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Famed for its food, wine and history, Italy is a true feast for the senses. From the splendours of Rome to the romance of Venice, Italy demands your attention at every turn
Discover our Italy ports of call.
Let yourself be entranced by Sardinia’s coastal capital. Explore hilltop towns, medieval cathedrals and ancient Roman ruins.
The capital of Sicily, Palermo, is home to ancient architecture, bustling markets, and in typical Italian fashion - fabulous food.
The Old World city of Trieste occupies a northeastern Italian crossroads of Latin, Slavic, and Germanic cultures on the Adriatic Sea. Roman and Byzantine empires ruled here once upon a time.
Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Arabs and Normans have all left their mark here. Significant traces from all of these periods still remain here, including the Roman theatre and the Odeon.
From La Spezia, which provides ready access to the Cinque Terre region, you can travel to Florence and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Also, enjoy La Spezia's spectacular collection of cathedrals.
You’re spoiled for choice in the city that invented the pizza. Embark on a trip to Mt. Vesuvius for mind-blowing views before descending to Pompeii, or board a boat to Capri.
Stroll tiny Portofino, a perfectly poised pastel village taking refuge on its own secluded peninsula. Stop at a charming café to grab a bite and watch the yachts bobbing in the harbour.
If ever there was a place to return to and delve deeper, it’s Rome. Explore hidden piazzas, opulent baroque churches, and classical ruins. Not to mention the best of Italian fashion.
On the Italian Riviera, southeast of Genoa, Santa Margherita oozes quaint Italian charm. Like a scene from a postcard, yachts bob in the harbour and fabulous brightly coloured buildings line the waterfront.
Founded by the ancient Greeks, the ‘Door of Sicily’ is the setting for Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’. Why not linger over a glass of local red wine in dramatic Duomo Square?
Picture yourself sipping hot chocolate at the legendary Caffé Florian on Venice’s fashionable Piazza San Marco, or taking a scenic canal ride by gondola through the mysterious waterways.
Our revolutionary new ships, Celebrity Edge and Celebrity Apex℠ will be sailing around Europe's most beautiful destinations from spring 2020. Cruise from Southampton, Rome or Barcelona.
Italy is one of Europe’s most popular Mediterranean destinations, and offers much to see and do. The diversity of the country is truly magnificent and an Italian cruise allows you to sample so much in one trip: discover the imperial past in Rome, see the much-photographed Leaning Tower in Pisa for yourself, immerse yourself in the gothic charm of Venice and unwind along the stunning coastline at Portofino. The home to world-renown food and wine, a varied landscape of spectacular views and steeped in culture and history, it’s no surprise that a cruise to Italy is on the bucket list for many.
Our travellers are regularly blown away by the picture-perfect views that an Italian cruise offers. There’s something really special about seeing the famous vistas of Italy, that have become so synonymous with beauty, culture and history, in real-life. That could be the extraordinary skyline of Florence with landmarks that date back thousands of years, the vibrant and colourful buildings set in to the dramatic cliffs along the coastline of Cinque Terre or Sicily’s aquamarine waters that seem to sparkle like nowhere else in the world. You’ll no doubt want to capture these precious views with your camera, but it’s also a wonderful experience just to luxuriate in these surroundings and embrace the unrivalled levels of beauty you find in Italy.
In fact, in the country that is known for producing some of the best wines in the world, it only seems fitting to admire the views with a glass of Italian wine in hand. From Tuscany to Veneto and Lombardy to Mount Etna, the country is full of a fascinating mix of well-established wine regions and up-and-coming wine makers in areas you might not expect. With an Italian cruise, you’re able to try the best of the country’s most famous export – whether that’s in the region itself or at a local wine bar stocked with bottles from every corner of the country.
Along with wine, it’s the food of Italy that also often draws many to visit. It’s probably one of the most popular world cuisines, and a trip to the country itself means you can discover the intricacies and variations of their most famous dishes for yourself. When you think of Italy, you probably think of pizza, and it’s fascinating to discover the regional differences from city to city. Naples, for example, is widely considered to be the birth-place of pizza and there you’ll find wood-fired pizzas with sparse toppings; in Rome however, pizza is served by the rectangular slice and baked in the oven. With so many delicious ingredients and dishes hailing from this Mediterranean hotspot, tasting your way through Italy is one of the best ways to reveal its traditions and history.
If you’re not too full after sampling the country’s gastronomic delights, you’ll no doubt want to soak up the extraordinary amount of culture and history that seems to emanate from every picturesque village, town and city. Stroll through Florence and you’ll come across the Uffizi and Accademia Galleries which are home to world-famous artworks, such as Botticelli’s Birth Of Venus and Michelangelo’s statue of David. If you’re a lover of history, retrace a gladiator’s steps in Rome - the city is filled with ruins that date back to 203 AD along with famous landmarks such as the Spanish Steps and the Vatican. There’s so much to see on a cruise of Italy, you’ll soon get caught up in the vibrant buzz of the country and may never want to head home.
The summer months in Italy are warm and generally dry, with temperatures in the mid-twenties Celsius. Rome can be very hot at the height of summer and we recommend you wear light clothes and take plenty of water and sun tan lotion. Take a small rucksack and pack comfortable shoes for your explorations.
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Departs May 20, 2020
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