A Mediterranean Journey to Italy, France, and Spain

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On this Mediterranean voyage, you’ll experience three distinctive countries and cultures in a week. It starts in Rome and continues to the Tuscan port of Livorno and Portofino, at the heart of the Italian Riviera. Next up is France, with stops in the chic Riviera towns of Monaco and St. Tropez—late departures at 11 p.m. from each port provides time to see them glittering at night. You’ll also spend a day in Marseille, where you can experience both the urban attractions of this large French port and venture to nearby hill towns. You’ll end your cruise in Barcelona, the capital of Catalunya and Spain’s second largest city. Its fantastical architecture and tapas scene may even persuade you to extend your post-cruise stay.

Few cruises manage to fit such a diversity of destinations into such a short itinerary while still delivering meaningful, authentic experiences. It’s a testament to Azamara’s mission of destination immersion.

Rome
Your cruise departs from Rome at 6 p.m., but we suggest that you arrive a few days early; Azamara can help with hotel arrangements for pre-cruise extensions. Whether you’re most interested in the sites of ancient Rome (starting with the Colosseum, Pantheon, and the Forum), the wonders of the Vatican Museum and St. Peter’s Basilica, or charming neighborhoods like Trastevere and Monti, you’ll have no shortage of sites to explore and meals to savor.
Livorno and Florence
Your first stop is Livorno, the major port of Tuscany and getaway to its Renaissance gem, Florence. The Glimpse of Florence excursion is a long day, at over nine hours, but every moment is filled with opportunities to marvel at artistic and architectural masterpieces. You’ll start at the Piazza del Duomo, site of the cathedral with its bell tower and baptistery, most famous for its Gates of Paradise—bronze doors with intricate scenes designed by Lorenzo Ghiberti in the 15th century. At the Piazza della Signoria, you’ll see a replica of Michelangelo’s David; your next stop, the 14th-century church of Santa Croce, is the resting place of Michelangelo as well as Galileo and other luminaries. You’ll have three hours to yourself, perhaps to take in more art at the Uffizi, stroll the lush Boboli Gardens, or shop the indie and artisan boutiques of the Oltrarno.
Livorno and Florence
Your first stop is Livorno, the major port of Tuscany and getaway to its Renaissance gem, Florence. The Glimpse of Florence excursion is a long day, at over nine hours, but every moment is filled with opportunities to marvel at artistic and architectural masterpieces. You’ll start at the Piazza del Duomo, site of the cathedral with its bell tower and baptistery, most famous for its Gates of Paradise—bronze doors with intricate scenes designed by Lorenzo Ghiberti in the 15th century. At the Piazza della Signoria, you’ll see a replica of Michelangelo’s David; your next stop, the 14th-century church of Santa Croce, is the resting place of Michelangelo as well as Galileo and other luminaries. You’ll have three hours to yourself, perhaps to take in more art at the Uffizi, stroll the lush Boboli Gardens, or shop the indie and artisan boutiques of the Oltrarno.

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