Civitavecchia, a former Etruscan port, is the seaport for Rome. And what about it? Everything here reflects the glorious power of a people who ruled the world. Located in cove, protected to the north by Mignone and south by the Marangone, the Civitavecchia port was built on the Tyrrhenian coast in Etruscan times and still preserves traces of this history. In particular, the Michelangelo fort and the old town with its 9th-century walls bear witness to the splendour of a medieval past. We have to take advantage of this stop to visit Rome, the grandiose capital with its world-famous monuments: the Forum, the Colosseum, the Pantheon, Trajan's column, St Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, Piazza Venezia, the Spanish Steps and so much more.
Naples is the heart of the Mediterranean. A unrivalled city where everything becomes a pleasant experience. Enjoy pizza, sfogliatelle and coffee. The port of Naples is located right in the heart of the city and you can easily reach the city centre on foot. Take advantage of the break to go and visit Pompeii. You will be offered two shore excursions to immerse yourself in the heart of history and visit the ruins of this ancient Roman city. Then, let yourself be enchanted by the beauty of the landscapes between the Hill of Posillipo and Vesuvius. If you want to go shopping, pop to Spaccanapoli, the main artery of the city.
Norman structure, Greek influences and typically Sicilian air are the three souls that characterise Messina, where we stop over during our Costa Cruise. This Sicilian city, proud of its ancient history, is a landmark that cannot be lost. The port of Messina, with her channel and characteristic lighthouse, will remind you of Homer’s epic. The stop in Messina offers cultural tours and excursions that will offer you some pleasant surprises. For example, you can visit the largest astronomical clock in the world featuring the zodiac signs. The picturesque Cathedral of Messina, a typically Norman structure, is well worth a visit. While the many villages around the city seduce you with the beauty of their simplicity.
Cagliari, on the south coast of Sardinia, is rich in historical references. Let’s take a dip at the Poetto Beach, very close to the port but with exceptional crystal-clear water. The port of Cagliari is located in the Bay of Angels in southern Sardinia. At first glance, this multicultural city reveals all its charm derived from Spanish and Roman and Savoy influences. During the stop in Cagliari, we discover the vestiges of the past and its landmarks: the Colosseum, the Domus de Janas, the Elephant Towers of San Pancrazio, St. Mary's Cathedral and the Royal Palace. The fortified hill that hosts the old town castle is also well worth a visit. Cagliari boasts some beautiful beaches such as that of Poetto, Porto Giunco and Spartivento.
Join one of the numerous excursions offered by the onboard team. As an example for the price of €99, join this excursion organised by the dedicated team onboard Costa Smeralda, which by coach and foot will take you on a journey through thousands of years of Roman history, from Ancient Rome to the Vatican via the splendour of the Baroque city, and a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. You will see the following:
Sightseeing tour of classical Rome
The Pyramid of Cestius and the Baths of Caracalla
The Circus Maximus
Basilica of San Pietro in Vincoli
Photo stop at the Colosseum
The Via dei Fori Imperiali and Piazza Venezia
Lunch at a Roman restaurant
A stroll through Baroque Rome
The Trevi Fountain, Piazza Montecitorio, Piazza Navona
Saint Peter’s Basilica
The small port of La Spezia in Liguria is the place to discover the secrets of the Cinque Terre or reach Portovenere opposite the island of Palmaria. La Spezia is a port city located between Genoa and Pisa. It is located south of Liguria, on a mountainous coast at the bottom of the Gulf of Poets. The port of La Spezia is very famous for its military arsenal. A stop at La Spezia will allow you to visit several museums, including the Amedeo Lia inside the monastery of San Francesco di Paola. Take advantage of this stop to visit the Cinque Terre National Park and the beautiful village of Monterosso and Portovenere, the “pearl of the Gulf of Poets”, from where you can reach the Island of Palmaria.
Above the port of Savona, the Priamar Fortress greets every departure and arrival of the Costa ships sailing in the Mediterranean. Genoa and its aquarium are nearby. The port of Savona is one of the prettiest of the Italian Riviera. The lovely climate, summers that are never to hot, mild winters and the exceptional beauty of the sea near the town makes Savona an excellent base to set out to explore Liguria. Savona is notable for the Priamar Fortress, which has dominated the town since the 16th century, and also for its historic centre where you can visit Savona Cathedral. A stop in Savona can also be an opportunity to visit the nearby city of Genoa and its narrow, picturesque streets, known as “caruggi”.
Disembarkation after 0900hrs
- 7 Night Cruise on Full Board Basis on Costa Smeralda.
- Daily Entertainment and use of onboard facilities.
- Luggage service between docks and cabin for embarking and disembarking.
- All port taxes.
- Protection by the Insolvency Fund.
- Onboard Tips (compulsory, to be paid on board), – €10.00 per night per person 14 years and over.
- Drinks Package.
- Return Flights to Rome.
- Airport Transfers.
- Travel Insurance (optional), highly recommended.