One of the world's most historic cities, Rome is the ideal place to begin your cruise in style. Civitavecchia is the port for all cruises from Rome – from here you can sail to any number of captivating ports all over the Mediterranean. From iconic capitals like Barcelona and Athens to exotic escapes like ancient Istanbul, cruises from Rome can make for a truly unforgettable experience.
Cruises from Rome give you the chance to see some of the Eternal City's most memorable treasures. You’ll find a huge choice of world-famous architecture to explore, like the astounding Colosseum and the domed Pantheon – as well as spectacular places of worship like the Church of San Luigi dei Francesi, and the astounding frescoes of the Church of Sant'Ignazio Di Loyola. For a taste of old Rome be sure to visit Centro Storico, a fascinating tangle of cobbled streets dotted with cafes and restaurants, nestled away from the monuments and squares.
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Some fly-cruise holidays give you time to see Italy’s capital before you set sail. But to make the most of your trip to Rome, we recommend extending your holiday with a hotel stay in the capital. A few extra days in Rome will give you the chance to enjoy its vivid modern culture and world-class food and shopping, set against some of the finest classical art and architecture in the world. Just ask us to quote for an additional hotel stay when you call to book your cruise.
Set sail from Civitavecchia and you could head on to Barcelona, one of the Mediterranean’s most exciting art cities. As one of Spain's cultural hubs, Barcelona is a living showcase for the bright, organic lines of modernist work by Antoni Gaudi – especially the remarkable Sagrada Familia, the city’s most popular landmark. Wander through the city’s gothic quarter for buildings dating back to medieval times; visit the palatial Picasso Museum, relax in Parc Guell, or explore the colourful Las Ramblas – the city’s main strip, which is even more inviting at night than it is during the day.
The ancient Greek capital of Athens is another popular destination on cruises from Rome, which is reached by the gateway port of Piraeus. Athens is home to the magnificent Acropolis, an enduring and awe-inspiring testament both to the ancient world and to modern thought. Climb the steps to the ancient ruins of the Parthenon temple, or visit the shops and tavernas in the old Plaka district at the foot of the hill. There’s a wealth of museums here too for history lovers, charting the various cultures of Athens and neighbouring Corinth.
Cruises from Rome also visit French ports such as Marseilles, where a tour of the city is a popular cruise excursion, and with good reason. The streets are home to some astounding cultural gems, most notably the stunning cathedral Basilique de Notre Dame del la Garde, and the solid vaults and towers of the Abbaye Saint Victor. Alternatively you could visit Cannes, which combines glorious coastline with a glamourous silver-screen reputation.
Croatia’s historic capital could be another port of call on your cruise adventure sailing out of Rome. The beautiful Old Town here is filled with medieval architecture, and a variety of monasteries here hide some magnificent frescoes and libraries behind their solid stone walls. Visit the grandeur of the city treasury and the elegant maritime museum, or head out on a shore trip to see enchanting villages along the stunning Dalmatian coast.
Cruises from Rome could give you the chance to see bewitching Istanbul, offering its visitors a unique blend of Asian and European culture. This is one of the most populous cities in the world, packed with mosques, markets, churches and museums that illustrate just how much history this remarkable destination enjoys. Don't miss the famous Blue Mosque in the historic quarter, and be sure to see the sultan’s palace here too – as well as the magnificent tiles that adorn buildings like the Grand Bazaar and the Hagia Sophia Museum.
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