When you are planning a Mediterranean Cruises to Italy is perhaps one of the best choices to go with.
In choosing a cruise, look at the ports the ship will visit. Below, you will find a list of the favorites among tourists along with information on shore excursions to help you make the best choice.
Destinations on Italian Cruises
Livorno – If you dock here for at least two days, you can take the train to a small charming city called Lucca. This city is surrounded by walls with a beautiful green park on the top and it also has its very own set of towers. If you are there for a short excursion, you way want to try taking a short cab ride over to the rail station where you can visit the Leaning tower of Pisa. While there, you can also take in the sites of the Babistrtery and Campo dei Miracoli.
La Spezia – There are some beautiful sites to see while walking here but other than that there isn’t much here. There are breath taking views from the cliff path that you can walk on in between the fascinating towns of the Cinque Terre.
Palermo – Here you can use a city map that will take you through the Norman Cathedral as well as the Palazzo Real. You can then take a short taxi ride or perhaps even walk to the center of the city. If you are looking for the best bargain and bang for your buck, then look into a shore excursion that will take you to the Greek temples and Agrigento.
Portofino – This is perhaps one of the cutest places to visit. The harbor is packed full of luxury yachts, which makes this look picture perfect. Here you can take one of the many ferries from one town to another and do a bit of exploring. If you happen to be docked here all day, you can go on a 2 hour walk along the hillside that is covered with the beautiful woods of Parco di Portofino to ancient abbey of San Fruttuoso.
Sorento – Here you can take a great shore excursion to the buried city of Herculaneum. You can also just stay put and check out the Bay of Naples. This is a good starting point as there are many ferries that can take you to other towns nearby.
Venice – Ships dock within walking distance of St Mark’s, or take the vaporetto from the nearby stop. Better than any shore excursion here is a 24-hour pass that allows to you ride these floating streetcars anywhere, including the length of the Grand Canal and to the glass-making island of Murano or to ancient Torcello. Getting around is so easy that a tour is unnecessary.
Genoa – With just a quick cab ride, you can get to the center of this beautiful old city. Here you can walk through the maze of small streets of the Caruffi area. Be sure to steer clear of this area when the shops are closed as well as night time. You will not need a short excursion here as the local city map will let you see where all the great spots are to go. This way you can take your time and check out the things and places that interest you the most.
When planning your Mediterranean Cruises to Italy is by far one of the most popular of choices. To get the most out of your trip, be sure to have your travel agent help you plan your itinerary to make the most out of your time. This way you can see as much or as little as you want and still have the best time.