Perhaps Elton John sums it up best: “I love places that have an incredible history. I love the Italian way of life. I love the food. I love the people, I love the attitudes of Italians.”

Between the culture, arts and history and picture book landscapes to the fashion and culinary delights and a daily mindset that celebrates the good life, visiting Italy is pure delight.

From the beaches of Portofino to the cultural gems of Florence, we take a look at some ports that await aboard Seven Seas Explorer’s 10-Night Venice to Rome (Civitavecchia) sailing on 30 April 2019.


The Duomo, Uffizi Gallery, Pitti Palace, Ponte Vecchio and Michelangelo’s masterpiece sculpture of David are just a few of the must-see landmarks of Florence. A city is really best experienced on foot, as you can marvel at these sights on a complimentary walking tour, included in your cruise fare. Walk across the Ponte Vecchio, the only bridge to survive the attacks of World War II (and of course, pick up a souvenir jewel or two) and visit the Giotto Bell Tower and an array of statues such as Cellini’s Perseus, Ammannati’s Neptune Fountain and Michelangelo’s famous David.


As home and influence to the creative genius of Michelangelo, Dante, Giotto, Botticelli and Leonardo Da Vinci, the gateway to the Renaissance is a cultural charm. So be sure to visit at least one of the city’s museums – the Uffizi, Gallerie dell’Accademia and Bargello.


The picturesque coastal village of Portofino, one of the tiniest fishing ports in the Mediterranean, is filled with yachts, chic restaurants and fashionable boutiques. And, a trip to the nearby port town Genoa is also in order. A walking tour will take you to the Strada Nuova where a stunning view of the city’s most incredible Baroque-style palaces awaits.

Design enthusiasts will enjoy the Villa Durazzo that was built in the 17th century. The summer residence of the Durazzo family, the villas are filled with artworks from the Genoese School, Murano glass chandeliers, majolica, and frescoes accompanied by citrus and Italian gardens by the sea.

Reserve your suite aboard Seven Seas Explorer today and enjoy an unforgettable cruise in the Mediterranean. Take advantage of our special offer on this sailing with additional savings from $1,310 per person!

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