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The 9 Best Titles Coming to Netflix in August

With the start of a new month comes plenty of fresh Netflix programming. From all-time classics to original shows, Netflix has a lot in store this …

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The 10 Most Romantic Small Towns in Italy

When it comes to setting the mood, Italy has so much more to offer than serenades along the canals of Venice. In fact, some of its most dreamy holiday destinations are little-known towns and villages, from low-key Sicilian seaside escapes to medieval hamlets in the Umbrian countryside. This roundup …

50+ Secret Things to Do in Italy

We got our network of contributors to dish on the places they only share with their closest friends.<p>For our Italy issue, we asked the most knowledgeable people we could think of about their favorite places all over the country: where they found the best cacio e pepe, spent quiet afternoons in …

Inside the Most Romantic Hotel in Paris

Ah, Paris—is there anything unromantic about this city? That said, nothing ruins an amorous getaway quite like a lesser-than hotel experience. Enter Le Bristol: With its rooftop pool, lush inner garden, and celebrated dining, it's little wonder why our readers rated this circa-1925 stunner the City …

12 Under-the-Radar Tuscan Hotels

A wellness retreat, a 500-year-old lemon farm, a 5,500-acre Ferragamo estate... There's something for everyone among these 12 Tuscan countryside hotels of our dreams.<p>Locanda al Colle, <i>Camaiore</i><p>Locanda dell'Amorosa, <i>Sinalunga</i>

What to Do on Ischia, the Quiet Italian Island Made Famous by Elena Ferrante

All the sunshine, half the crowds.<p>Ischia is one of those places that, if you’ve been, you tend to keep to yourself. After all, part of its charm, besides its low-key vibe and lack of American tourists, is waking up to a view like this of the Tyrrhenian Sea from the Mezzatorre Resort & Spa. “It’s …

9 Most Beautiful Hilltop Towns in Italy

There’s no need to book a week in these gloriously photogenic yet soporific spots, but if you sleep over, you’ll have enough time to stroll around, look at old churches, and have a perfect meal before bed.

6 Places You Absolutely Have to Stop on a Florence-to-Rome Road Trip

The drive from Florence to Rome is pretty straightforward, just hop on the A1 and jet three hours south. But you should be making a road trip out of it, so skip eating at the roadside autogrill and extend your drive. Pick one or two of our favorite pit-stop towns along the way for 12th century …

Where Stylish Men Should Shop in Florence

Forget tchotchke souvenirs. Swap in these cigar cases, soaps, and knives you should be buying in Florence.<p>When two alpha shoppers and collectors—who also happen to be <i>Traveler</i> contributing editors—separately came back from Florence raving about the custom stationery, perfumed soaps, and tailored …

What You Really Want to Buy in Florence

Writer and Traveler contributor Amanda Brooks shares her favorite shops in the Tuscan city.<p>I used to write off Florence. Until last spring, I didn't think it offered much beyond the historic museums and a few cozy but rough-around-the-edges restaurants. Then, I ended up there twice in one month for …

A Guide to Tuscan Wine Country

Here's how to drink—and eat—your way through the region.<p>From up-and-coming Brunellos to tucked-away Super Tuscans, we spotlight the region’s secret treasures, and provide intel on where to eat—and stay—en route.<p>Brunello, Montalcino<p>Labels like Banfi and Casanova dei Neri put this wine area of …

The Secret Side of Siena

Go deep inside the medieval city following the plot twists of Christina Lynch’s debut novel, The Italian Party.<p>“I think there’s a temptation to dismiss Tuscany—and Siena in particular—because images of that landscape have become ubiquitous,” not to mention co-opted by makers of everything from …

Meals in Italy We’d Take a Detour For

Where you'll find the best sea urchin pasta in Sicily, steak in Tuscany, and licorice root risotto in Veneto.<p>For our Italy Issue, we asked everyone on the <i>Condé Nast Traveler</i> staff to tell us what restaurants in Italy you should go out of your way for—the kinds of places that are worth adding an …

14 Classic Bistros in Paris Worth Visiting

The traditional bistro, with its hearty fare, is an archetype of Paris dining, but a new wave of chefs is bringing a fresh, modern flair to the …

How to Spend 3 Days in Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech is a romantic and magical city that feels trapped in time.<p>There’s a surprise around every corner in Marrakech, and the more lost you get, …

House Hunting in … France

<b>A CONVERTED 18TH-CENTURY MILL IN PROVENCE</b><p><b>$1.8 MILLION (1.48 MILLION EUROS</b><b>)</b><p>This six-bedroom, four-bathroom home in the village of Maussane-les-Alpilles, in Provence, was built in the 18th century as a mill where olive oil was produced. Although part of it was always used as living quarters, the …

11 charming bed-and-breakfasts in Europe

Bed and breakfast. Such a simple formula can help travelers feel at home in big, unfamiliar cities. Though B&Bs might conjure images of New England hideaways or stately Southern mansions with rocking chairs on porches, Europe is filled with these quaint, intimate retreats. So, if your idea of a …

The six best modern facial sunblocks

I have worn a different sunblock on my face every day for the past five weeks, so you don't have to. Last time I did this, two years ago, my skin …