Thrill-seekers should get in line for the $26 million Divertical—the world’s tallest water ride at 197 feet—at Mirabilandia amusement park. The coaster features a one-of-a-kind elevator lift system that brings 10-person boats to the top of the attraction. As they slide along a roller-coaster track—at times racing at 68 miles per hour—riders face drops, hairpin turns, and an oversize splash pool at the finish line.
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.
Even in Ravenna, a city filled with the world’s most exquisite mosaics, this fifth-century mausoleum stands out. Sunlight streaming through alabaster windows illuminates mosaics of early-Christian images, including one of the Good Shepherd surrounded by sheep and another where twinkling stars frame a golden cross.
With its imposing exterior and beautifully maintained artwork, you’d never guess that this sumptuous church was more than 1,450 years old. Interior spaces, held up with 24 Greek marble columns, shimmer with depictions of Christ, Moses, and the Hand of God, all created with brilliantly colored pieces of glass. Some scholars believe that the church also claims the first known depiction of Satan—here he appears as a blue angel—in Western art.
Industrial interiors frame this indoor market, originally built in 1918 (though the area has been a trading ground since 400 A.D.). Food lovers can get lost among stalls brimming with freshly baked breads, fruits, cured meats, and desserts. Snack on site, or leave with a picnic lunch and spread out on a city bench. Piazza Andrea Costa.
Be sure to visit our Shore Excursions page or speak with our onboard Destination Concierge for arrangements to any of these must-sees.