Immerse yourself in warm Adriatic waters or soak up the local history, follow in the footsteps of explorers, traders and craftsmen or make your own way through the foothills of the Dolomites, feel the thrill of the world’s tallest waterslide or experience the peace of the vast underground halls, join the hustle and bustle of seaside resorts or sit on the side lines with a glass of chilled white wine.
The Adriatic at a Glance
The warm waters of the Adriatic wash up on some beautiful beaches along this historic coastline, and there’s plenty of manmade beauty to explore too. Spend your days soaking up the sun, strolling through history, admiring the exquisite architecture and craftsmanship of medieval towns and cities, joining the hustle and bustle of friendly seaside resorts or experiencing the peace of deserted islands off Croatia or in the Venetian Lagoon.
Italy’s epicurean capital serves up pastas, pizzas and ragus, fresh fish, cheeses and meats. It also has a sweet tooth, and if you do too, you won’t be able to resist Zuppa Inglese, Torta di Riso de Bologna, doughnuts and, of course, ice-cream. If you’re hanging out at Harry’s Bar in Venice make sure you order a Bellini Cocktail, otherwise there are plenty of great regional wines to enjoy. Across the border in Croatia, there are fish, crab and shell fish, truffles, Istrian ox and cured hams. Perhaps you’d better give up on that diet until you get home.
You don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy exploring the medieval towns and cities of the region - although you might become one by the time you head home. There is the opulence and majesty of Venice with its palaces, grand Verona with its roman amphitheatre and elegant buildings and perfectly preserved Bologna and Ferrara.
If you’re looking for more down-to-earth entertainment, why not challenge yourself to a bungee jump, or white knuckle ride – this region has some of Europe’s biggest and best adventure parks.
Or take a cruise down the coast from Venice and Porec and explore hidden bays and discover your perfect beach.
Thrillseekers will love the challenge of the world’s tallest waterslide and Europe’s biggest bungee but don’t worry if you have no head for heights; there are plenty of shows and ground level attractions – and even a Caribbean beach.
Designed and built to cater for a holidaymaker’s every wish, this lively resort with its pedestrianised streets is ideal for strolling and there are lots of pavement and waterside cafés for ice creams, cool drinks and soaking up the atmosphere.
Lying in the Venetian Lagoon, Murano and Burano are little hives of industry, producing the world famous glassware and lace. You’ll need your camera in Burano to capture the charming colourful fisherman’s houses.
You really must not leave The Adriatic until you have seen Venice! Take a waterbus down the Grand Canal lined with elegant and impressive houses and palaces. Navigate the side ‘streets’ on a gondola. Join the crowds in St Mark’s Square and on the Bridge of Sighs, or hop over to one of the smaller, quieter islands and explore.
Verona is just bursting with history and culture – and shops! The Roman amphitheatre is the perfect location for open air opera on a summer evening. You can also visit the famous balcony from Romeo and Juliet, stroll through elegant streets with impressive architecture and tempting designer boutiques.