Once you have discovered the wonders of Venice, cruise to delightful towns along the coast to experience the best of bustling Italian life. Cultural Ravenna, magical Rimini and serene Bari in Puglia are top of the list.
Built on a lagoon, Venice comprises over 100 tiny islands, divided by canals and connected by bridges. The unique construction and architecture gives the Italian city more than its share of romance. As the world's only pedestrian city, Venice is a sensory overload: from the mosaic encrusted Basilica di San Marco, to the Museo Querini Stampalia crammed with Renaissance paintings. It is, without a doubt, the most photogenic city in Europe. Explore the labyrinth of canals, wander the silent cobbled streets, marvel at the iconic Renaissance architecture and visit boutique shops and skilled glass blowers.
From Venice, you’re within a day’s sail of the Croatian coast, or head south to discover the fabulous beaches and villages along the pebbled coastline. On route from Venice stop in Rimini for an al fresco snack at Casina del Bosco where you can enjoy some of the best and most diverse piadine in town, served with sensational fillings such as caramelised figs. Visit Ravenna, an UNESCO World Heritage Site with captivating mosaics, and the exquisite Basilica Sant Apollinare near to the village of Classe. At Bari in Puglia, enjoy the slow food and lilting fishing villages of this magical sun-baked stretch of southeast Italy.