Sailing into Venice at dawn aboard Silversea cruise's Silver Wind took our breath away as this floating "city of water" revealed itself in dewy silence before our eyes. Hours later, the plazas and canals would be jammed with people and boats (unfortunately) typical of hot August tourism.
Split, Croatia, is a boisterous new-world presence signifying dramatic old-world Roman conquests. Croatia's second-largest city is southeast of Venice across the eastern Adriatic Sea. Its old town is dominated by the early 4th-century Diocletian Palace, built as a massive "retirement home" for the reformist Roman Emperor
The Bay of Kotor is a glistening fjord off the Adriatic Sea on the southern shore of the Dalmatian Coast, and its innermost port, the walled medieval town of Kotor, is a breathtaking jewel of a rugged and historically rich region.
Corfu, Greece, or Kerkyra, lies just southwest of Albania, the southernmost country of the Balkan peninsula. Corfu is one of 100 Greek islands that stretch from the Aegean Sea to the Baltic countries, an Ionian Island just off the Adriatic and Mediterranean seas and a natural bridge between Europe and the Middle East. The Venetians discovered its particular appeal passing through Corfu in their commercial trading ventures and leaving vestiges of their distinctive architecture in Corfu Town.
The Silversea cruise line's Silver Wind ship leaves Sorrento, Italy, on the Amalfi Coast on its way to Corfu, Greece and an Adriatric Sea cruise.
For 36 hours in Rome, you have to be really focused, for seeing what Rome has to offer could be a lifetime of 36-hour visits. Stopping in Rome for my very first time (on the way to a Mediterrean-Adriatic cruise), the smart move was a private tour guide.