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The 7 Night Italy, Greece & Croatia from Barcelona, Spain visits Naples / Capri, Italy; Sicily (Messina), Italy; Corfu, Greece; Kotor, Montenegro; Split, Croatia; Venice (Ravenna), Italy. Explore our cruise itineraries and choose from a variety of rooms depending on your needs and budget. Start planning your next cruise vacation by selecting a destination and departure port.
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7 Night Italy, Greece & Croatia
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Explore Explorer of the Seas
Day 1 - Barcelona, Spain
Day 2 - Cruising
Day 3 - Naples / Capri, Italy
Day 4 - Sicily (Messina), Italy
Day 5 - Corfu, Greece
Day 6 - Kotor, Montenegro
Day 7 - Split, Croatia
Day 8 - Venice (Ravenna), Italy
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Barcelona, Spain
Explorer of the Seas
Day Port
Barcelona, Spain
Departs at 5:00 PM
Day at sea
Naples / Capri, Italy
From 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sicily (Messina), Italy
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Corfu, Greece
From 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Kotor, Montenegro
Tendered from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Split, Croatia
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Venice (Ravenna), Italy
Arrives at 6:00 AM
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Explorer of the Seas
This is not your average vacation. This is adventure in a bold new light — on the fleet-favorite Explorer of the Seas®. Soak up the sunshine and chill vibes at the adults-only Solarium. Indulge in authentic Tuscan cuisine at Giovanni’s Table. Then catch a jaw-dropping original production in the Main Theater, or dance the night away at Club Twenty. On this ship, there’s no wrong way to vacay.


When you're not exploring unforgettable ports, you'll find plenty of thrills on deck. Scale the Rock Climbing Wall and try not to wipe out on the FlowRider® surf simulator. Or engage in a little friendly competition on the mini-golf course, before taking your adventure onto the ice skating rink.


Say "Konnichiwa" to fresh-rolled sushi at Izumi, or "Buongiorno" to authentic Italian eats at Giovanni's Table. If it's prime meat you're craving, head to Chops Grille℠ for steakhouse offerings that are a cut above the rest. And for the ultimate sweet treat, order up a classic milkshake at Johnny Rockets®.


Cap off each date night with an incredible show at the Main Theater, followed by a round of your favorite ice-cold brews, moonlight and island vibes poolside, and late-night dancing.

Day 1: Barcelona, Spain

Day 1
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Spain Barcelona La Sagrada Couple
La Sagrada Couple Walking
Things to do in
Departs at 5:00 PM
It’s easy to see why Barcelona is the most-visited city in Spain. As the capital of the country’s Catalonia region, this cityscape’s cultural mosaic pieces together a 2,000-year-old hodgepodge of sun-drenched beaches, cutting edge architecture, and a world-renowned dining and drinking scene. Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí left his modernist handprint all over the city, while medieval treasures linger in historic Gothic Quarter squares. Get lost in the whimsical gardens of Park Güell or savor a chef-led Catalan cooking class. Browse art collections dedicated to Picasso and Miro— or ride a cable car to the top of Montjuïc Hill, relishing citywide views along the way.
Spain Barcelona La Sagrada Familia Interior
La Sagrada Familia Interior Colorful


Get an up-close glimpse of La Sagrada Família, a cathedral masterwork designed by celebrated Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. Marvel at its sky-piercing spires and then step inside to admire intricate mosaics, Montjuïc stone pillars and the Nativity façade. You can even climb to the tippy-top of the spires for panoramic city views.
Spain Barcelona Barceloneta Beach
Barceloneta Beach at Sunset


With seven beaches spanning more than two miles of Mediterranean coastline, Barcelona’s harborfront is known for some of the world’s best sun-seeking and on-the-sea adventures. Lounge along the shore, kayak deep blue waters— or charter a fishing trip for the chance to reel in tuna, swordfish or Mediterranean spearfish.
Barcelona, Spain La Rambla Shops
Street view of La Rambla in Barcelona, Spain, with shops lining the street


Take a stroll along La Rambla’s pedestrian boulevard to experience the city’s pure essence. Souvenir shops, street artists, flower stalls, sidewalk cafes and Catalan folk sardana dancers set a lively scene. Its marvelous centerpiece, La Catedral, dates from the 1200s— and its tower delivers sweeping views of medieval Barcelona.
Spain Barcelona Sparkling Cava Wine
Couple Enjoying the Local Sparkling Cava Wine


Barcelona has mastered the art of eating. Many restaurants serve up creative nueva cocina española, while waterfront spots dish out seafood paella and multi-course lunch menus include a glass of sparkling cava wine. For a taste of Catalan cooking, try pa amb tomàquet (tomato-topped bread). Or nibble on Spanish tapas (bite-sized appetizers) around the bar like a local, with house-made vermouth in hand.
Spain Barcelona Local Fresh Market Shopping
Couple Strolling Through the Fresh Local Market


You could spend hours checking out the markets of Barcelona for high-quality leatherwear, jewelry, old books and unique housewares. Passeig de Gràcia and Barcelona Shopping Line are two popular retail promenades— and the Gothic Quarter is home to dozens of family-owned shops that sell textiles, stationery, decorative ceramic tiles and earthenware kitchenware.

Day 2: Cruising

Day 2
At Sea
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Man Doing Air Trick
Man Doing Air Trick on Flowrider
Parents Skating with their Daughter
Family Enjoying the Onboard Ice Skating Rink

Ice Skating

Whether you’re a beginner or you’ve got moves like the Great One, you’ll have a great time every time at the ice skating rink.
Scuba Certification Padi Diving Underwater
Scuba Certification Diving Underwater by the Coral

Scuba Certification

Gear up and get certified at sea during an underwater adventure lead by certified PADI® instructors.
Navigator of the Seas Adventure Ocean
Girl Playing with Dolls at Adventure Ocean

Adventure Ocean®

“Are we there yet?” is a thing of the past. We keep every kid entertained with games, events, age-appropriate activities and more in our award-winning youth program.
Man Receiving Massage
Man Receiving Massage at Vitality Spa

Spa & Fitness Center

A luxurious sanctuary offering signature treatments, medi-spa services, and a full-service salon to make you glow from the inside out. Browse our spa menu for pricing.

Day 3: Naples / Capri, Italy

Day 3
Naples / Capri
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Naples - Capri, Italy, Aerial View
An aerial view of Capri
Things to do in
Naples / Capri
From 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
With a skyline defined by towering Mount Vesuvis, Naples is a bustling Italian city brimming with beauty. Experience its rich neoclassical architecture at sites like Gesu Nuovo Church, with its lavish interior adorned with detailed frescoes, statues and gold inlay. Go even deeper into history at the San Gennaro catacombs, where Naples' first bishops were buried in the second century A.D. Walk along the Miglio Sacro ("Holy Mile") and people-watch your way through the cafes and shops of the Sanita district with a zuccherato (sweetened espresso) in hand. Jump onboard a Naples cruise and take the short bus ride to the base of Mount Vesuvius — it's an easy 20- to 30-minute hike will take you to the summit — and tour the ruins of Pompeii afterward.
Naples - Capri, Italy, Catacombs of San Gennaro
The Catacombs of San Gennaro in Italy

Go Underground

Interested in getting up close and personal with Naples' past residents? Head underground to visit the Catacombs of San Gennaro. These historic burial places are the oldest in the city and the largest in all of Southern Italy. Spend some time wandering around the different rooms to see how the rooms where the wealthy and poor were buried.
Insider tip
You won't be able to visit the Catacombs of San Gennaro without a guided tour, so be sure to book yours well in advanced.
Naples - Capri, Italy, Gesu Nuovo interior
The interior of the Gesu Nuovo in Italy

Church Bells Ring

Naples' churches are a great way to tour its architectural treasures, and most of them are concentrated in the old town center. Check out San Domenico Maggiore, with its impressive gold-gilded ceiling and interior. Inside Sansevero Chapel, you'll find a number of impressive Baroque statues and classical art. And don't miss the beautiful frescoes and peaceful vibe of Gesu Nuovo Church during your Capri cruise.
Insider tip
Wear comfortable shoes; you'll be doing a lot of walking over cobblestones while in the city.
Naples - Capri, Italy, Margherita pizza
A margherita pizza in Naples, Italy

Local Cuisine

Neopolitan-style pizza is Naples culinary gem. Grab a seat at L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele, which has been serving up pizza since 1870, and order a slice of simple, classic margherita, topped with fresh basil, tomato sauce and local mozzarella di fiore. Cruise to Naples and head to Friggitoria Vomero for the town's best arancini — gooey, fried spheres of rice and cheese — or panzarotti, a mini-calzone stuffed with mozzarella, tomato and other ingredients like spinach or ham.
Naples - Capri, Italy, Traditional pots
Traditional pots at a shop in Italy


Head to Via Toledo, the longest shopping street in Naples, which offers small boutiques and a huge department store. Continue down the road to Galleria Umberto I, a beautiful shopping gallery for some high-end souvenirs such as silk scarves and leather shoes to take back home.

Day 4: Sicily, Italy

Day 4
Messina, Italy
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Sicily (Messina), Italy, Aerial View
Aerial view of Sicily (Messina), Italy
Things to do in
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Messina is Sicily's panoramic gateway — located on the northeastern corner of the island, the city just kisses the boot of mainland Italy's southern tip. Get lost among the patchwork of churches and antique palaces. The Messina Cathedral is in the heart of the city, and its famous bell tower houses the largest mechanical clock in the world — every day at noon, the statues move to Schubert's "Ave Maria." In front of this church, you'll find the Fontana di Orione, a 16th-century fountain that's a work of art in itself, with sculptures of figures from ancient mythology. Cruise to Sicily and take a leisurely walk to the Sacrario di Cristo Re, a hilltop church with panoramic views of the town and the surrounding mountains.
Sicily (Messina), Italy, Orions Fountain
Orions fountain in Sicily (Messina), Italy

Photographer's Playground

Messina's panoramic views and patchwork of architectural styles are an invitation for the creative photographer. The Neptune and Orione fountains created by Michelangelo's collaborator, Montorsoli are renaissance masterpieces.
Insider tip
Messina is a great place to discover by foot; within 10 minutes you can be at the Cathedral.
Sicily (Messina), Italy, Ancient eternal calendar
An ancient eternal calendar

Dawn of the Duomo

Head to the Astronomical Clock at noon to catch the tower's daily spectacle, starring its bronze statue carousel. The 12th-century Santissima Annunziata Church, Gothic-style Messina Cathedral and the 19th-century Galleria V. Emanuele III span through centuries of architectural diversity.
Insider tip
Go from the Cathedral to the Piazza Cairoli for shopping or to relax at a local cafe with a gelato and espresso.
Sicily (Messina), Italy, Buildings
View of various buildings from a look out point in Messina, Sicily

A Piazza With a View

Once you reach the Sacrario di Cristo Re, you'll discover a panoramic view of the strait and most of Messina. Visit the beautiful temple and the tomb of the unknown soldier during your Sicily cruise. Afterward, walk back down to Piazza Cairoli to Viale San Martino where you can enjoy a refreshing granita, a sorbet-like Sicilian treat.
Sicily (Messina), Italy, Arancini street food
Three arancinis on a napkin

Local Cuisine

The cuisine here is one of the most antique in Sicily, with influences from Greek and Arabic cultures. Try Messina specialty la ghiotta di pesce stocco, filets of cod or swordfish baked in tomato sauce with potatoes, capers and herbs. Sample Sicilian bucatini, which combines pasta with local sardines and North African-inspired flavors like saffron, pine nuts and raisins. Or hit up the street vendors for arancini, the cheesy balls of fried rice that are the ultimate Sicilian comfort food.
Sicily (Messina), Italy, Assorted Ceramic Souvenirs
Assorted colorful ceramic souvenirs


Shop in local markets for the typical products, such as cheese, figs and marzipan. Visit the Galleria V. Emanuele — the world's oldest active shopping mall, dating back to the 1800s — for artisanal crafts such as coral jewelry, hand-painted glazed ceramics and fine crocheted items. Stop in the small shops off the main roads to see artisans at work during your Sicily cruise.

Day 5: Corfu, Greece

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Corfu, Greece Beach Boats
The sun beginning to set on the beach of Palaiokastritsa in Corfu, Greece
Things to do in
From 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Perched above the Adriatic Sea, Corfu, Greece is the second largest Ionian island, and its size is rivaled by its tremendous history and dynamic cultural identity. Cruise to Corfu and walk through the narrow streets of Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and marvel at the Italianate architecture left from centuries of Venetian rule. A number of scenes from the James Bond film "For Your Eyes Only" were filmed in the capital city of Corfu, and you'll understand why when you see the epic coastal roads and immense fortresses buttressing the town. With its rich combination of old fishing villages and immaculate beaches, Corfu is the perfect place to get lost in time during your vacation.
Corfu, Greece Frederick Adam Statue
Statue of general Frederick Adam, in front of the Museum of Asian Art in Corfu, Greece

Palace Paintings

One of the most popular attractions on Corfu, the Asian Art Museum is the only museum in Greece dedicated solely to Asian art. With 15,000 pieces in the collection, you'll be amazed by Japanese antiquities, Buddhist sculpture, Chinese pottery and so much more. The museum itself is a work of art too, and is found in the Palace of Saint Michael and Saint George, a grand structure dating back to the early 1800s.
Insider tip
Explore one of the many old churches — there are 37 within easy reach — such as the Saint Spyridon Church.
Corfu, Greece Palaiokastritsa Beach
View of Palaiokastritsa Beach with beautiful flowers and blue sea water on Corfu, Greece

Soothing Sea-nery

Paleokastritsa offers a spectacular combination of beaches, cliffs, orchards, olive groves and even the historic Theotokou Monastery, so you can pack a lot into a visit here. The village lies about 30 minutes from Corfu town and can be reached by bus, bike or taxi. The beaches alone rank among the best in Greece and there are plenty of eateries offering traditional Greek seafood dishes. So if you've never tried octopus, you have to try it during your Corfu cruise vacation.
Insider tip
With more than four million olive trees on the island, be sure to try not only the variety of olives but also the olive oil.
Corfu, Greece Achillion Palace
Statues in front of the pillars of the Achillion Palace in Corfu, Greece

Live Like Gods

Achillion Palace was built in 1890 for a former Austrian Empress, and was later home to Germany's last Emperor, Wilhelm II. Today you'll find evidence of the empress's love for Greek culture, including statues of famous Greek mythological figures such as Zeus, Achilles and Hera. You can also find frescoes and artwork that have been fully restored. Landscaped gardens and sweeping views of the city will take your breath away.
Insider tip
Aqualand is considered one of the best water parks in Europe, and features plenty of slides and tunnels as well as cafes, bars and massage areas.
Corfu, Greece Grilled Octopus
Grilled octopus served with white wine and lemons, on a restaurant in Corfu, Greece

Local Cuisine

Corfu's history — and thus its cuisine — is comprised of many different cultures. One of the greatest influences is Venice, and you won't want to miss Venetian specialties such as sliced veal with vinegar and garlic, various types of fish stew, grilled octopus and plentiful seafood. The fact that you'll be enjoying these dishes while gazing at the sea or strolling in a charming town square makes the dining experience truly magical.
Corfu, Greece Traditional Ceramic
Traditional Greek ceramic pottery with blue floral decorations, on a shop in Corfu, Greece


Old Town offers plenty of shopping, including everything from housewares and modern fashion to souvenirs that suit any wallet. If you want something unique to the area, search for ceramic bowls, pitchers, plates and various other items, which are often decorated with designs specific to the island.

Day 6: Kotor, Montenegro

Day 6
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Kotor, Montenegro, View of City
View of the city of Kotor, Montenegro
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Tendered from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Looking at a map of Europe, you might be forgiven for missing Kotor — a tiny port in the already-tiny country of Montenegro. But from the moment your Kotor cruise docks, you'll enter a larger-than-life world of mighty forts and towering sea cliffs, the air filled with the refreshing smell of the ocean. With a Montenegro cruise, you can explore the attractions inside Kotor's fortified Old City, one of the Mediterranean's best-preserved medieval towns. Don't miss the Cathedral of St. Tryphon, an ornate church first consecrated in 1166. Then, scale St. John's Fortress — the hilltop fortifications, dating back to the 6th century, offer the best views of the city, the harbor and the surrounding mountains.
Kotor, Montenegro, Saint Nicholas Church
Saint Nicholas Church in Kotor, Montenegro

Old-Town Exploration

After entering through the Sea Gate, which dates back to 1555, discover all the attractions inside Kotor's compact Old Town. Say your prayers at the 11th-century St. Tryphon's Cathedral or in front of St. Nicolas Church, one of Kotor's best examples of Orthodox architecture. Alternatively, learn about the long history of seafaring in this important port at the Maritime Museum, which is housed within a Baroque-era palace.
Insider tip
The stone paths of Kotor's Old Town are well-worn — and slick. If you're wearing flip-flops, walk slowly and firmly so that you don't fall.
Kotor, Montenegro, Aerial View
Aerial view of Kotor, Montenegro

Fort Hike

Want to get your blood pumping? Hike up the Fortifications of Kotor, a serpentine wall and UNESCO World Heritage site that protected Kotor during its violent past. Reaching the top, which not only affords you a panorama of Kotor Bay but also the iconic Church of Our Lady of Health, takes about an hour if you hike at a moderate pace. Follow signs throughout the Old Town to find the trail head, or simply ask a friendly local.
Insider tip
Head to the side streets off the main square for more local, less tourist-driven spots to eat and shop.<
Kotor, Montenegro, Coastal buildings
Coastal buildings in Kotor, Montenegro

Gain Another Perspective

Want to enjoy a great view of Kotor and not get winded? Take a taxi or public bus across the bay to Prcanj, where you can see Kotor (and the fortifications rising above it) from across Kotor Bay with your Montenegro cruise. If the water is calm, you'll notice in its reflection that the Fortifications of Kotor form a heart shape — that should make for a worthy photo.
Kotor, Montenegro, Black Rissoto
Black rissoto with squid served in a white bowl

Local Cuisine

Not surprisingly, seafood is the star of the culinary show in Kotor. Head to the Old Town to enjoy Montenegrin dishes like octopus salad or mussels stew. Or seek out the local favorite "black risotto," named for the color it takes from the ink of the cuttlefish that flavors the dish.
Kotor, Montenegro, Ceramic Souvenirs
Various ceramic souvenirs for sale in Kotor, Montenegro


Shop a quirkier take on traditional Kotor souvenirs with a visit to Cats of Kotor, which features cat-themed Montenegro keepsakes. Cruise to Montenegro and stop in at Efesya Souvenir, where you can explore handmade ceramics, jewelry, lighting fixtures and textiles made by artisans from in and around Kotor.

Day 7: Split, Croatia

Day 7
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Split, Croatia Stone Street
Beautiful old stone street in Split, Croatia
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From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Lying on the Adriatic Sea's eastern shore, Split is known for its terracotta roofs, whitewash buildings, palm tree-lined promenade and azure waters. Split has a long history, as it's home to Diocletian's Palace and the Cathedral of Saint Domnius, which were built for the Roman emperor in the 4th century. Always buzzing with tourists, Split balances its historic setting with a plethora of modern restaurants, bars and shops. Thanks to its Mediterranean climate, Split receives over 2,600 hours of sunshine every year. Jump onboard a Croatia cruise and take advantage of its sunny weather by exploring its beautiful beaches — most namely Bacvice and Kastelet Beaches — year-round.
Croatia Diocletian Palace Tour Close Up
Croatia Diocletian Palace Tour Close Up

Discover Diocletian's Palace

One of the world's most dominant Roman ruins, Diocletian's Palace (and its nearby cathedral) was constructed over 10 years in the mid-4th century. There are 220 buildings within its boundaries, which include homes, bars, hotels and cafes. The palace's cellar was used in season four of Game of Thrones, as Daenerys' Throne Room.
Insider tip
With Split's Mediterranean climate, always remember your sunscreen year-round.
Split Croatia Coast Clear Blue Ocean
Split Croatia Coast Clear Blue Ocean

Aim for the Adriatic

Split is home to both sandy and pebbly beaches, which have calm turquoise waters. Radisson Blu Resort manages Trstenik Beach, which has umbrellas and sun lounges. Bacvice is the most popular and central beach option. About a 20-minute walk from Split is Kastelet Beach and its beachfront bars, too.
Insider tip
A 10 percent gratuity is expected when dining out in Split.
Split, Croatia Hvar Scenery
Colorful scenery of the mediterranean town of Hvar, near Split, Croatia

Island Hop

Although Split is beautiful, make the most of your time on the Croatian coast and visit one of its neighbors. Island spot on your breezy catamaran ride from Split to Hvar, which only takes one hour. On the island, bike along the Stari Grad Plain and visit Stari Grad and its historic buildings, including Tvrdalj Castle. Meanwhile, Brac Island is only 50 minutes from Split and is home to beautiful beaches, such as Punta Rata and Zlatni Rat.
Split, Croatia Nero Seafood Risotto
Nero, a seafood risotto, specialty dining dish with shrimp and scallops smothered in ink from squid, on a restaurant in Split, Croatia

Local Cuisine

Split's cuisine is a mix of Croatian and Italian specialties. Located in Diocletian Palace's western gate, Poseidon Restaurant serves fresh seafood such as octopus, fish and oysters, and black cuttlefish risotto, a traditional Croatian dish that's made with cuttlefish ink. Along the Riva visit Brasserie on 7, with its delicious platters of prawns, clams and tuna, as well as charcuterie and cheese.
Croatia Licitar Hearts
Hearts of Croatia Local Tradition


A traditional Croatian souvenir is a licitar heart — a unique way to show someone you loved them in the 16th century. They're bright red and edible, but most people use them today as Christmas decorations. To remember your cruise to Split, Croatia, visit Break Time for unique nautical-themed bracelets.

Day 8: Venice, Italy

Day 8
Ravenna, Italy
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Ravenna, Emilia Romagna, Italy: the ancient Basilica of San Vitale
Ravenna, Emilia Romagna, Italy: the ancient Basilica of San Vitale
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Arrives at 6:00 AM
Discover enchanting Ravenna, home of some of Italy’s most captivating hidden gems including breathtaking architecture and 8 UNESCO World Heritage sites. From early Christian mosaics to majestic churches and impressive palaces, this charming seaside port is a haven for lovers of art and architecture. What’s more, Ravenna has a surprisingly rich history — it served as the capital of the Western Roman Empire for three hundred years and became a thriving hub for talented craftsmen, artists and master masons. Dedicate a couple of days to getting to know Ravenna before or after your cruise. Plus, Venice is just over two hours away by car, putting one of Italy’s star destinations well within reach. Once there, you can wander iconic cultural treasures like St. Mark’s Basilica or the Campanile — and of course no visit is complete without a gondola ride beneath the Rialto Bridge. Or take a quick one-hour car ride to Bologna and eat your way around the Mercato Delle Erbe or climb Asinelli Tower to catch amazing views of the terracotta-roof city. Cruising from Ravenna gives you the chance to go off the beaten path while also visiting Venice’s famous canals and Bologna’s enchanting streets.
Italy Ravenna Classe Basilica interior
Italy Ravenna Classe Basilica interior


Feeling inspired by the city’s majestic mosaics? Take a workshop at KOKO Mosaico. The local studio offers classes of all levels where you can learn how make your own pieces. Whether you decide to gift your very own mosaic masterpiece or keep it as souvenir, this will be an experience you’ll love to pieces.
Insider tip
Keep in mind that you’ll need to have your shoulders and knees covered to enter religious sites in Ravenna.
Italy Ravenna Classe Basilica interior
Italy Ravenna Classe Basilica interior


Visit the tomb of famous Italian poet, Dante Alighieri — best known for writing The Divine Comedy. The poet was excommunicated from Florence for his controversial works and fled to Ravenna where he died in 1321. Ironically, centuries later, Florence fought for his remains to be sent back to his birthplace, but Ravenna refused to release them.
Insider tip
The Basilica of Sant’Apollinare opens daily in the morning, except for Sundays and religious holidays when doors open in the afternoon.
Famous town square Piazza del Popolo with historic Palazzetto Veneziano in the historic city center of Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Famous town square Piazza del Popolo with historic Palazzetto Veneziano in the historic city center of Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy


Located in the heart of the historic district, Piazza del Popolo is one Ravenna’s most lively squares. Take in the surrounding architectural marvels while dining al fresco in one of its many picturesque outdoor restaurants. Be sure to take a stroll to the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare — within walking distance from the square.
Insider tip
For a truly unique site, visit the sunken crypt found at the Basilica de San Pietro Maggiore with a submerged mosaic floor and fish.
Appetizing piadina stuffed for sale in the restaurant in central Italy
Appetizing piadina stuffed for sale in the restaurant in central Italy

Local Cuisine

When it comes to food, you can’t leave Ravenna without trying Piadina. The local staple is a delicious flatbread folded in half and stuffed with with salami, cheese and vegetables perfect for lunch or dinner.
Mercato Coperto, a market in Ravenna - Italy
Mercato Coperto, a market in Ravenna - Italy


To find the best local produce, head to il Mercato Coperto. There you’ll find the freshest flowers, fruits and vegetables, fish, meat, and home-related products — all sold by merchants from the region.