The scenic Amalfi Coast
Violet bougainvillea in front of pastel pink facades; houses clinging to the cliffs like swallows’ nests; a grand open staircase looking out onto the glistening turquoise sea – Sorrent, Positano and Amalfi sometimes seem too good to be true. But the colourful, romantic fishing villages are real. In 1997, the UNESCO declared the Amalfi Coast a World Heritage Site.
Artful and ornate – Florence
Florence is a synthesis of the arts: From the smallest relief to the largest palazzo, from the Uffizi Gallery to the street painter, the Tuscan metropolis offers an abundance of art. The historical trade hub owes its riches in art and architecture to the Medici family, who promoted artists like Botticelli and Michelangelo and erected impressive architectural gems such as the Basilica di San Lorenzo.
Glamorous Monte Carlo
Formula One races in its narrow streets; gambling in the world’s most famed casino; opulent productions in its opera house – people in Monte Carlo like to enjoy life to the full. Fancy a walk from Monaco’s harbour with its luxury yachts up the hill to the palace and cathedral? If you’d rather save your strength, you can simply take the escalator.
Little Venice in Languedoc: Sète
To one side the blue of the lagoon, as smooth as glass; opposite the Mediterranean Sea: Sète has found itself a comfortable spot by the water. With its colourful facades, the canals and bridges, the harbour town is considered the “Venice of Languedoc”. On its main canal, the Canal Royal, you can dine like a king – especially the local oysters are a treat!