October 1, 2014

Ways to Go

Looking for a unique way to see Naples? Whether it's cruising down Vanderbilt Boulevard to the clang, clang of the trolley, feeling the wind in your hair as you view the shops on Fifth Avenue South from the back of a pedicab, or going to the pier behind a trotting mare in a six-seat carriage, you're sure to enjoy the view.

Naples Trolley Tours run seven days a week with eight tours daily and 20 stops around the city, taking in sights from the pier to the Philharmonic Center for the Arts. You don't have to be new to the area to enjoy the ride. Even native Neapolitans will be sure to hear something surprising about Naples from the chatty tour guides. and lots more. A complete tour runs about two hours, and a - ticket includes all-day re-boarding privileges -you can hop off, shop and hop back on another trolley.

If you want something a little more intimate, or just a fun night out with the kids, how about a horse? Charlene Casey of Paradise Carriage Service. owns a beautiful mare, Dixie Darling, who will pull you in a quaint carriage from Third Street South to the Naples Pier and back without complaint. If you like, Dixie will bring you right to the doorstep of your favorite Fifth Avenue restaurant. The white carriage with maroon velvet interior seats up to six. (Casey also has a 20-seat party wagon available for special occasions.)

For something really different, try Michael Pagliccia's pedicab rides. Pagliccia's small, carriage-drawn bicycle will take you anywhere in Old Naples, turning heads all the way. You and two friends can choose from a variety of CDs, including Aerosmith, Frank Sinatra and Jimmy Buffett, while you feel the cool breeze on your face and enjoy the scenery. Pagliccia says he likes to keep it "classy, but cute," with yellow lights on the pedicabs and drivers wearing tropical shirts. The sign on the side of the cab reads, "For Hire. All Rides Free!!! (Gratuities are appreciated)." But believe me, after this splendid ride, you'll want to tip.

Naples Trolley Tours, 1010 Sixth Ave. S., Naples 34102; (239) 262-7300. $16/adult, $7/child 4-12, children under 4 free.

Paradise Carriage Service, 19600 Pine Echo Rd., Fort Myers, FL 33917. $25 for 15 minutes, $40 for 30 minutes and $80 for an hour. (239) 543-2290 or www.paradisecarriage.com.

Michael Pagliccia pedicab rides, (239) 250-3556. 

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