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Sampling Italy on a Cruise…

This post was done in partnership with Celebrity Cruises.

I love Italy. It’s one of my favorite countries to visit. But, I really haven’t even skimmed the surface in seeing all that Italy has to offer.

Every time I’ve been, I’ve tried to sip in the local wine regions while also seeing a few sites along the way. My time has always been limited to 10-14 days, so I just can’t do it all. Or rather, I don’t want to be rushing from one location to the next, spending valuable time in the car or train. So, I tend to stay in one or two places to really soak them in.

But there is so much more I want to see!

I’ve been trying to find other ways I could see the country, sip the wine and do so without having to be in a car or train for long periods of time.

Enter Italy cruises..

I haven’t done one – yet. Celebrity Cruises reached out to me and invited me to check out their Italy cruises for this article. I have to admit I’m enamored with all the Mediterranean Cruises they’re offering, specifically those exploring the French Rivera and Italy. (FYI – Celebrity Cruises was named Cruise Line of the Year in 2018!)

Italy Cruises
Photo by Celebrity Cruises

With stops in several major cities I want to visit – that are also home to some of the country’s outstanding wine regions – I could conquer my goal in seeing and sipping in more of Italy!

  • Venice – Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia wine regions
  • Naples – Campania wine region
  • Catania – In the Sicily wine region
  • Rome – The heart of the Lazio wine region

And, that’s just a few of the wine regions I was mapping out on the Italy cruises that Celebrity Cruises offers, mainly because I’ve already visited Tuscany, Liguria and Piedmont. That’s not to say I don’t want to visit them again…

And then there’s the French Rivera…

Cruises in France
Photo provided by Celebrity Cruises

The Husband and I have been wanting to visit Provence again and really dig into the wine regions but time hasn’t allowed us to – yet. Cruising through parts of the French Rivera could seriously be a great way to sample the area and then go back for a more in-depth wine visit.

It’s like doing a flight of wine to get a taste what you like, then going back to order a bottle on your next visit.

What do you think? Have you done a French Rivera or Italy cruise before? Does my flight of wine analogy hold up?

Luca Pedevilla

Wednesday 11th of December 2019

Hey Elaine, thanks for the great post, full of useful tips! Sure cruising is a great way to experience Italy, an even better one would be to rent a sailing boat! We have a stunning coast, from Sicily to Amalfi coast and Cinque Terre, plenty of things to see (and taste)!

Elaine Schoch

Wednesday 11th of December 2019

Thanks for the tip!