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6 tips that interior designers never tell you before you wire money to them

We understand that interior designers don't want to give you free tips for making more of your home, as it's their livelihood they would be impacting …

During a mindfulness program developed at Google, I heard a key insight about meditation that makes it a lot less frustrating

It's on whenever I get jealous hearing someone talk about how their sitting practice has totally changed their life. <i>I could do that</i>, I think. And then I try sitting on my own for a few days and find it exhausting playing a 10-minute game of Whack-a-Mole with every thought and worry that pops up, …

Mindfulness

Inside Sikelia, a New Resort on Italy's Secret Island

The ultimate off-the-grid resort offers travelers one of the most relaxing and luxurious experiences available in Italy.<p>A towering, ten-foot brass door, gleaming in the midday Mediterranean sun, marks the entrance to Sikelia. It’s a gateway fit for Roman gods—one weighing 1,500 pounds and designed …

Italy

5 top tips for a super clean house

It is quite common for many of us to put off dusting and cleaning our houses till another time, when the interiors start to become unbearable, when …

Italian medieval castle on sale for the first time in 650 years

An 80-room Italian castle owned by the same family since the fourteenth century is set to change hands for the first time in nearly 650 years.<p>Castel Valer, located in the foothills of the Dolomites, was constructed over half a millennium from 1200-1700 and was acquired by the Spaur family in …

Live Like an Italian and Fight Major Health Issues, Say Scientists

Live life like an Italian – because in some ways Italians have it all figured out, especially when health is in question. Doctors should prescribe …

The Perfect Caribbean Vacations For Every Traveler

I Don't Want to See a Ton of Americans.<p>St. Bart’s is filled with fancy Frenchmen, Brits, and Italians seeking R&R and the scene. But the …

Florence: An Itinerary for a Timeless City

Florence: hub of the arts, birthplace of the Renaissance, popular tourist destination, and heart of Tuscany. She is a city of history, with seemingly endless surprises to be discovered within her mazes of streets. Here are some must see sites for any visitor's itinerary!<p>Florence: hub of the arts, …

Sculpture

Secret seaside: 17 unspoiled European islands

How to Speed Through Immigration Lines While Abroad

You know how to speed through immigration at home—but did you know that there are ways to zip across foreign borders, too? A number of countries have …

The real roots of Sunni-Shia conflict: beyond the myth of "ancient religious hatreds"

What's really driving the Middle East's sectarian divide?<p>The story, as told, usually goes something like this: 1,400 years ago, during the seventh century, there was a schism among Muslims over who would succeed as leader of the faithful, and that schism led to a civil war. The two sides became …

10 Experiences Every Traveler Should Have in Italy

There’s a reason Italy ranks as one of the top-visited destinations in the world. Actually, there are a lot of reasons. Its exquisite beauty, its …

Saudi Grand Mufti says ISIS are 'Israeli soldiers'

Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-Asheikh, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, issued a whopper of a conspiracy theory on Monday, claiming that Islamic State (ISIS) …

Italy's Lombardy bans burqas after terror attacks

Northeastern region of Lombardy has amended legislation in order to outlaw the burqa and niqab from public offices and hospitals<p>Lombardy, the most populous and wealthiest region in Italy, has approved a ban on wearing the Islamic veil and burqa in hospitals and local government offices in the wake …

20 Gorgeous Seaside Towns in Italy

Have you ever been to Rome in August and wondered where all the locals are? The truth is that they're likely in one of these towns, as Italians in …

How to Use Mind Maps to Unleash Your Brain's Creativity and Potential

Mind mapping is one of the best ways to capture your thoughts and bring them to life in visual form. Beyond just note-taking, though, mind maps can …

Blend These 7 Personality Types When Building Your Executive Team

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>While the popular contention that “there are no stupid questions” is nice to hear (especially after asking a stupid question), it’s not exactly true. Let’s face it. We’ve all heard plenty (and I mean a lot) of dumb questions, and …

Italy's six best road trips

With a network of well-maintained roads that weave through a landscape of snow-capped peaks, plunging coastlines, lakes and historic towns, Italy offers plenty of epic driving. And while some routes are undeniably challenging, they all make for unforgettable experiences.<p>Here we highlight six …