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Italy Cruises

If you're looking for a cruise holiday that combines famous cities thriving with life and culture with stunning beaches and impressive landscapes, a European cruise or Mediterranean cruise holiday to Italy is guaranteed to delight. Whether you'd like to enjoy a small ship, luxury cruise along the exceptional coastline, or a big ship experience which combines unforgettable shore excursions with fun-packed hours onboard, there's a cruise around Italy tailored to your needs.

What's more, if you're looking to extend your holiday and spend even more time getting to know this beautiful country, why not opt for a cruise and stay? With extra time to explore the city or lounge in the sun on the miles of beach, you'll find yourself wishing that your Italian cruise could last forever.

 

Cruises Around Italy

 

Cruise to Rome

Rome's cruise port is Civitavecchia, located just over an hour away from Italy's capital, making it the perfect base for exploring one of the country's most famous cities. Highlights of the Eternal City of Rome include the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Forum Romanum, the Spanish Steps, the Vatican featuring the huge St Peter’s Cathedral, the Trevi Fountain and the beautiful Piazza Navona. When you need a break from exploring, treat yourself to some retail therapy along Via del Corso, stopping off in bustling squares for an al fresco and authentic coffee.

Cruise to Venice

Not far from the attractions of Venice, Venice cruise port is ideally located to take guests into the heart of one of the most romantic cities in Europe. The main attractions include St Mark’s Square and Basilica, the Doge’s Palace, the Bridge of Sighs and the Rialto Bridge, around which you will find numerous shops selling clothes, shoes and the famous Venetian Carnival masks. Don’t come back home from your cruise to Venice without some Venetian glass work, with the crystal factories in the Lido being a great place to find it.

Cruise to Sicily

On a cruise to Sicily, there are two cities which are well worth a visit. Palermo's cruise port, located close to the Sicilian capital's centre, means that it's easy to hop off and explore the city's attractions. From the Quattro Canti (the intersection of the original four streets of the city) to the beautiful Greek Orthodox Martorana Church, and from great theatres to lush gardens, Palermo offers every visitor on a Italy cruise something to suit their interests. Alternatively, soak up the city’s enchanting atmosphere during your Italian cruise to Messina. In the central square, Piazza del Duomo, you can see the world’s largest mechanical clock with gilt figures that emerge at 12 noon to re-enact the history of the town. Once you’ve seen Messina, head to nearby Taormina, famous for the Greco-Roman theatre and Mount Etna.

Cruise to Naples

Naples, in the south of Italy, is a memorable city and a popular world cruise destination, and with Naples cruise port just walking distance from the historic landmarks, you're perfectly located to visit the Church of Santa Chiara, venture further to explore ancient marvels at Pompeii and Herculaneum, or take the chairlift up to Mount Vesuvius. With a short boat ride, you can be in the picturesque island of Capri or the exclusive town of Sorrento.

Cruise to Sorrento

One of the most well-known international tourist sights, Sorrento, the city of exceptional landscapes where sea and mountain, deep valleys and citrus groves plateaux alternately, is a magnificent place to visit when on an Italy cruise. Discover Sorrento on a luxury cruise and enjoy the hot sun on the beach, admire the wonderful depths of "Parco Marino", or explore the countless grottoes and archaeological findings on a boat. Sorrento is also the starting point for numerous excursions: Pompei, Paestum, Naples and Vesuvius, Capri and Ischia, Positano, Amalfi and Ravello.

Cruise to Genoa

Genoa is one of Italy’s most important ports, filled with a wealth of historical treasures, including the black and white striped 13th-century Gothic cathedral and Columbus house. La Lanterna is also a must-see sight as the oldest working lighthouse in the world. What's more, with the Genoa cruise port located just a stone's throw from the city's historic centre, you won't have to venture far from the ship to start exploring.

Cruise to Livorno

From Livorno cruise port guests on an Italy cruise are perfectly placed to visit ancient Florence, one of Italy’s finest jewels. Here you can admire the breathtaking scenery as well as glorious Medieval and Renaissance architecture. The city’s main sights are the Uffizi Gallery, home to numerous masterpieces, and the Duomo. Meanwhile, in the nearby city of Pisa, witness one of Italy’s most recognisable sights, the Leaning Tower of Pisa. What's more, Livorno itself has plenty to offer, with the cathedral and castles being popular amongst tourists.

 

Cruises to Italy From UK

 

If you'd like to embark on an Italy cruise without the hassle of travelling through an airport, cruises to Italy from the UK are the ideal solution. Cruises from the UK, such as Southampton, are a popular choice for anyone looking to kick their holiday off in style, and with Italy as the destination every moment will be memorable. With cruise lines such as Cunard, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line all offering Mediterranean itineraries stopping off at Italian ports including Livorno, Rome and Venice, all you have to do is find your way to Southampton and let the fun begin.

 

Italy River Cruise

 

It's not just an ocean cruise that will take you on an unforgettable voyage to Italy; Italian river cruises are also a great way to see more of this breathtaking country. With cruises taking guests along the River Po, showcasing some of the gems of Northern Italian such as Milan, Mantua and Venice, the leisurely pace and unrivalled scenery of the riverbanks will make an Italy river cruise a holiday you'll remember for years to come. What's more, with cruise lines such as Uniworld and CroisiEurope offering Italy itineraries, you'll be able to travel in complete comfort and style, with the highest standard of service from the dedicated crew.

If you like the sound of a cruise around Italy, discovering the delicious dishes and friendly atmosphere of the towns, cities and beautiful coastline, browse our cruise deals and make your dream a reality.

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