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Italy River Cruises

Italy is one of the world’s most beguiling destinations, and Uniworld’s luxurious, all-inclusive cruise/tours showcase the very best of this extraordinary country. From iconic landmarks to authentic cultural encounters to incredible food and wine, this intimate journey embraces Italy’s irresistible la dolce vita. See it all from the perspective of our newly enhanced and expanded 2016 itineraries onboard the beautiful River Countess.

Select 2016 itinerary highlights include:

  • Milan city tour with visit to Leonardo Da Vinci’s masterpiece, The Last Supper
  • Delightful “hidden gems” such as Verona, literary home of Romeo and Juliet
  • Valpolicella wine estate lunch featuring tantalizing regional dishes (formerly an optional excursion, now included)
  • Unique culinary excursions, such as a Chioggia market visit with a fresh seafood lunch or a do-it-yourself mussel harvesting experience
  • Exclusive—and extremely rare—after-hours access to St. Mark's Basilica in Venice
  • Full-day “The Magic Islands of Venice” tour of enchanting Burano and Mazzorbo
  • Choice of full-day excursion to Bologna with a hands-on pasta-making workshop or half-day excursion to Ferrara
  • Exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” walking tour of Venice or “Venetian Painters at the Accademia” tour with art historian guide

Gems of Northern Italy

Ship: River Countess


Cities Include: Milan, Venice, Padua, Bologna or Ferrara, Verona, Chioggia

Featured Highlights: Special after-hours lighting ceremony inside St. Mark’s Basilica, hands-on pasta-making workshop in Bologna, “Do as the Locals Do” Venice walking tour, Po Delta

Italy’s many charms are on display throughout this carefully choreographed itinerary, an unforgettable journey for travellers looking to embrace la dolce vita.

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Available Departures: All dates except Jul 22, 29

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Available Departures: Jul 15, 29; Aug 5, 19, 26; Sep 2, 9; Oct 7, 14, 21, 28

Available Departures: Jun 19; Jul 24; Aug 7


Splendours of Italy

Ship: River Countess


Cities Include: Milan, Venice, Padua, Bologna or Ferrara, Verona, Florence, Rome

Featured Highlights: Chioggia walking tour, after-hours lighting ceremony at St. Mark’s Basilica, pasta-making workshop, “Do as the Locals Do” Venice walking tour, Accademia Gallery tour with art historian, “Do as the Locals Do” walking tour in Rome

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Available Departures: All dates except Jul 22, 29

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Available Departures: Jul 29; Aug 5, 19, 26; Sep 2, 9; Oct 7, 14, 21, 28

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Unique Uniworld Excursions Onshore

  • Italy is blessed with some of the world’s top winemaking regions and a splendid culinary heritage. From hearty rustic fare to private tastings to artisanal delights, our Gems of Northern Italy itinerary will delight even the most discerning palates. Explore historic cities and picturesque towns that offer incredible (and delicious) insights into the region’s culture and cuisine. Breathe in the salt-infused air during a succulent fruitti di mare luncheon in Chioggia, or harvest—and feast upon!—your own fresh-from-the-sea mussels. Savor the unique wines and flavors of the Valpolicella region, including a luscious risotto at a wine estate owned by descendants of Dante Alighieri. Enjoy a full-day excursion to Bologna, where you’ll make your own pasta at a hands-on workshop. And discover the islands of Venice’s lagoon, including Mazzorbo, home to a rare golden-hued wine made from Dorona grapes, a highly prized vintage during the Renaissance.

  • For spiritual seekers, a journey to Italy is—in a word—sublime. In Milan, get a firsthand look at one of Da Vinci’s greatest works, the original The Last Supper, possibly the world’s best-known religious painting. Venture inside St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice on an exceptionally rare after-hours visit available exclusively to Uniworld guests. Visit the Venetian island of Torcello and its Byzantine-style basilica adorned with stunning decorative mosaics of the Virgin Mary and the Last Judgment—we’ve arranged an exclusive early opening so you can admire the mosaics in complete privacy. Guests on our Splendours of Italy itinerary can continue their adventure in Florence and Rome, exploring the marvelous artwork within the Vatican Museums and St. Paul’s Basilica, and savor an unforgettable look at Michelangelo’s stunning Sistine Chapel frescoes.

  • Our 10-day Gems of Italy cruise/tour provides an in-depth look at cultural traditions that have endured for centuries. The colorful island of Burano, for example—one of Venice’s most enchanting outer islands—is famous for its lace, a beautiful art form requiring vast amounts of patience and absurdly nimble fingers. The women of the island have been experts at making intricately patterned lace since the 1400s, when Leonardo da Vinci himself visited Burano to shop for cloth. Elsewhere in the city, there are a mind-boggling number of artisan workshops and galleries devoted to hand-blown glass and exquisitely crafted Venetian masks, many of which are meticulously hand-painted, gilded in gold leaf, and decorated with natural feathers and semi-precious gems.

  • For art and architecture aficionados with a bit more time to linger, Uniworld’s Splendours of Italy provides a meticulously planned itinerary, continuing on from Venice to visit the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence, and the “Eternal City” of Rome. In Florence, admire some of the city’s most glorious monuments, including the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and the Florence Baptistry, the Uffizi Gallery, the Piazza della Repubblica, the Ponte Vecchio, and Santa Croce—where Michelangelo, Galileo and Machiavelli are buried—and cross the Arno to see the Pitti Palace and the old merchant quarter. In Rome, explore the ancient Colosseum and Forum and take in the majesty of the Sistine Chapel, with its spectacular ceiling frescoes by Michelangelo, and St. Peter’s Basilica—the largest church in Rome and one of the largest in the world—topped by an extraordinary dome designed by Michelangelo. After an exciting day full of glorious sightseeing, do as the Romans do and stroll the streets of the city after dark, when fashionable locals gather under the stars at chic eateries and you can catch—just for a moment—intimate glimpses into everyday life in this timeless locale. Buona notte, Italia!