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Italy Cruise - Expert Guide

Italy Cruise - Expert Guide
By John Metcalfe
History, wine, serene beauty, dramatic people and
stunning views - an Italy has it all! You can
visit the main sites of Italy on a European
or a Mediterranean cruise, but to really experience
Italy - to really taste it - you need to immerse
yourself in everything that Italy has to offer by
taking an Italy cruise...

Italy cruises depart from several ports around the
country. Many depart from Civitavecchia - the gateway
port to Rome. However, to get the full Italy
experience it is recommended that an Italy
be embarked upon from the ports of Savona or Genoa
on the Ligurian Peninsula and taken all the way
round to Venice, or vice-versa. This way, you'll
discover that there's a lot more to Italy than a
cruise departing from Civitavecchia would be able
to show you!

So, what delights await in this classical land?
The Ligurian Peninsula is a true paradise. Largely
undiscovered by mass tourism, quaint Italian
villages line the coastline in this spectacular
part of Italy. Beautiful sandy beaches alternate
with rocky headlands, and magnificent coastal
villages shine like beacons on the shore...

/> In Genoa you can discover the birthplace of
Christopher Columbus and marvel at the city's
stunning Gothic architecture. A little further
to the south Livorno is a port of call worth
spending a little time at. Here, you will be able
to arrange shore excursions to see the famous
leaning tower of Pisa, as well as visit the grand
Renaissance city of Florence - home to Dante,
Michaelangelo and the Medicis...

The Colosseum at Rome, Mount Vesuvius and the
ancient city that it buried - Pompeii - are
essential attractions to visit when on an Italy
cruise, as is Rimini on the Adriatic Sea. From
Rimini you can take a shore excursion to visit
the enclave of San Marino, which is less than an
hour's drive from Rimini port...

Finally, irresistible Venice awaits as the final
stop at the end of your cruise. Venice is a true
waterworld, consisting of more than 120 islands
through which a network of waterways can be
explored by gondola. Renaissance-style
architecture is everywhere in this city, and
you'll be able to take a shore excursion that
takes in the famous Rialto Bridge and the Bridge
of Sighs...

So, whether you want to discover what it felt
like to be a gladiator in Rome's Colosseum, peer
into the gigantic crater of Mt Vesuvius or
navigate your way around Venice's canal system,
an Italy is a special adventure that
you'll never forget.

John Metcalfe is the author and web publisher of A to Z Cruises your #1 source for cruise information, discounts and great deals! Visit now to book your very own dream Italy Cruise vacation.


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