Experience the Italian Riviera
While many cruises offer the opportunity to travel to cities including Barcelona, Rome, Athens and other iconic destinations, Pullmantur Cruises will also be operating a number of alternative itineraries throughout 2018. One of these regions is the iconic Italian Riviera, which is known for its range of stunning towns that are dotted along the country’s breath-taking north-western coastline.
Departing out of the Catalonian city of Barcelona on 22nd September 2018, this seven-night sailing offers an opportunity to explore this stunning region from the comfort of Zenith. This week, we take a look at three Italian Riviera destinations that are sure to leave a lasting impression.
Porto Venere is home to an historic fishing port that is instantly distinguishable by the vibrant and colourful houses that sit upon it. Along with the neighbouring town of Cinque Terre, it was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 1997 for its significant scenic and cultural value. Indeed, the views out to sea and over the settlement are truly spectacular and highly rewarding for visitors. It is also home to an intriguing old town, which is accessible via the old city gate at Porta del Borgo.
Situated on the Etruscan coast, Piombino has to be one of the lesser known destinations on this itinerary but is definitely worth taking the time to explore. Historically, it was assigned by Napoleon Bonaparte in the early 19 the century to his sister, Elisa Bonaparte Baciocchi, who referred to the city as “my little Paris”. It is home to a historical naval base as well as a charming marina, which makes for a relaxing stroll and offers a good introduction to the town. Delve further and you will discover a fascinating old town, housing landmarks including the intriguing gate of St. Antonito which dates back to the early 13th century.
While you may be wanting to shoot off and see as much of Portofino as you can in the short amount of time you have in the city, the lifestyle and the spectacular coastal views are worth taking a moment to marvel in their own right. One of the best places in which to be able to do this is the golden beach, which offers the perfect place in which to relax and soak up the Mediterranean sun. Listen to the sounds of the sea and admire the colourful houses that line the waterfront. If you are feeling adventurous, however, there are a handful of landmarks worth visiting including the 16th century Castello Brown – a former castle/fort and now a museum – and the 11th century Church of St. Martin.
In addition to visiting all of the destinations listed above, this unique sailing also offers a chance to visit the islands of Menorca and Corsica before returning to the Catalonian city of Barcelona. Along the way, you will also be able to enjoy a unique all-inclusive ambience on board, with all drinks, meals, entertainment, port taxes and much more included in the cost of your fare.