From ancient Rome to the rich Tuscan hillside, see the country in a whole new light.

Your Guide to Cruising in Italy

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With its vineyards, craggy cliffs and panoramic footpaths, Cinque Terre was built for exploring.

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Featuring a breathtaking countryside and beaming coast to coast with culture, cuisine and Chianti, Italy has plenty to satisfy any traveler’s appetite (both figuratively and literally). Its charm is undeniable, from the iconic architecture of the capital and storied cobblestone streets of Vatican City, to the quaint fishing villages of Cinque Terre and the famed pizzerias of Naples.

Whether you’ve been to Italy before or plan to visit for the first time, exploring the country by sea will guarantee an adventure like no other—especially when you set sail on one of Royal Caribbean’s ships like Allure, Odyssey and Wonder of the Seas. There is no better way to see Italy in style.

Read on to discover the Italian landmarks that make this country one of the most popular destinations in the world. 

 

Timeless beauty, iconic architecture and world-renowned food make Florence one of the most vibrant cities in Italy.

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Florence & Pisa (La Spezia)

Pisa and Florence are both home to history and architectural marvels.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is instantly recognizable, a 12th-century bell tower. You can also climb the 300 spiraling stairs for unbeatable views of the city below, including the Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles) and the Duomo of Santa Maria Assunta (also referred to as the Siena Cathedral). Be sure to visit the University of Pisa—one of Europe’s oldest, institutions of higher education—explore the leather markets and Ponte Vecchio bridge.

Florence’s claim to fame is its duomo. Formally known as the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Italian Gothic structure is a symbol of the city and sparked the Renaissance movement in the 14th century. You can dive into the Italian Renaissance at the Uffizi Gallery or stop by the Galleria dell’Accademia di Firenze to lay eyes on Michelangelo’s David.

 

According to legend, throwing a coin from the right hand over the left shoulder into the Trevi Fountain will ensure you return to Rome someday.

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Rome (Civitavecchia)

From the world’s largest amphitheater—which once served as a stage for Roman gladiators—to the heart of daily life during antiquity known as The Forum, Rome’s history spans three millennia. Immerse yourself in the past as you indulge in its present with the iconic city’s mouthwatering trattorias and incredible shopping.

Adventurers can also head over to Vatican City, the independent city-state within the capital’s walls that’s home to the head of the Roman Catholic Church. At the center of the world’s smallest sovereign state are artistic marvels like St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel.

 

The largest city in Southern Italy, Naples has a rich artistic heritage (not to mention, it’s the setting of Elena Ferrante’s wildly popular novels).

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Naples

Another favorite destination is Naples, one of the oldest cities in all of Europe. This city offers its own take on the Italian experience with world-famous Neapolitan pizza and plenty of gorgeous piazzas. Check out the Lungomare, a seafront promenade where you can spot Mt. Vesuvius beyond the bay; visit the renowned collection at Museo d’Arte Contemporanea (The Museum of Modern Art).

For a real taste of Naples, pizza is the answer. Incorporating sun-ripened tomatoes grown in volcanic soil and fresh mozzarella from the surrounding region, Neopolitan-style pizza is famous for a reason.

Guests looking to stay active while on vacation can adventure to Mt. Vesuvius for a hike along the famous volcanic rim that overlooks Naples. From there, trek to the ruins of Pompeii, the ancient city that was buried by that very volcano in 79 A.D. The city truly feels like it has been frozen in time.

 

You can chart your course on a Mediterranean cruise that visits popular Italian ports like Florence and Pisa (La Spezia); Rome (Civitavecchia); and Naples/Capri. Also on the itinerary, are the picture-perfect coastal cities of Palma de Mallorca, Spain and Provence, France.

This is just a sampling of all that’s in store on a trip to Italy. Head here to find your adventure.