Situated an approximate 50-minute drive away from the Italian capital, Civitavecchia provides an ideal point of access for cruise passengers to visit the impressive city of Rome. As well as being famed for being built on seven hills, the historic city centre holds UNESCO World Heritage status, with many spectacular palaces, churches, ruins, monuments, statues, fountains and much, much more. One of the most impressive landmarks of the city is the towering Colosseum – which dates back to 70 - 80 AD. The religious prominence of the city becomes clear upon visiting the ornate Vatican City – the centre of the Catholic Church.
The beautiful Amalfi Coast city of Sorrento paints an image that many would consider to be synonymous of the true Italy. Charming architecture blends with gorgeous lemon terraces and a plethora of restaurants and cafes that serve some of the finest cuisine on earth. Sorrento also provides an ideal point from which to visit Pompeii and Ercolano.
The charming hillside town of Taormina is situated on the east coast of the Italian island of Sicily and is a highly renowned destination, with tourists from around the world coming to visit. Situated close to the iconic Mount Etna, this charming town offers a pleasant climate and plenty to see. The Teatro Greco is an impressive open-air Roman theatre, offering an insight into the history of the area as well as impressive views of Mount Etna and the coast. Sicilian towns and cities are widely-regarded for having some of the best food in all of Italy and Taormina is no exception, with plenty of places to try sumptuous dishes and refreshing limoncello.
Famous for its iconic blue domes, the Greek island of Santorini continues to attract visitors year after year. What was nothing more than a half-submerged volcanic mountain saw a huge volcanic explosion in the 17th century which almost entirely reshaped the island as know it today. Visitors to the island will certainly enjoy exploring the many villages and towns, while the golden beaches provide the perfect place upon which to admire one of the legendary sunsets.
The popular Greek tourist destination of Mykonos is one of the Cyclades Islands and is situated in the Aegean Sea. While many will come to visit in search of Mediterranean sun and beach relaxation, it is worth taking the time to visit some of the many historical landmarks and archaeological museums. One of the most iconic sights of Mykonos is the Windmills, which were built in the 16th century. This are provides a great view over one of the island’s other significant landmarks, Little Venice – a picturesque area known medieval-style wooden architecture.
Of the Greek Islands, Rhodes is one of the largest and most fertile – offering visitors a range of golden beaches and intriguing medieval settlements. The island really does have something to please everyone, with plenty of locations to soak up the sun combined with fascinating architecture. The small church of Asklipio depicts the fascinating ancient cult of healing on the island, while there are also many castles, monasteries and ruins to lead you on a historical journey.
The coastal resort town of Kusadasi is situated in Turkey’s Aydin Province and looks out to the Aegean Sea. Undoubtedly, the best way to take advantage of the excellent location of Kusadasi is to soak up the sun on one of the many beaches. There are, however, a number of historical landmarks which are well worth visiting including the city walls, the 17th century Kaleici Camii Mosque, and the castle island of Guvercin Adasi.
The ancient Greek port of Piraeus provides an ideal point of access for the city of Athens – with easy links into the Greek capital. Athens is a fascinating city, with many ancient landmarks – most notably the Acropolis, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The area of Piraeus is home to a few areas of interest if you would rather stay close to the port including an archaeological museum and a number of Greek Orthodox churches.
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