River cruises on the Po River, Italy, are are great way to see many destinations in northern Italy during one holiday. The River Po flows to the east from its source in the scenic hillsides of Pian del Re, before ending its 400-mile journey at the Venice Lagoon. Cutting through the heart of Italy, a river cruise along this stunning waterway provides guests with the chance to explore famous destinations such as Venice, Turin and Verona.
Anyone hoping to drink in the ancient and fascinating culture of Italy will relish a river cruise along the Po. As the longest Italian river, there truly is no better way to expe rience the wonderful art, scenic countryside and historic cities of this iconic nation in style than from the comfort of a river cruise ship gently pushing along this incredible waterway.
Venice is one of Italy’s most legendary and enchanting cities , famous for its labyrinth of meandering canals, which wind their way throughout the city offering visitors and locals alike the opportunity to explore Venice on foot or by gondola. Venice’s ancient history stretches back for centuries and the city is home to a wide range of magnificent and ornate historic architecture, alongside plenty of Italian cultures, from charming shopping areas to authentic local restaurants with menus filled with traditional Italian dishes.
Take a tour of Venice either with an expert guide or on your own to appreciate this world-famous city’s many wonderful landmarks and monuments, just some of which include the Doge's Palace, the Bell tower of St Mark, Saint Mark's Basilica and Scuola Grande di San Rocco. Time permitting; a gondola ride is also an essential part of the Venice experience, offering the chance to observe the beauty of the great city from its renowned waterways.
Most famous as the setting for William Shakespeare’s classic tale Romeo and Juliet, Verona is a city with a rich culture and renowned history, which is reflected in the region's beautiful architecture and intriguing Roman heritage. From the city’s majestic Roman amphitheatre, simply known as the Arena, to Juliet’s House, the supposed location of Shakespeare’s most iconic love scene, Verona is a truly enchanting destination.
Aside from the city’s historic landmarks, there is plenty for the modern traveller to enjoy. A plethora of boutique shops and stalls can be found along Verona’s Golden Mile, while classic Italian cuisine can be sampled throughout the city, including authentic and delicious gelato. A stroll around the Carega area of Verona is also a great place to sample local wines in numerous friendly bars and eateries.
The original capital of modern Italy, Turin is the home of the Italian royal family alongside a wealth of stunning boulevards, amazing architecture and tranquil parks. The city has a long cultural history, as well as contemporary districts filled with a plethora of fantastic shops and restaurants at which to browse for authentic souvenirs and get a taste for the city’s scrumptious cuisine.
Turin’s many piazzas, museums and baroque palaces and churches combine to create an unforgettable Italian experience and a city tour is a marvellous way to see as much of the metropolis as possible during a short stay.
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