Italy as a peninsula is surrounded by four different seas: The Adriatic Sea in the east, the Ionian Sea in the south, the Ligurian Sea and the Tyrrhenian Sea in the west. That is the reason why there are lots of ports in the country.
Here are some of the major city ports in Italy.
This is Puglia’s largest city, and the region’s most important port city. The historic center includes many churches worth visiting, as well as a 12th century castle, and if the weather is nice you’ll want to head for the beach. Many cruise ships stop in Bari.
Sights: Basilica San Nicola, Citta Vecchia – Bari, Cattedrale di San Sabino
Hotels: Hi Hotel Bari, The Nicolaus Hotel, Grande Albergo delle Nazioni
Civitavecchia is Rome’s cruise port, about 50 miles from Rome. It takes about 1-1.5 hours to get from the cruise terminal into the historic center, but transport is easy with a train station in Civitavecchia.
Sights: Michelangelo Fortress, Civitavecchia Port, Museo Archeologico Nazionale – Civitavecchia
Hotels: Hotel Traghetto, Tenuta dell’Argento Resort, Hotel San Giorgio
The busiest freight port in Italy is Genoa, and the Ligurian port is also a common starting- or ending-point for Mediterranean cruises. The city has a beautiful – and UNESCO-listed – historic center, and the waterfront is also home to Europe’s largest aquarium.
Sights: Proloco Maris Boccadasse, Spianata Castelletto, Palazzi dei Rolli
Hotels: Hotel Continental Genova, Melia Genova, Grand Hotel Savoia
Livorno is Florence’s cruise port, located 57 miles from the Tuscan capital and just under 15 miles from Pisa. Livorno itself has a 16th century canal surrounding its historic center.
Sights: Costiera di Calafuria, Santuario di Montenero, Mercato Centrale
Hotels: Hotel Gennarino, Hotel La Vedetta, Max Hotel Livorno
Messina sits at the tip of Sicily that’s nearest to mainland Italy, and so is the main port connecting the island with the rest of the country. Ferries are constantly in motion back and forth, but larger cruise ships use Messina as the port of call to get to nearby Taormina and Mt. Etna.
Sights: Duomo di Messina, La Vara, Fontana di Orione
Hotels: Oasi Azzurra Village, VMaison Boutique Hotel, Guest House Residence
Naples is a major port city for Italy, but most cruise visitors use Naples as the jumping-off point for shore excursions to the nearby Amalfi Coast, Sorrento, islands like Capri, or the excavations of Pompeii.
Sights: Museo Cappella Sansevero, Galleria Borbonica, Teatro di San Carlo
Hotels: Decumani Hotel de Charme, La Ciliegina Lifestyle Hotel, Hotel Piazza Bellini
Despite Venice’s fragility, it’s been a popular cruise port for decades. There has been recent talk of building a new cruise terminal island away from the main Venetian islands. For the time being, the cruise terminal is right in the heart of the historic city, a few steps from the train station.
Location: Veneto region
Sights: Grand Canal , Doge’s Palace, Saint Mark’s Basilica
Hotels: Bauer Il Palazzo, CimaRosa, Hotel Moresco