Trieste is a charming North-East Italy city with fascinating history, belle époque cafes and dark congenial bars. The past of the city is still living through all its monuments streets, squares and buildings. The Old Town is the home of “real” Trieste, with its artisans, antique dealers, bookshops, potters, framers and art galleries. It also boasts Roman ruins such as the Roman Theatre and an Augustan Triumphal Arch.
This elegant tourist destination lies at the centre of Riviera with the longest tradition of tourism in Croatia. Warm seas, lush green scenery and a pleasant climate are some of the main reasons for the quick development of its tourism. Because of the town’s advantageous geographic position, it is possible to visit much more than just the destinations in Opatija Riviera, whether you want to enjoy the untouched nature, explore historical sights or just experience authentic wining and dining.
Of the world’s 196 independent countries, San Marino is the fifth and smallest and –arguably- the most curious. San Marino, a sole survivor of Italy, is a living monument inscribed to UNESCO’s World Heritage in 2008, famous throughout the world for its natural and artistic beauty. The medieval atmosphere characterizes all the nine castles and its capital, the city of San Marino, where there are monuments, museums and many attractions, such as the 3 historic towers, symbols of the Republic.
For mosaic lovers, Ravenna is an earthly paradise. Spread out over several churches and baptisteries around town is one of the world’s most dazzling collections of early Christian mosaic artwork, enshrined since 1996 on Unesco’s World Heritage list. History is written on its streets. The beauty of the city is also to be found in the old center which is closed to traffic and vibrant with local color and life. The square with its open air cafes, the passing of hundred bicycles, the market, the elegant shop windows, all contribute to a relaxed atmosphere and the slower pace of bygone days.
Kotor is the coastal town of Montenegro, where the past coexists with the present. The Old City of Kotor is a well preserved urbanization typical of the Middle Ages, built between 12th and 14th century and is on the list of the Unesco world cultural inheritance. The medieval town is full of museums, churches, café strewn squares and Venetian palaces and pillories. There is also a large number of nicely decorated restaurants with traditional specialties, boutiques and trade shops.
Catania lies cradled amidst the splendid greenery of its surrounding, yet at the same time opens out to the sea, welcoming us with its grand piazzas, wide roads and architecture in lavic rock. Th Sicilian City is packed with cool gritty bars, abundant energy and an earthy spirit. Catania’s historic core is Unesco-listed wonder where black and white palazzi tower over sweeping baroque piazzas. One minute you are scanning he skyline from a dizzying dome, the next contemporary art in an 18th century convent. Food is another local forte.
More than any other city, Syracuses encapsulates Sicily’s timeless beauty. The city is notable for its rich Greek history, culture, amphitheatres and architecture. Ancient Greek ruins rise out of lush citrus orchards, café tables spill onto dazzling baroque piazzas and honey-hued medieval lanes lead down to the sparkling blue sea. Across the water from the mainland, Ortygia remains the city's most beautiful corner, a casually chic, eclectic marvel with an ever-growing legion of fans.
Bari is the second largest town of Southern Italy with the grand boulevards, the active nightlife, the large university, the recently renovated opera house and the municipal buildings. It’s a historic but youthful town with a high percentage of students lending it a cooler and hipper edge. The seascapes, olive gropes and legendary food will also delight your senses.
In the old town of Ancona, crowned by the duomo, you can peel back layers of history of the city founded by Greek settlers from Syracuse around 387 BC, admiring Roman ruins, the rich stash of its archaeological museum and its Renaissance palazzi, which glow softly in the evening light. Linger long enough in its hilltop parks overlooking the Adriatic and lively boulevards and cafe-rimmed piazzas and you'll see a more likeable side to Le Marche's seafront capital, promise.
Split is the second largest city of Croatia, and is a great place to see Dalmatian life as it’s really lived. Split has just the right balance between tradition and modernity. You will see dozens of bars, restaurants and shops thriving amid the atmospheric old walls where Split life has been humming for thousands of years. Its dramatic coastal mountains act as the perfect backdrop to the turquoise waters of the Adriatic and help divert attention from the dozens of shabby high-rise apartment blocks that fill its suburbs.
Boasting a historic old town of Roman ruins, medieval churches, cosmopolitan cafes and quality museums set on a small peninsula, Zadar is an intriguing city. Zadar is an ancient city, built in the center of the Croatian Adriatic, full of historical and cultural monuments. It is three thousand years old, a city of old, tumultuous and dynamic history, often destructed, looted, devastated, every time emerging from the ruins stronger, richer and more beautiful.
Venice is a magical city, which stretches across numerous small islands. Venice is famous for its characteristic bridges, spanning the canals navigated by gondolas, its monuments, churches, piazzas, narrow lanes and silent waters. In Venice you'll find many historical buildings, both with modern interiors and also with the traditional designs which are common all over the city. Another important feature of Venice is the manufacturing of glass on the Murano island, an artisan activity which has made the city one of the biggest producers of glass in Europe.