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Italy River Cruises

Turin, Italy along the Po River (Photo: ROBERTO ZILLI/Shutterstock)

About Italy River Cruises

Italy is not necessarily known for river cruises, but that's starting to change as river cruise lines discover the Po River. River cruises in Italy center around Venice, often offering several days to explore its canals and cathedrals. The Po winds through La Bassa Padana, a region known as the source of classic Italian treats – making this a perfect trip for gastronomy lovers.

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What is the best time to cruise to Italy River?

There are not many river cruises offered in Italy, but the most popular time to visit is between May and October, with the summer months being the most crowded despite often uncomfortably hot weather. For the lightest crowds and best deals, try to find an Italy river cruise during the shoulder seasons of March through April or November.

Which cruise lines go to Italy River?

CroisiEurope, Uniworld and European Waterways are the main cruise lines that sail the Po River in Italy.

What are some things to do in Italy River?

Most river cruises in Italy sail the Po River through Venice, so it's the perfect opportunity to explore the iconic city. Go for a classic gondola ride on the Grand Canal, people watch in the piazzas, tour the stunning museums, churches and other ruins, shop for Murano glass souvenirs and dine on authentic Venetian cuisine. For more: Po River Cruise Tips.

Do you need a passport to take a cruise to Italy River?

A passport is required to cruise to the Italy river region.

What should I pack for a cruise to Italy River?

If you're taking an Italy river cruise in the summer, it's important to bring lightweight clothing appropriate for balmy weather. Good, comfortable and sturdy footwear is also important if you'll be doing a lot of walking since the cobbled streets of Venice are often tricky to navigate and far from level. During the shoulder seasons, be sure to bring some light layering options (scarves are always chic).


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