Situated an approximate 50-minute drive away from the Italian capital, Civitavecchia provides an ideal point of access for cruise passengers to visit the impressive city of Rome. As well as being famed for being built on seven hills, the historic city centre holds UNESCO World Heritage status, with many spectacular palaces, churches, ruins, monuments, statues, fountains and much, much more. One of the most impressive landmarks of the city is the towering Colosseum – which dates back to 70 - 80 AD. The religious prominence of the city becomes clear upon visiting the ornate Vatican City – the centre of the Catholic Church.
Situated on Sardinia’s Emerald Coast, the small town of Olbia is home to a number of fascinating landmarks including a series of Phoenician and Roman tombs, and the Pisan Romanesque Church of San Simplicio. It also provides a gateway to the glittering area of Costa Smeralda – which is renowned for attracting the rich and famous.
Valletta is the capital of Malta and is home to a plethora of 16th century architecture. It was one of the first sites to gain UNESCO World Heritage status and visitors are greeted to a wonderful collection of cathedrals, palaces, museums and a glistening harbour. This is all blended with a more contemporary attitude, with a wide selection of shops, restaurants, entertainment venues and much more.
Catania, in eastern Sicily, is situated at the foot of Mount Etna and is the Italian island’s second largest city. Filled the Baroque architecture, Catania is home to many interesting landmarks that reflect the history and culture of Sicily. These include the Piazza del Duomo, the Elephant Fountain and the Palazzo Biscari (Palace of Catania). Being in Sicily, it would be a wasted opportunity not to try some of the local cuisine on offer – with local specialities including Arancino, Pasta alla Norma and Cannolo alla Ricotta.
Corfu is the northernmost located of the Greek Ionian Islands and is made up of a mountainous north and quieter south filled with gold-sand beaches. The island’s oldest village, Perithia, is a heritage-protected site located in a Designated Area of Natural Beauty, which displays a fine example of the Venetian influence on the island. There are many architectural wonders worth visiting across Corfu’s Old Town including a royal palace and an old fortress.
Kotor is a gorgeous hidden gems of the Mediterranean. As you sail through this unique and distinctive Mediterranean fjord, you will be mesmerised by the natural beauty. Upon docking, the huge gate reveals a doorway to the old town. These glistening streets and narrow paths will guide you on a tour of fascinating architecture and a charming culture. The walls that encapsulate this city stretch up to a fortress, which is situated high upon the hills. You can climb these walls, and those who do will be rewarded with unparalleled views.
The well-preserved Croatian walled city of Dubrovnik faces out towards the glistening Adriatic Sea and has held UNESCO World Heritage status since 1979. As you walk through the gates, you will be greeted by a series of glistening cobblestones, which have been smoothed down by pedestrians over time. Climbing and walking along the surrounding walls will provide an unparalleled insight into the architecture and history of this intriguing city.
The island of Hvar sits just off the coast of the southern regions of Croatia and is home to colourful hills filled with flowers, lush-green vineyards, towering mountains and golden beaches. Historical fortifications remain intact and overlook the red-tiled roofs below in the main town of Hvar, while the network of narrow streets - lined with glistening cobblestones - will lead you on a journey of intrigue.
Koper is the only commercial ports in Slovenia and is also one of the country’s oldest towns. This town can trace its roots back to 1278, when it was a Roman town before becoming part of Venice, then Austria and then Italy before finally becoming part of Yugoslavia. During WW2, many Italians fled after the town after the construction of many unattractive factories. Fortunately, the old town was left untouched and this charming area continues to attract tourists.
The breathtaking city of Venice is situated on 120 islands formed by 177 canals. Venice is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world thanks in some part to works by Titian, Tintoretto, Bellini, Veronese and Canaletto.
Shuttle buses take you from the port to Piazzale Roma, where you can walk or take a watertaxi into the city centre. The most famous piazza in Venice is St Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco), where you will find St Mark's Cathedral, the Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale) and the bell tower. At the back of the Doge's Palace is the famous Bridge of Sighs but the city’s most iconic bridge has to be the Rialto, lined with a double row of shops. This proudly straddles the Grand Canal, the principal traffic artery of Venice.
With the Stucky Mill, Chiesa del Redentore, the impressive Basilica della Madonna della Salute, the Punta della Dogana and the ancient Benedictine monastery of San Giorgio all waiting to be uncovered, places of interest come thick and fast in Venice.
During the 14th century, Venice grew to be one of the wealthiest trading cities in the world. The peak of the Venetian power was reached during the 15th century when Gallipoli, Cyprus and Crete were conquered and the empire was enhanced by the many talented Renaissance artists the city boasted.
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