Introduction to Italy

Italy, known for its outstanding beauty and soothing natural displays, is a Mediterranean country situated in the south of the Europe. On the west coast of Italy lies the Mediterranean Sea and on the east coast is the Adriatic. To the north of Italy are located countries including Austria, France, Slovenia, and Switzerland. Italy’s mainland resembles a boot-shaped peninsula and the country also has popular islands like Sardinia and Sicily. Italy has some of the world’s most popular attractions including the stunning canals of Venice, the famous Colosseum of Rome City and the beautiful Trattoria on the Adriatic.

Matera at sunset

Breathtaking masterpieces of art, exotic natural displays, sumptuous food, and the world’s finest range of wines have made Italy a favorite holiday destination for both locals and tourists. The country is full of feasts with a beautiful blend of nature and culture attracting tourists from around the world. Italy has a flourishing tourist industry unveiling to visitors stunning experiences each and every day.

The country has a tremendous coastline and features some of the world’s most beautiful islands surrounded by lush blue sea water. Situated between the Adriatic Sea and Mediterranean Sea, Italy is ideal for Cruise itineraries. Cruises in Italy are available in a great variety ranging from large ships which sail to a limited number of popular ports to luxury cruises utilizing smaller vessels sailing to historic and  interesting locations.

Italian cruise ships allow the visitors to enjoy the true beauty of the country sailing through splendid rivers and oceans along with delicious Italian food to satisfy culinary desires. Italian cruises also offer a number of onboard entertainment facilities to let guests fully enjoy the coastline plus cruise excursions to enjoy the best destinations. There are 25 Italian ports that can be visited via Italian cruise ships. The Italian cruise business continues to flourish as many tourists love to explore the country whilst cruising.  Destinations one would love to reach via a cruise ship include Messina, Florence/Pisa, Rome, Venice, Capri Sardinia, Livorno, Naples, Trapani, Catania, Sorrento, Palermo, Portofino, La Spezia, Porto Venere, Lipari, Amalfi, Taormina and Genoa.

Sorrento, Italy

A number of the  best Italian cruise companies offer both luxurious and economical cruise ship packages to fit the tourists’ needs. Some of the popular Italian cruise ship companies include MSC Cruises, Costa Cruises, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Thomson, Thomas Cook, P&O Cruises, Seabourn, Swan Hellenic, Strombolli, and Noble Caledonia. Italian cruises enable visitors to feast their eyes on the world’s most spiritual and artistic sites as well as being treated to gourmet food in a  fine ambience of soothing Italian music.