Descent to the Mediterranean
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  • Ancient Romans referred to the Mediterranean as Mare Nostrum, or our sea. It has indeed become just that for the people of Europe.
  • Goethe exclaims "Dahin!" (meaning There!) in one of his poems. Leaving unresolved business in his native Germany, the poet rushed south for his famous visit to Italy.

This symbolic door is always open for every traveler. These shores are rich in history. They have welcomed Dante and Cervantes, Byron and Michelangelo.

Through the ages, thousands of people made the same journey, descending to the Mediterranean. Pilgrims walked to Greece and Italy, the Holy Land and Egypt. The same journey is repeated today.