Cruising the Coast of Italy
The Mediterranean is home to a wealth of stunning destinations, each of which offers a distinctly unique culture and lifestyle. Beautiful destinations including Barcelona in Spain, the Maltese capital of Valetta, and Balkan gems such as Dubrovnik each offer a wonderful insight. It goes without saying, however, that one of the best places to visit to experience Mediterranean culture is Italy. This beautiful nation has certainly made its mark throughout history, which is depicted through various natural and man-made landmarks.
Italy is surrounded almost entirely by the Mediterranean Sea, making its many cities and landmarks easily accessible via a cruise. This week, we take a closer look at some of the destinations you will be able to visit on selected itineraries with Pullmantur Cruises.
The historical port city of Genoa is located in north-west Italy and is the capital of the region of Liguria. Genoa is often overlooked when thinking of places to visit in Italy, but its hidden gems, narrow alleyways, and sumptuous cuisine will entice you to return time and time again. One of the most surprising facts about Genoa is that it was the birthplace to the famous explorer Christopher Columbus and, in Piazza Dante, you will find what is thought to be the house in which he lived. Genoa is also home to Europe’s largest historical centre, which forms the heart of the old city and is made up of a series of alleyways known as Caruggi.
Accessible via the Tyrrhenian Sea, on Italy’s west coast, is the Tuscan port of Livorno – which provides an ideal point of access for the popular cities of Pisa and Florence. Obviously, the most recognisable landmark in Pisa is the Leaning Tower – officially known as Torre Pendente. It was originally conceived as the cathedral’s bell tower – however, shortly after construction started in 1173, the tower started to lean to subsidence under its base.
Florence (shown above) is considered to be the birthplace of Italian Renaissance and it is the capital of the region of Tuscany. It is home to a number of museums and stunning works of art, with many Renaissance paintings and sculptures from classical antiquity on display. The Renaissance style is also gloriously depicted through the city’s architecture.
Naples is famous its historical architecture and links with the notorious Mafia. While many tourists head to Italy’s larger cities, Naples remains largely unaffected by tourism and therefore has a unique culture. Its historical centre is regarded as one of the largest in the world and has gained UNESCO World Heritage status. Within it you will find a total of 448 churches – the highest number in the world within one specific city.
A short journey outside of Naples will take you to Pompeii (shown above), which was completely engulfed by ash and pumice following the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD. The eruption left the ancient city frozen in time and, as a result, it has been wonderfully preserved.
The huge Italian capital of Rome is so large that it may warrant several visits or even a pre-cruise or post-cruise stay. Built on seven hills, this magnificent city is home to a wealth of architecture and its historical centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site. There are many landmarks worth visiting including: the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and the Vatican City. A visit to Rome will also offer the chance to sample some of the finest cuisine in the world including pasta, pizza, and risotto. Those seeking a spot of retail therapy may be glad to know that Rome is also home to a number of shopping streets and is widely regarded as a fashion capital.
Italy is a fantastic Mediterranean destination for those looking to delve into of Europe’s most-loved cultures. Selected itineraries will also take you to the Italian islands of Sicily and Sardinia – both of which offer some of the Mediterranean’s finest beaches.
Wherever you decide to travel, you can enjoy it all with Pullmantur Cruises. Take advantage of all-inclusive package, which includes all meals and drinks, as your ship effortlessly glides from one glorious destination to the next. If you would like to find out more, contact us via the freephone number above or complete the online enquiry form.Tweet