14 Night Spanish Transatlantic Cruise on Odyssey of the Seas from Fort Lauderdale, Florida Málaga, Spain Aerial View
The 14 Night Spanish Transatlantic Cruise from Fort Lauderdale, Florida visits Ponta Delgada, Azores; Málaga, Spain; Cartagena, Spain; Florence / Pisa (La Spezia), Italy; Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy. Explore our cruise itineraries and choose from a variety of rooms depending on your needs and budget. Start planning your next cruise vacation by selecting a destination and departure port.
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14 Night Spanish Transatlantic Cruise
Itinerary Overview
Explore Odyssey of the Seas
Day 1 - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Day 2 - 7 - Cruising
Day 8 - Ponta Delgada, Azores
Day 9 - 10 - Cruising
Day 11 - Málaga, Spain
Day 12 - Cartagena, Spain
Day 13 - Cruising
Day 14 - Florence / Pisa (La Spezia), Italy
Day 15 - Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
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Málaga, Spain Aerial View
Aerial view of Malaga, Spain
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14 Night Spanish Transatlantic Cruise

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Leaving from
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Onboard
Odyssey of the Seas
Day Port
1
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Departs at 6:00 PM
2 - 7
Cruising
Day at sea
8
Ponta Delgada, Azores
From 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
9 - 10
Cruising
Day at sea
11
Málaga, Spain
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
12
Cartagena, Spain
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
13
Cruising
Day at sea
14
Florence / Pisa (La Spezia), Italy
From 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
15
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
Arrives at 5:00 AM
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Your ship Odyssey of the Seas

Your ship
Odyssey of the Seas
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Odyssey of the Seas Sailing Summer Cruise Cyrpus
Odyssey of the Seas Sailing Summer Cruise Cyrpus
Get to know
Odyssey of the Seas
It’s time to see just how far adventure can take you. Introducing the newest Royal Caribbean® gamechanger, Odyssey of the Seas℠. Spring into action on Sky Pad®, or soak up the sun at a newly designed resort-style pool deck that brings island vibes poolside. Take play time to the next level at SeaPlex®, with bumper cars, glow-in-the-dark laser tag, and VR games. Or kick back and watch all the action from above at Playmakers℠ Sports Bar & Arcade.

A TOP DECK TAKEOVER

There's never been a top deck that maxes out memory making like this one. Tame the tide on the FlowRider®or feel the freedom of freefall on RipCord®by iFLY®. Get your game on at the largest SeaPlex® ever, with bumper cars and glow-in-the-dark laser tag —plus hit the reimagined upper deck for the most interactive arcade ever to set sail, including classics like skeeball and the first fully immersive free roaming 4D virtual reality experience at sea, Virtual Adventure Zone.

NEW DISHES FOR DAYS

Prep your taste buds for a culinary journey. The new Odyssey of the Seas℠ is primed to please every palate and satisfy any craving. Get a taste of authentic trattoria fare with a modern spin at the new Giovanni's℠ Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar. Enjoy gameday classics and ice-cold brews at Playmakers℠ Sports Bar & Arcade. Head to Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine for creative plates served with a heaping helping of awe. And sample Far East favorites, from sizzling hot teppanyaki cooked at your table to hand-rolled sushi that rivals any on land.

DOWNTIME THAT’S UP FOR ANYTHING

Give your downtime a major upgrade. Set your mood to serene at the adults only Solarium. Get a front row view from the Music Hall dance floor while cover bands rock like the real thing. Experience the cutting edge tech at Two70®as the space comes alive with aerialists, robots and much more. Prep your taste buds for a culinary journey, from gameday classics and ice-cold brews to sizzling hot teppanyaki and hand-rolled sushi. This is how you unwind, redefined.

Day 1: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Day 1
Fort Lauderdale
Florida
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Waterway in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Waterway in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Things to do in
Fort Lauderdale
Departs at 6:00 PM
Fort Lauderdale delivers the best of both worlds— beach basking and glitzy cosmopolitan appeal. From serene Hugh Taylor Birch State Park to the buzzing Boardwalk of Hollywood (that’s Florida, not California), there’s a stretch of sand for every style of beachgoer. And jumbo yachts roam more than 300 miles of waterways in this “Venice of America.” Hitch a ride on the free Water Taxi or cruise on the Jungle Queen Riverboat before or after your Fort Lauderdale cruise. Head to the historic Stranahan House for a glimpse into Fort Lauderdale’s history and be sure to hit its modern-day backyard: the people-watching mecca of Las Olas Boulevard.
Riverwalk High Rise, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Riverwalk High Rise, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

STREET SCENE

Las Olas Boulevard, nestled next door to downtown, is the entertainment core of Fort Lauderdale. It has a mile of upscale shops and al fresco dining that runs past high-rises and into the RiverWalk, where you can catch the free water trolley for a cruise across mega-mansion-lined canals.
Bird's eye view of A1A, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Bird's eye view of A1A, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

VITAMIN SEA

Soak up the sun, sand and seaside fun along Fort Lauderdale Beach. Walk along the palm-lined “Strip” on State Road A1A to get your fill of beach bars, souvenir shops and outdoor restaurants. Fort Lauderdale cruises allow you to go full throttle on a Jet Ski®— or go parasailing high above the ocean.
Everglades Bird Close Up, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Everglades Bird Close Up, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

GLADES OF GLORY

Head west and explore the Florida Everglades, an untamed river of grass spanning 2,200 acres of picturesque wetlands. Whether you take a wild ride in an airboat or splash around in a swamp buggy, you’ll encounter wild alligators and native birds thriving among Florida’s finest natural landscapes.
Fresh Seafood Platter, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fresh Seafood Platter, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

LOCAL CUISINE

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more authentic Fort Lauderdale dining experience than eating fresh-off-the-boat seafood in a waterfront eatery. Local “Floribbean” cuisine melds Caribbean and Latin-influenced flavors with locally caught fish, shrimp and crab. Surf-and-turf joints line every inch of A1A along the beach, while white tablecloths drape the majority of Las Olas sidewalk restaurants.
Beachwear Hats Shop, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
TBeachwear Hats Shop, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

SHOPPING

Pick up beachwear at The Gallery at Beach Place, or find rare books and handmade hats on Hollywood Boulevard. Dania’s Antique Row is home to some 100 dealers, while art galleries and unusual boutiques line Las Olas Boulevard. For serious bargains, head to the Sawgrass Mills outlet sprawl.

Day 2 - 7: Cruising

Day 2 - 7
Cruising
At Sea
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Odyssey of the Seas Man Surfing Flowrider
Odyssey of the Seas Man Surfing Flowrider
PLAY ANY WAY YOU LIKE
Young Girl Sliding Down at Splashaway Bay Park
Girl Sliding at Splashaway Bay Park

Splashaway Bay℠

The fun comes in gallons. This bigger, better kids aqua park features slides, water cannons, waterfalls and more. And when the drench bucket gets full, everyone gets wet.
Ripcord by iFly Instructor with a Kid
Boy Enjoying the iFly with Instructor

RipCord® by iFLY®

There’s no rush in the world like skydiving — and on the RipCord® by iFLY® simulator you can feel the freedom of freefall without even leaving the deck.
Skypad Couple Enjoying a Jump
Skypad Couple Enjoying a Jump

Sky Pad®

Strap in, put on your virtual reality headset and soar high into the sky for gravity-defying fun at Sky Pad®. Whether you’re smashing candies in a sugar-coated world or traveling light years into the future — this brand-new bungee trampoline experience opens up a whole new universe of possibility.
Girl Trying the Circus School
Girl Trapeze at the Circus School

Trapeze School

Within SeaPlex®, a cutting edge indoor activity space, the complimentary Trapeze School offers lessons you’ll flip for.

Day 8: Ponta Delgada, Azores

Day 8
Ponta Delgada
Azores
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Ponta Delgada, Azores, View of Seven Cities Lake
View of the Seven Cities Lake from a hill in Ponta Delgada, Azores
Things to do in
Ponta Delgada
From 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Nicknamed the Green Island, Ponta Delgada is full of lush natural wonders, 16th-century architecture and mini-expeditions. When you arrive at the Azorean capital, situated on the south coast of the island Sao Miguel, wander around the old town to snap photos of monuments that cover postcards, traditional Portuguese churches and old forts. Or embark on an afternoon on the water to catch sight of the whales and dolphins that gather in the sea.
Ponta Delgada, Azores, Atlantic striped dolphins
A pod of Atlantic striped dolphins

Spot Sea Life

Put your exploration skills to the test and spend the day on the water. The Azores is home to around 20 different species of dolphins and whales, making it the perfect place to spot a breach. Go into it with an open mind — when viewing animals in the wild, every trip is different.
Insider tip
If you're buying ceramic products, make sure they have the Arts and Crafts Seal of Guarantee so you know that they are authentic and locally made.
Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portas de Cidade
Portas de Cidade and the Saint Sebastian church clock tower in Ponta Delgada, Azores

Postcard Perfect in Ponta

Step inside a postcard by posing for a selfie with Portas de Cidade. Built in the 18th century, the triple-arched black and white gateway is what comes to mind when people think of Ponta Delgada — it's even on the city's coat of arms. After you snap your photo, explore the rest of the city center from here by foot.
Insider tip
The weather is extremely unpredictable here: Pack an umbrella or poncho so that spontaneous rainstorms don't stop you from exploring.
Ponta Delgada, Azores, Mixed tapas
Mixed Portuguse tapas on wood table

Local Cuisine

In Ponte Delgada, you'll find plenty of pestiscos, or Portuguese tapas. They're a great way to dine on some delicious fresh foods without breaking the bank. Don't leave without trying the grilled octopus and fried mackerel — mouthwatering staples in the Azores. If you're up for a new experience, try lapas, a delicious local sea snail, typically served grilled with butter, garlic and red pepper sauce.
Ponta Delgada, Azores, Ceramic souvenirs
An assortment of ceramic souvenirs in Portugal

Shopping

Head to Galerias Portas do Mar for your pick of handmade crafts. Choose from clay dishes, vases, embroidery and lace products. Pick up some locally grown tea from Sao Miguel's Gorreana Tea Factory, or pop into the smaller shops around the city to purchase some delicious wine to sip at home.

Day 9 - 10: Cruising

Day 9 - 10
Cruising
At Sea
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Crusted scallops - Giovanni's Table
Oven baked almond crusted scallops w/red bell pepper pesto served at Giovanni's Table. Cruise fine dining Italian Restaurant
LET THE FLAVOR FEST BEGIN
Symphony of the Seas Playmakers Couple Enjoying Draft Beer
Playmakers Couple Enjoying Draft Beer

Playmakers℠ Bar & Arcade

With a menu of game-day favorites and icy-cold draughts on tap, anything you order at Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade is a winner. And while you’re working on a signature Playmakers Burger or the five-scoop Touchdown Sundae, you can catch your home team live on dozens of screens or face off against your friends in the arcade.
El Loco Fresh Nachos
Fresh nachos from El Loco Fresh Mexican Cuisine onboard Royal Caribbean cruises

El Loco Fresh®

Give your taste buds something to go wild over. El Loco Fresh® serves up Mexican fare that's insanely delicious. With classic mole sauce and tangy salsa verde topping beef burritos, carnitas and more, it's a fiesta of flavor from south of the border. The craziest thing about it is just how good it is.
Spectrum of the Seas Teppanyaki Hibachi
Teppanyaki Hibachi Eating Stations

Teppanyaki℠

At Teppanyaki℠, expert chefs elevate cooking to a performance art form — and you’ve got front row seats to the show. Enjoy authentic Far East flavors prepared right at your table and served up with a sizzle, from succulent seafood to top-grade steaks seared to perfection.
Lobster and Crab Dish at Chef's Table
Lobster & Alaska king crab main entree, served at the Elegant Chefs Table restaurant. One of the best cruise line fine dining

Chef's Table

Welcome to Chef’s Table, the most exclusive and elevated dining experience on our fleet. Join an intimate group of fellow foodies on a private epicurean journey led by the ship’s Chef de Cuisine. You’ll sit down to a white tablecloth dinner spotlighting five exquisite courses that range from scallop carpaccio with yuzu vinaigrette, to grilled filet mignon served with truffle potato puree — each expertly paired with the perfect wine to highlight every flavor on the menu.

Day 11: Málaga, Spain

Day 11
Málaga
Spain
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Málaga, Spain, Marina
A marina in Malaga, Spain
Things to do in
Málaga
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
The hub of Spain's southern Costa del Sol, Málaga is the picture of paradise. Scale the hilltop to dramatic La Alcazaba, the sandy-colored Moorish fortress dating back to the 11th century that overlooks this ancient seaside city. Sun yourself on the idyllic beaches of Caleta and Malagueta, taking in views of the mountains across the bay. See the eccentric works of modernist master Pablo Picasso, the city's most famous native son, at the Picasso Museum. Cruise to Málaga and immerse yourself in baroque and renaissance architecture at Málaga Cathedral, with its elaborate arches and stone reliefs depicting the saints, or turn the clock back to the first century A.D. at the ruins of the Roman Theatre.
Málaga, Spain, Alcazaba fortress
View of the Alcazaba fortress in Malaga, Spain

Moor History

Ascend to the top of La Alcazaba, the medieval Moorish fortress that towers over the city. This palatial fortification was built by the Hammudid dynasty in the early 11th century and is the best-preserved Moorish castle in Spain. From here, you can wander down to the Roman Amphitheatre that sits beneath it, before you gaze up at the 16th-century cathedral that sits right in the city center.
Insider tip
The center of Málaga is relatively small and walkable, but don't take this for granted — three to five hours will pass quickly.
Málaga, Spain, Malagueta beach sign
The Malagueta beach sign in Malaga, Spain

Work on Your Tan

It just wouldn't be a trip to the Costa del Sol without a little coast and sun. Most tourists stick to the convenient La Malagueta Beach, but if you've got more than a couple hours in Málaga, you can take a taxi to less crowded but equally beautiful beaches to the east, like Playamar or Playa de Burriana.
Insider tip
If you don't speak Spanish, make sure to cache a Spanish dictionary in your smartphone's Translate app.
Málaga, Spain, Plaza de la Merced
Plaza de la Merced in Malaga, Spain

Paint With Picasso

The most obvious way to follow Málaga's Picasso trail is to visit the Picasso Museum, which has many pieces you won't find anywhere else. You can also visit the artist's birthplace, or take a "Ride With Picasso" bike tour that features Picasso-focused city sightseeing, including Plaza de Merced, where the formidable painter took his first steps as a child.
Málaga, Spain Gambas Pil Pil dish
Gambas Pil Pil shrimp dish in a bowl

Local Cuisine

Seafood is the focus of gastronomy in Málaga. Don't miss the city's signature dish of gambas al pil-pil, flash-fried fresh prawns with garlic, paprika and chilies. During your Málaga cruise, order a basket of pescado frito, an array of local white fish, clams and other seafood breaded and fried. Finish up with tarta malaguena, a cake made with almonds and raisins, and a glass of Málaga dessert wine.
Málaga, Spain, Ceramic Pottery
Ceramic pottery for sale in Spain

Shopping

Pop into a local wine shop to take a bottle of Málaga dessert wine back home with you. Málaga cruises provide access to an eclectic range of other souvenirs, like hand-painted Andalusian ceramics or handmade fans to help you beat the heat. You can also find some of Spain's best olive oil here — pick up some of this cloudy, spicy liquid gold from the Ataranzas Market.

Day 12: Cartagena, Spain

Day 12
Cartagena
Spain
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Cartagena, Spain, City Hall
City hall in Cartagena, Spain
Things to do in
Cartagena
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Cartagena greets you with its ancient Mediterranean port on Spain's southeastern coast. Originally governed by the Carthaginians and subsequently by the Romans, Arabs and Castilians, this pedestrian-friendly city is a history buff's dream port. Visit the 2,000-year-old Roman Theatre and the attached museum, where you'll find an ancient altar to Jupiter and a statue of Apollo. Then, check out the late 19th-century modernist architecture of Cartagena's historic center. Cruises to Cartagena, Spain allow you to stroll down blue-marble-tiled pedestrian-only Calle Mayor. Or take the 30-minute drive to the Batteria de Castillitos, a medieval-style fortress situated among the picturesque mountain landscape.
Cartagena, Spain Roman Theater
Couple Walking Through Spain's Roman Theater

Roman Holiday

Check out Cartagena's ancient Roman Theater — built in the first century A.D. and only uncovered in 1987, it's since been reconstructed. Duck into its museum, which passes beneath a palace and a church before it reaches the theater.
Insider tip
Spanish shops close for siesta between 2 and 5 p.m., and restaurants from about 4 p.m. until around 8 p.m.
Cartagena, Spain, Castle of Cartagena
The Castle of Cartagena in Cartagena, Spain

Castle on the Hill

The 18th-century castle called Concepcion Castle sits on a hill facing Cartagena. Walk uphill to visit the castle and its history center, or catch the lift at Calle Gisbert for amazing panoramic views en route.
Insider tip
Try Asiatico, a common Cartagena coffee drink with condensed milk, brandy, the Spanish liqueur Licor 43, cinnamon and lemon zest.
Cartagena, Spain Historic Buildings
Cartagena, Spain Historic Buildings Intricate Details

The New Within the Old

For all its ancient allure, Cartagena also has Modernist architecture, which you can see along the Calle Mayor area. One example is the home of Cervantes, designed by a local Cartagena architect. Check out the Casino, the Gran Hotel and the railway station for more examples of this exuberantly gaudy style with your Spain Cruise.
Insider tip
Don't confuse Cartagena, Spain, and Cartagena, Colombia, while planning your trip!
Spain Cartagena Paella Local Cuisine
Chef Making Traditional Spanish Paella

Local Cuisine

In Cartagena, you'll find authentic Mediterranean dishes featuring fresh-caught seafood, like lightly tempura-battered fried squid. Red prawns from the Mar Menor lagoon and fig bread are local delicacies. Explore off the main tourist streets and hit a tapas bar for tasty fare such as Serrano ham, toasted Cartagena almonds and cracked local olives.
Spain Cartagena Local Artisan Ceramics
Spain Cartagena Local Artisan Ceramics Shopping

Shopping

The clean, pedestrians-only shopping street Calle Mayor is an easy walk from the port and has the high-street stores of England and Spain. An El Corte Ingles department store and restaurants are housed in gorgeous buildings. Look for ceramics and leather goods in interesting boutiques and shops when you cruise to Cartagena, Spain.

Day 13: Cruising

Day 13
Cruising
At Sea
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Two 70 Pixels Show Dancers
Two 70 Pixels Show Dancers
NIGHTS YOU'LL NEVER FORGET
Two70 Starwater Show
Dancer and Singers Performing on the Starwater Show

Two70®

By day, it's an open area living room with panoramic views through windows two decks high. By night, the lights go down, the windows become screens and the space comes alive with aerialists, robots and much more. This is Two70® — a place that can take you anyplace.
Music Hall Rock Band Stage
Music Hall Rock Band Stage

Music Hall℠

At Music Hall℠, no night sounds the same as the last. Get a front row view from anywhere on the dance floor while cover bands rock like the real thing — or take in the scene in an intimate hideaway corner with your favorite cocktails.
Navigator of the Seas Lime and Coconut
Navigator of the Seas Lime and Coconut at Night

The Lime and Coconut®

The search for your favorite island bar is over. The Lime and Coconut® turns the vacay vibes way, way up with DJs, live music and two bars serving all your favorite poolside cocktails — including the signature Lime & Coconut. And when the sun goes down, this pool bar just might be the hottest spot onboard.
Bionic Bar Serving Cocktails
Woman Receiving Cocktail at the Bionic Bar

Bionic Bar®

At Bionic Bar®, meet two robotic bartenders who know how to shake, stir, and mix up your night out. With moves as fluid as the Pimm’s in your cup, these mecha mixologists can create an almost endless combination of cocktails, from classic cosmos to custom-crafted sips designed by you.

Day 14: Florence / Pisa, Italy

Day 14
Florence / Pisa
La Spezia, Italy
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Florence - Pisa, Italy Aerial View
Aerial view of Florence, Italy
Things to do in
Florence / Pisa
From 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
The northern Italian port city of La Spezia, on the border of Liguria and Tuscany, offers an ideal gateway to two of the country's most famous cities: Pisa and Florence. Just one hour by car or train will bring you to Pisa, where you can check out the white-stone arches of the city's famous leaning tower and its sister-structure, the Pisa Cathedral. Or spend your day in Florence, about two hours away by train: Climb to the top of the famous Duomo ("dome"), the nickname for the Italian Gothic Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral, for stunning 360-degree views of the city. Cruise to Florence to stroll through the San Lorenzo market with an espresso in hand and take in the smells of local spices and truffles as you people-watch.
Florence - Pisa, Italy Marble Statue
A marble statue with the Leaning Tower of Pisa in the background

Lean Into Adventure

Climb the 251 steps up the spectacular Leaning Tower or Campanile (bell tower) on the Field of Miracles in Pisa. The 56-meter-high tower took almost 200 years to build, but it was already leaning when it was unveiled in 1372. Access is limited to 45 people at a time. Book online in advance to save a space — many tourists flock here.
Insider tip
You can skip the lines at many of Florence's museums by buying tickets online before your visit.
Florence - Pisa, Italy Duomo Close Up
Close up of the Duomo Santa Maria Del Fiore toweing over Florence, Italy

Day at the Duomo

In Florence, you can't miss the Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral, more commonly called the Duomo in honor of its red-tiled cupola, or dome. The city's most iconic landmark, dating back to 1296, the Duomo's pink, white and green marble facade is a must-take photo. Head inside to admire the 44 stained-glass windows and Vasari's magnificent fresco of the Last Judgment.
Insider tip
Always carry euros. Some restaurants and shops operate on a cash-only basis.
Florence - Pisa, Italy Uffizi Gallery
The Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy

Museum of the Masters

The Galleria degli Uffizi is one of Italy's most famous and star-studded art museums. Cruise to Florence to admire the mind-blowing masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance, including works by Sandro Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci, as well as German, Flemish, Dutch and French masters. Just remember it's closed on Mondays.
Florence - Pisa, Italy Fettuccine Pasta
Fettuccine pasta served in a white bowl

Local Cuisine

Tuscany has its own unique cuisine and pasta dishes. Try fresh pecorino (sheep's milk cheese), fazzoletti (pasta filled with ricotta and spinach), papardelle (broad noodles), ribollita (a variation on minestrone) or zuppe di cavolo (cabbage soup). What about some pan ficato (fig cake) or castagnaccio (chestnut-flour cake with nuts) for dessert?
Florence - Pisa, Italy Leather bags
Leather bags for sale in Florence, Italy

Shopping

Shop for souvenirs and jewelry at the Ponte Vecchio bridge in Florence. Mercato Centrale is the locals' favorite for food shopping. Buy or taste wine and truffles in Enoteca Obsequium during your Florence cruise. The best olive oils, platters and soaps can be bought from La Bottega dell'Olio. In Pisa, go Italian fashion shopping in Borgo Stretto for luxury items and Corso Italia for more affordable leather bags and shoes.

Day 15: Rome, Italy

Day 15
Rome
Civitavecchia, Italy
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Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy Roman Forum
The Roman Forum in Rome, Italy
Things to do in
Rome
Arrives at 5:00 AM
With 28 centuries of celebrated history, Rome holds the edge when it comes to unrivaled adventures. The city that sparked the world’s largest empire is very much alive today with a jumble of ancient ruins, world-renowned art and vivacious street culture. Here you can live la dolce vita, recalling the glory days of Ancient Rome and twirling forks full of pasta in a trattoria. Ride past centuries-old basilicas in a three-wheeled Ape Calessino, or stand in awe of paintings by Italian masters at Villa Borghese. Whether it’s Vatican City’s spiritual allure, Trastevere’s backstreet charms, or the Colosseum’s embattled legacy— The Eternal City endures with endless adventures.
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy Pantheon
The Pantheon in Rome, Italy

ANCIENT AND AMAZING

Walk through the heart of Ancient Rome. Start at the Colosseum, an enormous arena where gladiators once battled. Then meander around the Roman Forum’s timeworn ruins, past crumbling temples and basilicas. See where emperors lived on Palatine Hill— and enjoy an up-close view of the 2,000-year-old, well-preserved Pantheon church.
Insider tip
Conservative attire (no tank tops or shorts) is required when visiting Rome’s religious sites.
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy Piazza Navona
A fountain in Piazza Navona in Italy

ADVENTURE SQUARED

Roam around Rome’s piazzas, as each offers a unique perspective. Dine al fresco in Piazza Navona and climb The Spanish Steps in Piazza di Spagna. Wander cobbled alleys in bustling Trastevere and browse Campo de’ Fiori’s artisan stalls. Be sure to toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain for good measure.
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy, Statues
Statues in the Vatican Museum

SACRED SPACES

Explore the Vatican Museums’ extraordinary collection of tapestries and classical statues. Step inside the Sistine Chapel and be awed by Michelangelo’s ceiling frescoes. Then enter St. Peter’s Basilica, one of the world’s largest churches, to stand under its enormous sky-piercing dome.
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy, Pizza and pasta
Pizza, pasta, and antipasta on a table in Rome

LOCAL CUISINE

Romans live to eat, whether it’s family-style or in a sidewalk café. For an authentic taste of Cucina Romana, try carciofi alla Romana (braised artichokes) or spaghetti alla carbonara. Enjoy panino (stuffed sandwiches) or thin-crusted Roman pizza. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a scoop of gelato. Then finish the night with a glass of white wine from the surrounding Lazio region.
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy, Colosseum Vatican Models
Minitature models of the Colosseum and Vatican

SHOPPING

Street stalls throughout the city are your best bet for souvenirs. Via Condotti offers a string of couture Italian designers. Browse artist studios along Via Margutta, or the indie artisan retailers of the Monti neighborhood. Porta Portese is the city’s largest flea market— and La Rinascente, the first department store.

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