My Top Tips for visiting Miracle Square and Pisa

Baptistry

The fourth port we docked in on our Mediterranean cruise aboard Carnival Vista was Livorno which is a short coach ride from Pisa and Florence. We made the decision to just visit Pisa and take the kids along for the ride as it was a relatively short excursion in comparison to some. We parked in a car park at the edge of the town and hopped onboard a trolley (land train), which took us on a bumpy ride around the town, showing us the sights before ending up in Miracle Square itself. I never realised that there was so much… Continue Reading “My Top Tips for visiting Miracle Square and Pisa”

Our top places to visit in Rome

Trevi Fountain

Our recent cruise aboard the Carnival Vista first took is to Messina, Sicily, then Naples where we made a visit to Pompeii and the next stop was Civitavecchia, the port closest to Rome. There were plenty of planned tours to purchase onboard the ship, however, we made the decision to explore Rome on our own which involved a coach taking us on the 90 minute journey to the city and leaving us to our own devices for several hours. The coach dropped us a mere five-minute walk from the Colosseum and armed with just a basic map of the city and a… Continue Reading “Our top places to visit in Rome”

Top Tips for exploring Pompeii

Pompeii

When we first found out we were docking in Naples on our cruise aboard the Carnival Vista, a visit to Pompeii was a must. Pompeii is a Roman town frozen in time, thanks to the devastating eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD and is the only place in the world where you can begin to understand how the Roman’s lived as much of it was frozen in time after it was buried under a layer of lapilli (burning fragments of pumice stone). We decided to take an organised tour arranged by the ship which included a guided tour of… Continue Reading “Top Tips for exploring Pompeii”

Top 10 things to do in Messina

Messina

We have just returned from a fantastic cruise aboard the Carnival Vista and much as the ship was amazing and there was plenty to do onboard, we were also keen to explore the destinations that we reached. Our first port of call was Messina, Sicily, which perhaps the prettiest port we visited on our entire cruise with the spectacular golden statue of Madonnina del Porto statue that greeted us when we opened the curtains in our cabin. It is a short walk of just five minutes from the port to the main attraction of the Cathedral and the Piazza del Duomo. The Norman cathedral forms… Continue Reading “Top 10 things to do in Messina”

Enjoy a Villa Holiday and Bring the Whole Family Along

Villa Serena

Summer has arrived and families in search of sun, sand and unforgettable memories will love the assortment of activities and experiences on offer throughout Italy’s Puglia region. With a portfolio of luxurious holiday villas peppered across Puglia, Aria Luxury Apulia is the perfect platform to find private self-contained accommodation that the whole family will love. Chiara Tenuzzo, Director of Aria Luxury Apulia said, “Holidaying together is a hugely important way for families to bond and connect. Unlike hotels, private villas offer families the chance to enjoy each other’s company in an environment that’s intimate, relaxed and social. We’ve got something… Continue Reading “Enjoy a Villa Holiday and Bring the Whole Family Along”