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Read important information about COVID-19 and travel to Italy. Italy is the quintessential Mediterranean cruise destination. Italy's eastern coast accesses the Adriatic Sea and countries like Croatia and Greece. Or, sail west towards France and Spain visiting Sardinia & Corsica. Float through Venice on a gondola navigating romantic canals. Disembark in Civitavecchia, 50 miles from Rome, wandering cobblestone Roman streets to see the Roman Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, and the ruins at the Roman Forum. Or take a pilgrimage to the Vatican City, where St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, 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 cruise, that fits within you schedule and budget, to Italy.

10 Best Italy Small Ship Cruises for 2020

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Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Sicily & Malta$1377011Sep 16, 2021Savor Sea Cloud’s elegant comfort during afternoons under billowing sails, and enjoy an incomparable Mediterranean adventure that harkens back to …
Corsica & Sardinia$1333011May 13, 2020Each cruise of the Mediterranean aboard Sea Cloud is crafted to offer the authentic experience of sailing a true square-rigger among must-see and …
Dalmatia to the Amalfi Coast: Dubrovnik to Rome$182989May 22, 2022An overnight in Capri crowns this dreamy voyage from Dubrovnik’s walled city and Kotor’s UNESCO-listed bay to Corfu’s renowned beaches and …
Civitavecchia to Venice$999912Jun 27, 2020Enjoy the Mediterranean sun from aboard the Sea Dream II, while you visit classical villages in Croatia, Montenegro, Italy, and Sicily on this 12-day …
Italy, Montenegro & Croatia$289012Jun 13, 2020Explore the Eastern Mediterranean on this 12-day cruise aboard the luxury tall ship the Royal Clipper. This cruise departs from Rome, Italy, and …
Cultural Jewels of the Adriatic from Athens to Venice$569010Aug 14, 2020Board Le Lyrial for a 10-day cruise of the cultural jewels of the Adriatic. Le Lyrial will take you to Montenegro, Italy and Croatia for an …
Venice to Civitavecchia (Rome)$689911Sep 30, 2020Enjoy the Mediterranean sun from aboard the Sea Dream II while you visit classical villages in Croatia, Greece, France, and Italy on this 11-day …
Venice to Malaga$1499725Sep 30, 2020Discover all the Mediterranean has to offer on this 25-day voyage from Venice, Italy, to Malaga, Spain. Enjoy stops on the coasts and islands of …
French & Italian Rivieras$71659May 7, 2022Let Scenic Eclipse introduce all the wonders of the spectacular Mediterranean. Hop on and off beautiful islands, discover small ports and stunning …
Grand Voyage: Athens to Malaga$293015Oct 30, 2020Join the Star Flyer on an exceptional 15-day sailing expedition to some of the most charming destinations in Greece and the dazzling coast of Spain. …

Top Italian Small Cruise Ships

Ship NameMax PassengersFromSummary
Sea Cloud64$5155With occupancy for just 64 guests, the Sea Cloud is a modern and elegant windjammer outfitted with modern amenities and uniquely decorated cabins. …
Royal Clipper227$830The Royal Clipper is the largest full-rigged sailing ship in the world, carrying just 227 guests. She offers the ultimate sea-going experience, …
Le Bougainville184$4170Experience a luxurious setting where the main focus is of authenticity and passion for travel. Le Bougainville is an environmentally-friendly …
Le Laperouse184$3740Experience the luxurious settings that Le Laperouse offers while you enjoy the authenticity and passion for travel on each itinerary. Its …
Sea Cloud II94$6035The Sea Cloud II is a legendary windjammer comparable to her sister ship, the Sea Cloud. Featuring her own unique character, the Sea Cloud II …
Star Flyer170$1320The Star Flyer is a stylish vessel designed to accommodate 170 passengers in an intimate and comfortable atmosphere. This true clipper ship reflects …

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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 on a small ship cruise, 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 & The Amalfi Coast - here, you can visit the harrowing sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum, where artifacts from the violent eruptions of Mt. Vesuvius are well preserved.
  • PortofinoA tranquil seaside village home to unforgettable cafes, restaurants, and shopping.

 
The Best Time to Visit Italy on a Small Ship Cruise
If you're planning a small ship cruise to the Mediterranean, then consider a few of these great times to visit Italy:

Our favorite times of the year to visit Italy are either in the spring (April-June) or the fall (September-October), when temperatures are warm but comfortable, there is less tourist traffic, and prices are a bit lower than during the busy season. 

Here's a look at what travel is like in Italy each season:
  • May-October has the best weather in Italy.
  • March-April & November are the shoulder season months when you can get the best deals and discounts on Italian cruises.
  • April-June & September are ideal times to visit coastal Venice, Rome, and Naples.
  • April-October is a great season to plan your trip to Sicily. 
  • March-May is the best time for a tour of Italy's vineyards.

Italy Crurise 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.

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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