Ports Of Call

Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Italy

Livorno is the coastal gateway to beautiful Tuscany, where you’ll find both fan-favorite Pisa and Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance and truly a city of treasures. In Florence, you’ll find some of the world's greatest works of art, from masters like Leonardo da Vinci and Boticelli. You can't leave without seeing Michelangelo's David or the Duomo, whose terrace offers breathtaking views of Florence’s red-tiled roofs and narrow medieval lanes. Then there’s Pisa, Florence's rival for political power and a brash, commercial seafaring town that once rivaled the great maritime powers Venice and Genoa. In Pisa, of course you’ll see the Leaning Tower, but don’t stop there. Palazzo Agostini houses 12th century remains of Pisa’s city walls, and Piazza dei Cavalieri was the site of many important events in Pisan history.  Fall in love with Renaissance art at the Uffizi on your Florence cruise. Gaze into goldsmiths’ glittering cases along the famous Ponte Vecchio. Learn More

Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy

In ancient times it was said that all roads lead to Rome… but in your case, the seaport of Civitavecchia is how you get there. Get there and you’ll find out what made the place so popular. The Vatican's Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo, the Colosseum with its lurid history, and of course, the Trevi Fountain — where a tossed coin promises your return — are not to be missed on any visit to the so-called “Eternal City,” one of the cradles of civilization. Take a walking tour of Rome’s many historical landmarks and enjoy the lively sidewalk cafés, ending day alla romana strolling through the atmospheric Centro Storico.  Toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain. Look up at Michelangelo’s frescos on the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling. Climb to the top of St. Peter’s Basilica dome for panoramic views of Rome. Have your picture taken on the flowery Spanish Steps. Learn More

Naples (Capri/Pompeii), Italy

One of the oldest cities in the world, Naples and its surrounding area has over thousands of years contributed innovations to not only the culinary and visual arts, but the development of everything from language to music. Today, you'll immediately feel the friendly spirit of this sunny metropolis as you sample its historic sights, fabulous shopping galleria and irresistible cuisine. But don’t limit yourself to the city itself — Mount Vesuvius, the spectacular Amalfi Coast, and the romantic isle of Capri's famous Blue Grotto are all just a short distance away. The well-known, buried city of Pompeii is an archeological wonder, and not far at all from Naples.  See treasures adorning the Duomo’s chapel, including silver statues of San Gennaro. Step back to Roman times in Pompeii. Peek inside Queen Maria Amalia’s boudoir at the Museo Nazionale de Capodimonte. Learn More

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik is a beautiful stone jewel, a feather in the cap of the Adriatic Sea. This picture-perfect medieval walled city boasts ancient stone buildings, narrow cobbled streets and fortified ramparts rising above red-tiled rooftops. As a Middle Ages trading center, Dubrovnik was once actually a seaport rival to Venice. Today, its amazing history is reflected in its many monuments and museums. You'll find it exhilarating to explore the man-made treasures like Old Town and the city's famous wall, but don't miss the natural pleasures like Dubrovnik’s nearby beaches. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Old Town remains the world-renown pride of the Republic of Croatia.  Walk along the sturdy ramparts of the old walls, dating back to the 13th century. Buy therapeutic herbs from the Franciscan Monastery’s 14th-century apothecary. Find holy relics and the remains of St. Blaise inside Dubrovnik Cathedral. Learn More

Messina (Sicily), Italy

Since its founding as a Greek colony in the 8th century B.C. During the Roman Empire, Messina has been a major port and commercial center, and during the Middle Ages Messina was the major port of departure for Crusaders. Today, this charming city entices tourists with its historical settings, including a museum with works by Caravaggio, mountainous scenery made famous by The Godfather, the active Stromboli volcano and the town’s cathedral, whose bell tower serves up an animated retelling of the town’s history every day at noon. Messina also serves as the hill-top town of Taormina, where visitors can experience amazing views of the snowcapped Mount Etna. Watch the Orologio Astronomico clock at noon, when mechanical figures spring to life. Take an excursion to Mt. Etna volcano from your cruise to Messina. Be dazzled by the golden candlesticks and chalices inside Messina’s Duomo. Learn More