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Idyllic Italia

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Take a tour around the Ionian sea and the bottom of Italy’s famous ‘boot’ with this Idyllic Italia cruise itinerary. Soak up the sunshine, culture and stunning sights of some of the world’s most famous Mediterranean destinations.

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* The order of the itinerary may differ depending on your chosen departure date and airport.
Day 1 – Corfu Town, Corfu

Departs: 23:00

You begin your Idyllic Italia cruise on the picturesque island of Corfu, popular for its warm beaches, welcoming fishing villages and rich, green vegetation. Corfu's port is a 15-minute drive from the airport, and free transfers are included with Marella Cruises, so you'll soon be on board your ship.

If your flight arrives with time to spare take a walk around Corfu Town, or take a hike up to Paleokastritsa, a peaceful village on the island’s west coast. It's a tranquil area with a slower pace of life, and boasts some stunning views, so you'll definitely want to take your camera.

There are lots of landmarks to explore, including Corfu Town's old quarter, Ayios Spyridon Church, the island's archaeological museum and Achilleion Palace. The Palace is located in the pretty village of Gastouri, with the Corfu coast below it.

Day 2 – At sea

On this day of the Idyllic Italia itinerary, you can take advantage of all the facilities on board Marella Discovery. She houses two pools where you can kick back and relax, or enjoy a few lengths. There are seven dining spots to choose from, including a main restaurant spread over two storeys, and two speciality restaurants. You also have seven bars and lounges to dip in and out of, and fabulous entertainment such as an open-air cinema, rock climbing wall and mini-golf.

Day 3 – Civitavecchia (for Rome), Italy

Time in port: 07:00-19:00

Docking in Civitavecchia gives you the fantastic opportunity to explore the buzzing city of Rome, a one-hour drive away. Sample fine food, history and culture in this Italian melting pot. Step back in time to the days of the Romans by visiting the city's famous Colosseum, which was originally built to hold 50,000 spectators.

Other interesting Roman ruins include Trajan's Forum and the House of the Vestals. After learning about the city's intriguing history, head for the Vatican City, the heart of the Catholic Church.

Day 4 – Naples (for Pompeii and Capri), Italy

Time in port: 07:00-19:00

The relentless pace of this age-old Italian city has to be experienced to be believed. Wander through Naples to find street vendors selling everything from pasta to jewellery to religious symbols. For pizza-lovers, there are hole-in-the-wall restaurants at every turn. Most of them sell pizza by the slice, which you should try if you get the chance.

An absolute must during your Idyllic Italia cruise is a visit to Pompeii. It's an ancient Roman city that became covered in ash when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79AD.

Day 5 – Messina (for Mount Etna), Sicily

Time in port: 08:00-18:00 

A rustic, age-old city, Messina is home to delicious fare, winding backstreets and luxurious boutiques. If you visit the Piazza del Duomo at midday, you'll see the world’s largest mechanical clock. No visit to Messina is complete without visiting Mount Etna, Europe's largest active volcano. Take a funicular railway up to the Silvestri Crater for stunning views of Sicily and the Gulf of Catania – a real slice of idyllic Italia.

Day 6 – Valletta, Malta

Time in port: 08:00-16:00

Stroll the colourful streets of Valletta, noting sights such as the Grandmaster's Palace, Parliament House and Castille Palace. Mdina, the island's old capital, is also worth a visit. It's a walled city with plenty of medieval and baroque architecture for history buffs. Instead of cars, you're more likely to find romantic horse-drawn carriages trotting through the streets.

You could opt to take a boating day trip to the Blue Grotto, which has a magical atmosphere. It's a dazzling, 50 metre-deep cave, which attracts many tourists every year. The cave's vibrant blue colouring comes from the blue sky reflecting off the white sand under the clear water.

Day 7 – Taranto, Italy

Time in port: 10:00-17:00 

Surrounded by a natural harbour, the city of Taranto is a must for all seafood fans, thanks to its plentiful stocks of delicious local mussels, oysters and fish. The town also has an extensive history, and dates to the year 706BC, when it was founded as a Greek-Spartan colony.

Visit the Museo Nazionale Archeologico, which holds hundreds of artefacts from their reign, including terracotta figures, glassware and jewellery. If time allows, wander to Taranto’s modern district, where Via d’Aquino features a mix of high-end shops and historical monuments.

Day 8 – Corfu Town, Corfu

After a week of Italian sunshine and sightseeing on your Idyllic Italia cruise, you'll be back on the lush island of Corfu with many memories to treasure. Why not book your next holiday from our range of Western Mediterranean Cruises?

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