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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 …

Italy

The Essential Elements of a Successful Short Story

It’s easier to say what a short story isn’t than what it is. It isn’t an anecdote and it isn’t a section of a novel and it isn’t an essay. (There is a form called the long story but that’s another song.) Though short stories since Chekhov often end ambiguously, they can’t end indefinitely and still …

Creative Writing

Win in Rome: An inside guide to the best of Italy’s hippest ‘hood

When Rome restaurant Antica Pesa opened a satellite in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in 2012, it brought a bit of the Eternal City’s atmospheric Trastevere …

German Volume Training: the best training regime for increasing muscle size

Personal trainer Scott Laidler suggests a German Volume Training (GVT) regime that will help to supersize your muscles<p>I’m often asked which training regime I would recommend for gaining muscle mass. Unequivocally, the answer is always German Volume Training (or GVT). For me, it's the most effective …

The Masterpiece that is Montestigliano in Tuscany, Italy

Montestigliano in Tuscany, Italy is a luxury farmhouse from the 1700’s. It is set high up on a hill in the heart of the rolling Tuscany countryside. As a privately-owned farm estate, it has its own village or tiny town. I like to think that it is like having my own private Tuscan village when I …

5 Strength Moves You Need to Do If You Want to Lose Weight

Strength training is the best thing you can do for weight loss — and the reasons for that are as endless as the buckets you’ll sweat. For starters, …

Cheap Flights To Europe! Summer and Fall Fares To Rome, Paris, Amsterdam!

While these aren't the cheapest fares we've seen, they connect a ton of cities for reasonable prices. If you're looking for a reason to go to Europe, …

Air Travel

New rules for exercising if you’re over 50

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org.<p>A funny thing happens on the way to 50 and beyond: Your body doesn’t respond to exercise …

Tuscany Dreams - A Luxury Tuscan Villa Escape Test

Who doesn't want a luxury Tuscan villa experience in Chianti Classico, Italy. Borgo Argenina is the real Under the Tuscan Sun experience.

15 Amazing Sights To See In Verona – Easily One Of The Most Beautiful Cities In Italy

As you already know, we recently visited Verona – an absolutely beautiful city perched about halfway between the more popular cities of Milan and …

Italy

Where to Find the Most Stunning Views of Rome

Known as the city of seven hills, Rome has a number of terraces, gardens and lookout points that afford beautiful views of the city’s skyline, …

This Bestselling Author of 17 Books Just Gave Some Brilliant Writing Advice. Here It Is in 1 Sentence

Everyone has a story to tell.<p>Anne Lamott is a novelist and non-fiction author with 17 books and numerous essays to her credit. She writes about deeply personal topics, like her struggle with alcoholism three decades ago, single motherhood, and depression. She also writes frequently about her …

20 Most Beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Europe

Let's face it: When it comes to a continent as beautiful and diverse as Europe, deciding which landmarks to add to your itinerary can be a daunting task. It always helps to do some research before you set out with a backpack and Eurail pass, and luckily, some of that research has already been done …

European Travel

Restored Roman Catacombs Reveal Stunning Frescoes

The Domitilla catacombs are the largest underground burial chambers in Rome, housing 26,250 burials in a seven-odd mile stretch underneath the …

Archaeology

Tip: Build Pecs & Core Strength With One Exercise

The one-arm dumbbell bench press not only hits your chest, it helps you build core anti-rotation strength.<p>This is an exercise that will create superb …

Egypt discovers 3,000-year-old tomb of nobleman

Egyptian archaeologists yesterday unearthed several mummies and hundreds of funerary statues in a 3,500-year-old tomb near the city of Luxor, the latest in a series of major discoveries of ancient relics.<p>The discovery was made by an Egyptian archaeological mission working in the Draa Abul Nagaa …

25 Profound Quotes from Aristotle On Happiness, Self-Mastery and Mindful Living

Aristotle is one of the top thinkers in history. Though he is often defined as a philosopher, he covered many topics such as biology, zoology, …

6 Underrated Places in Italy

It’s hard to go wrong on a trip to Italy, period -- pasta in Rome, the romantic canals of Venice, the Easter egg-tinged coast of Cinque Terre. But …

Italy

Ancient Naval Base for Epic Greek Battle Found

Greek archaeologists have found the ancient military harbor of the island of Salamis — the very physical space from which the largest and most …

A 9-Move Circuit For Bigger, Stronger, Injury-Proof Shoulders

Grab a couple dumbbells and supersize your shoulders<p>If you want to sculpt your shoulders and make your waist look smaller, then give this 9-exercise dumbbell a circuit a try!<p>Do each move in the order listed with no more than 20 seconds of rest and transition between moves:<p>1. Dumbbell incline …

The first 25 days of Trump have been a zoetrope of galloping despair | Lindy West

In the post-Obama United States, there are simply too many emergencies to hold all of them in your mind at once<p>Today, during my morning routine of opening my laptop, clicking on literally anything, and just screaming and screaming, I made the astonishing discovery that Donald Trump has only been …

Portofino and Cinque Terre | Wine, Seaside Villages, Islands & Scenery on Italy's Riviera

Portofino & Cinque Terre: Wine, Seaside Villages & Islands<p>Four-day Independent Excursion Program<p><i>Rapallo, Liguria</i><p><b>Price in 2016: 420-985 …

Italy

Florence & Cinque Terre

We will explore two absolutely iconic places of Italy Florence, the most beautiful city of Tuscany, and amazing area of Cinque Terre.<p>Florence is one …

Top 10 Romantic Spots on the Amalfi Coast

A Hopeless Romantic’s Insider Tips for the Most Romantic Spots on the Amalfi CoastIf there’s one thing I love, it’s a good romance. A book, a movie, …

Italy

On My Travels: Falling In Love With Verona - The Botanical Kitchen

When you Google ‘city of love’ you’d expect Verona to be high up there on the list. It’s not. It’s not even on the list. Truth be told it was never …

Italy

Use the Five Folder System to Finally Organize Your Email Inbox

We’ve come a long way from the simple “trusted trio” method of organizing our inbox, and for many of us our email is as disorganized as it’s ever …

Donald Trump Had A Superior Electoral College Strategy

How Hillary Clinton and the media missed the boat.<p><i>This is the sixth article in a series that reviews news coverage of the 2016 general election,</i> …

Armchair archaeology: find lost civilisations using your laptop

Ever fancied making like Indiana Jones and searching for ancient treasures? Now you can do it in your pyjamas<p>Indiana Jones had to eat chilled monkey brains, escape from snake pits and punch Nazis. I’m at home in my pyjamas, looking at blurry bits of ground and using 90 seconds of training to click …

Why Aaron Sorkin's Screenplay for The Social Network Was So Damn Good

<i>The Social Network</i> was a fantastic movie for many reasons: the direction of David Fincher, the music by Trent Reznor, the acting of mostly everyone …

Want to be a Revered Leader? Here's How the 25 Most Admired CEOs Win the Hearts of Their Employees

America's 25 most admired CEOs have earned the respect of their people. Here's how you can too.<p>Glassdoor recently released a listing of the highest ranked US CEOs based on employee feedback. And while every CEO in this group has their warts, this prestigious group has managed to be human while …