparata crypt is now valid for 48 hours (rather than one admission per sight).
  • San Miniato Church is now open daily Easter–mid-October 9:30–20:00, off-season 9:30–13:00 & 15:30–19:00.
  • The Oblate Sisters of the Assumption's hotel no longer offers family discounts.
  • The eatery Veggy has closed.

Pisa

For books printed before December 2019, the following may apply:

  • While it's best to make a reservation for the Leaning Tower in advance, there's usually no line after 18:00 (and you may be alone after 19:00; it's open until 20:00 April–Sept and until 22:00 mid-June–Aug).
  • Antica Trattoria il Campano is now open nightly 19:30–22:45.
  • Il Vegusto has closed.

For books printed before October 2019, the following may also apply:

  • Cruise passengers arriving in the Port of Livorno have a new option for getting inland: TuscanyBus.com, which offers cheap bus excursions to Pisa and/or Florence, as well as combo-rides that include Lucca. Buses leave from Livorno's Piazza del Municipio (near the port shuttle dropoff point).

For books printed before September 2018, the following may also apply:

  • The LAM Rossa bus stop at the Pisa Centrale Train Station is now outside the main entrance and to the right (not in front of the NH Cavalieri Hotel). Travelers can no longer take this bus line to or from the Galileo Galilei Airport to Pisa Centrale Station. Travelers must use either the "Pisa Mover" train to get to Centrale station from the airport, or take a taxi.

For books printed before September 2017, the following may also apply:

  • The main tourist information office has moved to the Field of Miracles, next to the Duomo's ticket office.
  • A new "Pisa Mover" train offers an easy five-minute connection between downtown and Pisa Centrale train station (€2.70, daily 6:00–24:00, leaves every 5 minutes).

For books printed before November 2016, the following may also apply:

Lucca

For books printed before December 2019, the following may apply:

  • Ostello San Frediano has closed indefinitely.
  • La Locanda Sant'Agostino and Sogni d'Oro Guesthouse have closed.

For books printed before November 2016, the following may also apply:

  • Alla Dimora Lucense hotel has closed.

Rome

For books printed before December 2019, the following may apply:

  • Starting November 1. 2019, the combo-ticket for the Colosseum and the Roman Forum/Palatine Hill will be available either as a one-day combo-ticket for €16, or a two-day combo-ticket for €18.

For books printed before October 2019, the following may also apply:

  • For Walks of Italy tour company, Rick Steves readers should use discount code: RICKWALKSROME.
  • Sitting on the Spanish Steps is no longer allowed. Violators face a €250 fine.
  • The Canadian Embassy in Rome has a new phone number: +39 06-854-441.
  • The Eataly restaurant/gourmet food shop on Piazza della Repubblica, also known as Officine Italia, has closed.
  • The Repubblica metro stop in Rome has reopened.
  • Roma Pass holders now need a €2 reservation to access the Colosseum, which should be made as soon as possible — spots can sell out weeks in advance (see its site for info on reserving, or call +39 06-3996-7575).
  • The €16 "super" combo-ticket for the Roman Forum/Palatine Hill no longer includes the Colosseum. It does still offer access to the Palatine's museum, House of Augustus, and House of Livia (which are not included with the regular combo-ticket). The "super" ticket can be purchased at Forum/Palatine Hill entrances.
  • The ticket table in the narthex (portico) of St. Peter's Basilica, which once sold tickets to the Vatican Museums, is now gone (but the Vatican tourist information office still sells them).
  • The Vatican post office branch near the columns of St. Peter's Basilica's portico (just before the security checkpoint), is now closed (but you can still get the famous Vatican stamps at the other Vatican post office, next to the Vatican tourist information office). 
  • Two central metro stations, Spagna and Barberini, are currently closed.
  • Hotel Selene Roma is now Dharma Style Hotel, and has a new phone number: +39 06-482-4460.
  • Domus Nova Bethlem is now the Dnb House Hotel.
  • The Hotel Gerber near the Vatican is closing in June 2019.

For books printed before October 2019, the following may also apply:

  • The basic €12 combo-ticket for the Colosseum/Forum/Palatine Hill (for those who don't have a Roma Pass) now includes a timed-entry slot for the Colosseum. Entry to the Forum/Palatine Hill is possible anytime during the validity of the ticket.
  • The north entrance to the Roman Forum, below Capitoline Hill, is now closed.
  • The Assaggi d'Autore restaurant near the Trevi Fountain has closed.

For books printed before September 2018, the following may also apply:

  • Visitors to the Colosseum/Roman Forum/Palatine Hill now choose from one of two tickets, both good for two consecutive days: a €12 combo-ticket allows one admission to the Colosseum (after 14:00 only) and one admission to the Forum/Palatine Hill; or an €16 "super" ticket (which doesn't include the Colosseum — see more recent update, above). Admission to the Colosseum is free for kids ages 17 and younger (must present proof of age). Access to the House of Augustus and the House of Livia on Palatine Hill is available only with the "super" ticket.
  • Visitors to St. Peter's Basilica who are short on time can download an (expensive) audioguide that includes line-skipping entry to the basilica. See www.voxmundi.eu for details.
  • The Victor Emmanuel Monument has new hours: daily 9:00–17:00 (shorter in winter).
  • The combo-ticket for the Tomb of Cecilia Metella and Villa dei Quintili on the Appian Way is now valid for two consecutive days.
  • Rome's tourist call center now answers the phone daily 9:00–19:00 (tel. +39 06-0608).
  • Elettrico minibus #117 has been discontinued. (For help with Rome's public transportation and journey planners in English, see muovi.roma.it, romamobilita.it, or atac.roma.it.)

For books printed before April 2018, the following may also apply:

  • The Vatican Museums have a new website. The museums are now open on Fridays 19:00–23:00 (last entry at 21:30) from mid-April through October (must reserve online).
  • Tram #3 now runs from the Colosseum to Trastevere train station (as stated in text, but transit maps in some editions imply otherwise).
  • On the Appian Way, the Baths of Caracalla are no longer included in a combo-ticket with the Tomb of Cecilia Metella and Villa dei Quintili.
  • The National Museum of Rome has a new website: www.museonazionaleromano.beniculturali.it.
  • The Roman House at Palazzo Valentini is now open every day (including Tuesdays).
  • The website for the Mamertine Prison, also known as Carcer Tullianum Museum, is at www.tullianum.org.
  • The Etruscan Museum at Villa Giulia is now open 9:00–20:00 (closed Mon).
  • Gelateria Vice has closed.

For books printed before November 2017, the following may also apply:

  • Tickets for general audience with the Pope booked through the American Catholic Church must now be picked up at St. Patrick's Church at Via Boncompagni, N. 31. The website for booking is www.stpatricksamericanrome.org. St. Patrick's Church has taken over the role of home of the American Catholic Church in Rome.
  • The Roma Pass is now a single plastic card that covers both sightseeing and transportation. The card is activated with its first use at a sight or on public transportation.
  • Off-season hours have changed slightly at St. Peter's Basilica: The church is now open until 18:30 Oct–March (and still open daily April–Sept 7:00–19:00).
  • Visitors to the Roman Forum cannot exit through the Capitoline Hill entry point. The best exit to go directly from the Roman Forum to Capitoline Hill is behind the Column of Phocas, near the WCs.
  • There is now a €2/person fee to book Borghese Gallery reservations over the phone.
  • There is no longer a taxi stand on St. Peter's Square; the nearest stand is at Castel Sant'Angelo.
  • The correct email for Funny Palace Hostel is info@funnyhostel.com.
  • Autoservizi Monti Concezio, run by gentle, capable, and English-speaking Ezio (pronounced "Etz-io"), offers private cars or minibuses with driver/guides (car-€40/hour, minibus-€45/hour, 3-hour minimum for city sightseeing, transfers between cities are more expensive, mobile +39 335-636-5907 or +39 349-674-5643, info@tourservicemonti.it).
  • Ristorante Pizzeria "da Francesco" now requires reservations for evening seatings at 19:00, 20:30, or 22:00 (tel. +39 06-686-4009).
  • The Rome Walks tour company is no longer in business.
  • Palatium restaurant has closed.
  • Osteria Sacro e Profano restaurant has closed.
  • The theater at Ostia Antica is under renovation and the main gate may be blocked by scaffolding.
  • The Despar supermarket chain is now called "Coop."

For books printed before March 2017, the following may also apply:

For books printed before January 2017, the following may also apply:

  • Tram #8 no longer stops at Largo Argentina; the nearest stop is Arenula, a few stops away.
  • The church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, which owns the "Bocca della Verità," now charges €2 for access to the statue (and only one photo allowed).

Naples

For books printed before March 2019, the following may apply:

  • The southbound Circumvesuviana commuter train now stops at a new station called "Villa Regina" just before the stop for Pompeii — meaning that the Annunziata stop is no longer the last station before the Pompeii stop (Pompei Scavi).
  • Trams are not currently running in Naples (because of road construction), and won't be for several years. Take the Metro if you need to get between the port area and the main train station.
  • Cruise-ship passengers can now use a handy CitySightseeing shuttle that runs between the Naples cruise port, Naples' main train station, and Pompeii. This is easier than taking a train and much cheaper than a taxi or private cruise excursion (€15, 4/day usually at 9:15, 10:00, 10:45, and 11:30; last bus leaves Pompeii at 16:30).

For books printed before September 2018, the following may also apply:

  • The location of the Alibus airport shuttle bus stop has changed at Centrale Station. It is now to the left as you exit the station, near the Tiger store.
  • The tourist information office inside Centrale Station has moved to the main lobby, next to the Trenitalia ticket office.
  • Galleria Borbonica's website is www.galleriaborbonica.com.

For books printed before January 2017, the following may also apply:

  • From Naples the Circumvesuviana train takes about 20 minutes (not 50 minutes, as printed in some editions of Rick Steves Italy) to reach Ercolano Scavi (for the Herculaneum ruins, €1.80 one way) and 40 minutes to reach Pompei Scavi–Villa Misteri (for the Pompeii ruins, €2.60 one way).
  • Mondo Guide's Naples-based guided tours of Pompeii for Rick Steves readers now begin at 11:00 every day (not 10:30).
  • Laundry DYI has closed.

Pompeii and Herculaneum

For books printed before October 2019, the following may apply:

  • There is no longer a combo-ticket that covers both Pompeii and Herculaneum.
  • Rick now also recommends Gaetano Manfredi as a guide to Pompeii.
  • Cruise-ship passengers can now use a handy CitySightseeing shuttle that runs between the Naples cruise port, Naples' main train station, and Pompeii. This is easier than taking a train and much cheaper than a taxi or private cruise excursion (€15, 4/day usually at 9:15, 10:00, 10:45, and 11:30; last bus leaves Pompeii at 16:30).

For books printed before January 2017, the following may also apply:

  • From Naples the Circumvesuviana train takes about 20 minutes (not 50 minutes, as printed in some editions of Rick Steves Italy) to reach Ercolano Scavi (for the Herculaneum ruins, €1.80 one way) and 40 minutes to reach Pompei Scavi–Villa Misteri (for the Pompeii ruins, €2.60 one way).
  • Mondo Guide's Naples-based guided tours of Pompeii for Rick Steves readers now begin at 11:00 every day (not 10:30).
  • Visitors to the Pompeii site can ask for an entrance/exit bracelet that allows you to reenter the site up to three times on the same day.

Sorrento

For books printed before November 2017, the following may apply:

Capri

For books printed before October 2014, the following may apply:

  • Local guide Anna Bilardi Leva now charges €130 for a half day, and €200 for a full day, and is also licensed to guide in Naples (not Sorrento).

Venice

For books printed before November 2019, the following may apply:

For books printed before September 2018, the following may also apply:

  • Italo now runs a useful Milan–Venice train route.

For books printed before May 2018, the following may also apply:

For books printed before November 2017, the following may also apply:

  • Teatro San Gallo no longer performs the "Venezia" show.
  • Villa Mocenigo Agruturismo (10 miles from Marco Polo Airport) has a new mobile phone number: +39 338-3629-268.

For books printed before December 2016, the following may also apply:

  • For travelers arriving by cruise ship: The best way to get to Piazzale Roma is to take the People Mover monorail, as the shuttle buses offered by some cruise companies from the port to Piazzale Roma are no longer running.

Across Croatia

  • Eurail Select Passes are no longer being sold (but similarly priced Global Passes still are) — see our 2019 rail-travel update.

For books printed before January 2018, the following may also apply:

  • In summer (mid-June–mid-Sept), Jadrolinija and Krilo are now running fast catamarans on the Split–Hvar–Korčula–Dubrovnik route.
  • The European Coastal Airlines seaplane did not run in 2017, and service is unlikely to resume in the future.

Split & nearby

For books printed before July 2018, the following may apply:

  • Konoba Matejuška restaurant has moved across the street to Tomića Stine 4 and changed its name to "Konoba Fetivi."
  • Paradigma restaurant has closed.
  • The Splitcard is no longer free, even for those staying in town for three nights. It is no longer a good value.
  • Krka National Park now requires all visitors to follow a one-way route around the park. Those coming by boat have to first hike steeply uphill to the "ethno village," then circle back down to the waterfalls (rather than shortcutting to the waterfalls).
  • In summer (mid-June–mid-Sept), Jadrolinija and Krilo are now running fast catamarans on the Split–Hvar–Korčula–Dubrovnik route.

For books printed before November 2017, the following may also apply:

Dubrovnik & nearby

  • Dubrovnik's city walls are now 200 kn to enter. While it's now possible to make reservations, you'll still have to contend with crowds and heat on top of the wall, so visiting early or late remains the best plan.
  • The shuttle bus from the airport no longer stops at the Pile Gate in the Old Town. If you're staying near the gate, ride the airport shuttle to the bus station, then take a public bus (or taxi) to Pile Gate.

For books printed before July 2018, the following may also apply:

  • There is no longer a left-luggage office in Cavtat.

For books printed before January 2018, the following may also apply:

  • In summer (mid-June–mid-Sept), Jadrolinija and Krilo are now running fast catamarans on the Split–Hvar–Korčula–Dubrovnik route.
  • The European Coastal Airlines seaplane did not run in 2017, and service is unlikely to resume in the future.

Across Greece

  • The "Athens & the Peloponnese" map on the foldout map included in Rick Steves Greece and in Rick Steves Pocket Athens has the incorrect scale; it should read "40 Kilometers / 25 Miles."
  • For information on Greece's archaeological sites and museums, a better website than what's printed in the books is http://odysseus.culture.gr/index_en.html.

Athens

For books printed before July 2018, the following may apply:

  • Athens is introducing a smart-card system for its transit system. Riders will purchase a reusable, rechargeable card instead of individual tickets. But, since it's a new system and implementation is gradual, travelers should be prepared for either.
  • Kazani Meze Restaurant has closed.
  • Folli Follie shop has closed.
  • Pantopolion shop has closed.

For books printed before June 2018, the following may also apply:

For books printed before May 2017, the following may also apply:

  • The €20 Acropolis ticket (€10 Nov–March) now covers just the Acropolis and sights on the north and south slopes, including the Theater of Dionysus. If buying this ticket, you can save time by purchasing it at the Theater of Dionysus ticket office rather than the often-crowded Acropolis ticket office. The €30 Acropolis combo-ticket covers the Acropolis and Theater of Dionysus, along with the Ancient Agora, Roman Forum, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Library of Hadrian, and Keramikos Cemetery. The combo-ticket is valid for five days, and since you can buy it at any participating sight, it allows you to skip the ticket-buying line at the Acropolis.

Mykonos

For books printed before June 2018, the following may apply:

  • The first printing of Rick Steves Greece, Fourth Edition includes a version of the Mykonos Town map (pp 398–399) that lacks a key; here's a downloadable PDF of the corrected Mykonos Town map.

Across Turkey

Istanbul

  • While Istanbul's main station, Sirkeci, is being remodeled, trains between Istanbul and Asian Turkey are served by Söğütlüçeşme Station, in the Kadıköy district (across the Bosphorus from the city center, but much more central than the recent terminus at Pendik). Trains to/from the west and north are still served by the suburban station of Halkalı (west of the city center). The Marmaray light-rail line now connects both Halkalı and Söğütlüçeşme with central Istanbul.
  • The correct address for Quincentennial Museum of Turkish Jews is Bereketzade Mahallesi, Büyük Hendek Caddesi 39, Beyoğlu, and its telephone number (also printed incorrectly in some editions) is +90 (0)212/292-6333.
  • Istanbul's huge, brand-new airport (IST) replaced Atatürk Airport in April 2019, and is now the city's hub for Turkish Airlines and all international flights. Located to the northwest of the city center on the European side of the Bosphorus, Istanbul Airport is a one-hour taxi ride from either the Old Town or the New District, or 1.5 hours by bus (but can be much longer during rush hour; plan ahead to be at the airport 3 hours prior to international flights).

    The airport has five concourses, signed as "piers," that extend from the central terminal (concourses A, B, D, and F are international — Turkish Airlines uses concourse F; concourse G is domestic). There are no trains or trams between the piers, but the lofty ceilings and glimmering design may distract you from all the walking. Use the moving sidewalks when possible.

    All of the concourses empty into the central terminal, where you'll find shops, eateries, duty-free stores, and exchange desks (see the airport's zoomable map). To exit, continue down the escalators into baggage claim. From the center of the baggage-claim area, continue through customs onto the arrivals floor. An info kiosk is to the right as you leave customs, and ATMs flank each end of the building. Car-rental desks and other services are also located on this floor. Taxis wait outside door 9; Havaist and IETT buses are near door 13.

    You can reach the Old Town or the New District by taxi, private transfer, or shuttle bus (Metro lines connecting the city center to the airport are currently under construction, with plans to be operational by 2020):
    • Located outside door 9 of the arrivals floor, 24/7 taxi service can take you directly into the city (expect to pay about 240 TL to the Old Town or 170–190 TL to the New District).
    • Private transfers can be booked directly though your hotel for €50, with a customary 10 percent tip.
    • Havaist runs luxury buses every 30–50 minutes between the city center and airport, with onboard Wi-Fi, USB outlets, and space for luggage. The IST-1 line runs into the Old Town, while IST-19 serves the New District (18 TL).
    • For those staying in the New District, the cheapest option for getting to/from the airport is the H2 shuttle line, which leaves at roughly 15-minute intervals, costs 5.20 TL, and is run by Istanbul's public transit agency, IETT. (IETT does not offer direct or connecting buses to the heart of Old Town; the closest stop is a fairly short taxi ride away, but taxis often turn down fares this small — you could find yourself stranded.
    To ride either the Havaist or IETT bus, you'll first need to purchase a refillable Istanbulkart transit card, available at blue ticket machines in the airport's arrivals hall at the airport.

Ephesus

  • Etickets are available for the Ephesus Archaeological site (including the Terrace Houses). Buying tickets online enables you to skip the ticket-buying line; no refunds or exchanges are allowed.
    If accompanied by an official tour guide, you can also skip the line without buying tickets ahead of time.