As I am writing this post two years after I visited these places, my memory is a bit fuzzy. We drove to Trieste, Italy. A very cute little town on the water.
We boarded a cruise ship here and sailed to Ancona, Italy. Ancona has one of the most beautiful churches I've ever seen. All white marble atop a cliff with views down to the sea. It was quite a hike up there, but worth it!