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Italy is at the quintessential Mediterranean cruise destination at the center of it all. Italy's eastern coast accesses the Adriatic Sea and countries like Croatia and Greece. Or, sail west towards France and Spain visiting Sardenia & Corsica. Explore Venice  on a gondola navigating romantic canals. Disembark in Civitavecchia, 50 miles from Rome, wandering cobblestone Roman streets to see the Roman Colosseum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, and the ruins at the Roman Forum, where Rome once ruled most of Europe. Or take a pilgrimage to the Vatican City, where St. Peter's Basilica and Michelangelo will leave you breathless. Experience Sicily and Malta circumnavigating both tasting wine and local Italian cuisine. Contact one of our Mediterranean cruise specialists today to plan the perfect trip to Italy.

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Trip NameFromDaysLevelSummary
Civitavecchia to Monte Carlo$1040010RelaxedDiscover the gems of the Mediterranean on this 10-day voyage between Civitavecchia and Monte Carlo on the SeaDream I. Cruise between coastal Italy and Corsica, France as you experience hiking, biking, swimming, diving, and island exploration of UNESCO World Heritage sites at Portofino, Portovenere, Calvi, San Remo, & Bonifacio.
Mediterranean: Valletta to Venice$659510RelaxedThis 10-day voyage combines history with ruggedly beautiful scenery, sailing from picturesque Valletta to the charming city of Venice. Visits include Otranto, Bari, Korcula, Trieste, and more from aboard the luxurious Sea Cloud.
Cannes to Civitavecchia$990013RelaxedDelight yourself in European charm on this magical 13-day cruise from Cannes to Civitavecchia. As you sail the Mediterranean, discover the historical legacy, architecture, culture, and culinary excellence of this unique region. Explore World Heritage Sites, old cities, and the exclusive beaches along the coast.
Mediterranean: Valletta to Venice$629510RelaxedThis 10-day voyage combines history with ruggedly beautiful scenery, sailing from picturesque Valletta to the charming city of Venice. Visits include Otranto, Dubrovnik, Korcula, Ravenna and more from aboard the luxurious Sea Cloud II.
Civitavecchia to Venice Wine Voyage$990012RelaxedExplore the flavors and history from some of the world's most renowned wineries on this 12-day Rome to Venice cruise. Join exclusive wine tastings, followed by a dinner with top cuvees from the visiting Winemaker. Visit the Sorrentino Winery in Amalfi and enjoy a Winemaker’s Dinner with Allegrini.
West Mediterranean: Piraeus to Civitavecchia$712511RelaxedExplore the Mediterranean between Athens and Rome on this 11-day cruise aboard the Sea Cloud. Visit the magical island of Corfu, Vathy, Naxos, Amalfi, and experience breathtaking views from the deck.
Mediterranean: Nice to Valletta$58959RelaxedAdmire notable Mediterranean destinations as you observe traditional Baroque churches, pastel-colored houses, and red-tiled roofs en route from France to Malta. Join the Sea Cloud on this magnificent adventure and learn more about the diverse mix of cultures.
Mediterranean: Nice to Civitavecchia$55959RelaxedJoin the Sea Cloud II on this unique 9-day sailing adventure. Cruise across the Mediterranean on your way from Nice, France to the charming island of Corsica, finally disembarking in the enchanting city of Rome. Some highlights include fantastic Portofino, a drive along Antibes, and explorations of Portoferrario.
Civitavecchia to Barcelona$840010RelaxedSail the crystal-blue waters of the breathtaking Mediterranean shores on this magnificent 10-day cruise! Voyage from the charming city of Rome to historic Barcelona, stopping in Monaco and France and dropping anchor in many incredible destinations in between.
Mediterranean: Civitavecchia to Malaga$629510RelaxedDelight yourself with the perfect mix of history and adventure on this exclusive 10-day voyage aboard the Sea Cloud II. Set sail from one of the largest and busiest ports in the Mediterranean, Civitavecchia, and travel all the way to Malaga, one of Europe's leading treasures.

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Italy Cruise Highlights

Perhaps no country captures the relaxing classical atmosphere of the Mediterranean better than Italy. Ever since it was the seat of the powerful Roman Empire, its influence has been felt throughout the world, in art, architecture, and even language. As you tour this ancient country, you will have the chance to visit the cities and sites that make Italy what it is today. 
  • Venice - the city of bridges and canals that takes you back to Italy's yesteryear, where you'll see the Byzantine Doge's Palace and maybe enjoy a classic gondola tour. 
  • Rome (Civitavecchia) – the country's capital city and home to the Roman empire's most famous ruins, like the Colosseum and the Forum, just to name a few.
  • Sicily - the Mediterranean's largest island is the off the southern coast of Italy, and home to its own unique culture, cuisine and wines.
  • Sardinia - is a picturesque island with a rugged coastline in the middle of the Mediterranean with almost 2,000km of coastline, sandy beaches and a mountainous interior with ample hiking opportunities. Thousands of nuraghi, mysterious Bronze Age stone ruins shaped like beehives dot the countryside.  
  • Vatican City - home to St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, and the administrative headquarters of the Catholic Church.
  • Naples - here, you can visit the harrowing sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum, where artifacts from the violent eruptions of Mt. Vesuvius are well preserved.
  • Portofino - A tranquil seaside village home to unforgettable cafes, restaurants, and shopping.


Italy FAQs

Why should I choose an Italy cruise?
On an Adventure Life cruise around Italy, you will have the opportunity to see the Mediterranean from a unique perspective – aboard a comfortable sea-going ship. These tours are gaining popularity against the alternative land-based tours, because of the many advantages, like not having to pack & unpack at every new city, saving time traveling between various destinations since your hotel literally floats along with you and takes advantage of evenings & nights to travel long distances, and offering all-inclusive prices that cover lodging, transportation, tours, and all meals. 

What should I look for on a small ship cruise?
Whether you are cruising on a long style river vessel or a classic yacht, we guarantee you comfort and a touch of the luxurious on your Italian cruise. All vessels feature ample cabins, a dining area where you will enjoy exquisite meals and a full service bar, and a sun deck from which to enjoy the sea breeze and fantastic views. Very few vessels offer amenities like pools, hot tubs, or exercise rooms, but since most of the time will be spent exploring on land, you likely won't even notice. 

Are there 5-star river vessels in Europe?
While we don't feature any boats that are considered five stars due to their smaller size and fewer amenities, we are confident that the hand-picked itineraries aboard these comfortable vessles will not disappoint. From gourmet cuisine to expert local guides, this is sure to be a vacation that you consider a five star experience.

Should I get a room with a balcony?
Not really. If having a private balcony in your room is important to you, then go for it. But be aware that this often takes the price up much higher than the other rooms and the balconies can actually cut into the cabin space. A good alternative would be to get a room with panoramic floor to ceiling windows. Remember, all of our featured boats have a sundeck from which you can enjoy the fresh sea air of the Italian coast.

What is dining like?
Fine dining and savory flavors are one of Italy's most famous exports, so you know that on a cruise around the coastal regions of this Mediterranean country you will enjoy some of the old country's most exquisite dishes prepared by expert local chefs. 

Do Italian cruises ever visit destinations that aren't on the coast?
Yep! In fact, many Italian destinations are further inland. Your boat will dock at one of the port cities and you will take a short ride on a luxury coach towards your final destination.

Will my vessel have WiFi?
Your vessel might have WiFi, but it's not standard on all boats. Plus, if you are cruising the open Mediterranean, you might be far out of range of a signal.

What kind of power outlets are there? Will I need a converter?
European power operates on 220v electricity, as opposed to the 110v in North America. You will not need power converters since most devices accept both power levels, however you will need either three pronged British style plug adapters or two round prong European style plug adapters. It might be a good hack to tape your plugs to the adapters so as not to forget them when packing up.

How can I save money on a river cruise?
DON'T sacrifice comfort and space in your cabin selection just to save a bit of money – instead, consult our Deals page for more information on promotions or let us know where you want to go and we will find the best offers for you. 

Are cruises in Italy a good family vacation?
Italy cruises can be a fun way to spend a family vacation in Europe. Wine tasting tours are generally for families with children over 18 years of age, of course, so for families traveling with teens and children, the featured active tours are the best option. 

Do Americans and Canadians need a passport and visa to travel to Italy?
All citizens of North America traveling to Europe need a passport that is valid for at least 6 months. In recent years, it has not been necessary to apply for a visa before traveling to Europe if you plan to stay less than three months, however, this situation may change in the future. See current European visa requirements.

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