Essences of Italy Cruise
Sail from the Costa del Sol to the cultural roots of Italy
Discovering the essence of Italy on your Pullmantur cruise means getting in touch with the inhabitants of a pleasant and welcoming society that values the mix of public life with family, friends and, above all, visitors. Without any doubt, conversation is an art for the Italians, and a basic and essential element in their day to day life. The fine people are blessed by the country's rich gastronomy, with its dishes known around the world, as well by landscapes of incalculable beauty, grand geographic wonders that are higlighted by the outstanding Italian buildings, charming cities and the region's captivating history.
The city of Malaga, in Andalusia, is the starting point for the Essence of Italy cruise, which takes place over the course of 6 days and 7 nights, and takes you to Porto Torres, Civitavecchia and Livorno, three important Italian ports, which are, turn, gateways to the outstanding tourist cities of the region. In addition to these cities, you will also have the possibility of visiting Alicante, the best representative of the Spanish Costa Blanca, bathed by the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
Among the most visited places in Malaga is the Basilica of Our Lady of the Incarnation, which serves as the city's cathedral and is also known as La Manquita. We'll also visit the Alcazaba, which stands on the Gibralfaro hill, the Roman Theater, discovered in 1951 during the construction of local gardens, Calle Larios, the main thoroughfare where Malaga's most important celebrations take place, and the Plaza de la Constitución, located in the historic center of the city.
Porto Torres and Civitavecchia: direct access to the history of Italy
After sailing through the Mediterranean, you will reach Italy, first stopping in at Porto Torres, one of the most charming places on the island of Sardinia and the heart of the province of Sassari. While wandering about Porto Torres you can visit all sorts of archaeological remains dating back to the Roman era, viewing ruined villas, thermal areas and basilicas. One of these important historical landmarks is the necropolis of Su Crucifissu Mannu, where you can see the famous Janas Domus, a collection of structures formed by tombs carved into the rock, very typical in this Mediterranean area.
One of the most interesting stops of this Essence of Italy cruise is port of Civitavecchia, which serves as the main sea access to the famous city of Rome, one of the most important tourist destinations in the world. No visit to the Eternal City is complete without a stop at the Vatican, one of Europe's six microstates, which is inevitably linked to the figure of the Pope. This magnificent place is famous for St. Peter's Basilica and the marvellous Vatican Museums, where you can see Michelangelo's sublime Sistine Chapel.
While in Rome take care to visit the interior and exterior of the Flavian Amphitheatre, better known as the Colosseum, a UNESCO-recognized World Heritage Site and one of the new Seven Wonders of the Modern World . Next to it, Rome's extensive collection of monuments also includes the Roman Forum, the Palatine Forum, the Arch of Titus, the Trevi Fountain, which is a clear wonder of Italian Baroque architecture, and Agrippa's Pantheon, a work of perfect circular wonder which dates back to the first epoch of the Roman Empire and was built to honor all the gods.
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From dazzling Tuscany to the Spanish Costa Blanca
The third stop of this Pullmantur cruise to Italy is the port of Livorno, one of the most interesting cities in Tuscany, known the world over for both for its outstanding tourist attractions and its proximity to other important Italian cities, such as Florence or Pisa. Within this region, Livorno is notable due to its geographical location and influences, which enables visitors to enjoy a wide range of leisure, culture and gastronomic experiences. In its streets, you can quickly appreciate the features of the purest Italian tradition mixed with influences from other Mediterranean cultures.
One of the most interesting areas to visit in Livorno is the Little Venice district, home to a fortress called Fortezza Nuova, and a large canal area with a very special appeal. In addition, when it comes to tourism in Livorno, you should also know other places like the Old Fort, located in a privileged location facing the sea, the Mercato Centrale, built in the neoclassical style, or the Cathedral of Livorno, which was designed by Iñigo Jones, the same architect who launched the Covent Garden project in London. Finally, before returning to Malaga, the last city you will visit with on the Essence of Italy cruise is Alicante, a sensational enclave in the heart of Spain's Mediterranean coast.
Several buildings and landmarks detail the history of Alicante, inside and outside its walls. Among the most representative are the castle of Santa Bárbara, which rises to a height of 166 meters and offers spectacular views of the bay, as well as Casa Carbonell, a prominent reflection of Alicante's period of greatest economic splendour, when the bourgeoisie enjoyed the riches of the textile trade. Other fascinating sites include the charming Town Hall, the Central Market and the Cathedral of San Nicolás, built in the Renaissance style and located in the historic heart of Alicante.