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Ancient and beautiful, Rome has been at the heart of western culture for thousands of years. While it is no longer the seat of mighty empires, it is still home to the center of the Catholic church in the Vatican City, a site to explore for people of all beliefs. Rome is also a jewel of the Mediterranean, where many of the best Italy & Mediterranean cruises depart, from the port of Civitavecchia, just north of the Italian capital. Renaissance and Baroque architecture, sculptures, churches, and art adorn this city, making it a wonderful place for guided walking tours or simply exploring it on your own. There's no better place to start your journey into the Mediterranean's ancient history than Rome, so let us know when you're ready to start planning your adventure!
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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. 
  • 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.  
  • 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.

Best Rome Small Ship Cruise Lines forĀ 2022-2023

  • Silversea Cruises - is a premium cruise line based in Monaco, owned by Royal Caribbean, and the inventor of all-inclusive cruising. Explore Italy, cradle of art and ancient Rome on the 254-guest Silver Cloud.
  • Star Clippers Americas - has the port of Rome as its main starting point for cruises from central Italy to Sardinia, Sicily, Malta, Cannes, and more. Explore the world-famous sights of the Pantheon, Colosseum, Vatican City, and the Trevi Fountain on the Star Flyer and Star Clipper, both 379 feet long and each carries 166 guests in pampered comfort, with sixteen sails billowing in the wind.
  • Ponant - is an ambassador of the "French Touch" worldwide. With French crew, discreet service, refined cuisine, and partners with excellent track record doing their utmost to maintain its unique cruising philosophy.
  • Emerald Waterways - provides delectable dining options to horizon-expanding excursions and first-class service. Every cruise is generously stocked with extras, all you have to think about is enjoying your holiday. The 100-guest Emerald Azzurra lets you discover beautiful Italian Coastlines. 
  • CroisiEurope - has over 55 luxury cruise ships, ranging in capacity from 22 to 200 passengers, cruising on some of the most beautiful rivers in Italy and the rest of the globe.
  • Variety Cruises - has been crafting destination experiences made exclusively by small ships, with sustainability and green ethics as its core. Discover Rome's world-class architecture, unique historical monuments, and magical natural scenery on the 44-guest Harmony G

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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