It is widely held that modern civilization was begun along the shores of Southern Europe â€“ from the start of science and democracy to viticulture and art. You can explore the history of the â€œOld Worldâ€ along its coasts. Whether you lay in the sun on the beaches of Spain and Italy, study the historical sights of Greece and Jerusalem, or enjoy the beauty of Santorini and the Greek Islands, the memories will last a lifetime. Step back in time with a visit to Rome and its reknown Pantheon and Colosseum as well as Vatican City and St. Peterâ€™s Basilica, one of Christianityâ€™s holiest places. Devotees of architectural design will enjoy a stop in Barcelona to see Antoni Gaudiâ€™s extraordinary work. Some of the worldâ€™s greatest wines can be savored in Italyâ€™s Chianti region, Franceâ€™s Provence, or the city of Port in Portugal. Wander along the beautiful waterways in Venice. On the Adriatic coast, check out for more trips the UNESCO World Heritage site of Dubrovnik, the historic city encircled by ancient stone walls. A visit to the â€œOld Worldâ€ countries in Europe will really encourage you to brush up on your history.