You’ll experience an abundance of history and culture. And each day will deliver a new bay or village to discover and explore. We make the most of your time and curiosity, without pressure of a fixed schedule. This cruise is much more than just a vacation. It provides unique experiences that create memories that will last for a lifetime. Join us on board!
During this sailing cruise, you find peace and simply wonder at what you witness before you, all while following the western coastline of Italy, exploring its beaches, lagoons and clear blue water, and having a unique view on hidden treasures. The combination of this and being far away from distraction and day to day life, encourages us to find total relaxation on board of the New Horizons.
As we leave the bay of Piombino, we set sails direction Punta Ala through the Gulf of Follonica. From there it’s onwards to the heart of Tuscan Maremma. There are the two seaside locations: Marina di Grosseto and Principina a Mare, deep in a luxuriant pine-wood near the Maremma natural Park. It is an old fishing village on the coast in the Grosseto area in southern Tuscany.
Next destination is Talamone, a charming village, located on the southern border of the Uccellina mountain range. The origins of Talamone are very ancient. Some findings of spears and stones date back its foundation to Neolithic times. The Etruscans first, and then the Romans live on this rocky hill. Today Talamone preserves its traditional look of a fortified fishing village. The small harbour is overlooked by the imposing Aldobrandeschi fortress of the 13th century. The fortress was abandoned and destroyed many times over the centuries. In the late 16th century, the Sienese rebuilt it as we see it today. It clearly stands out on top of the rocky hill over the village. The center maintains its original aspect and is characterized by narrow streets and stone houses.
We sail on to a hidden treasure surrounded by the Tyrrhenian sea in Tuscany. It features wonderful beaches with crystal clear waters, and it’s called the Giglio Island (Isola del Giglio in Italian). You might have heard of the Isola del Giglio because of the sinking of the Costa Concordia cruise ship in 2012 and due to the massive wreck-lifting operation that is hitting the international headlines. But Giglio Island should be known for other reasons. Many Italians are already aware of this, but many abroad still ignore that this pearl in the Tyrrhenian Sea is an exotic paradise that hides beautiful surprises. The island is surrounded by crystalline waters with intense blue-emerald shades and a rich, lively seabed. 90% of its land is covered by wild Mediterranean vegetation, and can be explored by trekking along footpaths.
After we explored the island, we lift the anchor we head for Civitavecchia. This town dates back to Etruscan times. Around 100 A.D, after the Etruscans were absorbed by the Romans, Emperor Trajan built the harbor, with the goal of creating a port for Rome. He gave it the name Centum Cellae. You can easily visit its centre on foot. Amongst the most important monuments to visit are the Forte Michelangelo, built by Bramante in the 16th century, the ancient walls of the old port, where there is a fountain in travertine marble by Vanvitelli, and the Rock, an inexpugnable fortress that has been looming over the city and port for over a thousand years.
Thursday, we arrive at the sea in front of the beautifully preserved ruins of Ostia Antica that lie twenty miles from Rome. Ostia, at the mouth of the Tiber River, was founded around 620 B.C.; its central attraction was the salt gleaned from nearby salt flats, which served as a precious meat preserver.
Later, Rome conquered Ostia and when Rome controlled all the Mediterranean, Ostia served as its busy commercial port. Perhaps you want to explore Ostia Antiqua in the afternoon. Sitting on the top row of the ancient arena, you can scan the ruins of Ostia and let your imagination take you back 2,000 years to the days when this was ancient Rome’s seaport, a thriving commercial center of 60,00 people.
This cruise is much more than just a vacation. It provides unique experiences that create memories that will last for a lifetime!
You’ll have the whole Friday of the cruise to relax on board, or discover the eternal city, Rome as we can bring you ashore with the tender. What can we say about Rome that has not been said. Everything and more is true. If this is your first visit to Rome, you might want to explore the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish steps and the Piazza Navona. Enough for one day of discovery.
Rome was not build in a day, and you certainly cannot see it all in a day. If you are a regular to Rome, you can perhaps expand your experience by visiting the Catacombs, Necropolis, climb up the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica or just relax and soak up the atmosphere of the Italian lifestyle while enjoying a cappuccino.
Saturday, the final day. The guests that stay on board for another week, say goodbye to old friends that will leave today and ahoy to the new friends that arrive for another week of discovery. This next journey will take the New Horizons along the western coastline of Italy, exploring five unique islands and their original Italian culture.
Family time! What a great part of the world for all ages to relax and have fun than while exploring its beaches, lagoons and clear blue water of Italy.
Heard of Tuscany? Sure you have! Seen it by sail boat? Now is your chance. Plus explore the island of Elba and discover beautiful Corsica.
Three in one. A must for those that truly love or want to love Italy in all its splendour! Fill up your senses while exploring Corsica, Elba and Tuscany.
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