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Discover our City Stay destinations

29/01/2014

Complement your P&O Cruises experience with an exciting City Stay to really make the most of your fly Med holiday

Genoa, the capital of Liguria

Genoa, the capital of Liguria

Whether you wish to acclimatise before or after your cruise, or just extend your holiday, our City Stays give you the opportunity to fully explore some of the world’s top destinations.

 

Genoa

Nicknamed La Superba (‘the proud one’) because of its importance in Italian history and culture, the Ligurian capital is stacked high on the hillside. Its winding streets and staircases offer a unique insight into traditional Italian life. Be sure to visit the beautiful Basilica of Santa Maria di Castello, which is instantly recognisable by its black and white striped façade and lounging stone lions. And just a short train ride away is the Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi a Nervi, a 2km walkway suspended over the crashing waves below.

 

Venice

The backdrop for many blockbuster movies, you can feel like a film star yourself by hopping aboard a polished wooden water taxi for a private tour of the wonderfully winding Venice waterways. Meanwhile, romantics can enjoy a traditional gondola ride, or you can opt for the vaporetti (water-bus), which offers exactly the same sightseeing experience for a fraction of the cost. In St Mark’s Square, jump in the lift to the top of the Campanile di San Marco for uninterrupted views of the glorious Venetian architecture and surrounding lagoon. Then explore the city’s boutique shops, pausing for a refreshing gelato pick-me-up, and hop to the nearby island of Murano to witness the skills, and powerful lungs, of the glassblowers.

 

Nice

After a reasonable climb (or short lift ride) to Castle Hill, you’ll be rewarded with incredible panoramic views over the city and beaches. Then, wander back down to the old town, Vieux-Nice, and spend a few hours in its warren of winding streets, bustling with markets, street performers and an abundance of shops, cafés, bars, galleries and pâtisseries waiting to tempt you inside. Art enthusiasts will appreciate the Museo Chagall, which is dedicated to the colourful creations of Marc Chagall, or you can enjoy a stroll along the palm-lined Promenade des Anglais.

 

Milan

Italy’s second largest city is famous for fashion and football. So no visit would be complete without a serious shopping spree and trip to Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (or San Siro), home to two of Italy’s biggest football clubs, AC Milan and Internazionale. The Piazza del Duomo and Quadrilatero della Moda are lined with designer boutiques, or you can shop in style at the stunning, glass-roofed Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II arcade. Milan’s Duomo is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, while the Santa Maria della Grazie church is home to Leonardo da Vinci’s iconic Last Supper mural – although you’ll need to book tickets well in advance to view this Renaissance masterpiece. The same applies for performances at  La Scala, one of the world’s leading opera houses.

 

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