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.
The city of Ravenna is situated in Italy’s Romagna zone and is the home of the Mosaic Basilica. The Basilica of Sant’ Apollinare Nuovo is home to a fantastic array of mosaics, all of which are housed within fascinating architectural structures. It is also worth noting that Ravenna was the capital of the Western Roman Empire from 402 until its fall in 476.
The charming hillside town of Taormina is situated on the east coast of the Italian island of Sicily and is a highly renowned destination, with tourists from around the world coming to visit. Situated close to the iconic Mount Etna, this charming town offers a pleasant climate and plenty to see. The Teatro Greco is an impressive open-air Roman theatre, offering an insight into the history of the area as well as impressive views of Mount Etna and the coast. Sicilian towns and cities are widely-regarded for having some of the best food in all of Italy and Taormina is no exception, with plenty of places to try sumptuous dishes and refreshing limoncello.
The beautiful Amalfi Coast city of Sorrento paints an image that many would consider to be synonymous of the true Italy. Charming architecture blends with gorgeous lemon terraces and a plethora of restaurants and cafes that serve some of the finest cuisine on earth. Sorrento also provides an ideal point from which to visit Pompeii and Ercolano.
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.
The small fishing village of Portofino is situated beside the glistening Ligurian Sea. Brightly coloured homes will greet you upon arrival into what is easily regarded as one of the most beautiful areas of the Mediterranean. Wander the streets and soak up the architecture and culture of this beautiful and immersive location. Alternatively, you can head to one of the nearby beaches for a sense of peace and tranquillity.
The Italian town of La Spezia is located between Pisa and Genoa and is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful areas of the Mediterranean. Towering mountains line the horizon, always visible in the distance as you wander along golden beaches and through lush green gardens. A stroll through La Spezia’s old town is particularly rewarding, with many narrow streets guiding you through a range of charming architectural landmarks. La Spezia is also an ideal point of access from which to access the stunning area of Cinque Terre – a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Home to the rich and famous, the resort destination of Monte Carlo, Monaco, is one of the most glamorous destinations on earth. The beautiful harbour accommodates a wide array of yachts and a walk along the coastal Avenue Saint-Martin will take you to a beautiful collection of cliff-side gardens. The architecture within this area is stunning, from the Palais du Prince in Monaco-Ville, to the Old Casino – you will be astounded by the number of historical buildings.
The second most populated city of France – Marseille is a significant city in Southern France and is home to the largest port in the Mediterranean. Originally founded by the Phoceans in 600BC, it is considered to be one of the oldest cities in Europe. This is reflected throughout the architecture of the city including Notre Dame de la Garde, and it also depicted in a number of interesting museums. Marseille also offers a number of fabulous beaches – each of which provides an ideal place to soak up the Mediterranean sun.
The Spanish city of Barcelona is a hub of culture, architecture, culinary art, beaches, and passion. There is no shortage of things to see in this beautiful city and a stroll through its many streets will take you through its many delights. Admire the dominating Sagrada Familia – an intricately impressive basilica designed by Antoni Gaudi. It has been under construction for over 100 years and has gained UNESCO World Heritage status. Gaudi’s art can also be found in Parc Guell, which is home to an array of buildings which have been decorated with mosaic designs.
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