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When cruising around the Mediterranean from Italy’s Rome and Venice we suggest ItalianTourism.us’ travelers consider purchasing the cruise line drinks packages. Drinks will add up on a ship when paying for every water, coke, beer, wine and spirit. ItalianTourism.us suggests it is better to invest upfront in the cruise line drinks package and then not worry about staying hydrated while cruising around the Mediterranean. Below are examples of 2019 cruise line drink package pricing.

Azamara Club Cruises

Azamara includes standard spirits, international beers and a changing selection of two reds, two whites and one rose. It then offers a number of different packages that include higher-end spirits. Its Premium Package costs $15.95 per person per day and includes standard brands plus higher-end spirits. The Ultimate Package costs $21.95 per person per day and includes everything in the Premium Package plus all wine and additional higher-end brands.

Azamara also offers two wine packages. The Wine-Lover Package allows guests to purchase bottles of wine below $50; there is a 5-bottle package for $180, a 7-bottle package for $235, a 10-bottle package for $315, and a 12-bottle package for $350. The Wine Connoisseur Package, which includes all bottles of wine between $51 and $75, offers guests a 5-bottle package for $315, a 7-bottle package for $415, a 10-bottle package for $560, and a 12-bottle package for $630.

For more about Azamara 2019 and 2020 cruise from Rome and Venice click here.

Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival offers its Cheers! Pre-Paid Beverage Package for $56.95 per person per day when purchased onboard and $51.95 per person per day when purchased online prior to the cruise. Neither of those prices include an automatic 15 percent gratuity charge. The package includes a variety of cocktails, beer, wine, and bottled water. It is not available in Australia.

Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity’s Standard Package ($49 per person per night) includes beer, wine, bottled water, fountain soda, cocktails, and more. Its Classic Package ($59 per person per night) includes beer, spirits, cocktails, frozen drinks and wines by the glass up to $9 per serving plus a 15 percent discount on wines purchased by the bottle.

Celebrity’s Premium Package ($69 per person per night) adds specialty coffee and teas, craft beers, spirits and cocktails, Coca Cola products, premium bottled water, and wine up to $15 per serving, plus a 20 percent discount on bottles of wine.

The line also offers Wine Packages (starting at $109) that include a 10-15 percent discount on wines and is available for three, five or seven bottles.

Finally, Celebrity’s Premium Non-Alcoholic Drink Package ($22 per person per night) includes premium bottled waters, frozen drinks and smoothies, specialty coffees and teas, Red Bull, coconut water, and Vitamin Water.

An 18 percent service charge is added to each check.

For more about Celebrity Cruises 2019 and 2020 cruise from Rome and Venice click here.

Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises is all-inclusive. All beverages are complimentary, with the exception of top-shelf liquors and some pre-selected wines.

For more about Crystal Cruises 2019 and 2020 cruise from Rome and Venice click here.

Cunard

Cunard’s Soft Drink Package, which includes sodas and juices, can be purchased for $8.50 per person per day plus a 15 percent service charge. Wine and other alcoholic beverages can be purchased separately while onboard.

Holland America Line  

Holland America’s Signature Beverage Package costs $51.69 per person per day when purchased in advance or $57.44 per person per day when purchased onboard. It includes a variety of wine, beer, spirits, cocktails, sodas and coffee, for drinks costing $9 or less.

Holland America also offers its Elite Beverage Package for $63.19 per person per day. It includes premium spirits, cocktails, wine, beer, coffees, nonalcoholic beverages, bottled water and sodas, up to a per glass value of $15. The package includes the Coca-Cola Freestyle machines on Koningsdam, which offer more than 100 flavors.

Then there is the Cellar Master Package, which starts at $273.74 per person per day. The packages include a choice of five wine bottles, a standard and a premium wine-tasting, one Pinnacle Grill dinner, a wine accessory gift set, and a Holland America Line commemorative bottle of wine.

For more about Holland America Line 2019 and 2020 cruise from Rome and Venice click here.

MSC Cruises

MSC’s Cruises offers a number of different packages depending on sailing and guest.

  • All-Inclusive Premium Plus Package costs $79 per person per day and offers unlimited drinks by the glass, including drinks and food from the minibar and the room service menu, and drinks from the theme bar menus, plus a 30 percent discount on bottles of wine and champagne. The package can be used at all bars, the self-service buffet and restaurants, including specialty restaurants.
  • MSC’s All-Inclusive Premium Package costs $62 per person per day. That package includes all drinks priced up to $12, including beers wines by the glass, premium spirits and cocktails (both alcoholic and nonalcoholic), mineral water, energy drinks, soft drinks, tea and coffee. Includes drinks from the minibar, room service and specialty restaurants.
  • All-Inclusive Deluxe Drink Package available on cruises in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe costs $55 per person per day on cruises lasting eight nights or less; and $44 on those nine-nights or longer. It includes premium liqueurs, aperitifs, cocktails, wines, beer, non-alcoholic drinks, juices, mineral water, energy drinks, espresso and cappuccino, soft drinks, tea and coffee. Includes drinks from the minibar, room service and specialty restaurants. Includes a 30 percent discount on bottled wine.
  • All-Inclusive Easy Package costs $35 per person per day and includes a selection of wines by the glass, beer, spirits and cocktails (including nonalcoholic cocktails), soft drinks from self-service restaurants and buffets.
  • All-Inclusive Non-Alcoholic Package costs $29 per adult or $17 per child aged 3-11, per day. That package offers unlimited alcohol-free cocktails, soda, energy drinks, mineral and flavored water, a wide range of coffee drinks, hot chocolates, organic tea and soft ice cream.
  • Mealtime Restaurant Package costs $18.50 per person per day on cruises in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and UAE lasting 8 nights or less; and $14.50 on nine-nights or longer. It includes unlimited wine by the glass, all beer, soft drinks, mineral water in the main restaurants and self-service buffet. Specialty restaurants are not included.
  • All-Inclusive Deluxe Drink Package for Children (ages 3-17) (available on cruises in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and UAE only) costs $23 per child per day on cruises lasting eight nights or less; and $18.50 on nine-plus sailings. Includes unlimited alcohol-free cocktails, smoothies, soda, juice, energy drinks, mineral and flavored water, coffee and chocolate drinks from the bars, minibar, room service, buffet and all restaurants, including specialty restaurants.
  • All-Inclusive Restaurants and Bar Drink Package for children (ages 3-17) (available on cruises in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and UAE only) costs $13.50 per child per day on cruises lasting eight nights or less; and $10.50 on nine-night sailings or longer. It includes unlimited alcohol-free cocktails, smoothies, soda, juice, mineral water, milk shakes and ice cream from the bars, buffet and all restaurants, including specialty restaurants.
  • Mealtime Restaurants Drink Package for Children (ages 3-17) costs $10 per child per day on cruises lasting eight nights or less; and $8 on sailings of nine nights or longer. It includes soft drinks and mineral water at lunch and dinner from the buffet and main restaurants, not including specialty restaurants.
Norwegian Cruise Line 

NCL’s Corks and Caps Package costs $65 per person per day, plus a 20 percent gratuity. It includes select fountain soda and juices, beer (draft and bottles) and wines by the glass ($15 or less).

NCL also offers an Ultimate Beverage Package that costs $99 per person per day plus a 20 percent gratuity. That package includes liquor and cocktails that cost $15 or less.

The Soda Program runs $7.95 per person per day for adults and $5.95 for children.

For more about Norwegian Cruises 2019 and 2020 Mediterranean cruises from Rome and Venice click here.

Oceania Cruises

Oceania’s Prestige Select package costs $59.95 per person per day and includes unlimited premium spirits, champagne, wine and beer.

Its House Select package, which costs $39.95 per person per day, includes unlimited champagne, wine and beer with lunch and dinner (not available on Alaska and New England sailings).

Oceania also offers Wine by the Bottle packages; a seven-bottle package goes for $47.50 each, gratuity included.

For more about Oceania 2019 and 2020 Mediterranean cruises from Rome and Venice click here.

Paul Gauguin Cruises

All cruises include complimentary select wines and spirits, beer, soft drinks, bottled water, and hot beverages served throughout the ship.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line

Royal’s Deluxe Package costs $63-$70 per person per day, depending on the sailing, plus an 18 percent gratuity. It includes cocktails, beer, wine, coffee, tea, and bottled water; and a 40 percent discount on bottles of wine under $100, and a 20 percent discount on bottles over $100.

Royal’s Refreshment Package costs $26-$29 per person per day, plus an 18 percent gratuity. It includes teas, coffee, bottled water, sodas, and juices.

The Classic Soda package, which $12.99 per person per day, plus an 18 percent gratuity, offers unlimited soda.

For more about Royal Caribbean 2019 and 2020 Mediterranean cruises from Rome and Venice click here.

Seabourn

Seabourn cruises include beer, wine, champagne and spirits. Rare or ultra-premium bottles of wine are available for an extra fee.

For more about Seabourn 2019 and 2020 Mediterranean cruises from Rome and Venice click here.

Silversea Cruises

Silversea cruises include beer, wine, champagne and spirits. Rare or ultra-premium bottles of wine are available for an extra fee.

Costs for the Viking’s Silver Spirits Package vary depending on itinerary length, but start at $139 per person for seven nights. The package covers drinks up to $15 each, anywhere on the ship or in the minibar (or 15 percent off those costing more), and premium wines at The Chef’s Table wine pairing.

For more about Seabourn 2019 and 2020 Mediterranean cruises from Rome and Venice click here.

Windstar

Windstar offers three packages. The Voyager’s Adventure Wine Package ($32 per person per day) includes 20 fine wines priced up to $8.50 per glass. Its Topmast Discoveries Wine Package, which  $42 per person per day, offers a choice of 33 premium wines priced at up to $11.50 per glass.

And its Captain’s Exclusive Beverage Package, which costs $52 per person per day, includes unlimited cocktails, spirits, beer and wines, priced up to $11.50 per glass including minibar; a 30 percent discount off the cost of wine bottles up to a retail value of $100; and free corkage for all wine guests carry onboard.

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ItalianTourism.us is seeing great deals on 2019 Italy vacation trips. If you’re thinking of a 2019 Italy vacation consider booking your Italy trip now. Italy vacation packages with airfare that include Venice, Florence, and Rome are at or even less than $2500 per person. The 11-day Italy tour that include the Amalfi Coast and airfare are less than $3000 per person.

These prices for 2019 Italy tours with airfare are affordable.  This price includes the escorted tour of Italy, 4-star accommodations, skip the line entrances to museums and sightseeing, transportation between cities and airport transfers when the tour of Italy is booked with airfare. The all-inclusive Italy trip itinerary include excursions to Assisi and Pisa, breakfast daily and some dinners, and includes the airfare. The 11-day 2019 Italy trip itinerary also includes a tour of Pompeii. ItalianTourism.us is giving the thumbs up on these these 2019 Italy tours with airfare deals because they are for real. But don’t wait because these great value deals to Italy will not last.

ItalianTourism.us has flights from all cities across the United States and Canada. We’ll book your Italy tour with air from the airport closest to your home.

Italy Tours 2019 Spring Break Airfares

“Airfare to Italy for Spring 2019 is very affordable. In fact its the lowest airfares we’ve seen in at least a decade,” said ItalianTourism.us. The 9-day Venice, Florence, Rome Italy tour with airfare price of $2500 is from New York City with the airfare included running about $600 per person.

Examples of the Italy vacation packages with airfare deals available now include:

March 2019 Italy Tours with Airfare
  • Round trip airfare from Boston to Italy March 2019 is $580 per person
  • Round trip airfare from Charlotte to Italy March 2019 is $670 per person
  • Round trip airfare from Chicago to Italy March 2019 is $560 per person
  • Round trip airfare from Dallas to Italy March 2019 is $670 per person
  • Round trip airfare from Denver to Italy March 2019 is $600 per person
  • Round trip airfare from Houston to Italy March 2019 is $570 per person
  • Round trip airfare from Jacksonville to Italy March 2019 is $565 per person
  • Round trip airfare from Los Angeles to Italy March 2019 is $650 per person
  • Round trip airfare from Miami to Italy March 2019 is $560 per person
  • Round trip airfare from New York and Newark March 2019 is $720 per person
  • Round trip airfare from Philadelphia to Italy March 2019 $570 per person
  • Round trip airfare from San Diego to Italy March 2019 is $700 per person
  • Round trip airfare from San Francisco to Italy March 2019 is $710 per person
  • Round trip airfare from San Jose to Italy March 2019 is $710 per person
  • Round trip airfare from Seattle to Italy March 2019 is $700 per person
  • Round trip airfare from Tampa to Italy March 2019 is $560 per person
  • Round trip airfare from Washington, DC to Italy March 2019 is $980 per person
April 2019 Italy Tours with Airfare
  • Round trip airfare from Boston to Italy April 2019 is $600 per person
  • Round trip airfare from Charlotte to Italy April 2019 is $800 per person
  • Round trip airfare from Chicago to Italy April 2019 is $600 per person
  • Round trip airfare from Dallas to Italy April 2019 is $750 per person
  • Round trip airfare from Denver to Italy April 2019 is $850 per person
  • Round trip airfare from Houston to Italy April 2019 is $770 per person
  • Round trip airfare from Jacksonville to Italy April 2019 is $750 per person
  • Round trip airfare from Los Angeles to Italy April 2019 is $700 per person
  • Round trip airfare from Miami to Italy April 2019 $600 per person
  • Round trip airfare from New York and Newark April 2019 is $600 per person
  • Round trip airfare from Philadelphia to Italy April 2019 is $600 per person
  • Round trip airfare from San Diego to Italy April 2019 is $900 per person
  • Round trip airfare from San Francisco to Italy April 2019 is $790 per person
  • Round trip airfare from San Jose to Italy April 2019 is $670 per person
  • Round trip airfare from Seattle to Italy April 2019 is $700 per person
  • Round trip airfare from Tampa to Italy April 2019 is $760 per person
  • Round trip airfare from Washington, DC to Italy April 2019 is $760 per person
May 2019 Italy Tours with Airfare
  • Round trip airfare from Boston to Italy May 2019 is $570 per person
  • Round trip airfare from Charlotte to Italy May 2019 is $780 per person
  • Round trip airfare from Chicago to Italy May 2019 is $560 per person
  • Round trip airfare from Dallas to Italy May 2019 is $690 per person
  • Round trip airfare from Denver to Italy May 2019 is $850 per person
  • Round trip airfare from Houston to Italy May 2019 is $680 per person
  • Round trip airfare from Jacksonville to Italy May 2019 is $750 per person
  • Round trip airfare from Los Angeles to Italy May 2019 is $740 per person
  • Round trip airfare from Miami to Italy May 2019 $565 per person
  • Round trip airfare from New York and Newark May 2019 is $600 per person
  • Round trip airfare from Philadelphia to Italy May 2019 is $790 per person round trip
  • Round trip airfare from San Diego to Italy May 2019 is $ per person
  • Round trip airfare from San Francisco to Italy May 2019 is $890 per person
  • Round trip airfare from San Jose to Italy May 2019 is $1100 per person
  • Round trip airfare from Seattle to Italy May 2019 is $900 per person
  • Round trip airfare from Tampa to Italy May 2019 is $1025 per person
  • Round trip airfare from Washington, DC to Italy May 2019 is about $810 per person
Italy Tours 2019 Spring Break

In our decades in the Italy tours business these are the best Italy airfare deals we’ve seen. These Italy airfares likely won’t last long so if you are thinking of a spring break trip to Italy in March 2019, April 2019, or May 2019 now is the time to book.  For the best all-inclusive 2019 Italy vacations check out the 9-day Venice, Florence, Rome and 12-day Venice, Florence, Rome, Amalfi Coast tour packages.

Click here for February 2019 and March 2019 Winter Italy tours.

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After three years of scientific and artistic investigations, Professor Ernesto Solari, an art historian and expert on Da Vinci, along with Ivana Rosa Bonfantino, a handwriting expert, announced that the “The Archangel Gabriel” could be the first known work produced by Da Vinci.

The hardly visible signature “Da Vinci Lionardo” is located in the lip. It is signed 1471, which would have been when Leonardo Da Vinci was 18 years old.

The painting, which is actually a glazed tile, was located when the descendants of the aristocratic Fenice family of Ravello were cleaning out their house. The tile had been in the family for 500 years. Although they did know it was an early Da Vinci work of art, they called art experts because it did appear to be quite a masterpiece.

To verify its authenticity the experts analyzed the painting style and signature to other Da Vinci works of art. Of course, Da Vinci’s signature evolved over time but the match was similar to confirm that indeed the glazed tile is the earliest known work by Leonardo Da Vinci.

The glazed tile named “The Archangel Gabriel” an eight-inch by eight-inch tile featuring a figure styled as the Archangel Gabriel, thus its name.

Not all Leonardo Da Vinci agree, however. Oxford professor Martin Kemp, a Da Vinci scholar, quickly attacked the work as inauthentic saying to the Times of London “One rule of thumb is that if a work is signed by Leonardo it’s not by him.”

Nevertheless the art market will ultimately decide its authenticity, such as it did with Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, which was also mired in debate over its authenticity and condition. It ultimately became the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction when it went for $450 million at Christie’s in November 2017.

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The 2018 Giro d’Italia begins May 4. This year’s Giro d’Italia is the 101st cycle race through Italy. In a special start it will begin in Israel. The first 4 stages will peddle through Israel before heading to Italy. Stage 1 begins in Jerusalem. The final stage of the 2018 Giro d’Italia is May 27 in Rome. This is 13th time the Giro d’Italia started outside Italy.

After Israel’s 4 stages the race turns to Italy on May 8. This stage begins in Catania on Italy’s mediterranean island Sicily. From there it travels through Sicily for 3 stages. Then Stage 7 begins in Calabria in the toe of the Italian boot. The stage travels up the Calabrian coast.

The 2018 Giro d’Italia includes stages through popular tourist destinations including:

    • Stage 11, May 16 beginning in Assisi. This stage will pass through the beautiful medieval town of Spello.
    • Stage 12, May 17 travels up the Adriatic Coast from Le Marche to Emilia Romagna.
    • Stage 13, May 18 begins in the beautiful town of Ferrara in the Emilia Romagna region
    • Stage 14 May 19 begins the big mountain climbs in northern Italy. The stage begins in San Vito al Tagliamento a dynamic and lively town, located in the Veneto-Friuli’s plain in the province of Pordenone. Its origin dates back to pre-Roman and Roman settlements and it has noble historical, cultural and artistic traditions.
    • Stage 16, May 22 offers two sophisticated northern Italy vacation destinations. The race departs from Trento. It ends in Rovereto. In Trento Roman treasures and Renaissance splendor live side by side in its squares, streets and buildings, making every corner a unique wonder. Trento’s geographical location make it a bridge between Italian culture and Central European tradition. The underground archeological site of Roman Tridentum, the Buonconsiglio Castle and the MUSE, the Science Museum designed by Renzo Piano are only a few examples of the wonderful places you can visit. The city offers also urban trekking itineraries, cycle paths and the 16,3 km long legendary climb Charly Gaul, which leads from Trento to Monte Bondone at 1651 meters of altitude. Rovereto is set among hills and vineyards, at the center of the Adige Valley, along the main connecting road between Verona and Trento. Close to Lake Garda, being an old centre of silk production, it has a sophisticated cultural offer in terms of museums and festivals, palaces and monuments. But it is also a heaven for cyclists and a skiing resort with tracks on the slopes of the Brentonico highland.
    • Stage 21, May 27 peddles through Rome. The capital city of the Italian Republic is the most intensively populated city in Italy. It is full of monuments and price art. The winner of the 2018 Giro d’Italia will be crowned on the Imperial Forums in front of the Colosseum on Sunday, May 27.

For more about the 2018 Giro d’Italia race routes and stages click here.

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The Rome Amba Aradam subway station currently being built near the Colosseum has unearthed a structure that dates back to the 2nd Century ancient Roman time. The archaeologists unearthed the structure 90 feet below modern-day Rome.

The extensive complex at Amba Aradam includes a 300 foot long hallway with 39 rooms. The structure is complete with frescoes and mosaics. In it ancient coins, ceramics, and bracelets were also found.

The structure is thought to be a military garrison for the ancient Roman Emperors. Known as the Praetorian Guard, which was a private military force that served the ancient Roman emperors. The location near the Colosseum is also just around the Palatine Hill. This area was the center of ancient Rome that thrived 2000 years ago.

It is such a significant find the city says it is planning to incorporate the findings to create a purpose-built “archaeological station” for the Metro. The structure complete with mosaics and frescoes will be preserved. The structure, mosaics, and frescoes will be displayed in the future subway station.

Rome Subway Project Unearths Another Incredible Discovery - YouTube

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