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Live the good life: 12 local experiences on the Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast is famous for its sophisticated glamour, secret beaches, shady groves and sensational views. Discover a whole new side to the region with our countdown of its 12 best local experiences.<p>1. Leap into the Mediterranean<p>The greatest thrill on the Amalfi Coast is to head out for the open …

Italy

The Insider’s Epicurean Guide to Capri and the Amalfi Coast

The Best Gelato Shops in Italy

Photo by Instagram user ginajlee<p>Because not all gelato is created equal.<p>Deep, bitter and rich <i>cioccolato fondente</i>. Fresh, bright, and refreshing <i>frutti</i> …

Italy

25 Things You Absolutely, Positively Have to Do in Paris

France

How To Have The Best Day Ever In Rome

American expat Erica Firpo has lived in Rome long enough -- and shown enough people around -- to know how to build the perfect day.<p>1. Wake up with a cappuccino, preferably with a view. Rome has a whole breed of hotels with amazing views. My latest favorite view can be found on the rooftop terrace …

The Most Popular Piazzas in Rome, Italy

Rome is well known for its ancient history, and although the glory days of the Roman Empire are long gone, it has forever left its footprint on this …

24 Hours in Rome, Italy

Two days is hardly enough time to visit any Italian city let alone Rome, whose many treasures merit a lifetime of exploration. But for those on a …

The Best in Rome, from the tastiest gelato to the finest art

<b>Rome is without doubt one of the most romantic cities in the world but where should you take your loved one if you want to share the very best Rome</b> …

National Geographic Travel

10 Essential Food Rules for Americans in Italy

Italian food culture is probably very different from what you're used to at home. And, since Italians have been perfecting it for over 1,000 years, try going with the wine and olive oil flow instead of fighting against the current when you're in Italy.<p><b>1. Don't ask for "fettuccine alfredo" or</b> …

Italian Food

Tips for Dining Out in Italy

Not all Italian meals are red wine and spaghetti with meatballs -- but if that's the closest you've come to an authentic Italian dinner, this cheat sheet will help you navigate Italy's varied dining options.<p><b>Where to eat</b><p>In the mood for a quick bite or a lengthy, sit-down dinner? Know which type of …

Italy

James Bond's Rome

Travel Guide: 24 Hours in Rome

Rome is a pretty compact city so you naturally come upon many of the famous sites just walking around.<p>This stylish city is a wonderful juxtaposition …

Practical travel tips when in Rome

Most travel buffs who visit Rome, love art. Well, good news, (Free) art is everywhere in Rome. In a place as historic as Rome, you don’t have to look …

When in Rome, Don’t Speak English. Grazie.

Furious Italians are defending the sanctity of their native tongue after a navy ad campaign and an aggressive PM trigger worries of an English …

Rome Sweet Home: An Insider’s Guide of Where to Stay, Eat, Shop, and Relax

<b>Valentino</b> made headlines this season as the brand announced its plans to show its couture collection in Rome on July 9 in celebration of the opening of its new flagship in Piazza Mignanelli. “I plan to watch the show from my grandmother’s apartment on via Condotti,” says <b>Maria Sole Torlonia</b>, …

The 12 best things to do in Rome

This is where <i>la dolce vita</i> originated, after all.<p>Of course, after more than 2,000 years in existence, there's enough to explore to keep you busy for years, with decadent pasta and gelato to indulge in, places to shop for everything from handicrafts to haute couture, archeological sites, Baroque …

Italy

First time Rome: a beginner’s guide to the Eternal City

First visit to Rome? You’re in luck. You’ll find it easy to see a lot, no matter how limited your time is. It’s good to plan ahead, but ambling aimlessly is also a joy: at times it can seem like there’s an ancient wonder around every corner. Just don’t stress about trying to see everything: for …

Italy

5 Must-Try Breakfasts and Brunch in Paris

Brunch for the past few years has simply become part of the French culture. What better place to enjoy your late breakfast than in the heart of …

France

The 50 Best Restaurants in Paris

Restaurants

Top 10 Tips for Planning Your Next Trip to Paris

<b>1. Check your passport</b><p>Make sure your passport is valid until at least 6 months after you arrive in France. Persons with passports expiring within 6 …

France

The 10 best things you must do in Paris

GETTYSee Notre Dame Cathedral’s spectacular Gothic architecture<p>1. Treat yourself to dinner with a view at the Eiffel Tower’s Jules Verne …

Sainte-Chapelle's stained glass windows now fully restored

The remarkable stained windows of Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, one of the world’s finest medieval attractions, are back on display following a painstaking seven-year restoration.Centuries of dirt have been removed from each of the thousands of panels that form the chapel’s towering windows.<p>The paint …

The 10 Coolest Neighbourhoods in Paris

Montmartre<p>Montmartre remains a special part of the Parisian landscape, with its meandering streets tucked away on the legendary hill in the north of …

A 6-Stop Wander Through the Lanes of Montmartre

Sue Roe is the author of <i>In Montmartre: Picasso, Matisse and the Birth of Modernist Art</i>, a vivid history of Modernism and the group of artists who …

Guide to A romantic weekend in Paris

What could be more exciting than a romantic weekend in Paris? This is exactly what Editor Monique did for her 5th Wedding Anniversary and it could …

Four Tips to Maximize Your Time in Paris

Luxe Adventure TravelerAudrey Hepburn famously said <i>“Paris is always a good idea.”</i> We couldn’t agree more! Like most of our readers who travel when …

France

Where To Drink Wine in Paris? Check Out Our Top List

What better city to begin a wine bar series in than the capital of the world’s greatest winemaking country? For sure, France’s finest wines are …

France

15 Things NOT To Do In Paris

It's impossible to see and do everything when visiting Paris, so why waste time doing anything that isn't worthy of your hard-earned vacation hours? The next time you're in the City of Light, don't fight with crowds in tourist traps, eat at the wrong restaurants, or wait in line at the Eiffel …

France

The First Time I Saw Paris

On my first trip to Paris in 1988, I had a long list of things to do and see, and the Louvre was number one on that list. The Mona Lisa! The Winged Victory! The Venus de Milo!<p>I didn't get to the Louvre for days. Each morning after a good night's sleep and a delicious breakfast at our Place Vendôme …

France