No question, France is more expensive than Italy. Italy could be the cheapest destination in Western Europe right now. Something else that's arguably better in Italy than in France is the olive oil, a thing that folks in this part of the world take seriously.
One of the best things for a vacationing food-lover to do is to set an early alarm, roll out of bed and visit a great market like the Boqueria in Barcelona, Tsukiji in Tokyo or the Rialto market in Venice.
Tourists flock to Florence, Italy for good reason. It is a magnificent city! Filled with world class art, architecture, fabulous food and wine, millions stop by the city each year. Given that time and money are the precious commodities of traveling, knowing what to avoid in Florence can be as important as knowing what to see and do.
Not all Italian meals are red wine and spaghetti with meatballs--but if that's the closest you've come to an authentic Italian dinner, this cheat sheet will help you navigate Italy's varied dining options.
A few weeks ago, I headed up to Alba in search of the tartufo bianco, that coveted white truffle so hidden in the hard dirt of the Langhe region that finding even a small one is like striking gold, the edible kind.
Sure, it'll cost a few euros more than the place around the corner that sells Nutella crepes, but you'll continue your day of tourism with the happy feeling that lunch was almost as beautiful as the Villa d'Este itself.
The Euro at its lowest value against the US Dollar since July 2012 - currently exchanging at $1.26 - and hotel rates in many of Europe's most popular cities are lower in winter, which means that it's time to seriously consider taking a trip across the Atlantic.
While traveling troubles can happen to anyone, here are five steps for better preparation, and five steps to keep in mind if the worst does happen to you when going overseas.
A tour can be a great way for first-time visitors to get an idea of what Italy is all about, while more experienced travelers have the opportunity to dive deeper into the local culture they've learned to love.
We are living through a boom era for Italian regional cuisine, all around the world.
The world's most historic sites have a storied past -- some really show their age, while others don't look a day past 500. From the Acropolis to the Arc de Triomphe, take a look at the then and now of history's celebrated structures.
It has been a while since I've been back to you, Florence, and I went back as a working adult restricted to a one week vacation. Nostalgia brought me back. It is fitting, though, to have nostalgia in the city that gave birth to the Renaissance, a movement based on looking back to the classical era.
Some people don't believe in love at first sight, but I do. It has happened only once for me, at seventeen years old, but my love for David has never waned.
It's always a good time when one of these national soccer teams are playing. Watch the World Cup with these fantastic fans, ideally in their home country. From Brazil's wild, samba-dancing bunch to Germany's "fan mile," we track down the nations that take World Cup partying very seriously.
Of course savvy tourists want more than a day in Florence, Italy! But cruise ships and jam-packed itineraries leave groups here with a mere 12 hours to explore. It's a city that can be overwhelming if you don't have a plan of action. So, if you are to be in Florence, Italy for just a day, I offer my advice.
When the great majority of travelers plan trips to Italy, they think Rome, Florence, Venice, Tuscany, George Clooney -- whoops, Lake Como. Sicily? Well, not as much, and this fascinating, enchanting region feels the lack of respect.