Be sure to take in these highlights of the region on your cruise


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If you’re planning to cruise to Venice, be aware that 2014 will introduce new restrictions on cruise ships in the port.
Ancient culture, fascinating history, and stunning scenery are the hallmarks of the Mediterranean, a cruise destination perfectly suited to the curious traveler. Don’t miss seeing the following five sites, which make up some of the region’s most iconic and remarkable attractions.

Promenade des Anglais (Nice, France): One of the top attractions in Nice, this picturesque and cosmopolitan street borders the Mediterranean waterfront between the sea and the palm trees. Stroll, cycle, or skate along the promenade, or stop to people watch from a beachside restaurant.

Temple of Artemis (Ephesus): No traveler should miss their chance to see one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. While only ruins of the temple remain standing today, the huge complex is sure to awe and impress visitors. The opportunity to stand in the midst of ancient human history and culture presents a unique and moving travel experience, making this a must-visit site in the Mediterranean.

Pompeii Ruins: There are few who haven’t heard the story of this ancient city buried under a volcanic explosion, and few who have the opportunity to see it in person. This amazing archeological site offers a rare glimpse into ancient Roman life – an immersive travel experience unlike any other in the world.

Spanish Steps (Rome): This elegant yet lively square is a popular attraction located in the very heart of Rome. The steps themselves are made up of 12 flights that lead to the beautiful Franciscan Church of Trinita dei Monti. Surrounding the square are 18th-century buildings and the shops of high-end fashion brands offering plenty to see as you wander around the area.

Canals and Bridges of Venice, Italy: Floating in a gondola down Venice’s Grand Canal is perhaps one of the most romantic travel dreams out there. Whether you choose to take that iconic ride or simply wander along the picturesque bridges that crisscross the waterways, there’s no wrong way to experience the city. Be sure to visit the famous Bridge of Sighs that connects Doge’s Palace with the old prison, and the Rialto Bridge, the beautiful main pedestrian crossing over the Grand Canal.