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Travel the shores of the Mediterranean on this ten-night cruise aboard Oceania Cruises’ Nautica. Embark in oft-filmed Monte Carlo and journey to Saint-Tropez, a place Henri Matisse once called “France’s little nook of paradise.” From there, sail to Livorno and discover the Renaissance masterpieces of Florence, including Michelangelo’s David, or spend the day in the nearby Tuscan countryside. In Rome, explore the Colosseum and St. Peter’s Basilica before cruising to Sorrento, a stunning coastal town known for its bustling Piazza Tasso and sweeping views of the Gulf of Naples. Visit the Piazza del Duomo in Messina, which features the world’s largest astronomical clock, or take in views of Mount Etna in nearby Taormina. Next, stop in Valletta, Malta’s picturesque capital and a UNESCO World Heritage site, and see the Caravaggio tour de force The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist inside St. John’s Co-Cathedral. Spend a day cruising the Mediterranean Sea to Palma de Mallorca. Here, discover the Arab Baths or wander the Playa de Palma—a nearly four-mile-long beach lined with small shops and cafés. Before concluding your trip in Barcelona, explore Valencia, the birthplace of paella. Tour L’Oceanogràfic, the largest oceanarium complex in Europe, or try a glass of the city’s infamous agua de Valencia.
Depart for Monaco
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Nestled on the coast between France and Italy, Monte Carlo features the famous Grand Corniche and the twelfth-century Prince's Palace. With an area of less than one square mile, this city-state packs excitement into its small space, including the glamorous Monte Carlo Casino and the Circuit de Monaco, the site of the famed Grand Prix.
Bask in the heart of the French Riviera, a favorite spot of Brigitte Bardot, and a place Matisse once called "France's little nook of paradise." Mingle with the elite among the more than thirty beach clubs that line the sand with restaurants, bars, plush sun beds, and colorful umbrellas.
Florence / Pisa / Tuscany (Livorno), Italy
Rejoice in the masterpieces of the Renaissance - Brunelleschi's Duomo, the Baptistery, Michelangelo's "David", the Ponte Vecchio, and the Uffizi Gallery - that await you in Florence. Nearby, discover the monument-rich city of Pisa and the captivating Tuscan countryside.
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
Once the center of the world's greatest empire and now the capital of modern Italy, Rome displays relics of its past wherever you look. With legendary sites including the ancient Roman Forum, Colosseum, St. Peter's Basilica, and Michelangelo's frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, Rome is a monumental city rich in antiquity and culture.
Delight in the cobblestone streets and seaside promenades of Sorrento. Visit the haunting and legendary ruins of Pompeii and view the Roman ruins at Punta del Capo. Close by, Italy's island Capri offers stunning panoramas, charming villages, and ancient villas.
Messina, Sicily, Italy
Located on the northeastern tip of Sicily is the bustling harbor town of Messina. The city is architecturally modern and instills old-world beauty in its main square, Piazza del Duomo, which features the world's largest astronomical clock and the Messina Cathedral. Nearby is Taormina, another popular Sicilian city which features a prominent Greek amphitheater and spectacular views of Mount Etna.
Valletta brims with history, culture, and old-world beauty. Founded by the Knights of St. John and deemed a UNESCO World Heritage site, Malta's picturesque capital offers a grand collection of honey-colored limestone buildings and ancient fortifications. See the Caravaggio tour de force The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist inside St. John's Co-Cathedral or explore the National Museum of Fine Arts.
Cruising the Mediterranean Sea
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Dominating the horizon and overlooking the harbor, the Palma Cathedral and Bellver Castle offer a striking first glimpse of Palma. Explore the rich history of this city by visiting the Arab Baths or stoll the Playa de Palma - a nearly four-mile-long beach lined with small shops and cafés.
Once an industrial port, today Valencia celebrates its innovation and revival, epitomized in the monumental City of Arts and Sciences. Best known as the birthplace of paella, Valencia is also famed for its unique mix of baroque cathedrals, futuristic architecture, and sprawling beaches. Tour the incredible Real Colegio Seminario del Corpus Christi, or, if you're daring, stop by a café and try a glass of the city's infamous agua de Velencia.
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