Culture and charm

Europe is home to an endless list of destinations to explore – with world-renowned architecture, breathtaking scenery, cultural attractions and exquisite cuisine. Rome is home to world-famous landmarks, La Spezia has beaches overlooking a crystal-clear sea, and Mallorca’s vibrant capital Palma is bursting with lively restaurants and cafes, exclusive shops, a buzzing nightlife and a thriving art scene. We round-up some of our highlights..

Museo Amedeo Lia – La Spezia
Museo Amedeo Lia is a fine arts museum and a renowned attraction in La Spezia. Collections featured span from the 13th to 18th century and include paintings by masters such as Tintoretto, Montagna, Titian and Pietro Lorenzetti. The museum displays over 1000 works of classical, late antique, medieval, up to the 18th century including paintings, miniatures, bronze, copper, ivory and wooden statues, glassware, tin-glazed pottery and art objects which document the taste and culture of Italian and European art.

Trevi Fountain – Rome
A beautiful work of Baroque art, the Trevi Fountain is considered as a true wonder, and its presence can be heard and admired from the nearby streets. A traditional legend encourages visitors to throw a coin into the fountain, which guarantees your return to Rome.

Island of Capri
With an alluring Mediterranean appeal, chichi piazzas and a fusion of glittering grottoes, the Island of Capri is unmistakably charming. A hugely popular day-trip destination, the beautiful island is home to designer boutiques, cafes, grand villas, overgrown vegetable plots, sun-bleached peeling stucco and banks of colourful bougainvillea.

Sagrada Familia – Barcelona
Join the folk flocking from far and wide to view the world famous La Sagrada Familia, the largest unfinished Roman Catholic church in the world. Last year was the 135th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone of the Temple and with 70 per cent of the Basilica now completed, work building the six central towers is currently in progress. Visitors are able to learn about Gaudi’s masterpiece through a progressive process of discovery, with information about his work methods, techniques and sources of inspiration.

Passeig des Born – Palma
Passeig des Born is a beautiful, tree-lined avenue in the heart of Palma, interspersed with shops and cafes. At the heart of city life, it is home to local cultural events. Passeig des Borns’ medieval flavour and vibrant ambiance is the perfect setting for Palma’s many fiestas, when the central promenade hosts live music and dancing. The avenue is also home to modern art gallery Ca’n Solleric.

Notre-Dame de la Garde – Marseille
The opulent Notre-Dame de la Garde is one of Marseille’s most iconic buildings. Watching protectively over the city, the basilica gives visitors 360-degree panoramic views, and is a must-see during your time in Marseille.

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