Treviso, Veneto, Italy

Treviso is an Italian city, capital of the province of the same name in the Veneto region and is situated in a water-rich region. In the same municipality where born many rivers; the most important is Botteniga which is divided into several branches, called ‘Cagnani’ (channels) that characterize the historic center. The main river is Sile. The city is bathed by several channels. The old town is still partially enclosed by walls (1509) with 3 large gates; San Tomasso Gate which is entirely covered with Istrian stone; Santi Quaranta Gate and Altinia Gate. The city has been linked to a long religious and monastic tradition and kept the walls of churches and the oldest monasteries. To see: the Church of St. Francis, where you will find inside the graves of a son of Dante Alighieri and a daughter of Francesco Petrarca; the Cathedral with the Baptistery and the episcopate; St. Nicolas church with important frescoes; Dei Signori Square (cultural center and heart of the city) and the Palace of Trecento; Mount of Mercy and the chapel of Rectors; the Lodge of the Knights; Pria Bridge (leaning against the walls, where Botteniga river comes into the city and is divided into several channel)s; among others.

Tips

The city is very beautiful to see and to walk, then it is best to stay 2-3 days to be able to see everything you can.
Treviso is 41.7 kilometers from Venice, you can easily arrive by highway or by public transport (50 minutes).

Katakolon, Greece

Katakolon is a port city in Greece mainly visited by cruises that use it as a stopover in the Ionian Sea. When you get there it seems that everything takes shape because you’re there. Its inhabitants always welcome tourists with smiles and kindness that characterizes because it is these cruises that allow the development of the small town. You will find a main street with many shops, restaurants and cafes. The music will accompany your steps in the streets.

Tips

Next to the station, you can visit the museum of ancient Greek technology where you will see a collection of inventions that goes from 2000 BC to 100 AD.
If you like the ancient sites, visit Olympia where the Olympics games were born. If you are on a cruise, take the tour offered by the ship in your language, so you’d be safe with the timing to return to the ship.
Katakolon is the ideal place to buy souvenirs, you will find local products such as wines, liquors, olives, nuts, soap, olive oil, etc.
If you want to relax, you have 3 beaches close to the harbor; the best known are Plakes Beach, 200 meters from the port; Andreas Argio 3 km and Kouronta Beach at 21 km. The water is crystal clear and the sea is very calm.
If this is the ‘dolce far niente’ you want, you have several cafes, bars and restaurants by the sea to observe the activity of the port and the ships and enjoy a good coffee, a good wine or a typical liquor. Nothing urges you … Life is beautiful.

Basilica of Saint-Denis, Saint-Denis, France

The Basilica of Saint-Denis is a gothic style church located in the centre of the city of Saint-Denis, Seine-Saint-Denis, 5 kilometres north of Paris. It was originally an abbey, but today it is the Cathedral of the diocese of Saint-Denis. The old royal abbey was named ‘Basilica’ in the Merovingian era. The church stands on the site of a Gallo-Roman cemetery, burial place of saint Denis martyred around 250. The transept of the abbey, of exceptional magnitude, was intended to accommodate the royal tombs: it is the necropolis of the kings of France. It is surrounded by a garden that is part of the classification of historic monuments. In our days the church is divided into three spaces, the first two are open to the public: the nave and the aisles which serve the function of Church and where the Catholic ceremonies take place. the transept, the choir and ambulatory, and the crypt where there is a museum where the tombs of the Kings and Queens of France even as many of their servants are. You can find the tombs of Louis XII, François 1st, Anne of Brittany, Henri II, Catherine de Medici, Claude of France among others; the archaeological crypt that contains the oldest tombs of the monument, with the Merovingian and the burial place supposed of Saint-Denis and the lapidary in the Orangery and in the garden (East of the bedside) where many partscould be highlighted as part of an exhibition space.

Tips

You can visit the church by taking the metro (line 13) and get down to the ‘Basilica of St-Denis’ station. It is located 400 metres from the exit of the station.
If you want to visit the Museum, call or see on internet in advance because it is closed when there are ceremonies.
You can take a day to visit the church and ethen njoy walking in the surrounding area. There are many shops and restaurants and nice cafés to take a break. If time permits, you can enjoy beautiful terraces too.
Look at the calendar of activities of the church because there are several events that will take place throughout the year.