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Kick off your morning with one of the best things to do in Rome visit the 2,000-year-old Colosseum. Then satisfy your appetite with a true Roman delicacy – homemade pasta, anyone? – before finishing off your meal with sweet, melt-in-your-mouth gelato. Slow down and watch the locals as they go about their day. Wander through the narrow cobblestoned streets and meander through piazzas. Look up at the stunning ancient Roman architecture as you make your way through the bustling city centre. Best part? Rome is just a hop, skip and a jump to almost anywhere you want to visit in Italy or the greater Mediterranean. Cruise from Rome and experience Italy just as the Romans do.
Explore the shores of Italy and beyond with a cruise to the rugged islands of the Greek Isles or the bustling cities of Spain on Mediterranean Cruises departing from Rome. Enjoy days exploring romantic European coastlines and exotic worlds during your adventure. Discover the best of the Mediterranean with cruises departing from Rome.
Sailing from Rome, you're right in the heart of the Mediterranean’s most iconic marvels. Take a dip in the sparkling blue waters that surround Capri, wander the lavender fields of Provence, snap a pic in front of the Colosseum and catch a flamenco show in Barcelona. From mediaeval towns and Roman ruins, to captivating coasts and enchanting isles, you’ve never seen the Med like this.
Start your journey in vibrant Rome where every alleyway brims with ancient history, incredible art and world class cuisine. From there, cruise to Greece with stops in iconic isles like Santorini, Mykonos, Crete and Rhodes. Or mix up your Greek getaway as we return to fan-favourite destinations like Croatia and the Holy Land – or Egypt for the first time in a decade.
The Pantheon in Rome, Italy
Walk through the heart of Ancient Rome. Start at the Colosseum, an enormous arena where gladiators once battled. Then meander around the Roman Forum’s timeworn ruins, past crumbling temples and basilicas. See where emperors lived on Palatine Hill – and enjoy an up-close view of the 2,000-year-old, well-preserved Pantheon church.
A fountain in Piazza Navona in Italy
Roam around Rome’s piazzas, as each offers a unique perspective. Dine al fresco in Piazza Navona and climb The Spanish Steps in Piazza di Spagna. Wander cobbled alleys in bustling Trastevere and browse Campo de’ Fiori’s artisanal stalls. Be sure to toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain for good measure.
Explore the Vatican Museums’ extraordinary collection of tapestries and classical statues. Step inside the Sistine Chapel and be awed by Michelangelo’s ceiling frescoes. Then enter St Peter’s Basilica, one of the world’s largest churches, to stand under its enormous sky-piercing dome.
Romans live to eat, whether it’s family-style or in a pavement café. For an authentic taste of Cucina Romana, try carciofi alla Romana (braised artichokes) or spaghetti alla carbonara. Enjoy panino (stuffed sandwiches) or thin-crusted Roman pizza. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a scoop of gelato. Then finish the night with a glass of white wine from the surrounding Lazio region.
Street stalls throughout the city are your best bet for souvenirs. Via Condotti offers a string of couture Italian designers. Browse artist studios along Via Margutta, or the indie artisan retailers of the Monti neighbourhood. Porta Portese is the city’s largest flea market – and La Rinascente, the first department store.