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 small fishing village of Portofino is situated beside the glistening Ligurian Sea. Brightly coloured homes will greet you upon arrival into what is easily regarded as one of the most beautiful areas of the Mediterranean. Wander the streets and soak up the architecture and culture of this beautiful and immersive location. Alternatively, you can head to one of the nearby beaches for a sense of peace and tranquillity.
Home to the rich and famous, the resort destination of Monte Carlo, Monaco, is one of the most glamorous destinations on earth. The beautiful harbour accommodates a wide array of yachts and a walk along the coastal Avenue Saint-Martin will take you to a beautiful collection of cliff-side gardens. The architecture within this area is stunning, from the Palais du Prince in Monaco-Ville, to the Old Casino – you will be astounded by the number of historical buildings.
The French Riviera town of St Tropez has been a popular destination for the rich and famous ever since the famous French actress, Brigitte Bardot, started visiting in the 1950’s. The village is easily walked on-foot, while the waterfront offers a string of cafes and restaurants. This is undoubtedly the most famous resort in Europe and the only way to truly appreciate its charm is to experience it for yourself.
The second most populated city of France – Marseille is a significant city in Southern France and is home to the largest port in the Mediterranean. Originally founded by the Phoceans in 600BC, it is considered to be one of the oldest cities in Europe. This is reflected throughout the architecture of the city including Notre Dame de la Garde, and it also depicted in a number of interesting museums. Marseille also offers a number of fabulous beaches – each of which provides an ideal place to soak up the Mediterranean sun.
Overlooked by the dramatic Pyrenees Mountains along the southwestern coast of France is the port of Sete. A bustling harbour town, Sete is the Mediterranean’s largest fishing port. Sete has been likened to an unspoilt and largely undiscovered Venice of the Languedoc. With its own very strong cultural identity, traditions, cuisine and dialect, Sete really is unlike anywhere else.
The charming Spanish city of Valencia is home to a multitude of historical buildings and fascinating cultural landmarks. Despite being on the Mediterranean coast, the city residents are determined to ensure the tradition of the city does not become overlooked by the beach. Landmarks of particular interest include Valencia Cathedral and La Lonja de la Seda (Silk Exchange), which has gained UNESCO World Heritage status. Of course, the city’s beaches should not be overlooked if you fancy soaking up the Mediterranean sun, with plenty of beautiful golden stretches to choose between.
The Spanish city of Barcelona is a hub of culture, architecture, culinary art, beaches, and passion. There is no shortage of things to see in this beautiful city and a stroll through its many streets will take you through its many delights. Admire the dominating Sagrada Familia – an intricately impressive basilica designed by Antoni Gaudi. It has been under construction for over 100 years and has gained UNESCO World Heritage status. Gaudi’s art can also be found in Parc Guell, which is home to an array of buildings which have been decorated with mosaic designs.
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