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The 5 Most Popular International Destinations Among American Travelers in 2015

Oyster | Posted 05.21.2015 | Travel
Oyster

Due to hectic work schedules and tight budgets, Americans are traveling less this year than they have in the past forty. But they're certainly still traveling, and this summer, many are jetting off to international locales.

Eating in Florence

Rick Steves | Posted 05.08.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Of course, after cooking our meal, we got to eat it. And, I swear, the food was as good as anything you might expect in a fine restaurant. Plus, knowing that we had made the bruschetta, pasta, sauce, chicken, and even the tiramisu ourselves, made it taste even better.

White Night in Florence

Rick Steves | Posted 06.01.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

With my work, I rarely plan to be anywhere for a local festival. But when one hits, I make it a point to enjoy it. In Florence, the night before May D...

Florence Discoveries

Rick Steves | Posted 05.06.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

I've noticed in Venice, Rome, and Florence that the traditional economy is being pushed out by the playground economy that comes with modern affluence. In old, historic city centers, as rents go up, longtime residents and families are pushed out.

Tripe in Florence's Central Market (Warning: Graphic Scenes and Bloody Private Parts)

Rick Steves | Posted 05.05.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

One of the great sights in Florence, along with all the must-see museums, is the Mercato Centrale. The Central Market is thriving with traditional market stalls and competitive little eateries. At this tripe shop, it was easy to see that locals eat just about every bit of the cow... and some bits unique to the bull, too.

Mor Loushy's Censored Voices: Why We're Winning Wars and Losing Peace

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 04.27.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Now onto the film itself. When I tell you that a film based on voice recordings and archival photography, interwoven with touching cinematic portraits of the soldiers today can indeed be a spellbinding masterpiece, believe me.

The Middle East Among Us: Artist Nasser Alzayani in Florence

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 04.13.2015 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

I caught up with the kind, thoughtful, wise-beyond-his-years artist inside the Odeon Cinema in Florence during Middle East Now, and it turned out to be a highlight of my festival. After the interview, do check out the slideshow of his work below.

Borders Undone: The Middle East Now Festival in Florence

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 04.08.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

One of the brightest, loudest, flashing neon-style sign that humanity can indeed get along is the upcoming Middle East Now festival in Florence, Italy. Yes, Florence, where that original coming out of the Middle Ages happened hundreds of years ago, is the city I believe could also be at the epicenter of a new cross-cultural Renaissance.

World's Best Culinary Hotels: Here Are the Tastiest Travel Adventures

Abby Tegnelia | Posted 05.10.2015 | Fifty
Abby Tegnelia

Head to Barbados for an unbeatable combination of food and exploration with Colony Club hotel's Bait to Plate excursion. Travelers seeking an intimate and hands-on culinary experience can embark on the educational, complimentary fishing tour.

Writing Toward Fear -- Effacement -- in ONE THING STOLEN

Beth Kephart | Posted 04.15.2015 | Books
Beth Kephart

There is a girl who only just recently knew who she was, what she wanted, the dimensions of now. A girl who has a retro-minded best friend and a reputation for ingenious ideas about night snow, urban gardens, and the songs that rise up from Philadelphia streets.

Our Children Took Us to Italy...

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 04.07.2015 | Travel
Kathleen Peddicord

We allowed 17 days. As a friend remarked before we departed for this Euro-adventure in a rental car, our plan could have inspired the script for a Chevy Chase movie.

Tanya Habjouqa's 'Occupied Pleasures': Keeping Our Humanity

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 03.31.2015 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

I first discovered photographer Tanya Habjouqa in Florence, where her photo exhibit was showcased during the Middle East Now Film Festival.

The Pitti Uomo Diaries: Tilda Swinton, the Best Trends and Marni

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 03.18.2015 | Style
E. Nina Rothe

Is fashion all about the way one looks or does it also allow for great insight, character and personality? I believe the latter, which is why I didn't think twice about writing a few "Pitti Uomo Diaries" as part of my ongoing cultural activism.

The Pitti Uomo Diaries: I Could Wear That and Hood By Air

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 03.17.2015 | Style
E. Nina Rothe

At Pitti Uomo in Florence, running through Friday, where designers are showing their Fall/Winter 2016 menswear collections, I've seen quite a lot I like. From perfumes, to hats, to pocket squares, there was even a ball gown on display, made out of men's foulards.

The Pitti Uomo Diaries: It's Raining Men... and Tartans!

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 03.16.2015 | Style
E. Nina Rothe

Everywhere I look in Florence, it seems that no self-respecting fashionist-o is going out without some tartan. The colors aren't the traditional Scottish blues, greens or reds and some may even be tempted to call it tweed, but I insist it's a new kind of tartan.

The Pitti Uomo Diaries: Florence is Where the Heart Is

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 03.15.2015 | Style
E. Nina Rothe

I've searched my soul for personal thoughts about the attacks in France and have still to figure out how I feel. I know I'm sad, I find the events tragic and discouraging, but beyond that, I don't know.

The Italian Aperitivo

Andrea Adams | Posted 03.07.2015 | Taste
Andrea Adams

It's not polite to linger at a table for hours unless you and your group are still ordering more Negronis.

I Just Got Back From Italy... And America Is the Best Food Country in the World

Lewis Krell | Posted 02.15.2015 | Travel
Lewis Krell

I certainly am not stupid enough to think that eating in Italy is anything short of an incredible and life-altering experience. What I do think however is that Europeans and the rest of the world complaining about American cuisine is a comically misguided argument.

Judging by the Cover: The 10 Best Hotel Facades

Oyster | Posted 01.10.2015 | Travel
Oyster

We're taught as children not to judge a book by its cover, but does that principle apply to hotels?

Why I Fell in Love With Florence

Jinna Yang | Posted 11.30.2014 | Travel
Jinna Yang

That's exactly what happened when I decided on a whim to take the train from Pisa into Florence for four days. What happened next was my heart was laid out on a silver platter for what came to be my favorite city in Italy.

Leaving Italy, Sort of ...

Paula H. Noe | Posted 11.29.2014 | Travel
Paula H. Noe

My body may have left Italy, but my mind hasn't. I am so very very happy I went and I am so very very happy to be back 'home'. My year in Italy was truly a life-changing event in so many ways....

The Suite Life in Florence

Jinna Yang | Posted 10.14.2014 | Travel
Jinna Yang

This is one of the most luxurious hotels in Italy, and if you've been thinking of doing something special for your mom, wife, and/or hubby (you go, you sugar mama, you), I would most definitely recommend bringing them here to treat them for a night of two.

I Needed a Pedicure in Italy

Paula H. Noe | Posted 10.07.2014 | Travel
Paula H. Noe

Italian nail 'salons' are different than the ones I am used to in the States, where walking in to a salon without an appointment is common and easy.

The 10 Worst Things That Happened to Mona Lisa

Dianne Hales | Posted 08.05.2014 | Arts
Dianne Hales

French monarchs hung "her" in their baths and bedrooms. A thief snatched her from the Louvre. Nazi art looters pursued her. Vandals attacked her. Adve...

'Explore Umbria' With Steve McCurry

Paula H. Noe | Posted 09.28.2014 | Travel
Paula H. Noe

Perugia is about an hour's train ride away from Spoleto, and Steve McCurry's exhibit there is fabulous. He is a terrific photojournalist, probably best known for his powerful National Geographic cover shot of the beautiful 'Afghan Girl' with the piercing eyes.