The pastel colours of Vernazza, near La Spezia, Italy. Image credit: Glowimages RM / Alamy.

Urbino, Italy

As you would expect in the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance artist Raphael, Urbino is full of history and a big draw for cultural tourists. The 15th-century UNESCO-listed walled city has much of its Renaissance architecture intact. You can visit the house where Raphael was born in 1483, and see Italy’s most stunning Renaissance palace – the Palazzo Ducale – which is full of superb art. The Duomo, a magnificent cathedral, also has many important artworks including a painting of The Last Supper by Federico Barocci. There are also plenty of boutiques where you can buy hand-crafted souvenirs and delicious local food.
Voyages To Antiquity has a 16-day Pompeii is Something So Wonderful cruise on Aegean Odyssey on 24 June from Civitavecchia to Venice including calls at Urbino with two nights in a hotel in Rome and Sorrento, Amalfi and Lecce in Italy, and two nights in a Venice hotel, from £2,545pp, based on two people sharing, including return flights. Visit voyagestoantiquity.com or call 0845 437 9737.

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