Antiquity, wine, serene beauty, dramatic people and stunning surroundings — a cruise in Italy has it all! You can visit the main attractions of Italy on a European cruise or a Mediterranean cruise, but to really come to understand Italy – to really taste and experience it — you need to immerse yourself in everything that Italy has to offer by taking a cruise in Italy.
Cruises in Italy depart from various locations, many depart from Civitavecchia – the gateway port of Rome. However, to get the best experience imaginable, it is recommended that a crusie in Italy be embarked upon from the harbours of Savona or Genoa on the Ligurian Peninsula and taken completely around to Venice, or vice-versa. By doing this, you will discover that there is much more to Italy, and a cruise departing from Civitavecchia would not be able to show you everything!
Ligurian Peninsula is a true paradise. Largely undiscovered by mass tourism, quaint Italian villages line the coastline in this spectacular part of Italy. Wonderful sandy beaches alternate with rocky headlands, and with nearby villages on the coast glowing like beacons.
In Genoa you can discover the birthplace of Christopher Columbus and marvel at the city’s awe-inspiring Gothic architecture. A little further to the south Livorno is a port of call worth spending a little time at. Here, you will be able to arrange shore excursions to see the famous leaning tower of Pisa, as well as visit the grand Renaissance city of Florence – home to Dante, Michaelangelo and the Medicis.
The Colosseum at Rome, Mount Vesuvius and the ancient city that it buried – Pompeii – are essential attractions to visit when on an Italy cruise, as is Rimini on the Adriatic Sea. From Rimini you can take a shore excursion to visit the enclave of San Marino, which is less than an hour’s drive from Rimini port.
Finally, irresistible Venice awaits as the final stop at the end of your cruise. Venice is a true waterworld, consisting of more than 120 islands through which a network of waterways can be explored by gondola. Renaissance-style architecture is everywhere in this city, and you’ll be able to take a shore excursion that takes in the famous Rialto Bridge and the Bridge of Sighs… So, if you desire to discover what it felt like to be a gladiator in Rome’s Colosseum, peer into the gigantic crater of Mt Vesuvius or navigate your way around Venice’s canal system, a cruise in Italy is a special adventure that you’ll never forget.