Planning a trip to Italy and Croatia

Planning a trip to Italy and Croatia

Italy is one of the most popular destinations in Europe for travelers. From the Dolimite and Apennine Mountains to the Italian Riviera, Italy offers something for every taste. As cliché as it may sound, no trip to Italy is complete without a stop in Rome. So much of not only Italy’s history but that of the world can be traced to ancient Rome. Get a feel for the way the emperor’s lived and see the famous Colosseum. Christians and non-Christians alike visit the Vatican to see St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel while hoping to get glimpse of the Pope himself. Italy is rich in history, art, and architecture. You can visit Roman ruins, get your fill of Renaissance art, stay in small medieval towns, go skiing in the Alps, discover the canals of Venice and be awed by beautiful churches.

If your Mediterranean fantasies feature balmy days by sapphire waters in the shade of ancient walled towns, Croatia is the place to turn them into reality.Croatia’s extraordinary island-speckled coastline is indisputably its main attraction. The first thing that strikes you is the remarkable clarity of the water. When it’s set against a dazzling white pebbly beach, it sparkles with a jewel-like intensity in shades of emerald and sapphire. There are long sandy and shingly stretches too – perfect for lazy days spent lounging and devouring trashy holiday novels. If that all sounds too relaxing, there are myriad water-based activities at hand to lure you off your sun-lounger – snorkeling, diving, kayaking, windsurfing and sailing, just for starters.

The best way to get there is by taking a direct flight from the major cities in the world. Some of the international airlines like Oman Air, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, Jet Airways, Turkish Airlines and Air India fly from cities like Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata to the airports of different cities in Italy.

Italy and Croatia are separated by the Adriatic Sea, and because so much of Croatia is coastal you won’t be surprised to learn that there are lots of ferries shuttling back and forth between Italian and Croatian ports every day. The ferry may not always be the best option for you, but it’s a more realistic choice than the ferries from Italy to Greece tend to be because Croatia is much closer to Italy.  The departure points from Italy are Venice, Ancona, Pescara, and Bari, and from each port, you’ve got at least a couple of choices as far as destinations in Croatia and ferry lines go.

With the routes between Italy and Croatia, this is true to a certain extent – although because the distance from Italy to Croatia by boat is much shorter, the ferries are still worth considering from a budget standpoint, especially if you’re already on one of the eastern coastal cities of Italy where the ferries leave from. If your last stop in Italy is one of the cities from which a budget flight leaves, on the other hand, then flying may be your best option budget-wise. It’s almost always going to be your best option time-wise since many of the ferries take 8+ hours.

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