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Cruise the Mediterranean to see Italy's best sights

May 10, 2011 - 2:27am
Roman Forum
There is nothing like a vacation abroad. From historical monuments and impressive architecture to glorious views of natural sights, a European trip offers lifelong memories and a new perspective of the world around us. The best and most affordable way to see the continent's most popular attractions on one bill is to book a combined land and cruise tour, as it allows travelers to pack numerous different areas in a relatively short amount of time.

A cruise along the Mediterranean Sea offers vacationers the chance to visit some of the most beautiful cities in the world, such as Rome. The Italian capital is a wonderful place to start, as it is rich with history and ancient marvels. Must-see sites in Rome include the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, the Piazza Republica, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps. All of these attractions are fascinating to explore, particularly the Colosseum. It was built in the 1st century and though it is in ruins, the amphitheater still stands tall and remains one of the most iconic structures in ancient architecture.

Tourists don't have to be religious to enjoy a trip to Vatican City, as its historical features are enough to impress any traveler. The Sistine Chapel features frescoes painted by Michelangelo, which stretch from floor to ceiling and are an unforgettable sight; the Vatican Museum holds hundreds of artifacts and documents that are considered the most valuable in the world; and St. Peter's Basilica features gorgeous Renaissance architecture and uniquely ornate designs inside.

After exploring Rome, tourists should head to Pisa to see the Leaning Tower, the 800-year-old structure that is the city's claim to fame. Later on in Florence, tourists can check out the Duomo cathedral, which is home to the Brunelleschi cupola and the marble-clad baptistery. It is also important to visit the Ponte Vecchio, or Old Bridge, which is known to be a legendary symbol of love. Couples who come here often attach a padlock to the bridge and toss the key into the Arno River to ensure that their love lasts forever.

Verona, perhaps most famous for being the setting of "Romeo and Juliet," isn't only known for its range of Shakespearean-themed attractions. It is also home to a range of medieval and Renaissance art and architecture. Tourists should make sure to visit the Duomo, Piazza dell Erbe and the Torre dei Lamberti.

Travelers can top off their experience by heading to Venice. Here, they can take gondola rides through the Venetian Lagoon, which offers incredible views of the city's finest attractions.