If you’re considering an Italian cruise for your next getaway, you’re probably looking forward to exploring the history, culture and of course, the food. However, few travellers visiting Italy are quite as enthralled by the country’s other great offering: wildlife. |
That’s right, there’s more to Italy than pizza, pasta and Duomos – it’s just not often talked about in the travel guides! Read on to learn more about some of the wildlife you should be looking out more on your next Italian cruise.
These impressive creatures are most commonly spotted around quieter areas of the country, such as hillsides, vineyards and country lanes. Their huge tusks make them a pretty exciting sight to see as they roam wild, so make sure you have your camera to hand so you can get a shot before they make a run for it!
While wild boars are fun for visitors to spot, the locals aren’t often quite so keen on these animals! When found in vineyards, they consume a huge amount of produce in a short space of time – as you can image, this doesn’t impress the farmers.
Look to the skies while sailing along the waterways on your Italian cruise and you might just spot a majestic golden eagle. These creatures are simply beautiful and can often be seen in more rural parts of the country. Their two-metre wingspan makes them pretty hard to miss when they’re soaring through the skies!
Did You Know? Golden eagles stay with the same mate throughout their whole lives.
If you want to see a marmot in Italy, it’s no use travelling in the winter months as they’ll all be hibernating underground! These herbivores are from the squirrel family and are recognisable for the loud whistling sound they produce when a predator is approaching. Look out for them in grasslands during the country’s spring season, when they’ll be leaving their cosy winter burrows.
These wild cats are tricky to spot, but they’re so majestic that it’s definitely worth the effort to try to see them. Lynx usually hunt rabbits, hare and deer and are often spotted alone, unless they’re with their young. You might want to wait until after dark, however, as these creatures are nocturnal.
Did You Know? The Lynx was thought to be extinct for almost 100 years until one was spotted in the year 2000.
Explore Along the Waterways
An Italian cruise is one of the best ways to travel the country if you’re looking for a mixture of wildlife, culture and history. You’ll visit all the top spots and have plenty of opportunities so sit back, relax and enjoy the views while on the hunt for some native animals.
Book your next Italian cruise today via a specialist provider and be prepared for the adventure of a lifetime.
Paul Newman is the Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK's most respected provider of all-inclusive luxury barge holidays. If you're looking for a fantastic Italian cruise, or cruises to other great destinations, they are the go-to experts. Part of a team of experienced barging aficionados, Paul is first in line to endorse the perks of a slow-paced barge cruise to anyone looking for a unique holiday experience.
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