No other island in the Mediterranean is of more strategic value than Sicily. This autonomous region of Italy is located right at the toe of its mother country’s “boot” and has been fought over from the time of Carthage to World War II, leaving it with a remarkable wealth of artistic and archaeological heritage. From the extremely well-preserved temples of Segesta and Selinunte to the sparkling Byzantine and Norman treasures of Palermo and Monreale, Sicily never fails to impress. Add to this the Greek theatre of Taormina and the natural spectacle of Vesuvius, you will soon agree with Goethe's observation that: "Sicily is the key to everything".
In 2019, our small-ship, Aegean Odyssey will explore the island’s fascinating history starting in April on the Classical Civilisations of the Southern Mediterranean voyage from Malaga to Athens and later in the season from Rome to Athens as part of the Italian & Adriatic Highlights.
Sail from the treasures of Imperial Rome to the canals, palaces and museums of Venice. Other highlights include the magnificent Amalfi Coast, the evocative ruins of Pompeii, the charming Croatian ports of Split and Dubrovnik, followed by the Renaissance art of Urbino.
Our most complete cruise around the coast of Italy features a magical two-night hotel stay in Rome, two nights in the floating city of Venice and visits to the historic Dalmatian cities of Croatia. Then gaze in awe at the classical wonders of ancient Greece and across the beautiful capital of Athens.