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Italy Cruises

Italy is one of the most beautiful countries in Europe, with everything from skiing in the north to quaint market towns untouched by tourism in the south.

Italy offers a choice of truly amazing cities – from the laid-back vibe of Naples, to the history-packed atmosphere of Rome and Pompeii, to the seaside towns that are bustling with life overlooked by gorgeous houses nestled into cliff faces.

Whether you enjoy history, beautiful landscapes, wine, food, vineyard tours, hiking, biking or water sports, Italy is the place to be. Or if you just want to chill out for a week and relax on a sun-drenched beach with a glass of prosecco in one hand and some fresh insalata tricolore in the other, cruises to Italy are a brilliant way to explore the country.

Top 5 interesting facts

  • Italy’s official name is the Italian Republic.
  • Italy has more masterpieces than any other country in the world.
  • In 2007, an Italian dog found a truffle worth $333,000.
  • Italy has more volcanoes than any other country in Europe.
  • Over 50 million tourists visit Italy each year.
 

Italy Cruise holiday Highlights

Beautiful ports

There is a huge range of places to see on an Italy cruise. Naples is one of Italy’s largest ports, although many people do tend to head for the islands of Pompeii or the Amalfi Coast instead of settling down in the city.

Venice has its own port terminal – after all, it’s a city built on water. Once you’re there, why not try sea kayaking or sailing your way via gondola right to the doorstep of a restaurant?

Relax and explore

Palermo and Messina are both used to access Sicily. If you want to access the Western side, head for the Palermo stop – there are plenty of churches, palazzos and stunning sights to see before you head further afield. For the eastern side of Sicily, make sure Messina is on your itinerary.

Portovenere port is used for visitors to Cinque Terre, which is just down the coast from Portovenere town itself – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is the place to go if you want to get away from the bustling beach resorts and enjoy some unique Italian culture.

 

Italian food

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You can’t talk about Italy without talking about the food. Each region has its own speciality, with twists on pasta, bread and meat at every turn, but a focus on fresh and seasonal flavour wherever you go.

You can’t talk about Italy without talking about the food. Each region has its own speciality, with twists on pasta, bread and meat at every turn, but a focus on fresh and seasonal flavour wherever you go. When you go to the north, try proper balsamic vinegar. In Bologna, try tagliatelle alla Bolognese. In Naples, the street food special deep-fried pizza is a must. Arancini fillings change depending on where you are in Italy, so it makes sense to try it everywhere, and of course, every meal in Italy needs a helping of gelato to conclude.

Whenever you’re on the coast make sure to try some fresh seafood, and if you’re ever out in the countryside in an Italian-speaking restaurant, eat whatever you’re offered for a real taste of the area.

A proper meal in Italy ends with either grappa or limoncello, served in a small glass to be sipped as a digestif. This is followed with an authentic Italian coffee, although don’t ask for a cappuccino after lunch, as it’s considered vulgar.

 

Ports you can visit on your Italian cruise

 

Cruises visiting Italy

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