Italy

It’s always a treat sailing away past the magical skyline of Venice. And Sirena’s crew makes it even more special with trays heaping with fresh-made Italian-inspired treats they’re almost begging us to sample. From the time we boarded Oceania Cruise’s newest addition, it seems the …

All roads may lead to Rome, but it’s still an hour’s drive away from Civitavecchia, where cruise ships have to dock. That means with travel time, a day on our own excursion to Rome from Oceania Cruise’s newly renovated Sirena, allows us  about six hours to have …

Hey, George Clooney: I’ll bet I had just as much fun during my stay at Venice’s Aman Canal Grande hotel as you did on your honeymoon. Before boarding a Holland America cruise out of Venice this summer, my wife and I got to enjoy the …

The most stunning view from a cruise ship anywhere in the world has to be the slow glide past Venice,  with its intricate ballet of gondolas and speedboats and its eternal skyline that’s inspired centuries of artists. But it’s about to fade into history. At least that’s what …

The abiding truth about Florence is that it’s a long journey inland from the cruise port of Livorno. That kept Firenze safe by being a day’s march inland for invaders, but let’s face it; the commercial port of Livorno isn’t the place you want to …

The breathtaking beauty of Venice is both a blessing and its curse. No other place on Earth  has matched the feat of keeping its shape since the high Renaissance. It’s evaded not only urban renewal and the invasion of modern architecture but the global bane …

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