Step foot on Italian soil and you find yourself magically drawn in to its romance. Whether it’s the ruins of Rome backlit by an evening sun, or the canals of Venice in the moonlight, Italy is a country that has seized the imagination and captured the hearts of millions of travelers. A perfect jumping off spot for exploring the rest of Southern Europe, Venice’s serene beauty makes a great starting point to explore the Italian Adriatic coast. Explore The Veneto region and the historic cities of Verona and Padua. Meander through the vineyards and valleys of Valpolicella and pause for a drink of grappa at Bassano del Grappa, where it originates. Head north and immerse yourself in the region around Trieste, which lies on the border of Italy and Slovenia. In 1719, Charles VI of the Hapsburgs declared Trieste a free port and it wasn’t returned to Italy until 1954… but the Viennese style coffeehouses still flourish, and serve up a potent brew. Risotto, polenta and mouth watering sea-food are just some of the culinary joys of this region. Imbibe La Dolce Vita in Italy with Exeter International.
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