Synonymous with high society and luxury, the tiny Principality of Monaco and its capital of Monte Carlo is the top destination in Europe when it comes to seeing how the other half live. Ruled by the Grimaldi family since the 13th century, Monte Carlo has impressive yachts in the harbour, world-famous casinos, stunning beaches, unique royal palaces and, of course, the most sought-after date in the Grand Prix calendar.
Things to do in Monte Carlo:
The Exotic Garden of Monaco is a great place be one with nature and enjoy the vast sea views. Stroll around the garden in the sunshine and see many types of Mediterranean fauna, cacti, and flowering succulents, some which originated from a collection started in 1895.
Just a short walk from Monte Carlo, Larvotto Beach has a beautiful, calm shore that’s perfect for all ages to take a dip in and spot marine life. Larvotto Beach is surrounded by restaurants, cafés and bars, and provides showers and toilets onsite.
Monte Carlo Casino
With all the glitz and glamour one would expect of a casino, Casino de Monte-Carlo offers all your favourite games in a luxurious, sophisticated setting that even James Bond approved of! For both experts and newcomers, Monte Carlo Casino is an exciting place to spend the evening.
Dedicated to marine science and maritime history, the Oceanographic Museum is a great place for the whole family, boasting a 450,000 litre tank for tropical marine life, as well as a Shark Lagoon. Visitors can even get hands on with deep sea inhabitants at the Touch Tank.
Palais du Prince
Originally built in 1191 as a Genoan fortress, the Prince’s Palace of Monaco has a long, dramatic history to be discovered. Though the palace is the residence of the ruling Prince, visitors can explore the exquisite state apartments and gardens that also host concerts.
DAY 208 Oct 2024
Time at Port: from 8 AM to 8 PM
The historic city of Genoa has played a pivotal role in Italy’s past, particularly when it comes to maritime endeavours. One of the world’s biggest shipbuilding yards – Fincantieri – is located here, and Genoa is also hometown to the famous explorer, Christopher Columbus. You can easily imagine the hustling, bustling travellers and traders of years gone by as you wander in the Old Port, and relive history in Piazza de Ferrari, and the mansions of Via Garibaldi. Sip on delicious wine and enjoy the very best seafood dishes in this pretty yet industrial Italian city.
Things to do in Genoa:
Aquarium of Genoa
One for all the family to enjoy, the Aquarium of Genoa is the largest in Italy. It was designed by local architect Renzo Piano, and built in 1992 to mark the 500 year anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival to the New World. Within its more than 70 tanks live around 600 different animal species, and 200 species of plants. You’ll find representations of the Mediterranean Sea, the Atlantic, and Caribbean Sea at the aquarium.
Originally called the Strada Maggiore, or Strada Nuova, this street was named after famous general Giuseppe Garibaldi in 1882. Over the 16th and 17th centuries the wealthy nobility of the area set about restoring and reforming existing dated mansions, which resulted in the creation of more than ten fabulous palazzi (palaces). The street became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2006, and today the beautiful buildings act as banks, shops, offices, the Town Hall, and clubs.
Saint Lawrence Cathedral
The Cattedrale di San Lorenzo was first built in the late 11th century. It houses the ashes of St John the Baptist, the city’s patron saint, which are said to have arrived in Genoa at the end of the First Crusade. Over the years the building has suffered destruction and consequent repair works, which has led to the juxtaposition of varying architectural styles. There is evidence of Romanesque, Gothic, Mannerist, and Byzantine style which makes for a beautiful and intriguing image.
Piazza De Ferrari
The city’s main square is named after Raffaele de Ferrari, the Duke of Galliera who donated a large sum of money to modernise Genoa in the mid-19th century. There are both modern and historic buildings surrounding the square, and it also boasts a beautiful fountain in the middle which many people enjoy sitting at with a gelato in hand. Piazza de Ferrari is a popular meeting place among tourists and locals alike, and is also frequently used for events.
It is believed that Genoa’s lighthouse dates back to the 12th century. It has long represented Genoa, proudly displaying the city’s coat of arms since the mid-14th century – a feature that can be seen on many ancient nautical maps. The signalling light was once fuelled by fragrant plants such as juniper, heather, and briar root, until (olive) oil lamps were introduced in around 1345. The lighthouse has seen many keepers over the centuries, one of whom was Antonio Columbus – Christopher Columbus’ uncle.
Royal Palace Museum
Today, the Palazzo Reale is a spectacular national museum displaying a range of 17th, 18th and 19th century furniture, art, and other artefacts. It was constructed for the Balbi family in 1618, sold to the Durazzo family in 1677, and then became the royal House of Savoy’s property in 1823. Since 1919 the palace has belonged to the state, and has welcomed visitors. The Gilded Hall of Mirrors and collection of 17th century art are particularly special.
Strade Nuove and Palazzi dei Rolli
Le Strade Nuove is Italian for ‘the new street’, and in Genoa this collectively refers to the magnificent Via Garibaldi, Via Cairoli, and Via Balbi. This area of the city is home to some exquisite mansions, which in 1576 were registered on the Palazzi dei Rolli – a list of palaces. Being on this list meant that when important visitors came to Genoa, the wealthy families who owned the mansions would take turns in hosting them.
Many say that the activity at the historic port of Genoa is what inspired local boy Christopher Columbus in his childhood to go on to undertake discovery voyages – one of which would lead to European settlement in the Americas. Today, a walk around the bustling port can transport you to years gone by, as you imagine the travellers, trade, and business that went on way back when just as it does now. Gaze at historic buildings and busy streets, many of which were revamped in the 1990s by Italian architect Renzo Piano.
Florence & Pisa (Livorno) - Overnight onboard
DAY 3-409 Oct 2024
Time at Port: from 8 AM to 8 PM
Made famous by its sloping bell tower, Pisa was once a simple but noteworthy port town. Over the years Pisa had some involvement in Italy’s military conflicts, and has seen success in matters of trade. Today most visitors come to see the fascinating Leaning Tower; a construction dating back to the 12th century that has been repeatedly repaired and stabilised over the years. As well as this is the neighbouring cathedral and baptistery, and the pretty Square of Miracles which houses them all. Pisa has a brilliant culinary scene, with many inexpensive restaurants serving amazing antipasti, pizzas, pastas, and other hearty Italian dishes.
Things to do in Florence & Pisa (Livorno) - Overnight onboard:
Square of Miracles
Locally referred to as Piazza dei Miracoli, the Square of Miracles is home to the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, which was first built in 1064, the Baptistery, the Campo Santo – a graveyard – and the Campanile – the cathedral’s bell tower which is perhaps better known as the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Today the square has become a popular place to relax and enjoy the warm sun in some beautiful, historic surroundings.
Maria Assunta. Construction of the building began in 1173, and in spite of a detailed, thought-out design it is believed that a slight lean was evident from the building of the second floor. Building was intermittent due to wars and sociological events, and the tower was not completed until roughly the year 1370. Since this time the lean has been stabilised, and tourists are permitted to enter and climb the staircase to the top for a wonderful view.
Cathedral and Baptistery
The cathedral – or Duomo – and baptistery are two important historic sites which are often overlooked in favour of the Leaning Tower. The cathedral itself dates back to 1064, and you can see within there are influences from the Arabic world, with column designs being reminiscent of those often seen in mosques. The neighbouring baptistery is the largest in the country, and was originally designed in 1152, before being remodelled in the mid-13th century.
Porto Santo Stefano
DAY 511 Oct 2024
Time at Port: from 8 AM to 2 PM
Quaint and picturesque, Porto Santo Stefano is a seaport town located on the west coast of Italy. With colourful buildings, aquamarine waters and lots of charming restaurants and bars, you’ll have a wonderful time exploring this beautiful town. Top attractions in and around Porto Santo Stefano include Fortezza Spagnola, La Cacciarella cove and the Argentario Aquarium.
Things to do in Porto Santo Stefano:
Overlooking the town of Porto Santo Stefano, this picturesque and historic fortress was constructed at the start of the 17th century by the Spanish when the town was part of the Kingdom of Spain. A fascinating place to visit whilst stopping over in Porto Santo Stefano, there’s plenty of photo opportunities throughout the fortress.
If you’re looking to relax and unwind whilst stopping in Porto Santo Stefano, head to the beautiful La Cacciarella beach. Located within a secluded cove, and accessed by either walking or by taking a boat over to it, it’s popular with locals for snorkelling and swimming throughout the summer months.
Popular with families, the Argentario Aquarium is home to hundreds of species of marine life. A great place to escape the summer heat, it was opened in 2001.
DAY 612 Oct 2024
Time at Port: from 8 AM to 6 PM
Cagliari is the capital of Sardinia, and was the cradle of the Pre-Nuragic culture. The city was founded by the Phoenicians in around the 8th century BC, and was later colonized by different populations due to its strategic position on the Mediterranean. Among the places of interest that stand out are the Bastion of Saint Remy, the ancient quarter of Castello, and the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and Santa Cecilia. There are also numerous other archaeological sites from different historical periods.
Things to do in Cagliari, Sardinia:
Bastione San Remy
The Bastion of Saint Remy, simply called Bastione by the inhabitants of Cagliari, is one of the entrances to the historic Castello district. After climbing the steps towards the fortress structure, visitors will be rewarded with a wonderful view from the panoramic terrace.
The beach of Calamosca is about 4 km away from the city centre and can be reached by bus. From the beach you can admire the Calamosca Tower, now owned by the Navy, which was built by the Spanish in 1638 as part of the defensive system.
Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption & Saint Cecilia
The construction of the Cathedral of Cagliari, in the Castello district, dates back to the 13th century and mainly has a Pisan Romanesque style. The facade (thirties of the twentieth century) is in neo-Romanesque style and is inspired by that of the Cathedral of Pisa.
Tunis (La Goulette)
DAY 713 Oct 2024
Time at Port: from 8 AM to 6 PM
Situated on the coast, La Goulette is in the municipality of of Tunis and is visited by thousands of people every year. A historic town, it boasts several attractions throughout the area, including its picturesque boardwalk, Ez-Zitouna Mosque and the picturesque Sidi Bou Said neighbourhood.
Things to do in Tunis (La Goulette):
Sidi Bou Said
Beloved for its cobbled streets, blue and white houses and extraordinary eateries, Sidi Bou Said is a must visit neighbourhood when on a cruise that stops off in Tunis. With so much to see and do in the area, you'll love exploring its attractions, cafes and taking in the pretty views out over the ocean.
A huge mosque in the heart of Tunis, Al-Zaytuna (or Ez-Zitouna) is a beautiful building that spans an impressive 5000 metres. A marvel of architecture, this prominent place of worship makes for a fascinating visit during your stop off.
La Goulette Boardwalk
Take a relaxing stroll down La Goulette's quaint and picturesque boardwalk and spend your time enjoying the local cafes or simply admiring the glistening sea views!
DAY 814 Oct 2024
Time at Port: from 8 AM to 5 PM
Trapani is located on the north-western side of Sicily, about 115 km from Palermo. It is believed that the Elymians - a population from western Sicily - first settled in present-day Trapani, in around the 12th century BC. Today it is rich in places of historical and cultural interest, the most popular being the Salt Museum, the Tower of Ligny - erected in defence of the city - and the Cathedral of Trapani which dates back to the 15th century.
Things to do in Trapani, Sicily:
Erice Cable Car
The cable car that connects Trapani and Erice is undoubtedly one of the best ways to admire the surrounding landscape and reach the top of Mount Erice.
The construction of the Tower of Ligny dates back to the year 1671, during the period of Spanish domination in Sicily. It was commissioned by Claude Lamoral, a Spanish general of Belgian origin, with the aim of defending the city from foreign incursions.
The Salt Museum was created by its owner, Alberti Culcasi, to celebrate the importance of salt production in the history of the city of Trapani. The museum can be visited every day and is easily accessible by car.
The Cathedral of San Lorenzo dates back to 1421, and was built at the behest of Alfonso V of Aragon. The structure boasts a predominantly Baroque architectural style, with Neoclassical elements added later.
DAY 915 Oct 2024
Time at Port: from 8 AM to 10 PM
Amalfi is a picturesque town of about 5,000 inhabitants. It was founded by the Romans in the 5th century and was, in medieval times, one of the four Maritime Republics (together with Genoa, Pisa, and Venice) competing for control of the Mediterranean. Despite its small size, Amalfi and its surroundings offer many places to visit: the Duomo, the Paper Museum, Villa Rufolo and the Emerald Grotto are just some of them.
Things to do in Amalfi:
The construction of the Cathedral of Sant'Andrea, also known as the Cathedral of Amalfi, began in the year 987 at the behest of Duke Mansone I. It is said that St. Francis of Assisi went there in 1218 to honour the relics of St. Andrew the Apostle, which are kept here.
The Amalfi Coast was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997, due to its incredible natural beauty. It overlooks the Gulf of Salerno and includes the stretch from Positano to Vietri sul Mare, totalling around 50 km.
Cloister del Paradiso
The Cloister del Paradiso is part of the Cathedral of Amalfi. It was built between 1266 and 1268 as a cemetery for high-standing citizens. The structure, in Moorish style, has an internal garden - probably dating back to the 20th century - and 120 columns.
Grotto dello Smeraldo
The Emerald Grotto was discovered in 1932. It is a gorgeous, natural location in which shimmering water sits calmly in an intricate cave. The grotto owes its name to the shades that the water takes on due to the sunlight that filters through from above. It is directly connected to the Tyrrhenian Sea, and can be accessed by sea or by land.
Museum of Paper
The former paper mill of Amalfi was transformed into today's Museo della Carta in 1969, thanks to Nicola Milano, its owner. You can admire the machinery and equipment, still working, used in the past to make paper by hand.
Villa Rufolo is located in the town of Ravello, about 7 km from Amalfi. The property dates back to the 13th century and underwent a substantial restoration in the 19th century. Today, visitors to the villa will see the Arab-Norman style architecture, and can admire the beautiful gardens. The lower garden hosts the Ravello festival every year.
DAY 1016 Oct 2024
Time at Port: from 7:30 AM to 6 PM
Sorrento is located about 50 km south of Naples. The charming town is characterised by its vivid colours and the cliffs that overlook the gulf, making its landscape truly special. Sorrento is known for being the birthplace of Italian poet Torquato Tasso in the 16th century; the famous author of "Gerusalemme liberata". The city's main square bears the name of the poet and, with its typical bars and restaurants, represents the centre of Sorrento's social scene.
Things to do in Sorrento:
Cathedral of Sorrento
The Cathedral of Sorrento, located on the Bishop's Plaza (or piazza del vescovado in Italian), was built on the remains of an ancient Greek temple. Construction began in the 10th century and the church was consecrated in 1113. The neo-Gothic facade dates back to the 20th century.
Marina Grande is the ancient fishing village of Sorrento. It’s been used as a film set for several Italian films in the 1950s, and is now a tourist resort that offers incredible views of the Gulf of Naples, Mount Vesuvius, and the Capo di Sorrento coast.
Piazza Tasso is the main square of Sorrento. It is named after Torquato Tasso, a 16th-century Italian poet who penned the well-known epic poem, 'Jerusalem Delivered", to which a statue is dedicated. Another statue, located in the centre of the square, depicts Antonino da Campagna - the patron saint of the city.
Positano is one of the most fascinating and attractive stretches of the Sorrento peninsula - and indeed the entire Amalfi coast. It is located between Capo Sottile and Punta Germano. One stand out attraction here is the luxurious Roman Villa from the 1st century BC. This is believed to have been built for a freed slave called Posides Claudi Caesari, and can be visited by tourists today.
Rome (Civitavecchia) - Overnight onboard
DAY 11-1217 Oct 2024
Time at Port: from 8 AM to 6 PM
One of the most famous cities in the world, Rome has been an epicentre of politics, art, architecture, and food for thousands of years. It is home to some of the most well-known historic sites such as the Colosseum, the pantheon, and Vatican City. It’s easy to spend a day in a hundred different ways in Rome, whether you’re looking to sip on incredible wine and people-watch, indulge in decadent pasta, pizza, risotto, and gelato, or if you’re eager to wander around the streets soaking in all the history you can. Rome is one capital city which will always leave you wanting more.
Things to do in Rome (Civitavecchia) - Overnight onboard:
Found in the heart of Rome, Vatican City is the smallest independent state in Europe at just 0.44km² with a population of 1,000 people. It acts as headquarters to the Roman Catholic Church and is home to The Apostolic Palace - the Pope’s residence –the Vatican Museums, St Peter’s Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel.
St Peter's Basilica
Within Vatican City is one of the biggest churches in the world; St. Peter’s Basilica. Accommodating up to 20,000 people, this is where the Pope delivers services. Its 136 metre high dome was designed by Michelangelo, and was completed in 1614.
The colosseum was opened in 80 A.D. with 100 days of exciting games. It was mostly used for gladiatorial combat and fights with animals until around the 6th century when it began to fall into disrepair. It was then used to store building materials until the 18th century, when the papacy decided it should be preserved. As it stands now, however, more than two-thirds of the structure has been destroyed.
Known the world-over for its elaborate, 15th century artwork courtesy of Michelangelo, Botticelli, Luca, and Perugino, the Sistine Chapel is where new Popes are elected and ordained. It is located within Vatican City, inside The Apostolic Palace.
This Michelangelo sculpture is located inside St Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. It depicts the body of Jesus after he has been crucified, being held by the Virgin Mary. The statue was originally commissioned by Jean de Billheres – a French cardinal – as a memorial for his tomb.
This is one of the most iconic buildings in Rome. There are myths surrounding the building of the original Pantheon, but the structure we see today was built in 120 A.D. by Emperor Hadrian. It was created as a Pagan temple to “honour all Gods” – which is the translation of “Pantheon”. In the year 609 it was converted to a Christian church, although it is still widely known as the Pantheon.
This popular public square is located where the (now fallen) Stadium of Domitian once stood, in 86 A.D. Since then it has been developed into a social gathering spot, adorned by three magnificent fountains that were commissioned in the 16 and 17th centuries. These are Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, Fontana del Moro, and Fontana del Nettuno.
Customer reviews for Azamara Onward
Based on 7 reviews
Value for money
A very good experience as far as the cruise was concerned. Minor criticisms are the size of the shower and toilet facilities - we were ok but others might struggle as they are quite petite, however the crew were outstanding and the ship was kept very clean and tidy.
Would we sail with Azamara again? yes!
10+ cruisesClub Veranda Stateroom
8 Jun 2023
Amazing cruise as always with Azamara Cruises on the Onward. Exceptional attentive crew. Fantastic food and drink and entertainment. Luxury cruise where they make you feel so special.
10+ cruisesClub Interior Stateroom
15 May 2023
Excellent service; lots of staff always there to serve you, food and drinks are of exceptional high standard and there was always plenty of choice .
Embarkation/disembarkation was smooth and well organised.
The ship was very friendly but quiet overall with no queues, sunbeds were always available.
The entertainment was every night but a little disappointing for me as I'm used to larger ships with a lot more variety in that area.
Overall I would still recommend especially if you like a quieter holiday. This is boutique cruising on an older smaller ship.
10+ cruisesClub Interior Stateroom
8 May 2023
A very enjoyable holiday, made possible by the efforts of the Iglu staff. In particular, Gemma and later Carli in Customer Relations. As ever, well done Iglu.
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