there be anything more romantic than Italy, steeped in history and with an
abundance magnificent scenery? Well, try arriving by ship! Capri, the
Colosseum, the Cinque Terre – just some of the unique places this cruise visits
on the Italian Peninsula.
SHORE WALKS AND EXCURSION
- A short boat journey off the coast from Sorrento lies Capri. A local guide
shows us the ruins of Tiberius’ Villa, the exquisite Axel Munthe villa, a showpiece
for classical art and sublime views, and the tiny lanes and alleyways which
emanate from Capri town.
See Naples and die, they used to say, in the days when it was the culmination
of the Grand Tour. We combine time in this fascinating city with a local guide
with a guided visit to Pompeii, in the shadow of mighty Vesuvius.
This ancient seafaring town is the home of the sailor’s compass. Besides time
in Amalfi itself we visit Ravello, high in the hills, and its two exquisite
villas of Cimbrone and Rufulo, which will be glorious in May.
We don’t need to imagine walking from the Piazza Navona past the Pantheon to
the Trevi Fountain, or through the Forum to the Palatine Hill and the
Colosseum… come on this cruise and we can actually do it!
- From this port on Italy’s west coast we visit Pisa, with its amazing Leaning
Tower, and the less visited gem of Lucca, home of Puccini.
- We visit the town famed for its beautiful location, and for celebrity
weddings. We also walk along the coast to the town of Santa Margherita Ligure.
Hometown of Christopher Columbus. A local guide escorts us around the medieval
and baroque old town. We stroll the narrow lanes, bringing us across unique old
shops from the 1800s. See San Lorenzo Cathedral and the ‘piazzette’ where the
most important Genoese families had their homes and take the elevator above the
city to enjoy panoramic views.
- In the Spanish province of Murcia, this is a city where we can peel back the
layers of over 2000 years of history. We
explore the city and walk a section of the coastal path.
Lisbon -A local guide takes us through the narrow,
cobbled streets of the Old Town's romantically named districts.
Situated on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, and with one of the world’s
finest natural ports, we tour the Galician gems of Vigo and Baiona with a local