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Italy’s fabulous five: planning your visit to the Cinque Terre

The Italian Riviera is not short of rugged coastline or romantic towns and villages, but the five fishing communities of the Cinque Terre are its most iconic highlight. The five villages are no longer the isolated hamlets they once were, but there’s still a feeling of remote authenticity, with few …

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Six Reasons Cappadocia Turkey Should be on Your Travel Short List

After looking at some rather dramatic reports on the news, a visit to Turkey may have moved down a few notches on your travel planning short-list. But maybe you should reconsider, or adjust that thought. Cappadocia Turkey is an island of calm sitting in the very center of Turkey. The lunar-like …

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Day Tripper: Paris, France

I’ve been visiting friends in <b>Paris</b> for more than 20 years. Well, I always say they’re in Paris, but they actually live in a little town called Ballancourt about an hour south of the city on the RER D commuter line.<p>After crossing the Seine, the train clangs through suburb after suburb—and then, …

Sardinia's top 10 beaches: white sands and turquoise waters

Even in a country where gorgeous beaches are two a penny, the Italians admit that those in Sardinia are particularly <i>bellissima</i>. The island regularly tops polls of the world’s best beaches, with <i>spiagge</i> ranging from the rugged, cliff-backed coves of the east to the dune-flanked strands of the …

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These Old Italian Villages Were Transformed Into Dozens Of Hotels

Alberghi diffusi are true gems created in communities where you can breathe in the history. A model of responsible tourism, they include dozens of structures all over the country, many brought together in the Alberghi Diffusi Association (alberghidiffusi.it), creating an accommodation that is …

Italy

Walk to San Miniato al Monte for the Best Views of Florence

Basilica di San Miniato al Monte<p>Walk to San Miniato al Monte for the Best Views of Florence<p>Most people who visit Florence know that walking to …

Connecting with 400 Years of History in Florence, Italy

This centuries-old "pharmaceutical workshop" gives visitors a chance to experience part of Florence's unique bespoke heritage. It was established by …

Basilica di Santa Croce

When French writer Stendhal saw Giotto's frescoes in Florence's Basilica di Santa Croce (Basilica of the Holy Cross), he wrote:<p>"Ero giunto a quel …

Enjoy a rustic lunch

Trattoria Mario<p>Enjoy a rustic lunch<p>Cramped it may be, but rustic Da Mario, located at the back of the mercato centrale, serves up a menu of …

Favorite Places: The Wineries of Porto, Portugal

<i>Our weekend series “Favorite Places” features beloved travel destinations, attractions, restaurants, hotels and more from different members of the</i> …

Southern Italy Is for (Wine) Lovers

From the rolling hillsides in Benevento to the steeply terraced vineyards of the Amalfi Coast, the ancient region of Campania offers homegrown wines that are as varied as the landscapes. Here, Momofuku's beverage director, Jordan Salcito—who produces her own private label in Campania—explains why …

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28 things everyone should do in Spain

In fact, the country has so much to offer that it can be overwhelming for visitors to choose what to do and see. It's impossible to hit all of the country's highlights in a single visit.<p>Keep scrolling for a list of must-sees all over the country, from the aqueduct of Segovia to the Mosque of …

Barcelona

The 10 Best Honeymoon Destinations -- For ANY Budget

<i>By Amanda Chatel</i><p>After the madness of the wedding is over, it's time to relax. Traditionally, that relaxation comes in the form of a nice long honeymoon in some exotic place, of which both you and your partner have dreamed.<p><b>Unfortunately, after the big event and the amount of money you spent on it,</b> …

My City: Maximum Milan

<i>By Beppe Severgnini</i><p><b>Milan</b> may not take your breath away, like Venice. It’s not as elegant as Florence, as spectacular as Rome, or as picturesque as Naples. It doesn’t have Como’s gorgeous lake or Siena’s harmonious hills. But Milan is Italy, more so than any of those lovely places.<p>Milan is a flat, …

Photos Show Spine-Tingling Drop Down Deepest Cave Pit In The U.S.

Well this is <i>definitely</i> a surprise.<p>Ellison's Cave, located in northwest Georgia, is nearly 12 miles long and more than 1,000 feet deep. The cave -- and the hair-raising pits that lead to its floor -- attract spelunkers from all over the world. There are some seven routes to the cave floor, one of …

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Everything You Need to Know About the New Eurail Pass

Anyone who has spent time traversing Europe knows: The continent's countryside is the kind of charming that feels like it was plucked from a storybook. Since 1959, the Eurail Pass has treated travelers between Europe's biggest urban destinations to this scenic landscape via railway. But, in the …

European Travel

7 Google Flights Tricks That Are Better Than Any Travel Agent

Chances are you’re familiar with Google Flights. The travel search engine does everything you assume it would, like locate flights based on your ideal outbound time, inbound time and number of stops. After all, it’s the same technology that powers both KAYAK and Orbitz.<p>The site also includes a …

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You Haven't Done Greece Till You've Been to These 7 Islands

The Greek islands I hear so many people speak of—laconic beaches, party towns and small villages populated by idyllic whitewashed buildings—are not exactly the islands I know. When I was a kid, I rafted down Peloponnesian rivers, snorkeled in the Ionian Sea, and once camped with my family for 39 …

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The Right Way to Pack Your Luggage!

<i>Photo courtesy of Michael Mohr. Article by Ryan Murphy, contributor to Budget Travel.</i><p>Sunscreen? Check. Extra socks? Double-check. There are some things you'll never forget to pack, whether you're headed to the Swiss slopes or the wilds of Africa. But your go-to packing checklist will only get you …

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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 major cities make a mass exodus toward the coast every summer. Many of the well-known beaches get crowded or too touristy, but this list also includes …

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My Italian Journey

Before I traveled to Florence, I wasn't aware that it had become one of the most popular European getaways for Americans, especially for couples and groups. Nestled in the cradle of the Tuscan hills, this city of light, good food and tiny medieval streets has a history as extraordinary as its …

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The Most Beautiful Coastal Towns in Italy

We pulled together a list of the prettiest towns on the Italian coast. From Manarola to Ravella, these hamlets of beauty will have you trading the hustle and bustle of big cities Rome, Milan, and Florence, for coastal charm—and relative quiet. <i>La dolce vita</i>, indeed.<p><i>This post was originally published</i> …

Off the beaten track in Rome

From the Colosseum to the Sistine Chapel, Rome's headline acts need no introduction. But away from these historic crowd-pleasers, there are a host of lesser-known sights and neighbourhoods waiting to be discovered. Here's a selection of our favourites.<p>Chiesa di Santa Prassede<p>The interior of the …

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Apartments in Italy -- and Mistakes!

Finding a home, and feeling safe and comfortable there, is important to me, especially since I am alone here in Italy. And, until I arrived in Rome last week, I had been very lucky with finding good apartments and feeling safe and secure in my Italian homes in Florence and Ortigia.<p>In Florence, …

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Acqua Alta Is Back In Venice And It's As Pretty As Ever

Every now and again (but really in the fall and winter), heavy rains, high winds and bizarro tides couple up to create Acqua Alta, which is a pain in the neck for tourists and locals alike but is really cool to look at from afar. (So good thing you're afar.)<p>Tourists go a-wading through famous St. …