Vibrant, rich and captivating, Bologna has long been regaled as one of Italy's best-kept secrets. Unlike other popular Italian cities, Bologna's squares, politically-edgy locals, alluring arches, medieval architecture and mouthwatering restaurants aren't flooded with tourists.
Building your dream vacation can be a very expensive undertaking, especially if you plan on hitting some of the world's most famous sights and cities. To help travelers create a fun (and affordable) itinerary for 2016, we analyzed the world's most popular cities to determine which 25 destinations will get you more bling for less cha-ching.
Sardinia is an incredible place, filled with awe-inspiring scenery and kind people. If eventually some Arthurian past reclaims the island, I expect to go there and be greeted as Odysseus was received by the Phaeacians, with wine and stories that last the night.
Rome, Italy, one of those rare places where reality exceeds expectation, where the scale of humanity is measured day in, day out. Of all the monuments constructed of humanity and deity, none continue to define us better than The Coliseum.
There are two broad philosophies on how to have one's coffee, and two broad philosophies on how to live one's life. Both questions are inextricably linked.
These six historic hotels are all housed within former castles, and thus exude a regal vibe from the awe-inspiring facades to the antique-filled interiors.
Finding a resort in an Italian vineyard is as easy as going on TripAdvisor. But finding a vineyard stay that gives you full immersion in culture, history, tradition and organic, artisan wine is something else.
The Africans in Italy could tell right away that I was different. I was identified as being American. This was a different feeling for me. For the first time, I felt my American identity could really shine.
To help you keep your crazy law breaking to a minimum -- or simply avoid looking like a total newbie -- we've compiled this cautionary list. Call it what not to do on your European vacay.
Their wine reads like a story in a bottle, a liquid recollection of place and people.
Driving around this land so steeped in conflict and bloody vendettas, it occurred to me that there are a lot of towers on the Mani Peninsula. While everyone gets excited about the towers of San Gimignano because they are so unique, here on the Mani, towns with such skylines are common.
From the cypress-dotted cliffs that mark the Amalfi Coast to the snow-tipped tops of brooding Mount Etna in the south, Italy is one darn enticing destination to contemplate.
It's that time of the year again. The third week of April, and Rome commemorates yet another year of its April 21, 753 BC founding. Though going on 2768 years, the Eternal City's birthday is never a bore.
There are family-friendly hotels for all budgets in Rome, with some great value budget offering. If you include the Tuscan countryside in your itinerary, opt for an authentic bed & breakfast which makes for a comfortable base to discover the region.
A half dozen reasons why Italy may not be paradise, and a reminder that being an expat here, or anywhere else, probably isn't for everyone. For me, however, Italy remains glorious, and (almost always) worth the effort!
Were you born here?" I ask Michael, the stonemason who repairs the flagstones along my driveway. They are in shambles because of the constant freezing, thawing and refreezing in recent weeks.