The Tyrrhenian Sea—Bounded by the Western coastline of Italy and the islands of Sicily, Sardinia, and Corsica—is astonishingly rich in historical, archaeological, cultural, and natural attractions, from volcanoes active and dormant and islands of unparalleled natural beauty to ancient Greek and Roman ruins and museums filled with artifacts from empires long gone.
Cruise aboard the beautiful yacht Variety Voyager for seven nights of fascinating port calls and insightful presentations by Harvard Professor Richard Thomas. Begin in Rome with an exploration of some of the Eternal City’s innumerable architectural treasures and Hadrian’s extraordinary villa at Tivoli, a World Heritage site. Once aboard ship, cruise past Stromboli for a thrilling nighttime view of the volcano’s constant activity, then visit Taormina’s Greco- Roman theater, back-dropped by stunning Mt. Etna; the Aeolian Islands of Vulcano and Lipari, part of the volcanic archipelago between Vesuvius and Etna; the medieval aerie of Erice, perched high above the sea in northwestern Sicily; and Segesta’s stunning Doric temple.
Sail on to the Amalfi Coast, designated a World Heritage “cultural landscape,” for visits to fabled Capri, beautiful Amalfi, and scenic Ravello. Fine wine, delicious regional cuisine, and unhurried excursions make this a memorable adventure in Bell’Italia!