As for the many attractions of river cruises, Italy certainly tops any list of places of interest in Europe. With many fascinating historical sites and the status of a powerhouse of industry, commerce and culture, it is difficult to conquer.
While the country has certainly enjoyed its share of modern achievement, yet ancient and revered art and culture remain so popular. For those who embark on river cruises, Italy is a true treasure trove of discoveries – from spectacular natural inventions to priceless art treasures, exciting contemporary culture and glorious history.
You can’t miss the historic sights on a river cruise that starts or ends in Venice. With so many monuments and museums, it’s enough to keep you busy for days. Then, traveling the countryside along beautiful waterways, you won’t need architecture students to realize that many of the villages, towns and cities you see are incredibly old. From this, it’s just a short jump to the question of who built them, when, how and why.
However, we must admit that not all of them were naturally affected by the elucidation of the facts and figures of past centuries. Some visitors do not come to Italy to find out who did to whom in the distant 14th century, but have experienced a more modern taste of the country – and for river cruises there is plenty for them. Italy, though immersed in its proud history, is also a modern, thriving culture, with its feet firmly planted in the 21st century.
Take, for example, the city of Mantua (Mantova), east of Venice, and a favorite place for river cruises in Italy, starting with this great maritime city. There are several famous and beautiful buildings to see, including the Ducal Palace, as well as a number of much more contemporary cultural experiences.
For example, Mantua has its own very popular seafront where fishermen and picnics of local families gather. You can take a walk or rent a bike and immerse yourself in the true atmosphere of a modern Italian city. He also has many small drinks, many with bright bars and restaurants where you can find some of the best Italian food. It’s not hard to sit there all day and just watch the world.
In terms of other forms of culture, you can visit the tiny but beautiful Teatro Bibiena. The first performer here was 13-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart! There are markets, shops, art centers and galleries, so it is possible for a modern cultural impression in Mantua, without looking at any ruins or relics!