A Mediterranean cruise can provide you with adventure, relaxation, and cultural and historical sites for your trip. While there are many incredible countries filled with stunning locations, Italy has a fine selection of cities and locations that are packed with beautiful architecture and natural attractions.
From the biggest aquarium in Europe, found in Genoa, to ancient architectural monuments like the Pantheon in Rome and the incredible Romanesque Baptistery in Florence, visitors are treated to some of the most incredible Mediterranean spectacles while also benefiting from the luxury and comfort of the cruise, arranged through companies like NCL.
Historically, Genoa’s position as an important trade port means that it has been one of the richest and most powerful trade centers in Italy. Despite this, cities like Milan and Rome have gained greater fame with tourists and visitors. Fortunately, this means that the intrepid traveler can enjoy beautiful sites without the same bustling throngs that line the streets and attractions of Italy’s other great cities.
The Genoa Aquarium boasts being the largest aquarium in Europe, and the city’s obvious links to the sea are also found in the popular local cuisine which consists mainly of seafood. There is also a Sea Museum and Naval Museum, numerous museums of fine and modern art, and the beautifully restored traditional port.
If you aren’t afraid of crowds, and you want to experience one of the most picturesque and historically significant cities in the Mediterranean, then Rome should top your list of places to visit.
The Pantheon was built around 100AD and remains in exceptional condition, while the Colosseum, which was used as a massive arena to stage gladiatorial competitions and other bloody battles, and Basilica di San Pietro stand out as being two of the other historical delights located in the city.
When it comes to ancient culture, Florence is arguably even more enticing than Rome. Museums, galleries, exhibitions, palaces, and churches, are filled with some of the most significant historical finds that have excited historians and visitors alike for centuries.
Florence is also famed for its incredible vistas and beautiful cityscapes, and if you want a break from visiting museums and galleries, then the Church of San Miniato al Monte, located on top of the hill, offers the perfect view out. The Boboli Gardens also offer opportunity to enjoy the beautiful Italian weather while viewing stunning sculptures and a fine collection of Roman antiquities. The sculptures date from between the 16th and 18th Century, which is roughly the same era as the garden design.
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