Corigliano Calabro, Italy

Climb to the castle to see its hall of mirrors, all framed in gilded stucco and hung with Bohemian crystal chandeliers from a trompe-l'oeil ceiling. And, as if your ship were not an opulent enough experience, you could always visit the nearby ancient city of Sybaris which amassed great wealth thanks to its fertile land and busy port. The food of the region offers many pleasures; a delicious concoction of cultural flavours, thanks to the people, including the Greeks, Romans, Normans, Arabs, Spanish and French, who made coastal Calabria their home over the centuries. Be warned. This area is the chilli capital of Italy and chillies find their way into many dishes, including even the ice-cream!