Civitavecchia (Port of Rome), Italy
2,500 years of history are woven into the fabric of modern Rome. You can feel it in the remarkable Pantheon, considered to be the most perfect architectural statement of the ages. Or as you wander side streets that open onto piazzas, fountains, Bernini sculpture, and elegant courtyards. Famous treasures are legion in Rome: the Colosseum, where gladiators fought to the death, the ancient Forum, St. Peter’s Cathedral in the Vatican, with its breathtaking Sistine Chapel, newly restored to its former glory, the Trevi Fountain…the Spanish Steps, where all Rome passes by.
Take time out between sights to do as the Romans do: enjoy a three-hour lunch, shop, people-watch, or savor the best gelati in the world. Life is not lived if you haven't been to Rome!
Bonifacio's almost land-locked harbor is one of the most dramatic totally protected harbors, a bustling port with excellent seafood restaurants, and a modern marina. The ancient citadel town is perched high atop a seemingly impenetrable granite cliff.
Alghero is a charming old town, walled and fortified by the Catalans and the Spanish who occupied this corner of Sardinia for 400 years and left a strong impression, not only on the architecture but also the language, traces of which survive. The bastion walls that protected the town from attack by sea have been rebuilt and restored, and are supported by a handful of impressive defensive towers. Within the walls, narrow paved and cobbled streets lead beneath clothes lines and shuttered windows to attractive little squares that are filled with life in the mornings and early evenings. The harbor immediately outside the walls is busy with fishing and pleasure boats. The paved, landscaped esplanade and area along the Lido make for pleasant strolls.
Porticcio Beach (am), Corsica
Located on the Gulf of Ajaccio, southern side, Porticcio is a famous seaside resort. Beaches are superb with white fine sand and turquoise waters. From here one can see the town of Napoleon.
Corsica has a long history beginning with the Mesolithic period (10,000-6,000 BC. Recent excavations discovered burial sites of prehistoric habitation), the Neolithic period (6,000-2,000 BC), the Bronze Age (2,000-700 BC), the Iron Age (700 BC), Corsica is Roman from (259 BC), the Middle Ages (775-1,284 AD), Corsica under Genovese rule (1,284-1,768 - period of political upheaval and the Plague),In 1768 Corsica is forced to sell (due to bankruptcy) to the French and WW-1 brought the end to the era of herding and farming. Today, Corsica's economy is reliant on tourism and fishing.
Ajaccio, Corsica, France
The peninsula carries the citadel and terminates in the Citadel jetty. To the south-west of this peninsula lies the Place Bonaparte, a quarter frequented chiefly by winter visitors attracted by the mild climate of the town.
The house in which Napoleon Bonaparte was born in 1769 is preserved, and his associations with the town are everywhere emphasized by street-names and statues.
The town is also home to Ajaccio Cathedral.
Napoleon once said that he could recognize his native island blindfolded because of the wonderful perfume of the maquis. Approaching by sea, it is the first thing you experience about Corsica. The second is its wild and mountainous landscape. Nearby are secluded beaches and the eerie Grottes des Veaux Marins, offering fantastic diving opportunities.
On the hills above, palatial villas in ice-cream colors look down on the tiny harbor and exclusive boutiques and harbor-side cafés. This is Portofino, a name that has come to symbolize the sophisticated, sybaritic lifestyle of the Italian Riviera.
Monaco, officially the Principality of Monaco is a sovereign city-state and micro-state located on the French Riviera. Monaco is .78 square miles with a population of about 37,000 permanent residents.
While small, Monaco is very old and quite well known, especially because of its status as a playground for the rich and famous, who are of interest to tourists. They,in turn, support the local economy along with gambling. Monaco is also well known for being a tax haven, has no local income tax and sponsors the famous Monaco Grande Prix.
Monaco has an abundance of places of interest. Two examples are the Monte Carlo Casino and Opera House which is adorned with a marble atrium and 28 Ionic columns made of onyx. The Monaco Cathedral is quite elegant in its Roman-Byzantine style and is the burial site for Prince Rainier and Princess Grace among other notables.
Cannes, France (return)
Return to Cannes for disembarkation.