Hometown of the late Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini, Rimini is regarded as one of the most important cities of Emilia Romagna and one of Italy’s most renowned seaside resorts. Located along the Adriatic coast, the city was founded in 286 BC by the Romans with the ancient name of Ariminum. View more
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Discover the exquisite beauty and art of Italy during this picturesque excursion to the historic city of Faenza.
Faenza and Piazza del Popolo
Depart the pier for the scenic, 75-minute drive to Faenza. This beautiful city is surrounded by vineyard-covered hills, fertile market gardens, and green valleys dotted with stately 18th- and 19th-century homes. During the Renaissance period, the art produced in Faenza was exported throughout Europe. Upon arrival in the Old Town, a stop is made to admire the ceramic architectural details and elegant central square, Piazza del Popolo.
Faenza Cathedral and Palazzo Milzetti
Next, proceed for a visit to the beautiful Faenza Cathedral to explore one of the most notable examples of Renaissance architecture in the Romagna region. Afterward, visit the splendid Palazzo Milzetti, which is considered a premier architectural representation of Italian Neoclassicism. Here, discover delicate images of butterflies, flowers and musical instruments.
Leaving Palazzo Milzetti, some free time is made available to explore the town centre at your leisure before re-boarding your coach for the drive to the Ceramic Workshop. Upon arrival, see the various stages of production of these colourful, elaborate objects, and browse a variety of handmade souvenirs for sale. Following your visit, re-board the coach for the approximately 75-minute return drive to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately one mile (1.6 kilometres), with 20 steps to negotiate at the cathedral. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing is recommended. Proper attire is required to enter the cathedral; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted. Guests are provided with earphones to connect with the guide. Restroom facilities are available at the workshop. The tour sequence may vary.
Explore the capital of Byzantine culture and the beautiful mosaics of the Emilia Romagna region during this memorable excursion to Ravenna.
Ravenna and Sant’Apollinare Nuovo Basilica
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive to Ravenna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its spectacular mosaics. Upon arrival, commence your guided walking tour of the Sant’Apollinare Nuovo Basilica, home of the largest surface of surviving mosaic works in Ravenna. Marvel at the famous procession of female and male saints, richly-adorned with pearls and precious stones, moving towards the Virgin Mary and Baby Jesus.
Dante’s Tomb and San Vitale Basilica
Next, proceed on-foot through the centre of the city for a visit to the Tomb of Dante Aligheri, father of the Italian language and author of The Divine Comedy, before reaching the San Vitale Basilica. One of Ravenna’s greatest monuments, this 6th-century octagonal building is renowned for its Byzantine architectural genius, choir, and stunning marble and mosaics.
Mausoleum of Galla Placidia
From here, a visit is made to a nearby chapel to view the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, sister of Rome’s last emperor. One of the crown jewels of Ravenna, the mausoleum features ancient mosaics that still retain their rich and vivid colour, grace and harmony. Your tour concludes with some free time to browse the shops of the town centre or relax with a cappuccino before commencing the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometres), with five steps to negotiate at the Sant’Apolinare Nuovo Basilica and 15 steps at the San Vitale Basilica. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing is recommended. Proper attire is required to enter the basilicas; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted. The tour sequence may vary.
Experience the splendid beauty, history and charm of one of the most famous beach resorts along the Adriatic Coast during this scenic, half-day excursion to Rimini.
Rimini and Augustus Arch
Depart the pier for the brief drive to the Rimini town centre. Upon arrival, commence your guided walking tour. Your first stop is at the Augustus Arch, or ‘Arco di Augusto’. Northern Italy’s oldest surviving triumphal arch, it was erected in 27 B.C. by order of the Senate to honour Caesar Augustus.
Malatesta Temple and Piazzas
From here, continue on to the 15th-century Cathedral of Rimini, the Malatesta Temple, or ‘Tempio Malatestiano’. After viewing the church’s elegant façade and interior décor, visit the two main squares of Rimini, Piazza dei Tre Martiri and Piazza Cavour. Some free time is then made available for you to explore the town centre, shop or relax with a cappuccino before rejoining the walking tour.
Tiberius Bridge and Fisherman’s Quarter
The second half of the walking tour includes visits to the Tiberius Bridge, Fisherman’s Quarter and Surgeon’s Domus. Building of the spectacular Tiberius Bridge began under Caesar Augustus in 14 A.D. and completed by Tiberius in 21 A.D. The Fisherman’s Quarter features large murals dedicated to Italian moviemaker Federico Fellini, who was born in Rimini. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach for the brief drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometres), with 10-20 steps to negotiate. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing is recommended. Proper attire is required to enter the church; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted. Guests are provided with earphones to connect with the guide. The tour sequence may vary.
Explore the beauty, history and architecture of the world’s oldest republic during this scenic, half-day visit to San Marino.
Depart the pier for the approximately 45-minute drive to historic San Marino. Founded in 301 A.D., this picturesque, 23.5-square-mile (61-square-kilometer) republic is divided into nine districts, or ‘castelli’. San Marino is situated a few miles from the Adriatic Sea on the slopes of Mt. Titano, and still resembles an ancient medieval burg.
Guided Walking Tour
Upon arrival at the parking area, leave your coach and commence your guided walking tour of the Castello della Città di San Marino. Stroll through Porta San Francesco en route to the Medieval city centre. Here, a visit is made to the Piazza Della Liberta. View the Palazzo delle Poste, Arcipretura Vecchia, Palazzo Pubblico, Government Palace, and the 1896 Statue of Liberty. The Neoclassical Basilica di San Marino looms above the piazza.
Independent Exploration, Shopping, Etc.
Following your guided tour, ample time is made available for independent exploration and shopping, purchasing unique coins and stamps of the Republic, visiting the Church of San Francesco or obtaining a San Marino stamp in your passport for a small fee. You may also opt to take a strenuous yet fascinating walk to the Rocca, the republic’s oldest fortress. After your visit, return to the parking area and commence the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately two miles (3.2 kilometres) over uneven and cobblestone surfaces, with several steps to negotiate. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing is recommended. Proper attire is required to enter the basilica; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted. Guests are provided with earphones to connect with the guide. Restroom facilities are located at the bus parking area. Expect lines and dense crowds during peak times. The tour sequence may vary.