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Welcome to Tuscany. Sun, Chianti and Pizza. We can thank the Marella Explorer and the Marella Discovery 2 for introducing many cruises to this little used port, where nearby, some of the purest white Marble in the world is quarried, and the special area of Massa. Years ago we went there to shoot a episode of the YTV Dennis Waterman...
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Sardinia is renowned for having a population who live to be amongst the oldest people in the world; some put it down to the local Cannonau wine. Food and wine can be excellent in the villages but can also be disappointing in the port, but then again you wouldn't eat out in Tilbury Docks! This can be an island for foodies, it...
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The Strait of Messina (Stretto di Messina) is the narrow passage between the eastern tip of Sicily the land of The Godfather, and the western tip of Calabria southern Italy. Our film is of such a sail, between the Game of Thrones like named Tyrrhenian Sea to the north having come from Dubrovnik, into the Ionian Sea to the south on our way...
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Sicily has over a hundred tours, but only one Godfather. The island is huge. Giardini Naxos, between Cape Taormina and Cape Schisò was a quiet fishing village, but has recently become a popular seaside resort. Taormina sits in the hills and can be easily accessed by bus. Naxos was founded in 735 BC, by Greek colonists from Chalcis in Euboea. The temple of...
It is an easy port to walk round. Monaco is actually smaller than Central Park in the USA. If about 6 modern cruise ships pulled up on the same day they could double the population of about 38,000. The Grand Prix is always the week after the Cannes Film Festival, because many of the film buyers and sellers work the film...
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When you know Rome really well it is fair to say it is an easy city to walk round, and it's not huge. You could almost do it in a suit of armour! But if you do not know it, or are not to good at walking a lot in crowds on sometimes uneven ground, then the bus tour...
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Rome - Angels and Demons is a great way to see Rome, having first refreshed your memory by watching the Ron Howard film of the Dan Brown book before you go. Sadly Tom Hanks will not be running around for you but the guide will bring the book and film to life. And please, do not confuse this with...
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P&O Ventura managed to visit Pizzafest in 2017. If you went join the chat. Click on the picture. Pizza Village is before, Pizzafest is after school holidays Pizza Village is where the Pizza world Championship is held. It is a free event featuring pizza demonstrations and exhibits on the waterfront of Naples. It is huge with much partying for a whole week, the third...
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The walk from King Vittorio's Monument to the Colosseum passes by many ruins. The walkway is charming in the summer and normally full of street performers. It is a paved way that is rather like a promenade and a peaceful break from Rome's busy roads. There is a skip the line option here too, and it covers a number...
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Tweets are already flying back from the dancing ship Azura. Strictly is P&O's themed cruises, just as Holland & American have the US version called Dancing With the Stars, though this is their last year.  If you have wondered just what a Strictly cruise is, then look here, because it is one of the best cruise experience ever! This season there...