Italy is one of the favorite destinations for tourists from all over the world, with its 7500 km of coastline with privileged access to its beauties guarded by coves, harbors, ancient walls and fortresses.
A nice way to discover the Italian peninsula is by cruise ship holiday. The sea is one of beauties of this country which has so many ports of call. Thanks to its former Maritime Republics – Amalfi, Genoa, Pisa and Venice – Italy has a rich maritime history.
There are many beautiful cities where cruise ships dock even for short visits. How not to mention Civitavecchia to discover the ancient region of Tuscia and get to Rome, or Naples and discover the Sorrento coast, Venice and its canals, or all of the Sicilian ports, such as Ragusa, Palermo or Messina.
Do not miss the islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida, or the Tuscan archipelago, including Elba and Giglio. One of most loved regions for cruise ship vacationers, in fact, is Tuscany, with its extraordinary wonders.
This land encompasses seas and mountains, hills and rivers, art and history. A region to discover on a cruise ship holiday, when the ship docks in Livorno. Once at the cruise terminal, you can visit the nearby cities of Pisa and Florence or even go south, if you have more time to enjoy the whole coast of Tuscany.
Pisa and Florence are close enough to Livorno, so you can enjoy the local hospitality and the good food before heading toward the historic beauty of these two other Tuscan cities.
Discovering Italy in a cruise ship holiday, in this case Tuscany, allows you to reach the shore by sea, which makes it more impressive. At dawn, at dusk or at night the sea offers the best view ever.
In addition, a cruise ship holiday allows you to quietly enjoy the journey without thoughts, lulled by the sea. Pisa can be visited in a few hours, and you can see the famous Piazza dei Miracoli with the leaning tower but also the typical narrow streets.
Florence will require more time, but even in a few hours you can see so much beauty to fill your heart enough: Piazzale Michelangelo, Duomo, Uffizi and Boboli gardens, for example. You can also organize a shore excursion to Florence in order to get the most you can from your Tuscan day.