When it comes to river cruises, Italy is a country seemingly designed to host them. Its beautiful canals and rivers pass through diverse landscapes and nature en route, from picturesque lagoon islands with their colourful houses, to wild beach dunes and pine woods with an abundance of birdlife. Cruises around Italy are perfect for gaining a real insight into the many cultures - including Roman, Etruscan, Istrian, Byzantine and Renaissance - which have influenced the arts, architecture and history of the region over many centuries.
Our Italian river cruise encompasses the romance and architecture of Venice and its lagoon as well as an inland route along the River Po through the Po Valley. The unique city of Venice is spread across 117 islands connected by 409 bridges, a fascinating maze of canals, narrow streets and small squares bordered by beautiful churches and ancient palaces. Optional excursions include the famous Venice lagoon islands of Murano and Burano with their specialist shops and glass workshops.
Coveted through the ages by aristocrats and invaders alike, Italy's River Po Valley overflows with a wealth of art, culture and tradition. Excursions may include visits to the renowned cities of Padua, Mantua, Ferrare and Verona of Romeo and Juliet fame.
One of our other Italian cruises is Naples & the Amalfi Coast which offers a is a superb way to explore the south of Italy and Sicily, the Aeolian Islands and fascinating archaeological sites. Discover the ancient ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum, which were destroyed by the Vesuvius eruption of 79 A.D. and the popular resort of Taormina on Sicily’s East coast which has a stunning Ancient Greek theatre and sweeping views over the Gulf of Naxos and Mount Etna. The cruise offers a unique perspective on the Amalfi Coast: bays, coves and picturesque small towns clinging to the hillside can all be observed and visited from the ship; this line of coastline is one of the most beautiful routes on the Italian coast. This Italian cruise is onboard the 4* MS Belle de l’Adriatique.