Imagine a sliver of sea where ancient coastlines have withstood the test of time—a place to see castles reflected in glacial lakes, to follow intertwining streets and alleyways to the doorstep of breathtaking cathedrals, to touch 4th-century mosaics that have been intricately preserved over time. Where the Adriatic Sea meets the land, become immersed in the bustling everyday life of charming, authentic towns dating back to the Middle Ages.
Charming Adriatic destinations to explore with Royal Caribbean:
An ancient town first settled in 532 A.D., Koper has maintained a city center that charms visitors with its medieval details and bustling squares. Buildings of carved gray Istrian stone stand along narrow intertwining streets, leading to Koper's historic downtown, boasting castles, palaces, and the largest cathedral in Slovenia. Beyond the city's crumbling protective walls, constructed in the Middle Ages, visitors can see majestic castles rising above glacial lakes, as well as the largest known cave system in the country.
The idyllic port town of Ravenna, Italy, was briefly the capital of the Roman Empire and later the Italian capital of the Byzantine Empire. Visitors can behold some of the world's most intricate mosaic monuments and artworks, many which adorn basilicas dating back as far as the 4th century. Described as a "symphony of color" in Dante's epic poem Divine Comedy, Ravenna's well-preserved mosaics are some of the finest remaining in the Western world. Venture to the nearby cities of Florence, Bologna, and San Marino for additional sightseeing and excursions.
A seaside port town and harbor for more than two thousand years, Bari is one of southern Italy's most charming and prosperous cities. Barivecchia, the old town, is cherished for its medieval characteristics, including the splendid Basilica of St. Nicholas. Just beyond the town is the formidable Castel del Monte, an octagonal castle built in 1250 by Roman Emporer Frederick II, featuring eight rooms and an eight-sided courtyard. Among architectural marvels from the Middle Ages, visitors will also discover a wealth of dining venues and modern shopping options--the city's center is one of Italy's most expansive shopping destinations.
As you approach the stone walls surrounding Dubrovnik, it becomes apparent why this ancient city is called the "pearl of the Adriatic". Marble streets, finely-carved baroque buildings, churches and monuments seem to glow in the sunlight, against a backdrop of pristine beaches, shoreline islands, and majestic cliffs. One popular tour: a stroll along the top of the thick,1.5-mile-long wall that surrounds the well-preserved Old City, portions of which date back to the 13th century.
These are only a few of the European destinations visited by Royal Caribbean International.
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