The area of water that is bordered by Corsica and Sardinia to the west, Italy to the east and Sicily to the south, is known as the Tyrrhenian Sea. It is located close to the boundary of the African and European tectonic plates, which is why mountain chains and volcanoes like Etna, Vesuvius and Stromboli in the Aeolian Islands are present.
Cultural Cruises in the Tyrrhenian Sea allow travellers to visit the fascinating places that exist along the Italian and Sicilian coasts, and learn more about the colourful histories that are associated with them. One of the most intriguing excursions on these cruises is a visit to Pompeii. This ancient city has been excavated from layers of ash, which fell during a devastating volcanic eruption that destroyed Pompeii and wiped out its inhabitants. Preserved exactly as it was back in 79 AD, visitors can walk the streets and experience what it was like to be living in Pompeii at the time.