Italy is often at the top of a passenger’s “must-do” list when planning their European cruise. The country evokes images of romance, culture and fine dining, so it’s not difficult to understand why so many people can’t wait to experience the delights of Italy.
As always, Cruise 1st Australia has the very best deals on cruises to Italy. Click here to see the latest offers, or read on to find out more about just one of our Italian destinations – the fascinating city of Pisa.
Pisa is located in the region of Tuscany, Central Italy. Famed for its leaning tower, the city also boasts several palaces, over 20 historic churches and several stunning bridges which cross the river Arno.
Most visitors to Pisa will flock straight to the leaning tower for that all-important photo opportunity. Construction started on the famous tower in 1173 and halted a decade later when the building first started to tilt. Until the 18th century many attempts were made to rectify the lean, until finally 70 tonnes of earth was extracted from the northern side. Experts believe that this stabilised the tower for at least three centuries. Today visitors can climb the tower – the steep ascent comprises 300 steps so is not for the less mobile but is well worth the effort if you are feeling energetic.
One of Pisa’s beautiful churches is the Battistero – an unusual, rounded church which has one dome on top of another, with one half in lead and the other half in tiles. This church boasts spectacular architecture, with the lower half of the building being Pisan-Romanesque while the upper half and dome is Gothic. Inside the church the hexagonal pulpit is a must-see, and you can’t leave without climbing to the Upper Gallery and listening to the custodian demonstrating the dome’s incredible acoustics and echo effects.
Pisa is home to many museums and galleries. Just one example is the Museo Nazionale di San Matteo. This 13th-century Benedictine convent displays a collection of 13th-century masterpieces with notable works by Lippo Memmi, Taddeo Gaddi and Ghirlandaio to name just a few. There is also a selection of 14th- and 15th-century Pisan sculptures.
All this, plus a vibrant town centre packed with bars, cafes and shops will make your visit to Pisa an unforgettable highlight of your European cruise.
Cruise lines currently sailing to Italy include Royal Caribbean International, Holland America and P&O Cruises.
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Remember that our very latest deals are available on our Italy cruise deals page. Meanwhile here is just a taster of our recent offers.
Mediterranean and Venice (Fly/Stay/Cruise)
Sailing with Royal Caribbean International on Vision of the Seas
30th August 2015 for 16 nights
Departing from Barcelona you will then sail to Nice (Villefranche), Florence/Pisa, Rome (Civitavecchia), Naples, Venice, Ravenna, and Kotor before returning to Barcelona. This fantastic offer includes a hotel stay in Barcelona and up to US$500 on board credit per Stateroom.
Images sourced via Flickr Creative Commons. Credit: Rodrigo Soldon.