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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. 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, 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 cruise to Italy.

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Trip NameFromDaysLevelSummary
Grand Voyage: Corsica, Sardinia & Amalfi$315015RelaxedNavigate the waters in the Mediterranean with time to walk among ancient ruins, appreciate landscapes and panoramic views, revel in epicurean wines …
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 …
Grand Voyage: Venice to Cannes$382518RelaxedRelax aboard a tall sailing ship as you explore the Mediterranean on an 18-day sailing expedition. Explore Croatia, Italy, Montenegro, Greece, Monaco …
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 …
Grand Voyage: Cannes to Athens$279015RelaxedThe Star Flyer takes you on a spectacular 15-day sailing expedition across the magical waters of the Mediterranean. Starting in the charming city of …
Amalfi, Sicily & Greece$207010RelaxedEnjoy an unforgettable 10-day tall ship cruise through the famous Italian Riveria and some of the most spectacular Greek Islands. Visit Ponza, …
Italy, Montenegro & Croatia$277512RelaxedExplore the stunning Eastern Mediterranean aboard the luxury tall ship the Royal Clipper. Sail to Italy, Montenegro, and Croatia from Rome. Fall …
Italy, Montenegro & Croatia$253011RelaxedDiscover the stunning Adriatic landscapes of Croatia, Montenegro, and Italy on this fabulous 11-day sailing adventure aboard the Royal Clipper. Visit …
Mediterranean: Nice to Valletta$58959RelaxedAdmire notable Mediterranean destinations as you observe traditional Baroque churches, pastel-colored houses, and red-tiled roofs en route from …
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 …

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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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