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Italy - along the coast
Surprisingly lush, predictably dramatic, Porto Fino, rests along a gentle curve of the Italian Riviera.
It lies just outside of Genoa, birthplace of the heroic explorer Christophoro Colombo. He first landed in Cuba. He died believing he had discovered a new route to Marco Polo's China.
Along with Brindisi and Ancona, Bari serves passengers traveling to or from neighboring Greece. There is a strange quiet and peacefulness about Italy's ports.
Long neighbors, there is a world of difference between Greece and Italy. Ancient Rome is famous for its gladiatorial combats. Ancient Greece is famous for its unparalleled theatric productions. Greece is Orthodox; Italy, Catholic. Greece remained under the yoke of the Ottoman Turks for 400 years and missed the Renaissance and the Scientific Revolution. While Greece is the home of democracy, Italy has hosted a string of emperors, popes, and a Mussolini.
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