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The Pantheon: A Lesson in Designing With Light

Steven Holl is an architect known around the world for his modern, light-filled buildings, such as MIT’s Simmons Hall and the Bloch Building at the …

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3 Great Reasons To Visit Rome In Spring 2015

While most visitors inexplicably wait until summer to descend on the shiny cobblestone streets of Italy’s Eternal City—when the country’s capital literally bakes in the debilitating midday sun, necessitating at least three <i>gelati</i> daily and just as many cold showers—the spring is truly prime time to …

Italy

Rome Travel: Why You Should Skip the Colosseum. Forget the Vatican, Too.

Well-known sites in Rome such as the Vatican offer a connection with the past—but the Eternal City has plenty of lesser-known, and arguably better sites, to visit. If you're trying to figure out what to do in Rome, Context Travel docent Whitney Webster offers alternatives to classic attractions, …

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 …

Italy

One Travelin' Woman Tested 9 Celeb Skin-Care Tips—Here's What Happened

<b>Flight One: 10 hours and 15 minutes</b><p><b>1. The celebrity: John Mayer (don't judge)</b><p><b>The tip:</b> Apply <b>Kiehl's Lip Balm #1</b> ($7, nordstrom.com) throughout the flight to keep lips protected from the dry, recycled air on the plane.<p><b>The result:</b> My lips stay crack-free and moisturized the entire plane ride. Plus, …

7 Underrated Cities in Italy You Have to Visit on Study Abroad

<b>A guide to some of Italy's beautiful hidden gems</b><p>By Nina Truong, Emory University.<p>When someone says "Italy", you immediately think of major cities like, Rome, Florence, Venice, and Milan. However, Italy has a lot more than these four major cities. Each city in Italy has very distinct architecture …

Art and Culture in Rome - Places you must see

While Milan is lovely, Rome is seductive, gorgeous and breathtaking on a whole new level. Grab a train from Milan to Romefor just 30 euros and you …

10 Things Locals Want You to Know About Venice

If you're planning a trip to Venice in the future, be sure to read this: These are the things locals wish that visitors knew about Venice.<p><i>NVNQVAM DERELICTA.</i> Never abandoned. The phrase emblazoned on the wall of the Doge's Palace in Venice may have originally related to religion, but it's a perfect …

Italian Coffee Culture

Coffee culture is an essential part of Italian life, akin to an art-form and nigh on a religion. There’s a myriad of coffees on the menu from …

Greve in Chianti - Something to Crow About!

No one will dispute that there are many reasons to visit Tuscany and certainly no one can dispute that one of the main reasons is to visit Chianti …

Chianti Wine: The Taste, Region and Classic Pairings

Chianti Wine (“kee-on-tee”) is a red blend from Tuscany, Italy made primarily with Sangiovese grapes. Find out more about this wine and how to find …

Wine

Glera: You’ve never heard of this Italian grape, but you’ve tasted it in your Prosecco glass

<i>The Grape Glossary: A guide to hip varietals</i><p>Most likely you've not heard of glera. But unless you've been living with an uncontacted tribe in Brazil for the past 20 years, you've certainly heard of the ultra-fashionable Italian sparkling wine Prosecco. Glera is the Prosecco grape.<p>"Wait a minute," …

The 2010 Brunello di Montalcinos are Must-Buys (Mostly)

An exclusive tasting of the much-anticipated wines reveals a great year in weather can lead to some excellent offerings.<p>Following the success of the …

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A Look at Brunello di Montalcino’s Storied History

Franco Biondi-Santi’s hat and candleholder, which he kept at the ready for trips to his private cellar.<p><i>As we continue to roll out the 2010 Brunello,</i> …

Nobile di Montepulciano – Release of new vintage held in Montalcino 15 February 2015

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano have a special release event called Anteprima Nobile every year, usually in February.<p>The event heralds in the new …

Italian Wine

The Major Types of Italian Red and White Wines

<b>Major Italian Wines</b><p><b>Amarone</b>: Lusty, complete bodied wine from partially dried out Corvina grapes, in the Veneto area. Dry and strong wine, but it’s …

Verona, wine capital of the Veneto, a tour of Valpolicella, amarone, Soave

<b>Veneto has amarone but it also has “regular” Valpolicella, Soave, sparkling prosecco, and many other wines. It also has its own gastronomy, with</b> …

Italy

How to do Florence on a Budget

Best Restaurants for Budget Travelers in VENICE

Sure, the city of canals is filled with fancy, creative, and unique restaurants. Translation? Watch your wallet! Here, the author of the best-selling …

Italy

3 Lesser-Known Things to Do in Rome on a Budget

There is so much to do in the magnificent and ancient city of Rome. Everywhere you turn you will see another glimpse of the historical ruins of old. …

Cinque Terre National Park, Italy

<b>Name:</b> Cinque Terre National Park <b><br>Location:</b> Italy <b><br>Date Established:</b> 1999 <b><br>Size:</b> 15 square miles (39 square kilometers)<p>Did You Know?<p><b>• Seaside Charm</b> Even in Italy, a land of many wonders, Cinque Terre National Park is unique. The park includes a group of five picturesque seaside villages perched high atop …

Italy

Vernazza Is The Most Stunning Cliff Town We've Ever Seen

Craving a getaway to a cliffside village of fresh pasta, ocean breezes and all-around perfect enchantment?<p>Welcome to Vernazza.<p>This Italian cliff town has been proclaimed the "loveliest" of the Cinque Terre, those five seaside towns on the northwestern Italian coast that are famous with hikers, who …

Amazon Book Review

You might have noticed our new address: amazonbookreview.com. When we launched this modest blog with an immodest name in 2007, "omnivoracious" …

Tuscan Wines of Bolgheri Take Their Place in the Sun

The wholly unofficial term "Super Tuscan" was once a convenient media catch phrase to sell expensive, non-traditional blended wines like Sassicaia, Tignanello, Solaia and Ornellaia, and it worked well until anyone and everyone in Tuscany started to call their wines Super Tuscans, even though the …