Rome has something special to offer to all visitors, no matter their
interests and tastes. Whether you daydream about fighting with
gladiators in the Coliseum, debating with togaed senators in the Forum,
tossing a coin in a fabled fountain, or being awestruck by the
magnificence of St. Peter’s Basilica and Michelangelo’s masterpieces,
Rome seems to live up to its sobriquet as the Eternal City.
When you need sustenance, today’s Rome will provide delizioso pasta e
vino. Or perhaps you draw strength from a little retail therapy—the
Italians are also renowned for their sense of style.
AN ABUNDANCE OF ITALIAN RICHES AWAITS
Ah, Florence—sublime birthplace of the Renaissance, its historic center
full to bursting with elegant squares, imposing palaces, magnificent
churches, and museums with such an abundance of riches it could make an
art lover weep for joy.
The list of illustrious names connected with this city is mind-boggling:
Botticelli, Dante, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Galileo. Other colorful and
fascinating characters were of dubious reputation: Machiavelli, and the
religious extremist Savonarola, with his bonfire of the vanities. For
many years the city was ruled by the powerful Medici family, patrons of
the arts and bankers to the papacy, whose line included six kings and
A STATE OF GLITZ & GLAMOUR
The tiny principality of Monaco, a sovereign state of just under one
square mile, has an outsized resume, boasting some of the planet's most
expensive real estate, and the world's most prestigious casino.
Facing the sea, and engulfed on the other three sides by France, it has
been the domain of the Grimaldi dynasty since the 14th century, and
enjoys the same glamorous reputation as the rest of the Riviera.
THE GLAMOROUS HEART OF THE FRENCH RIVIERA
Saint-Tropez conjures up images of sun-drenched beaches, tanned bodies,
and jet setters enjoying martinis on the decks of luxury yachts. Indeed
it is a glamorous playground for the wealthy, but anyone can spend an
afternoon at a sidewalk café, watching the spectacle unfold. The south
of France played a role in the history of modern painting, its clear
light inspiring artists, so that even today many live and work here.
For mesmerizing views, head up to the 16th century Citadel. Or stroll
the old town, overflowing with restaurants, trendy boutiques, and
STROLL ALONG THE CANALS OF THIS COLORFUL PORT
France's largest and most important fishing port on the Mediterranean,
Sete also attracts pleasure craft, and some of the country's America's
Cup entrants. The low town is criss-crossed by scenic canals and
bridges, and you can observe the activity of the fishing fleet as it
ties up in the center of town. Clams, mussels, and oysters are farmed,
and it is hardly possible to find fresher fruits of the sea, a treat
much enjoyed by visitors.
Excursions can be made from Sete to Carcassonne, a perfectly preserved
medieval city. With a double row of ramparts and 52 towers, it is
everything you expect from a fairy tale castle.
BRILLIANT SUNNY DAYS & DAZZLING NIGHTS
Mountainous Ibiza is known as Isla Blanca, the White Island, perhaps
because of the dazzling white walls of the traditional houses and
churches that make up the small villages dotting its landscape. Its
atmosphere is reminiscent of Greek islands, making it unique among the
Balearic Isles, and its rustic beauty attracts artists, as well photo
and film shoots.
Once you've explored the sights of the island, be sure to take a nap and
rest up for the evening's festivities: Ibiza’s nightlife is legendary,
and not to be missed.
CRUISE TO THE LIVELY CITY OF GAUDI
Dynamic Barcelona is all about architecture, from the magnificent
medieval buildings of the Gothic Quarter to the Modernist movement
typified by the work of Antoni Gaudi. Though his materials were stone
and metal, his forms were organic, awash in curves, swirls, and colors.
His masterpiece is the amazing Church of the Sagrada Familia, colossal
and as yet unfinished, though construction began in 1882.
A contemporary contribution to the scene is Ricardo Bofill's post
modernist National Theater of Catalonia, an imaginative combination of
classical and modern design, with a greenhouse-like lobby.