ITALIAN DREAMING: TOP SHORE EXCURSIONS IN ITALY
Italy is one of the countries on a Mediterranean cruise that people dream about visiting. A cruise makes it easy to visit several of Italy’s most popular destinations all on one trip. Here are some of the most loved ports to visit and excellent shore excursions in Italy.
Portofino: The Jewel of Italy’s Northern Coast
The harbor hugging town of Portofino is iconic for its candy-colored beauty. But soaking in the views isn’t all there is to do there. On the Portofino, Rapallo, and St. Margherita: the Three Pearls of Paradise Gulf shore excursion you will visit a castle, historic church, delicious café, three different town centers each with its own charm, and incredible scenic viewpoints.
Another place to head while in Portofino is the Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This small coastal area gets its name from the five tiny towns that dot it as Cinque Terre means Five Lands. Each of the five towns has its own ambiance and unique look and layout. You can visit the five towns via car, but most people start in Riomaggiore, the southernmost town, and hike or take the train to each of the next four towns. Those who don’t want to deal with crowds and logistics can opt for the convenient Cinque Terre shore excursion that escorts you to the towns via coach, boat, and foot.
Venice: Explore the City Built on Water
Part of the allure of Venice is getting lost in its myriad of streets. For cruise passengers on a strict timeframe, wandering aimlessly may not be the smartest way to spend your day in Venice. That’s where the Secret Venice Walking Tour shore excursion comes in. You’ll be escorted down alluring side streets and through hidden passages as you explore lesser visited plazas and sites before making your way to the famous Grand Canal, Rialto Bridge, and St. Mark’s Square.
If arts and crafts are more your thing, head to the nearby islands of Murano and Burano. The rhythmic names are home to some impressive art forms. In Murano, you’ll find skilled glass blowers doing demonstrations and selling their wares. The famous Murano glass makes for a great souvenir and you can find creations of the glass that range from jewelry to vases to even clocks. In Burano, you’ll learn about the history of lace making in the area and can shop for some beautiful lace pieces, while also exploring Burano’s colorful streets.
And no visit to Venice would be complete without a gondola ride. Take in the sights of Venice as you drift along its waterways while being sung to on the Evening Gondola Serenade shore excursion.
Naples: Port of Call for Beauty and Ancient Worlds
There are so many places you can visit while your ship is docked in Naples since it’s close to favorite destinations like the Amalfi Coast, the island of Capri, and the ancient site of Pompeii.
If you can’t make up your mind which to visit while in port, see them all on the Capri, Sorrento, and Pompeii shore excursion. You’ll take a boat ride to Capri where you’ll board the funicular to head up the island’s hillside to Capri Town to explore and shop. You’ll then head back to the mainland and be escorted on a drive down the Amalfi Coast to gorgeous Sorrento, a famous resort town of pink and orange-hued buildings seemingly stacked on top of each other along the side of a hill overlooking the Bay of Naples. Next, you’ll be taken to Pompeii where you’ll learn about the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius that preserved this city in ash thousands of years ago.
Livorno: Gateway to Famous Architecture and a Famous Countryside
When you’re in port in Livorno, you are within easy driving distance to Florence and Pisa. Experience both the Renaissance vibe of Florence’s architecture and the famous tower of Pisa on the Exclusive Pisa and Florence shore excursion.
If country ambiance is more your thing, spend your time in port in Livorno amid the beauty of Tuscany on the Tuscan Countryside San Gimignano and Volterra shore excursion. You’ll get the chance to visit these hilltop towns and take in the medieval architecture and sites of San Gimignano and see the beautiful Palazzo dei Priori in Volterra. During the shore excursion, you’ll also get the opportunity to visit a local farmhouse to try some Tuscan cuisine.
Rome: Can’t Miss Historical Sites
You’ll arrive for your time in Rome in the city of Civitavecchia, which is the gateway port to Rome for cruisers. Rome wasn’t built in a day and it’s hard to see a lot of Rome’s main sites in a day as well since there are so many of them! Still, those who want to maximize their time in the city and see as much as possible will be impressed with the Exclusive, Best of Rome shore excursion. You’ll visit the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica.
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