Savona (for Genoa and Turin) Cruises, Italy
- The Torre Leon Pancaldo – which translates simply as ‘Tower’ – is a Medieval stone structure set on Savona’s harbourside. It’s named after local navigator Leon Pancaldo, who accompanied Ferdinand Magellan on the first voyage around the world in 1519. These days, the tower’s considered to be the symbol of the city.
- Flit along the coastline to Genoa, and you can visit the largest aquarium in Italy – the Acquario di Genoa. It was built to mark 500 years since Columbus discovered the new world, and the building’s designed to look like a ship that’s poised to head out to sea. Gentoo penguins, bottlenose dolphins, and manatees are among the animals you can see.
- If you want to ramp up the culture, Savona’s a gateway to one of northern Italy’s most cosmopolitan cities – Turin. Among its classy shopping scene and arty cafés, you’ll find the Mole Antonelliana. This huge spired building stretches more than 500 feet into the air, and it’s home to the country’s National Museum of Cinema.
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This daytrip does the double, giving you the chance to explore two of Italy’s most famous seaside resorts under your own steam. Firstly, you’ll have around an hour and a half to get to know Santa Margherita – although the paintbox houses may have you thinking you’ve touched down in Cuba. Call in at the Castello di Santa Maria Ligure – a 16th-century fortress built to defend the town from pirate raids – and wander up the hill to the Chiesa di San Giacomo. This pretty whitewashed church is really camera-friendly. You’ll then catch the ferry over to iconic Portofino for a couple of hours’ exploring time. Window-shop as you roam the winding streets, and pause for a bite to eat at the harbour – it’s a must-do.
You take the reins on this half-day trip to landmark-packed Genoa, the capital of Italy’s Liguria region. It’s around an hour from the port, and you’ll have three hours of free time to get to know the city known as ‘La Superba’. Check out the Piazza de Ferrari with its impressive bronze fountain, and call in at the Cattedrale di San Lorenzo – AKA St Lawrence Cathedral – to snap some photos with its zebra-striped walls. You can grab a double helping of palaces, too – there’s the Palazzo Ducale and the Palazzo Reale. A bevy of coffee shops and gelaterias hide in the alleyways, so there are plenty of brunching opportunities. In fact, the city’s believed to be the birthplace of pesto – a sampler should be on your agenda.
Foodies won’t want to miss this wine and truffle-focussed trip, which village-hops through northern Italy’s Piedmont area – a wine region with plenty of gourmet credentials. You’ll start off with a 90-minute drive to a winery in Monforte d’Alba for a sampling session. The wines here are known for their velvety texture. You’ll then make the short journey to Barolo, for a guided walk through the picturesque village. It’s surrounded by sprawling vineyards, so there are plenty of photo opportunities. Afterwards, it’s time to make tracks for Alba. This terracotta-tipped town’s history stretches back to pre-Roman times, and it has the architecture to match. After a guided tour, you’ll have the chance to try the rare Tuber Magnatum Pico truffle.