When I was younger, I had the good fortune to spend six weeks traveling throughout Italy with my family. Having been up and down the ‘boot’ and visiting most places, I’m familiar with many parts of this country. I can tell you that after you eat real Italian food, you’ll never care to eat at Olive Garden again, and fast food pizza will never taste the same.
The marvel of the art and architecture in Italy are beyond compare. The hardest decision you should have is which port of call will be your embarkation point. From there, planning to arrive as many days prior to sailing as you can is highly recommended.
Italy Has So Much To Offer!
It’s important to know what the major ports of call are for Italy, so that as you select your cruise you’ll know what there is to see in each port, and also which port you wish to sail from. Let’s look at the most popular ports:
Italy – Ports of Call
- Civitavecchia – Rome and Vatican City. Rome is one of those cities you could easily spend two weeks seeing. This city gets my personal port of embarkation vote, with a three to four day minimum advance arrival to explore. Vatican City is just amazing. It deserves it’s own day. Then you have the Colosseum, the Catacombs, Trevi Fountain, the mueums and of course Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, the statue of David, and the list just goes on. Add to that list shopping and eating, and four days will fly by.
- Genoa – Italian Riviera, including Portofino and Cinque Terre; you can even take a shore excursion to Milan for the day
- Portofino – A gorgeous waterfront town on the Italian Riviera.
- Naples – You have a wide range of choices for how to spend your day in Naples. You can stay in Naples or head to the island of Capri or toward Mount Vesuvius to see the lost city of Pompeii or down the Amalfi coast.
- Messina or Catania – Both of these are ports for Cicily.
- Venice – Venice is known as the city built on water due to the fact that many of its buildings are built on wood pilings and surrounded by canals. You can explore Venice on foot or by those canals via romantic gondola rides. Do not miss Piazza San Marco or the cathedral there. If you love fine glass, go to Murano and see the handmade items.
- Laspezia and Livorno for Florence and Pisa – The Duomo and Michelangelo’s masterpiece David are must-sees in Florence while Pisa is famous for the Leaning Tower of Pisa.