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A412B

Mediterranean, 7 Nights

  • 04 Apr 2024 - 11 Apr 2024
  • Valletta
  • Valletta
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  • Azura

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A413

Mediterranean, 14 Nights

  • 11 Apr 2024 - 25 Apr 2024
  • Valletta
  • Valletta
  • P&O Cruises
  • Azura

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A413B

Mediterranean, 7 Nights

  • 18 Apr 2024 - 25 Apr 2024
  • Valletta
  • Valletta
  • P&O Cruises
  • Azura

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A413C

Mediterranean, 14 Nights

  • 18 Apr 2024 - 02 May 2024
  • Valletta
  • Valletta
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  • Azura

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A414A

Mediterranean, 7 Nights

  • 25 Apr 2024 - 02 May 2024
  • Valletta
  • Valletta
  • P&O Cruises
  • Azura

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A414B

Mediterranean, 7 Nights

  • 02 May 2024 - 09 May 2024
  • Valletta
  • Valletta
  • P&O Cruises
  • Azura

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A414C

Mediterranean, 14 Nights

  • 02 May 2024 - 16 May 2024
  • Valletta
  • Valletta
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  • Azura

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A415

Mediterranean, 14 Nights

  • 09 May 2024 - 23 May 2024
  • Valletta
  • Valletta
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  • Azura

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Introduction to Italy

Italy, a country located in the heart of Mediterranean Europe, offers a rich palette of experiences with picturesque landscapes, ancient history, vibrant cities, and delightful cuisine. With an estimated population of over 60 million people spread across a land area of about 301,340 square kilometers, Italy brims with diverse attractions at every turn.

Italy stands as a perennial favourite among cruise passengers, with its enchanting blend of tradition and modernity, accented with a healthy sprinkle of la dolce vita. The charm of Rome, the artistic richness of Florence, the canals of Venice, and the quaint coastal towns along the Amalfi Coast, serve as a testament to Italy's multi-faceted allure.

Top cruise lines like MSC Cruises, Costa Cruises, and Princess Cruises offer immersive Italian experiences with their own unique offerings. From well-curated shore excursions to onboard amenities reflecting Italian flair, these cruises ensure a memorable trip through Italy's heartlands.

As a guideline, average pricing for an 8-day Italy cruise, including stops at major Italian ports, starts around £900 and can vary depending upon exact itineraries. Prime cruising seasons run from April through October, which offers the most pleasant Mediterranean weather.

Cruise Prune's Pick: For those cruisers wanting to see Italy in its vibrant best, springtime, especially May, is ideal. It offers pleasant weather and fewer crowds to immerse fully into Italy's cultural vibrancy.

The Unmissable Attractions & Sights in Italy

Packed with incredible historical sites, startling architecture, and mesmerizing landscapes, Italy unfolds an array of must-see attractions for cruise passengers. It’s a land of sculptures, frescoes, vineyards and pizza; every corner has a story to tell.

From the glories of Rome and bewitching beauty of Florence, to the vibrant colors of Cinque Terre and waters of Venice, your cruising journey in Italy will undoubtedly be a captivating tour of infinite discoveries, tailored just for the discerning cruiser.

▪️ The Colosseum, Rome

The haunting highlight of Rome, the Colosseum is generally open from 9 AM until an hour before sunset. Given its popularity, you might want to disembark early and beat the crowd. Don't forget to marvel at its imposing structure symbolizing the grandeur of the Roman Empire.

▪️ The Uffizi Gallery, Florence

Home to world-class Renaissance art, the Uffizi Gallery is open from Tuesday through Sunday, 8.15 AM to 6.50 PM. Conveniently located for cruisers docking at Livorno, take your time to appreciate the captivating artworks, especially the collection of paintings by Botticelli.

▪️ Cinque Terre, La Spezia

This string of cliffside fishing villages by the Mediterranean Sea offers dazzling panoramas. Open year-round with the best weather in late spring and early fall, cruising travellers can explore the narrow lanes, colorful homes, and gorgeous coastline. It’s a snapshot of Italy frozen in time.

▪️ St. Mark's Square, Venice

This iconic square is the principal public square of Venice. Open 365 days a year, it's ideally something to experience during the quiet of early morning or evening. As a cruiser, you can savor the delights of café-lined square and the echoing melodies of orchestras from Quattro Fontane to Torre dell’Orologio.

Cruise Prune's Pick: Our favorite attraction is the Colosseum in Rome. This timeless relic of the Roman Empire immerses cruisers into Italy's rich past, offering an impactful experience that embodies the essence of this extraordinary country.

Discover Italy in a Day: Set Sail with our Tailored Cruise Excursions

Vibrant Italy gracefully unrolls a carpet of charm and surprise, glorious art, food, and music. For savvy cruisers, it offers a different world at each port, steeped in rich history while pulsating with modern life. Experiencing the timeless appeal of Italy through a day's itinerary masterfully curated by Cruise Prune gives our passengers an enchanting taste of local charm, all effortlessly accessible and tailored to our cruisers' diverse interests.

Family 🧡

For families, start the day at the absorbing Explora Children's Museum in Rome, then find your way to the Florence Adventure Park for some outdoor escapade. Refuel at family-friendly Trattoria ZaZa, famous for its Tuscan cuisine, and end with a delectable gelato tasting at Venice's Gelato Di Natura.

Active 🎒

Get your heart pumping with an early morning hike across the picturesque Cinque Terre trails and engage in water sports at Sardinia's stunning beaches. Refuel with local favorites at rustic Trattoria Al Gatto Nero, followed by a Vespa tour through Rome's iconic landmarks, culminating with a night view from Gianicolo Hill.

History 🏦

Immerse yourself in Italy's storied past with an expert-guided tour of Rome's legendary Colosseum, the Vatican Museums, and the ancient city of Pompeii. Dine medieval-style at Osteria del Cappello and conclude your historical journey with a haunting, moonlit walk through the ruins of the Forum.

Culinary 🍴

Journey through Italy's culinary prowess with a stop at Milan's Mercato Metropolitano, savor traditional pizza in Naples' Da Michele, followed by a Chianti wine tasting in Tuscany. Attend a pasta-making class in Bologna and round off your day with a Venetian glass of prosecco.

Nature and Wildlife 🦜

Commune with Italy’s natural beauty from birdwatching trips in Po Delta Park to strolling lush gardens in Isola Bella. Visit the ethereal Blue Grotto in Capri and spend the evening relaxing at a sea-front restaurant like Il Pellicano, marveling at the Mediterranean sunset.

Shopping 💳

Indulge in a day of retail bliss; start amidst Milan's high fashion boutiques, find unique souvenirs in Florence's San Lorenzo Market, and taste test local produce at Rome's Campo dei Fiori. End your day with a starlit stroll through Naples' shopping streets to admire the window displays and soak up the atmosphere.

⭐Cruise Prune's Pick: For a unique blend of Italy's arts, gastronomy, and history, our curated History Itinerary is often a cruisers' favorite. It beautifully encapsulates Italy’s rich heritage, offering an unforgettable journey into the heart of Italian culture.

Authentic Italian Flavors on Your Sea Voyage

Italian cuisine holds a reputation that precedes far beyond its borders, and as a cruise enthusiast setting sail to this culinary paradise, your journey of flavorful delights awaits. Italy, with its diverse regions, offers a fusillade of unique dishes, each telling the tale of the region it comes from.

Lively fresh pastas of Emilia-Romagna, sun-kissed vegetables of Calabria, or fragrant citrus of Sicily – Italy is a gastronomic haven. The national dish, pasta in its multiple forms affords a never ending spectrum of delicious tastes for the curious traveler.

Before we turn our attention to the drinks that Italy is famous for, let us walk you through a curated 'featured' selection of Italian delicacies a cruiser to Italy must try:

🥑Cruise Prune's Food Pick:

  • Pizza Napoletana: This famed, soft thick-based pizza from Naples, is kept simple with a few quality ingredients - tangy tomato sauce, mozzarella, basil leaves, and authentic olive oil to top it off.
  • Osso Buco Alla Milanese: This Milanese specialty is a slow-cooked veal shank served alongside gremolata and saffron-scented Risotto. It delivers a deep hearty flavor that speaks true Italian comfort food.
  • Caponata: A Sicilian eggplant dish that is jewel-hued and sweet-sour, it brings together deeply cooked aubergines, celery, olives, and capers in a tomato base. A perfect depiction of Italian summer in a dish.

In Italy, "Dolce Vita" (Sweet Life) simmers not only in the food but also in the drinks that Italians enjoy. The world-renowned Prosecco is a must try, its golden bubbles a perfect toast to the Italian sunset. Indulge in the classic Aperol Spritz or the intense Negroni for a true Italian cocktail experience. And, of course, limoncello, the zesty Italian lemon liqueur known for its refreshing taste.

Cruise Prune's Pick: Our seal of approval has to go to the Pizza Napoletana. Savouring this Neapolitan marvel, with its divine trilogy of tomato, mozzarella and basil, under the Italian sky is an experience that blends culture, taste, and your scenic voyage into one unforgettable moment.

Immerse in the Rich Culture of Italy

When you dock in Italy, the country’s soulful culture is already upon you. Steeped in artistic grandeur, a rich historical patchwork and animated lifestyles, Italy's resounding character is a spectacle to behold. Oozing with vibrancy, the Italian culture is a perfect blend of tradition, heart-warming customs, and noteworthy historical milestones, perfectly complementing its splendid cruising perspective.

Let's delve deeper with a 'Culture Snapshot' to truly touch the essence of Italy, painting a vivid and alluring picture enticing enough to make every cruise holiday maker yearn for an intimate experience with this splendid country.

🎭 Commedia dell'arte

A theatrical tradition dating back to the 16th century, Commedia dell'arte hails from Italy and still deeply ingrains the country's cultural milieu. Distinguished by its masked character types, the theatrical art form imparts a deeper understanding of the local culture, offering an insight into Italy's rich artistic heritage.

🍷 Wine Culture

Serving as the lifeblood of Italians, the wine culture is an integral part of Italy's lifestyle. With diverse geography influencing the vineyards, Italian wines stand amongst the world's most nuanced and appreciated, tantamount to experiencing a piece of history handcrafted to perfection.

👗 Sartorial Excellence

Home to legendary fashion houses, Italy's sartorial elegance emanates from its culture. Each design, a rich tapestry of craftsmanship and elegance, offers a compelling view into the country's penchant for beauty and art in every walk of life.

For immersive cultural experiences, cruise travellers often join 'A Day in the Life' excursions. Building connections with local Italian families, these experiences involve participating in traditional cooking classes, ceramic-making workshops, or olive harvesting activities, allowing you to appreciate the understated beauty of Italy's everyday life.

Presenting a cultural token that has left a lasting impression on our cruisers, we are glad to share Cruise Prune's cultural Highlight:

Cruise Prune's Culture Highlight: The 'Passeggiata,' an Italian tradition of evening strolls is a divine ritual cherished by Cruise Prune. The simplicity of this shared cultural habit in Italian towns invites travellers to engage in local life, enjoying public spaces while detaching from their routines. It's the perfect manifestation of the 'Dolce Vita'- the sweet life that Italy is admired for.

Navigating Italy: Practical Tips for Cruisers

Setting sail for Italy is an adventure in itself, but embarking on a cruise to this stunning corner of the globe entails so much more than exquisite scenery and unparalleled luxury. It's a chance to immerse oneself in a world equal parts breathtaking and effortlessly complex. Beneath the surface of Italy's sun-bathed facades and azure waters lies a boundless trove of culture, history, cuisine, and unique social subtleties. A bit of insider knowledge can make your journey smoother and infinitely more enriching.

Step ahead into your Italian cruise with our 'Survival Kit for Cruisers'. These concise, indispensable nuggets of knowledge will illuminate your path with crisp insights into local currency management, guidelines for personal safety, available transport options, and quintessential Italian etiquette.

💡 Currency Wisdom

Italy deals in Euros, so it's wise to have a stock of local currency. Keep smaller denominations for tips or small expenses. Many shops in smaller towns may not accept cards.

💡 Personal Safety Guide

Italy is generally safe, but beware of pickpockets in crowded spaces. Keep valuables close, and arm yourself with a reliable map or GPS to navigate the narrow, winding streets.

💡 Transport Tips

Public transport, including buses and trains, is widespread in Italy. For breathtaking coastal views, consider local ferries or private boats in sea-side towns.

💡 Etiquette Essentials

Italians appreciate politeness so do brush up on your 'please'- 'per favore', and 'thank you' - 'grazie'. Remember, when toasting, look your Italian companion in the eye.

From navigating the Venetian canals to savouring authentic Neapolitan pizza, your Italian cruise could compose tales of its own. To make these tales truly unforgettable, arm yourself with one of Cruise Prune's most indispensable tips:

Cruise Prune's Must-Know Tip: Take time to enjoy the laid-back 'la dolce vita' or 'the sweet life'. Be it lingering over cappuccino in a cafe or meandering through sun-drenched piazzas, sometimes the most memorable experiences are unplanned ones that allow you to soak in the local culture.

Embarking on Responsible Travel in Italy

As we set sail for Italy, Cruise Prune gives you a friendly nudge towards responsible travel - an endeavour that gifts you with memorable experiences while leaving a positive imprint on the places you visit. Why just be a visitor when you can be a contributor?

In the meandering canals of Venice, the age-old history of Rome, or the rolling hills of Tuscany, your cruising journey extends beyond sightseeing. By adopting sustainable practices, you enrich your travel narrative, becoming part of Italy's preservation efforts.

While basking in Italy's dazzling sunshine and relishing its world-class cuisine, small gestures can make a big difference. Opt for a refillable water bottle to reduce plastic usage. Italy, with its marine biodiversity, will thank you. Embrace the Italian 'rispetto' (respect) for wildlife; remember, the cute wild boars in Tuscany are better observed than approached. Consider taking public transport in cities like Milan or Rome - they are efficient and reduce your carbon footprint. Lastly, balance your indulgence in Italy's balmy sunshine and showers with water conservation efforts on the ship.

Supporting local businesses is an essential part of responsible cruising. Savour the array of Italian flavours in local mom-and-pop trattorias or purchase rich Italian leather from family-owned tanneries. Engage with local tour guides who weave fabulous narratives about their homeland. You'll be facilitating community development while gaining authentic Italian experiences. That's what we call a win-win!

Now, with an emphasis on your wellbeing, here are three easy-to-remember tips for responsible and secure travel in Italy:

✅ Responsible Travel Tip #1

As you explore Italy's marvels, remember to keep your personal belongings secure, especially in crowded tourist spots. Also, consume alcohol responsibly; it's tempting to indulge in Italian wines, but moderation keeps your travel memories sharp and enjoyable.

✅ Responsible Travel Tip #2

Grazie, per favore, buongiorno! A few Italian phrases can work wonders in connecting with the locals. It's all about respecting their culture and making an effort to break down language barriers for a richer experience.

✅ Responsible Travel Tip #3

Network wisely! Free Wi-Fi spots can be a boon, but be cautious about the sites you access and maintain data privacy. Make sure to turn off your data while at sea to avoid any exorbitant roaming charges.

Crafting precious holiday memories aboard Cruise Prune is more than just about luxury and relaxation. Every step you take towards responsible travel enriches your journey. By embracing conscious travel practices, you become part of Italy's vibrant story while ensuring its timeless beauty remains for future cruisers.

Cruise Prune's Must-Know Tip: In Italy, 'La Dolce Vita' or 'the sweet life' often translates to leisurely meals. Be patient, cherish your food, and respect Italy's dining customs by not rushing your servers. It's an exquisite part of the local culture and a delicious way to cruise responsibly.

Your Gateway to Italy: Local Ports Overview

Welcome to your window onto Italy, your gateway to this kaleidoscope of culture and rustic charm. Italy's ports play a pivotal part in your cruising experience, offering a tantalising taste of what lies beyond, while presenting a welcoming haven of comfort and convenience.

The nearest port's facilities are designed with an indulgent cruising experience in mind. Spacious terminals accented with contemporary Italian flare make for seamless docking procedures. All-encompassing services are at your fingertips, from delicious local dining options to Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing you to pause and soak in your surroundings while staying connected.

A host of vibrant shore excursions await eager explorers. Why not dive into an immersive guided tour offering profound insights into local history, or indulge your adventurous side with thirst-quenching water sports? The local markets bustle with an array of tantalising local produce and crafts, providing an authentic window into the heart of Italy.

Quaint public spaces beckon around the port, inviting you for a leisurely stroll. Whether you wish to explore sun-drenched coastal walkways, idyllic parks, nearby pristine beaches, or bustling local markets, Italy offers a feast for the senses right at your port doorstep.

Get ready to explore the 'Port Hotspots,' a treasure trove of attractions that add a beautiful rhythm to your Italy cruise tale! From picturesque coastal views to timeless architectural wonders, each spot narrates a unique story. Accessible and intriguing, these attractions serve as beautiful bookmarks in the story of your Italian cruise adventure.

Each port's amenities from the comforting stores to the elegantly designed terminals are carefully tailored to provide an immersive experience. Find unique local crafts, immerse yourself in the colourful streets, and find yourself lost in the distinctive charm that defines Italy.

As the sun sets on your Italy cruise adventure, the local port provides an unmatched sense of convenience and contentment. It leaves you with vivid memories etched in the canvas of your heart, an essence of Italy that lets you savour the beautiful journey even before you venture far into the heart of Italy.

Cruise Prune's Essential Tip: While exploring Italy's exquisite charm, remember our golden rule - 'When in Rome, do as the Romans do.' Embrace the local culture, respect its age-old traditions, and remember to enjoy everything Italy has to offer at a leisurely pace, much like an Italian!

Top Questions Cruisers Often Ask about Italy

Planning your cruise to Italy can be as exciting as the journey itself. As comfortable as you are on our magnificent cruise ship, there are still queries that may come to mind related to your new destination. The heart of your concerns might be about travel logistics, weather, local attractions, or cultural customs. Here we address your most frequently asked questions, setting your mind at ease before you embark on your grand Italian adventure.

Your pressing questions answered:

Italy, with its Mediterranean climate, is a year-round destination. However, the most desirable time is from April to June, when spring blooms in its full glory, and September to October, when you can experience the beauty of the autumn harvest. The peak of summer can be quite hot, but our ship's comprehensive air conditioning and pool facilities ensure your comfort. The winters have quieter tourist spots but check ahead for any attraction closures. Remember, each season offers a unique palette of experiences.

At Cruise Prune, we ensure that all our travelers can enjoy the intricate beauty and rich history of Italy. Many of the sites are accessible to those with mobility concerns, and our cruise organizes ADA-compliant transportation for the land tours. The cobblestone streets can sometimes be challenging, so we recommend sturdy, comfortable footwear. Our onboard guest services desk is always available to assist with your specific needs or concerns about accessibility.

Italy is brimming with 'hidden gems'. Beyond the iconic cities like Rome, Venice, and Florence, you should explore the mesmerizing countryside of Tuscany, the cliffs of Cinque Terre, and the tranquil lakes of Lombardy. Pay a visit to lesser-known cities like Lecce, lovingly termed the 'Florence of the South', and Matera with its prehistoric dwellings. Enjoy fresh seafood in Positano along the stunning Amalfi Coast. Italy's charm is endless, awaiting your discovery of its lesser-trodden paths.

Italians are passionate people and appreciate when visitors respect their customs. Be mindful of appropriate dress codes when visiting religious sites. Local dining can be a leisurely affair with multiple courses, utilized as a time for conversation and savoring the meal. A basic understanding of Italian phrases can be beneficial, although English is generally understood in tourist areas. Above all, embrace the Italian philosophy of 'La Dolce Vita', the sweet life, and your trip will be unforgettable.

Final Thoughts on the Italian Odyssey

As we drop anchor on our intimate exploration of Italy, the charm and drama of this spectacular destination continue to linger on in our minds. Its unique allure, painted with vibrant pastels of history, seeping with robust flavors of culture, and orchestrated by the sweet symphony of rolling waves, encompasses the quintessential elements of a memorable cruise voyage. From bow to stern, the enchantment of Italy seeped into every inch of our cruising experience.

Why, one may ask, is Italy so bewitching? The country is like a beautifully penned sonnet—every line revealing a new, captivating verse. The breathtaking landscapes, the lush Tuscan countryside unfolding like a tapestry, punctuated with quaint, cobblestone towns, the resplendent Riviera with its azure, glistening waters, and the majestic cliff-clinging charm of the Amalfi Coast. And we haven't even gotten started on the metropolitan marvels—the fashion capital, Milan, the romance-ridden channels of Venice and the history pulsating through the veins of Rome!

Culture-wise, Italy is a never-ending feast. Every region has its signature delicacies, each bite bursting with tradition, every sip of wine a tribute to the region's rich heritage. The friendliness of the Italians is world-famous—bueno sera, they greet, a smile always present in the corners of their eyes. Their language adds to the allure, every syllable creating an intricate melody.

Linger longer and you'll stumble upon lesser-known gems - the volcanic vineyards of Sicily or the vibrant lemon groves of Sorrento, for instance. Unveiling Italy is like unwrapping a gift that keeps on giving. Fact check? Italy has more World Heritage Sites than any other country in the world! Now, isn't that a testament to its richness and diversity?

So, dear travelers, let's raise a toast to our Italian adventure. Together, we've ventured off the beaten path, discovering the hidden joys of this country on our majestic cruise liner. As we delve into future voyages, we'll always carry the memories of our Italian sojourn within us. Embarking on this sailing odyssey, you've not just traversed the Italian seascape but also charted your own course of unforgettable experiences!

🌟Cruise Prune's Italian Highlight: Italy’s Carnival of Venice, an annual festival renowned worldwide for its elaborate masks and grandeur. This spectacle steeped in timeless tradition truly encapsulates the spirit and glamour of Italy, lending an unforgettable aura to your cruise holiday!