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Where to Stay, Find the Best Gelato, and Sip on Chianti in Florence

Ancient ruins draw history buffs to Rome, romantic gondola rides lure lovers to Venice, but it's art and architecture that attract culture-seeking …

Italy

11 Med ports for history lovers, from first-century towns to 20th century masterpieces

Whether it’s sites of archaeological importance, locations of historic events, centres of ancient civilisation, famous people or significant structures from the past that float your boat, examples of them all feature on most Mediterranean cruise itineraries. Of course, you can wander at will, but …

European Travel

Top 10 Romantic Things to Do in Florence, Italy

Our quest for the most romantic cities in Europe continues with a visit to Florence. (Did you miss our take on Valencia?)<p>My husband Warren and I are traveling to 10 cities by train to celebrate the release of our book, <i>Married with Luggage: What We Learned About Love by Traveling the World.</i> As we …

Italy

The 7 Essential Churches in Rome to Visit

You don't need to be Catholic to appreciate the beauty of Rome’s 600-plus churches. While tourists head straight for St. Peter’s Basilica, the tradition since 1552 has been for pilgrims (and in-the-know tourists) to make a circuit of the Seven Pilgrimage Churches of Rome. Italian priest Filippo …

Italy

Rome's Trevi Fountain Holds Nearly $1.5 Million in Loose Change

World<p>ROME — The legend goes that if you throw a coin backwards into the Trevi fountain, using your right arm over your left shoulder, you will return to the city.<p>A lot of visitors to Rome are clearly buying into the story, with an Italian charity confirming that nearly $1.5 million dollars in …

Italy

A long weekend in Rome

Live La Dolce Vita while discovering art, history and the coolest neighbourhoods in the Italian capital<p><b>Why go?</b> The Eternal City has to be a top-ten …

Taking the Road Less Traveled in Tuscany

Tuscany

11 Reasons to Visit Italy's Amalfi Coast

It may only stretch for 30 miles, but the Amalfi Coast offers enough idyllic beauty and Italian luxury for a standalone trip. Driving its winding seaside roads will take you to charming coastal towns, scenic beaches, villas and gardens, and some of the best hotels in the world. Looking for la dolce …

Italy

A Romantic Amalfi Coast Road Trip Itinerary

Authentic terraced hill villages, unpredictable winding roads where Italians race like they are participating in Monaco’s Grand Prix and the …

Italy

A First Timer's Guide to Florence, Italy

Ciao bellas! Welcome to Italia and the famed city of Renaissance. The gorgeous Tuscan capital of Florence is renowned for its ornate churches, …

Italy

The Palazzo Pitti (Pitti Palace) in Florence, Italy

<b>Palazzo Pitti</b> ★★<p>The front of the Palazzo Pitti (Pitti Palace) in Florence.<p>Florence's princely Renaissance Pitti Palace was once home to the Medici, …

8 Reasons to Fall in Love with Florence

Welcome to the Italian city that loves meaty sandwiches, truffles, and drunken spaghetti<p>1) Order a Lampredotto<p>Of all the sensorial delights available …

Italy

5 Days in Tuscany: Itinerary for 5 days in Tuscany to include Top Destinations

Spread out for the full effect, with two or three bases to move around more easily<p>Tuscany has so many things to offer! Cities with countless amounts …

10 delicious things to eat in Florence

Italy is a nation of discerning food lovers who really care about the provenance of what they eat, making it heaven to visit for foodies. But since …

Foodies

The {SECRET} Secret Bakeries of Florence

If you've spent any length of time in Florence you've probably heard the whisperings about the secret bakeries. A few are not so secret but still …

What To See in the World’s Smallest Country

Turns out, it’s inside of another country.<p>What if I told you that the smallest country in the world was actually located <i>inside</i> another country? …

Italy

Piazza Navona’s Fontana del Moro: Fountain of the Moor

There is no denying that Piazza Navona is one of Rome’s loveliest (and most visited) squares.There is also no denying that Piazza Navona’s most …

Italy

15 Free Things To Do In Rome On A First Time Visit

I’ve (over)used this adage so many times “Rome is amazing but FREE Rome is the best”. Replace Rome with any other amazing city in the world and the …

Hidden depths of Amalfi

Hidden depths of Amalfi<p>The Amalfi Coast remains an intriguing mix of sophistication and simplicity. A mere seagull's spit from the super yachts, …

Rome's Best Pizza

<b>UPDATED JAN 2013:</b> Rome may not be Italy’s official pizza capital. That title goes to Naples. But you can find a variety of styles in Rome, from …

11 things every foodie should eat in Rome

Italians are famous for their food the world over, and for good reason. But there's more to the country's cuisine than spaghetti and pizza. Here's how to taste each of Rome's great food experiences<p>1. Join the city's high society for a refined Roman brunch at Ciampini<p>Caffè Ciampini has a satisfying …

Italy

9 of the best new cruise ships launching in 2017 | CNN Travel

Group Travel on a Cruise Makes for Smooth Sailing

Travel is all about new experiences, and here is one you may want to try: group travel. This can be an organized tour, a cruise, a circle of friends, or ... Though group travel was never one to rate very high on the cool factor in the past, it is enjoying a rebranding of sorts and is growing in …

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Vatican gallery reopens after seven-year restoration

VATICAN CITY (RNS) One of the jewels in the Vatican Museums will reopen to the public after a $2.4 million makeover to make it earthquake …

Here’s What Happens to the Coins You Throw in Fountains

You could say the Vatican is swimming in the money.<p>The Trevi fountain in Rome has had a longstanding tradition: if you stand with your back to the …

Trekking in Tuscany: Best Itineraries

Hotel Le Fontanelle is an ideal starting (and resting!) point for anyone interested in trekking the Tuscan terrain. The itineraries below offer an …

10 Most Instagrammable Spots in Naples | Try Somewhere New

Flying to Naples or the Amalfi Coast soon? Don’t miss these 10 insta-ready shots…<p>Vesuvius<p>Dominating Naples’ skyline, Vesuvius is the only active …

Italy

7 top tips for a weekend trip to Rome

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and it can’t be seen in one either. Many tourists find it frustrating only having a day or two at their disposal, but if …

Rome Will Steal Your Heart, Not Your Bag

Each city you visit is different and, having spoken about travelling with various friends and acquaintances, I realised that the beauty of any place …