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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.

Cathedrals, Palaces, Towers: A Full Day in Paris

Rick Steves | Posted 08.23.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

Joe--as he's done well over a hundred times before with our groups--drove masterfully from Amsterdam to Rome and up to Paris and was adored by all. ...

Métro Lesson

Rick Steves | Posted 08.23.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

Paris is the finale of our Best of Europe in 21 Days tour. And our first order of business (after checking in at the hotel) is getting our group com...

Rick Toasts Kid Travelers

Rick Steves | Posted 08.20.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

We took our kids out of school every May for many years, and I always considered it good parenting, great education, and a bonus for the adult tour ...

Welcome to France

Rick Steves | Posted 08.20.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

As a guide, it's fun to introduce people to something they've never experienced before...especially if they're afraid for no good reason.

Fondue Fun in Switzerland

Rick Steves | Posted 08.19.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

In Switzerland, it seems the traditional lifestyles have retreated to the high country, where they survive with an impressive vigor. That was clear w...

Hiking in the Alps

Rick Steves | Posted 08.19.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

One of the highlights of our Best of Europe in 21 Days tour was our group hike. As this was pretty demanding--and there was a concern about snow on th...

Into the Swiss Alps

Rick Steves | Posted 08.18.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

For over 30 years I've been taking groups into the gondolas high in the Alps. Whether filled with skiers in the winter or hikers in the summer, there...

Cinque Terre Lemon Festival--Anything But Sour

Rick Steves | Posted 08.18.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

The Cinque Terre towns love their festivals, and we hit Monterosso during its lemon festival. The town was decked out in lemons and rather than sour, ...

Cinque Terre: A Burst of Riviera Magic

Rick Steves | Posted 08.16.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

On our Rick Steves Best of Europe in 21 Days tour, the meat of the itinerary is the middle week when we visit Venice, Florence, and Rome in rapid succ...

Rome's Hottest Neighborhood: Monti

Rick Steves | Posted 08.09.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

On this trip, I'm grabbing extra time in Venice, Florence, and Rome to beef up our restaurant listings for our guidebooks. As things are in constant ...

Guide Work in Rome

Rick Steves | Posted 08.09.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

With more than 600 Rick Steves tours a year, we have guides working all over Europe all the time. It's an amazing pool of talent, passion, and trave...

Handling the Masses at the Vatican

Rick Steves | Posted 08.06.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

One of the big challenges for groups or individuals traveling in Italy is to handle the mob scenes at the Vatican Museum. There are a few sights in Eu...

Doing the Caesar Shuffle in Rome

Rick Steves | Posted 08.06.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

With just under two days in Rome, our Best of Europe in 21 Days tour needs to be very well designed. We do what I call the "Caesar Shuffle" upon arriv...

Intense, Exciting Florence

Rick Steves | Posted 08.06.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

Our Best of Europe in 21 Days tour hits all the biggies: and one of those is certainly Florence. With just under two days each in Venice, Florence, Ro...

Venetian Glassblowing

Rick Steves | Posted 08.03.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

While we all pride ourselves in getting away from the tourist clichés, as a tour operator I'm also excited about maximizing the classic experiences -...

The Gondola Experience

Rick Steves | Posted 08.03.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

Another Venice cliché, which I absolutely love, is the gondola ride. Sure, it's expensive (about $160 for a 50-minute ride). But the cost (and romanc...

Making Venice Magic

Rick Steves | Posted 07.30.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

My Best of Europe in 21 Days tour has left Austria and crossed through the Alps to Italy. Our first stop: Venice. During some of my free time, I'm tak...

Armin's Vision for Ehrenberg

Rick Steves | Posted 07.28.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

When I first hiked up to the Ehrenberg Castle ruins, it was overgrown with trees and entirely desolate. Today, it's more welcoming for adventurous tra...

The Ehrenberg Ruins

Rick Steves | Posted 07.27.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

Way back in my student travel days, I discovered a handful of completely offbeat sights and experiences like the Ehrenberg Castle ruins in Reutte (in ...

Fine-Tuning Our Tour Program

Rick Steves | Posted 07.19.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

I'm dedicating three weeks this month to fully experiencing our flagship tour itinerary -- The Best of Europe in 21 Days -- just as our tour members d...

Inside a Dutch Windmill

Rick Steves | Posted 07.16.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

Climbing into a working windmill when the wind is strong, I feel the wonder and excitement industrious people must have felt a thousand years ago when...

Walking on Water at Keukenhof

Rick Steves | Posted 07.16.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

The flower festival at Keukenhof (a treat for any visitor to the Netherlands in May) comes with fun diversions...like this chance to walk on water. ...

Tulip Mania at Keukenhof

Rick Steves | Posted 07.15.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

Any time of year, you'll enjoy flowers in the Netherlands (as the Dutch are experts in greenhouse technology). But if traveling to Holland in May, be ...

Tour Time

Rick Steves | Posted 07.15.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

For 25 years, I led our tour groups. For the past decade, rather than lead our tours, I actually take them. Each year I sign up (with a pseudonym) for...