Cruises are one of the most popular ways to visit Italy, especially the beautiful coastal areas of the country.
With features like the historic city of Venice and the beautiful islands and towns of the Amalfi Coast, Italy cruises offer a great way to see some of the best Italian cities, towns, and coastline in one trip.
Cruises vary from large boats on international cruise lines to small ships run by Italian cruise companies. The length of time of a cruise depends on where you go and how much time you have to visit Italy.
The most popular cruise destinations in Italy include Venice, the Amalfi Coast (Sorrento, Capri), the Po River, Civitavecchia (for Rome), Sardinia, Genoa, Sicily, Livorno, Pisa, and Naples. Some Italy cruises also offer extensions to other European countries, including Malta, Greece, Turkey, France, and Croatia.
Some cruises are longer than others, but the average cruise holiday in Italy is around 10 days. Often you can participate in optional excursions or extend your cruise if you want to experience more of the country at the end of your trip.
Whatever length of cruise you choose, you can either make a direct booking yourself on the cruise line’s website, or book your cruise through a tour operator. Whichever method you go with, make sure to shop around for deals and compare what each cruise package or independent cruise includes (and more importantly, doesn’t include).
There are often deals and promotional discounts on Italy cruises if you book early or wait until the last minute. Additionally, discounts are sometimes available if you take a cruise in Italy during the off-season.