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):
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.
DAY 211 Aug 2024
Time at Port: from 8 AM to 6 PM
As the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte, Ajaccio and its museums and monuments is a must visit for history enthusiasts. During the day you’ll find beachgoers enjoying the sun and sea and locals relaxing in one of the many café’s while, after dark, the city is alive with thriving nightlife. Whether you’re here to relax or play, Ajaccio’s historic, pastel-coloured lanes and buildings will provide the perfect setting to a cruise holiday.
Things to do in Ajaccio, Corsica:
Pointe de la Parata
Pointe de la Parata is where you’ll find the perfect spot to watch the sunset, as well as the Tower of Parata, a ruined Genoese tower built in the 1550’s. A walking route will take you to the best viewpoints as well as the clear, blue sea where you can take a dip.
Situated in the heart of Ajaccio, the Fesch Museum is dedicated to fine arts, particularly Early Italian and Renaissance pieces. With one of France’s largest collections of Italian works, the Fesch Museum is a must visit for art-enthusiasts.
The home in which the great and controversial leader, Napoléon, was born, Maison Bonaparte is must visit in Ajaccio. Now preserved as a museum dedicated to memorabilia of the family, this house provides great insight into one of the biggest names in history.
Found in Ajaccio’s town hall is an ornate gallery showcasing paintings, sculptures, medals and other memorabilia connected to Napoleon and donated by the Bonaparte family. Most notable is the full-length portrait of Napoleon himself.
Officially the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption of Ajaccio, this Baroque-style church was where Napoleon was baptised in 1771. While the exterior is modest and subtle, visitors will find rich, grand décor within including a stunning organ.
DAY 312 Aug 2024
Time at Port: from 8 AM to 6 PM
Portofino is a small town of just 400 inhabitants; it is located east of Genoa, more precisely in the Gulf of Tigullio. It boasts unspoiled natural vistas which are both beautiful and peaceful. Among the places of interest which stand out are the Castello Brown, the Church of San Martino (in the Longobard Romanesque style, dating back to around the 12th century), the Abbey of San Fruttuoso (located in the nearby village of Camogli) and the Christ of the Abyss, on the seabed of the bay of San Fruttuoso.
Things to do in Portofino:
The first documentation mentioning the Castello Brown dates back to the 15th century. However, some studies and archaeological excavations have unearthed remains from the Roman period, dating back to the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD. Castello Brown is now home to various cultural exhibitions.
Christ of the Abyss
The statue of the Christ of the Abyss was laid on the bottom of the sea bed in the bay of San Fruttuoso, between Camogli and Portofino, in 1954. It was built by the sculptor Guido Galletti to commemorate the death of Dario Gonzatti, one of the first Italian scuba divers.
San Fruttuoso Abbey
The Abbey of San Fruttuoso is located in nearby village, Camogli, within the regional natural park of Portofino. It was originally built in the middle of the 10th century, and since then has been renovated over the years, and added to in the 12th century.
San Martino Church
The Church of San Martino, dating back to the 12th century, portrays Lombard Romanesque style architecture. Among the works preserved inside, visitors can admire a collection of wooden works created by the Genoese sculptor Maragliano, depicting the Deposition of Christ.
DAY 413 Aug 2024
Time at Port: from 7 AM to 7 PM
La Spezia is the second largest municipality in Liguria after Genoa and is located a few tens of kilometres from the border with Tuscany. It overlooks the eponymous gulf, which is also known as the Gulf of Poets. In the city you can visit the Technical Naval Museum, the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, the Church of Nostra Signora della Neve, and the medieval Castle of San Giorgio. It is also an excellent starting point for discovering the island of Palmaria and the Cinque Terre.
Things to do in La Spezia:
Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta
Situated in the centre of La Spezia's ancient Old Town and dating to the 14th century, the Church of Santa Maria, La Spezia has a variety of works of art and functioned as a cathedral from 1929 until the current La Spezia cathedral was built in 1975.
Cinque Terre (Five Lands), is a collection of five historic fishing towns situated high on the Italian Riviera in the province of Liguria. Until recently, the towns were only reachable by rail or sea. The largest of the five settlements in Cinque Terre is Monterosso., where you'll find a large, sandy beach, as well as bars and restaurants.
At the westernmost point of the Gulf of La Spezia, nestled next to the Ligurian Sea, is the beautiful Italian island of Palmaria. It is the biggest island in an archipelago of three smaller islands and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
San Giorgio Castle
The 13th-century Castle of San Giorgio in La Spezia offers fantastic views of the city. Additionally, it has an archaeological museum with a sizable collection of Roman artefacts that features La Spezia-related Neolithic artefacts. The earliest fortress on the site, which now stands as the fortress of San Giorgio and overlooks the city of La Spezia, was constructed in 1262.
The Church of our Lady of the Snow
Situated in the centre of the city’s main shopping street, Via Garibaldi, the Church of our Lady of the Snow was designed by architect, Ferrari d’Orsara. The church, which was constructed to hold a remarkable picture of the Madonna, has three aisles that are covered in neo-byzantine murals and feature Verona red marble, which gives the entire setting a lovely sunset-like hue.
The Naval Technical Museum
In the 1860s, the Italian navy constructed a base in La Spezia, which later developed into one of its main dockyards and arsenals. The museum got its start in the 18th century with an exhibition of objects from the Savoy royal family's navy at Villafranca and subsequently in Genoa. In 1870, it was moved to La Spezia. Ship figureheads from the 18th and 19th centuries are among the collection's various models of ships.
DAY 514 Aug 2024
Time at Port: from 8 AM to 10 PM
World famous for its annual film festival, Cannes will charm you with its picturesque streets and beautiful harbour full of yachts. Dating back to the 1st century BC when it was a quaint fishing village, Cannes is full of medieval monuments and architecture. Make sure you climb the tumbling alleys of Le Suchet up to see fantastic views of the city and Lerins Island, as well as explore Musée de la Castre and stroll la Croisette under the trees or the idyllic promenade.
Things to do in Cannes:
La Croisette offers an unmissable walk under the beautiful trees along the seafront of Cannes, by the beach. At the end of the Promenade de la Croisette you’ll find the iconic red carpet of the Cannes Film Festival - make sure you stop and take the perfect photo!
Musee de la Castre
Musée de la Castre, atop the hill of Le Suquet, lies on the ruins of a medieval castle which was once the residence of the monks of Lérins. Nowadays it’s a fascinating museum with collections including art, musical pieces, and cultural items from around the world.
Notre-Dame de l'Esperance
The Church of Our Lady of Esperance in English, construction started in 1521 and took more than a century to complete. A masterpiece of Gothic, Romanesque and Renaissance architecture, inside you’ll find fine religious works and amazing views of the harbour outside.
Cannes’ medieval district consists of a jumble of charming cobbled alleys going uphill to a stunning view overlooking the port. Here you’ll find restaurants with quintessentially southern French cuisine, and bars and artisan shops full of character.
Festival de Cannes
Starting back in 1946, Cannes Film Festival is one of the most glamorous and well-known events in the film industry calendar. Usually held in May, the event is sadly invite only but you can get a pic on the red carpeted whenever you like!
Stretching along Boulevard de la Croisette, this beautiful beach is the perfect stop to enjoy the southern sun of Mediterranean France. Lie down on the warm sand and admire the bay of Cannes for a few hours of soothing sun, sea and salty breeze.
It’s not hard to see why L'église Saint-Michel Archange was nicknamed the ‘Russian Church’. Built in 1894 for Russian nobility who spent the winter months in the city, this Eastern Orthodox Church is a masterpiece compete with onion-shaped dome.
Palma De Mallorca
DAY 716 Aug 2024
Time at Port: from 8 AM to 6 PM
On the coast of the largest Balearic island, this sun-soaked seaside city dates back to the 13th-century and is a must visit for any adventurer. A simple stroll will take you on a journey back in time, past breath-taking architecture, medieval history, bustling markets and to an endless array of authentic eateries. With so many hidden gems amongst iconic landmarks, places like Casa Antiguo are the best bet for a true taste of Palma culture.
Things to do in Palma De Mallorca:
Le Seu Cathedral
Found in the heart of Palma, La Seu is a stunning Catalan Gothic style cathedral, with renowned architect Antoni Gaudí contributing to its intricate design. Featuring 61 stained-glass windows, the building flooding with coloured light inside is simply a must.
Castell de Bellver
Built in the 14th century, Bellver Castle is surrounded by lush pine woods and houses an insightful museum of Palma’s municipal history. Visitors will love taking a walk around the moat before admiring the view out over the city and bay from the rooftop.
The quaint, winding cobbled streets of Casco Antiguo are the perfect place to lose yourself in the culture of Palma. Discover gothic bookshops, antique boutiques and must-see tourist sites such as La Seu and Es Baluard Contemporary Art Museum.
Es Baluard Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art
Showcasing a wide range of art throughout history, Es Baluard Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art is a must visit to discover the cultural heritage of Mallorca. With works by Picasso, Magritte and more, you’re bound to find your new favourite piece.
DAY 817 Aug 2024
Time at Port: from 6 AM to 5 PM
This vibrant seaside city is home to unforgettable architecture and creative scenes from renowned artists. The buildings you’ll find here are unlike anything you’ve ever seen, such as Park Güell and Casa Batllo, while foodies will be spoilt for choice with 20 different Michelin-star restaurants. At the end of a busy day of shopping, enjoy the energetic nightlife, or relax on the beach with newfound friends. Whatever your interests, Barcelona has the perfect itinerary for you.
Things to do in Barcelona:
Visiting Las Ramblas is an absolute must when in Barcelona. Visitors can experience the weird and the wonderful, from the Museu de l’Erotica to the Miró Mural, in between trying a range of authentic tapas bars and cafes before a much needed siesta.
Although the Sagrada Familia is not technically complete, it’s still an impressive sight to behold. Designed by the renowned architect Antoni Gaudí, this spectacular Basilica hosts many masses, events and a place to simply marvel at in wonder.
Barcelona City History Museum
Home of the cultural heritage of Barcelona, the Barcelona City History Museum manages several sites of interest including archaeological sites and historic houses. Visitors will discover the Roman colony, prehistoric Spain, Barcelona’s Jewish community and more.
Comprising of vibrant gardens and beautiful architecture, Park Güell was designed by Antoni Gaudí and officially opened in 1926. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its outstanding showcase of Gaudí’s genius design, Park Güell makes a wonderful place to go for a walk.
Another one of Antoni Gaudí’s masterpieces, Casa Batllo is a truly eye-catching building to explore. Visitors are able to explore this fantastic showcase of the designer’s work, and even enjoy live music and other events on the roof terrace.
This modernist building was the last residence to be designed by Antoni Gaudí and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors can explore the building with an audio guide, and even enjoy rooftop shows on a romantic evening.
One of Barcelona’s oldest beaches, Sant Sebastià Beach features everything you need for a fantastic day in the sun. With indoor and outdoor pools, changing rooms and amenities for lounging, visitors can go for a dip, enjoy an ice cream and find dinner all in one area.
Camp Nou Stadium
With capacity for over 99,000 people, Camp Nou is the largest stadium in Spain and cathedral to the Catalans’ second religion- the beautiful game! Visitors can catch an exciting game of football here or take a guided or un-guided tour of the grounds.
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