Cruises to Italy

Italian cruises allow you to explore the world's most historical and spiritual sites, the universally adored cuisine and a passionate nation. In ancient Rome you can gaze at Michelangelo's magnificent Sistine Chapel ceiling or explore the Colosseum where gladiators once fought. In Florence, feast your eyes on intricate Renaissance art or browse the jewellery shops along the Ponte Vecchio, the bridge dating back to 1345. Pose in Pisa for the essential holiday snap standing against the famous leaning tower or lick some of the most sensational gelato under the Mediterranean sun. In breathtaking Venice explore the canals on foot or by the uniquely Venetian gondolas; visit St Mark's Square or the Doge's Palace. With many fascinating sights and stunning landscapes, cruises to Italy certainly have plenty to see and do.

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Rome (from Civitavecchia) The Eternal City is packed with highlights and certainly a popular destination on a cruise to Italy. Why not visit St Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum, the Forum, the Pantheon and Circus Maximus. Rome's history spans two and a half thousand years. Its historic centre is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Monuments and museums such as the Vatican Museums and the Colosseum are amongst the world's 50 most visited tourist destinations. Much like the rest of Italy, Rome is predominantly Roman Catholic, and the city has been an important centre of religion and pilgrimage for centuries.

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Florence/Pisa (from Livorno) Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, Florence is overflowing with artistic treasures in the Galleria dell'Accademia including the spellbinding statue of David. In Pisa don't miss the extraordinarily angled leaning tower. The city also contains numerous museums and art galleries, such as the Uffizi Gallery and the Pitti Palace, amongst others, and still exerts an influence in the fields of art, culture and politics. Florence is also an important city in Italian fashion, as well as a major national economic centre.

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Queen of the Adriatic and city of romance, Venice is simply like no other city in the world and one not to miss on a cruise to Italy. Wander through the enchanting narrow streets, or take a gondola ride and gaze upon Venice's incredible sights, from the magnificent Doge's Palace, Bridge of Sighs to the Basilica and Campanile di San Marco.

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Cagliari, Sardinia

Sardinia is home to some of Italy's cleanest beaches as well as fascinating array of Gothic and Baroque architecture. Visit the old town and wander through the narrow streets contained within the city walls, draped deep in charm and nostalgia. Before reboarding your Italian cruise, indulge in a delicious Sardinian feast of spaghetti, wild asparagus and grated fish eggs!

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Once home to Christopher Columbus, Genoa is today, one of Italy's largest cities. Within its medieval walls, you can wander the caruggi (alleys) still home to speciality shops, Baroque and Romanesque churches and 500-year-old apartment buildings.

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A mountainous and rugged land, Sicily is dominated by its still active volcano, Mt Etna. Enjoy the breathtaking views and visit the classical ruins at Tindari and ancient city of Taormina.

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Livorno is your gateway to Florence, birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and Pisa. The town also has the Medici Port which is overlooked by towers and fortresses with a matrix of canal crossings and fortified town walls. The Museo Mascagnano houses memorabilia, documents and operas by the great composer Pietro Mascagni. Every year some of his operas are traditionally played during the lyric music season, which is organised by the Traditional Theatre of Livorno. Also the "Terrazza Mascagni", a walkway divided from the sea by a handrail, is named in honour to Pietro Mascagni.

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Lying between two notable volcanic regions, Mount Vesuvius and the Phlegraean Fields, Naples is an incredibly fascinating city, boasting incredible history spanning over 2000 years.
Naples is known internationally for its art, culture, architecture, music, and gastronomy, and has played an important political and cultural role on the Italian peninsula and beyond throughout its 2,800-year existence. Naples is the home to one of the world's most important archaelogical museums. The Museo Archeologico Nazionale. Visit the ancient city Pompeii or hop across to the beautiful Isle of Capri to take in the breathtaking views from the mountain top.

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