Uncovering a thousand years of history
Sailing the Mediterranean means crossing its long history of peoples, ships and above all cities. One, in particular, has profoundly shaped it: Rome. An MSC Cruise will take you to discover the timeless beauty of one of the most iconic places in the Mediterranean.
Every year millions of tourists come to Rome, the destination of your MSC Mediterranean Cruise, to discover its centuries-old artistic, architectural and cultural history, and experi-ence its eight souls: Imperial, Medieval, Renaissance & Baroque, of the style Umbertino, Liberty, of the first half of the 20th century, of the second half of the 20th century and Contemporary. Every occasion is an opportunity to return to the Italian capital and to re-sume your visit from where you left off the previous time.
An MSC Excursion will take you to visit the Roman monument par excellence: the Colos-seum, known throughout the world. The Roman amphitheatre, built between 72 and 80 BC, with an elliptical shape, was intended for various types of entertainment, with a well-defined program that ranged from fights between gladiators to those with animals. It could accommodate an estimated 50,000 to 75,000 spectators and the first series of games, or-ganised under the emperor Titus, lasted about three months.
Imagine now that you are Anita Ekberg or Marcello Mastroianni, in Federico Fellini's film “La Dolce Vita”; close your eyes and as if by magic thanks to an MSC Excursion you will appear in front of the Trevi Fountain, a monument known to all for its majesty, built be-tween 1732 and 1762 and leaning against the facade of Palazzo Poli. The representation of the sea, with, in the central niche, the sculpture of Ocean intent on taming the "agitat-ed" and "calm" souls of two horses, and in the side niches the statues of Healthiness and Abundance, is a jubilation of Baroque and Moroccan elements.
Another MSC Excursion will take you to the smallest state in the world in terms of both size and number of inhabitants: Vatican City. It is a tiny state, within the city of Rome, known to all for masterpieces of inestimable beauty such as St. Peter's Square, sur-rounded by Bernini's colonnade; St. Peter's Basilica, dominated by Michelangelo's dome while the Vatican Palaces house the Sistine Chapel, Papal rooms, loggias and apart-ments.