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84Regional Information - Italy84Places Of Interest & Things To SeeVeronaThis picturesque town is rich in history with colourfulbuildings along cobbled streets of the oldtown.Verona is one of Italy's most charming cities, blessedwith many cultural attractions, andimmortalised byShakespeare. Famous monuments include Juliet'sbalcony, and in the Roman amphitheatre a seasonofopen-air operaruns throughout July and August.The mosstriking building around the square is the'Domus Mercatorium'. In the middle of the citythePiazza Bra is a place to relax and abase forstrolling through the streets exploring the colourfulshops and restaurants.BresciaBrescia, lying at the foot of the Lombardy hills,isknown as the 'City of Beautiful Fountains' andisover looked by the medieval castle with itsnumberless towers, bulwarks and courtyardssurrounded by beautiful gardens. You can take awalkaround Brescia's centre which is grouped around fourpiazzas beyond the Corso Palestro. Here you will findits prettiest square 'Piazza della Loggia, dating backtothe 15th century. There are a number of sights toenjoy other than the castle, from the 'abbey of San'home to a modern art gallery in the main buildingand a museum of Christian art in its church and theruins of the Roman temple, with its Roman museumwhere youcan see memorial plaques, mosaics, artisticglasses, pieces of pottery and bronzes, including thewell known statue of the Winged Victory. BardolinoBardolino is situated on the eastern shores ofLakeGarda. This attractive, sleepy village set at thefoot of soft rolling hills is covered with orchards,vineyards and olive groves. Inthe old centre oftownyou will find the beautiful 9th century 'Cappella DiSan Zeno' where you will see some fine frescoes. Hereyou will also see, the 9th century Romanesque church'San Severo'. This isthe most important religiousbuilding in the area.Within the church you will findadisplay of interesting frescoes covering about200square metres featuring scenes of the Apocalypseand theRecovery of the Cross. Limone Sul GardaLimone named after lemon trees that once madeitprosperous is an attractive resort lying beneath thedramatic mountains to the north-west of the lake. Itis one of the most attractive villages on the lake, witha pretty harbour, narrow winding streets and adelightful old quarter with old fishermen's homes.Here is a place renowned for its churches, 'The SanPietro Church' is oneof the oldest places of worshipin the area. 'LaziseThis was the main Venetian port on Lake Gardaduring the16th century. Today you will find, manymulticoloured houses, shops, restaurants and porticoswith coffee bars surrounding the square and port. Within the town situated in the Villa Bernini Park youwill find the excellent remains of a castle. Built at theend of the 9th century it is one of the best preservedin the Garda area today. Here you will also find the'San Zeno Church' and 'St. Nicolò Church' built in the12th century. PeschieraPeschiera is one of the larger resorts on the southernshore of Lake Garda. It is a fortified townwhereyoucan stroll around the old city and explore thewalls which date back to the 16th century, visit theRenaissance churches and see the delightful gardens.Peschiera is home to the 11th century church, 'ChiesaDi San Martino'. This is one of the oldest churches inthe Verona area. Don't miss 'The Palazzo Storico', itisthe place where King Vittorio Emanuele III orderedresistance on the 8th November 1917. The port ofPeschiera isone of the biggest on the lake, so whynot enjoy a boat trip on the lake.SirmioneSirmione is a beautiful village where you can wanderthrough the maze of narrow streets, stopping atthemany cafés, bars and shops. Thewhole area ispedestrianised, so all visitors must park outside thetown. It is home to the impressive 13th century castle'Rocca Scaligera', afairytale castle, almost entirelysurrounded bywater. Whynot take a trip to theHotspa of Sirmione, the thermal spring water istransported through a network of pipes to theCatulloSpa complex in the old town.Gardone RivieraIt was once the Lake's most fashionable resortandstill retains much of its elegance with itsstylishpromenade, lush gardens, opulent villas andritzy hotels. Here you will find the famous 'Hruskabotanical garden', and an enormous rangeof exoticplants and flowers alongwith beautiful rockeries.Riva del GardaSituated at the north end of the lake, the old town ispretty with a maze of cobbled streets and squares.The heart of the town is 'Piazza Tre Novembre' withits medieval houses and clock tower. This resortoffershistory, art, sport and nature and is verypopular with windsurfers as the northerly winds arevery dependable. 'The Bastion', a Venetian fortress,built in 1508 on a hill of the steep slopes of MountRocchetta can be found here and offers a splendidview of the city and the northern part of the lake.MalcesineThis is a Picturesque little town with colour washedpalazzi and cobbled streets. The old town with itssmall port, squares and streets filled with shops, barsand restaurants has a magical charm making it one ofthe most elegant resorts on the lake. Thisis home to'Scaliger Castle', this 14th century castle built by theScaligeri family is almost intact. Today it houses asmall museum dedicated to the territory of LakeGarda and especially to the rocks, fossils, flora andfauna of the Mount Baldo area. Why not take a cablecar up 6,000 feet to the topof Monte Baldo forfabulous views of the Dolomites and walksFun For All The FamilyGardalandThis is Italy's number one theme park, where you willfind rides and shows for all the family. You'll finda logflume, The Blue Tornado Ride, a pirate's galleon,shows, theme villages and restaurants.Caneva World On the eastern shore of Lake Garda, 'Caneva World'has exciting water rides for the whole family, MovieStudios and the medieval times area.Parco Natura VivaParco Natura Viva near Peschiera, is a safari park withmany species of mammals, birds, reptiles andfish.Things To Do. Watersports - Lake Garda is an ideal place to enjoywatersports of all kinds. . Walking - Lake Garda is also a wonderful area forwalking, with stunning views all around.Local Specialities. Wines- Lugana, Bardolino. Freshwater fish. OlivesLake Gardathomsonalfresco.co.uk

8585thomsonalfresco.co.ukPlaces Of Interest & Things To SeePulaIstria's capital has important Roman origins and itsamphitheatre and forum are some of the bestpreserved monuments visible today. The amphitheatreis the largest ancient structure in Istria at a height of32 metres.Briuni islandsThis marvellous collection of islands off the coast ofPula was once the meeting place of the world's jet set.Tito made the islands his exclusive retreat andreceived the world's leaders in the luxuriant nature.On the main island can be found a zoo, safari park, agolf course, Roman ruins and a thousand year oldolive tree.Lim Canal and Romauld's caveThe Lim canal is a flooded karst valley with a long andnarrow inlet which is one of the most beautiful inIstria. Its overgrown canyon cliffs sit 150m above sealevel. Close to the Lim canal is an ancient cave withmany bones which belonged to prehistoric animals aswell as wall paintings and live bats.Istria's interiorAn excursion into the interior reveals fascinatingmedieval towns with narrow streets and delightfularchitecture: Visit Motovun, home of the Istrian filmfestival and also Hum - officially the smallest town inthe world. Try hunting down a typical farmhouse or"Konoba" for a traditional meal including local wines.PorecThe old Roman city known as Parenzo is a fascinatingport and tourist centre and in its Euphrasian Basilicait boasts Byzantine art entered into the Unesco worldheritage list in 1997. Stroll the old port area andindulge in a little shopping and people watching in apavement café.RovinjOne of Istria's most popular visitor centres, Rovinj hasarchitecture strongly influenced by the Venetianoccupation of the port. The old fisherman's quarterhas been adopted by artists and the climb up to StEuphemia's basilica gives a tremendous view of thecoast line.Fun For All The FamilyAquariums The sea life of Istria is world renowned and thecountry boasts several sea life centres: Umag, Porecand Pula each have exciting exhibits.Fish Picnic Sail from Rabac to the island of CresSwim in the crystal clear coves and work up a greatappetite for a fish lunch before exploring the islandand its historic centre.Baredine CaveDiscover an underground world which has evolvedover millions of years. This cave near Porec is full ofunderground sculptures, stalactites and stalagmites,rare miniature transparent crabs plus prehistoricceramics.Go-KartingBoth Porec and Pula have circuits for children andteenagers.Pazin Castle and Cave Pazin castle is the largest in Istria. Its dramaticsituation inspired Jules Verne to base a large part ofhis novel Mathias Sandorf here. The miraculous caveof Pazin nearby is also well worth a visit.Things To Do & Natural SitesPlitvice LakesThe collection of lakes which are connected bycascading waterfalls and flanked by rich green forestsare recognised as a natural wonder of Croatia. Plitviceis a day's drive from Istria so better to factor in a hotelstop to best appreciate the nature.Slovenia and Lake BledSlovenia is Istria's nearest neighbour and boats thedelightful Lake Bled, stunning snow cappedmountains, Postojna caves and the famous stud farmof Lipica where the famous stallions of Vienna aretrained.VeniceThe romantic city of Venice with its canals, gondolas,Bridge of Sighs, Rialto Bridge and St Mark's Squarecan be reached by boat and enjoyed in a dayexcursion. MedulinTour the southern tip of Istria with its myriad covesand islands. This is the best area to taste crab, anIstrian speciality.Local Specialities. Seafood deserves a special place on the Istriantable. Fish stew, seafood risotto and scampi nabuzaru are popular dishes.. Olive oil - Istria has long mastered the techniquesof fine olive oil production and its gastronomy leansheavily on it. Tour the olive groves of the region andstop at a cellar to taste and buy direct from theproducer.. Prosciutto ham prepared gira-volta, fried in olive oil. Manestra - thick and rich soups with meat andvegetables. Fennel - often used in its own manestra soup. Fritaja - try scrambled eggs with asparagus as wellas prosciutto and mushrooms.. Truffles - recent discoveries of white and blacktruffles are rapidly establishing Istria as a newmecca for truffle lovers.. Istrian wines - typical local wines are Malvasia andTeran but producers also favour Merlot, Chardonnayand Muscat.PulaRegional Information - Croatia