Weekends: Italy and the Mediterranean basin

Monuments, palaces, museums, churches, squares, fountains, but also culinary wonders, romantic strolls in Trastevere, trendy districts, or party nights near Testaccio with the Romans… Weekends in Rome, we want more. Because, every time, the Italian capital surprises and seduces us. This is also what being an “Eternal City” is!

Florence

Florence

Florence has one of the highest densities of artistic treasures on the planet, especially in its sublime Uffizi museum. But Florence is not just an open-air museum. We eat (well), drink (very well), and have fun, especially in the Oltrarno district. A city to visit, of course, but also to experience.

Venice

Venice

Emerging from the waters, the Serenissima, almost unreal, has inherited, from its rich past, countless palaces and old mansions with incredible charm. You have to venture beyond the breathtaking Piazza San Marco and the Grand Canal, into the alleys and canals of Venice. A magnificent theater set, in which the Venetians are the best actors.

Naples and its region

Naples and its region

Who has not visited Naples does not really know Italy. The loud words and the theatrical posturing of the Neapolitans, the rebellious character of the city… everything here exudes Italianate. But above all, Naples is full of artistic splendors, to be admired behind the chaotic appearance of this erudite city. As for its region, a simple “name dropping” would be enough to convince the most skeptical: Capri, Pompeii, Vesuvius, Amalfi, Positano …

Milan

Milan

Dynamic, contrasting, and modern, Milan is THE great Italian metropolis. Museums, restaurants, shopping, cultural life and, of course, the superb Duomo: the Lombard city has a lot to offer, however, during a getaway. Undoubtedly the best place to take the pulse of present-day Italy, with one foot in tradition and with a spirit turned towards the future.

Bologna

Bologna
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Halfway between Florence and Venice, Bologna is one of the coolest cities in Italy. Among the good reasons to go there: a magnificent medieval historic center, a pleasant living environment, a student atmosphere and, above all, cuisine to die for. And, all around, cities to discover: Verona, Parma, Mantua, Ferrara, Ravenna …

Genoa

Genoa

How about going back to Genoa? First port in Italy, 2 hours drive from France, this little-known city has inherited an exceptional heritage from its glorious past, including one of the largest old towns in Europe. Leaning against the hill and facing the sea, the city of Christopher Columbus is full of palaces, museums, baroque churches, small shops, and restaurants where you can feast on tasty simple cuisine.

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik

The pearl of the Adriatic has not stolen its name: Dubrovnik, nestled by the sea at the foot of a mountainous amphitheater, is one of the most beautiful cities in the Mediterranean world. Narrow streets, palaces, and convents sheltered from the ramparts form a superb backdrop for the cinema. With, opposite, very peaceful islands and, within car reach, the extraordinary mouths of Kotor (Montenegro).

Athens

Athens

Often, one only passes through Athens to visit the Acropolis. Not necessarily attractive at first glance, the capital of Greece is nevertheless a destination in itself. Fascinating museums linked to Antiquity and to Greek culture, lively and endearing districts, restaurants, and bars galore, Athens is far from being reduced to its monument-icon: it’s up to you to discover all its diversity.

Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki

Relatively unknown to tourists, the second-largest city in Greece, the gateway to the Balkans, has a superb essentially ancient and Byzantine heritage inherited from its long history. But it is above all a modern, young and dynamic city that you have to get to know through its streets with frantic traffic, its markets, its restaurants, and its lively bars until late at night.