If you’re setting sail with Inspirato this summer on our exclusive Rome to Venice cruise—or even if you’re just visiting the Italian coast—we’ve curated some tips and inspiration to get you in the Mediterranean mindset before we embark. Ciao!

What to read

If this novel’s splashy, sun-drenched snapshot of the Italian coast on its cover doesn’t pull you in, its story should do the trick. Bouncing back and forth between modern-day Hollywood and the post-WWII Amalfi Coast, it’s a social-satire-cum-love-story. It’s the perfect scene-setting read before we embark, or on board the Silver Dawn, lounging on the deck with cocktail in hand.

What to listen to

We’ve curated this playlist on Spotify to set the mood for the cruise. Put it on for some fun background music as you pack, or on your flight over—crooner classics from Sinatra and Dean Martin are the perfect jet lag antidote.

What to eat


In the first few days of the cruise, we’ll be stopping along the picturesque Amalfi Coast. Be sure to stroll the charming towns nestled along the water like Positano. Situated atop the Hotel Poseidon in the town center is Il Tridente, a restaurant and cocktail bar that serves both sumptuous Neapolitan fare and views of the jaw-dropping coastline. And on our final stop in Venice, twice Michelin-starred GLAM restaurant in Palazzo Venart along the Grand Canal is a can’t-miss gourmet experience worth extending your stay in the city just a bit longer.

What to pack


Because we’ll be traveling along the balmy Mediterranean coastline, temperatures will sit in the mid-90s throughout the day, dipping down into the mid-70s in the evening. Aim for resort casual dress, with breezy sundresses and shorts during the day, and slightly more elevated summer cocktail attire in the evenings. (Sun hats and sunscreen are a good idea, too!)

What to drink


Summer is the perfect time to sip our signature Rome to Venice cocktail. Its star ingredient, limoncello, is one of Italy’s iconic liqueurs, paying homage to the Amalfi Coast with its historically plump, juicy lemon varieties. Mix this bright blend of lemon soda, limoncello, and a splash of prosecco for the perfect companion while you pack for the cruise.


If you aren’t traveling with us on the Rome to Venice cruise, don’t worry—there are so many incredible Inspirato Only cruises and other experiences available in 2023 to explore. We hope to see you aboard soon!

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