Uncovering authentic local finds and having experiences that make you feel like you’ve really connected with a place are important elements in ensuring an extraordinary vacation. We’re taking advantage of our partnership with Travel + Leisure to get their editors’ recommendations and insider tips on the places you will want to visit. Here are their picks for just one of the 150 destinations they covered.
Koper Cathedral and Bell Tower
Three architectural styles define this late-12th-century cathedral: Romanesque (the south side), Gothic (the lower-floor façade, added in 1392), and Renaissance (the west side, constructed in 1488). Along the church’s west side, a freestanding 15th-century bell tower rises four floors and affords a view of the Bay of Trieste.
On the city’s main square, the Praetorian Palace looks every bit the part of a royal residence with its scalloped roof and coats of arms. The mid-15th-century building went through a period of decay, but the mayor and city council moved back in when it was restored in the late nineties to the tune of $3.8 million.
Gostilna Za Gradom Rodica
Just outside of town, the 30-seat restaurant, owned by husband-and-wife team Sonja and Darko Rodica, dishes up Adriatic prawns marinated in orange-infused olive oil and ravioli stuffed with roe. For dessert? Homemade fennel ice cream.
Be sure to visit our Shore Excursions page or speak with our onboard Destination Concierge for arrangements to any of these must-sees.