Meet your guide in the morning and be prepared to get dazzled with impressive historical anecdotes and facts of Dubrovnik’s history. Begin at Pile Gate, one of three ways into the Stari Grad, or Old Town, and then stop at Onofrio’s Fountain, a multi-faucet drinking fountain connected to a 7.5-mile (12-kilometer)-long aqueduct that has, for centuries, carried drinking water into the city. Then walk a few seconds more and you’ll be at the Franciscan Monastery, home to one of the oldest still-functioning pharmacies in Europe. Wander around the 14th-century Gothic cloister and take in some of the art.
Stroll down the Stradun, the limestone-covered main pedestrian street of Dubrovnik and stop at the Renaissance-era palace, which houses the state archives. Right around you, you’ll see Orlando’s Column, the clock tower, which curiously shows the time in Arabic and Latin numerals and only changes every five minutes, the Rector’s Palace and the Church of St. Blaise, the patron saint of Dubrovnik. Across the square, walk a few minutes and visit the Cathedral of the Assumption, a beautiful Baroque sanctuary