Join Boudicca for an in-depth exploration of simply breathtaking Italian coasts, taking in spectacular scenery from the ship’s decks before stepping ashore in pretty towns and effervescent cities to uncover a wealth of historic landmarks and cultural delights.
After enjoying calls into Lisbon – the attraction-packed Portuguese capital – and Mahon on the Spanish island of Menorca, your Italian adventure begins in Naples. You could discover the architectural treasures hidden within the UNESCO-listed historic centre; or opt to tour to nearby Pompeii and marvel at the ash dusted remains of the ancient city devastated by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79CE. You’ll then be dazzled by the beguiling beauty Amalfi, an enchanting town sprawled up a lush mountainside on the Amalfi Coast. Take time to explore and you’re sure to be charmed by Arab-Romanesque style structures such as the 9th century Cattedrale di Sant’Andrea, the vivacious piazzas and the glorious beach. Alternatively you could tour to Positano – considered the prettiest town on the Amalfi Coast – before embarking Boudicca once again to experience memorable scenic cruising along the coast and by the idyllic island of Capri as you sail to Civitavecchia. This town is your gateway to Rome and the highlights of the historic Italian capital; from the iconic Colosseum and the Roman Forum, to the Vatican and St Peter’s Basilica.
Then, in stunning Tuscany, you can tour to Pisa from Livorno and take in must-visit landmarks including the 11th century Duomo and of course, the world-famous Leaning Tower. The Renaissance city of Florence, surrounded by awe-inspiring Tuscan scenery and boasting majestic domes, towers, museums and galleries, is within reach from Livorno too. Your final three days in Italy will be spent exploring the incredible Italian Riviera, stopping first in pocket-sized Portofino. Make the most of a relaxing full-day here to wander the gorgeous marina and the upmarket fishing village, or unwind at nearby Paraggi Beach. A mix of grand palaces and piazzas will await your discovery in Genoa, from where you could choose to journey to fashionable Milan or join a wonderful wine tasting tour. Finally it’s on to Sanremo to catch a glimpse of the town’s Belle époque architecture and tropical flora before Boudicca heads for home, stopping off in Spain en route. Calls in Cartagena and Malaga will offer a blend of history, culture and beauty; while a stop in Vigo concludes your authentic exploration perfectly.
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