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Bike Band in Haarlem

Rick Steves | Posted 07.14.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

The TV crew has flown home with two great new shows in the can, and I'm in the Netherlands. How do I know? Where else would you find a "marching band"...

Post-Flood Cinque Terre

Rick Steves | Posted 07.13.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

Two and a half years ago, horrific flash floods buried two of the five Cinque Terre towns in mud. My favorite town, Vernazza, was left uninhabitable f...

A Tomb with a View

Rick Steves | Posted 07.13.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

From Vernazza's cemetery, the dearly departed enjoy the best views in town. ...

Filming in the Cinque Terre

Rick Steves | Posted 07.12.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

We're having a great time filming our new public television show on the Cinque Terre, Italy's perfect little traffic-free stretch of Riviera. Here are...

Coming Soon to a TV Station near You -- Italian Travel Thrills and More

Rick Steves | Posted 07.09.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

This spring and summer, we're filming six new public television programs to wrap up our new season: Berlin, Prague, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, the Ve...

Pondering History in Ravenna's Church of San Vitale

Rick Steves | Posted 07.09.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

As a tour guide, I strive to get into the mindset of the people for whom art was created. Ravenna's mosaic-slathered Church of San Vitale dates from a...

Padova's Scrovegni Chapel in One Minute

Rick Steves | Posted 07.09.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

Padova's Scrovegni Chapel is slathered with precious and exquisite frescos by Giotto, including several poignant scenes from Holy Week, Jesus' Crucifi...

Padova's Amazing Religious Art

Rick Steves | Posted 07.07.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

It's fun to get off the beaten path when filming our TV series. The show we're doing now is all about not going to Venice -- instead, we're visiting nearby places we're calling "sotto-estimato"... underestimated: Verona, Padova, and Ravenna.

Festive Barcelona Is Packed

Rick Steves | Posted 07.01.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

My visit to Barcelona coincided with a particularly crowded and lively time: Holy Week and Easter. I enjoyed getting a Catalan take on this holiday. ...

Back in Barcelona, Where There's Always Something New

Rick Steves | Posted 06.30.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

I've left Portugal and have landed in Barcelona, where I'm sprucing up my new guidebook on this fun and fascinating city. A trip to Barcelona always c...

A Picturesque Stroll Through Colorful Coimbra

Rick Steves | Posted 06.28.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

I'm enjoying my visit to Coimbra. Just an hour from Lisbon, Coimbra is sort of the Oxford or Cambridge of Portugal --the home of its most venerable un...

A Mobile Feast in Porto -- With a Guide

Rick Steves | Posted 06.25.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

Wherever you're traveling in Europe, you can search online for a local food tour. I took one in Porto and had a great time...and a great meal. Here, a...

My Kind of Gut Bomb

Rick Steves | Posted 06.25.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

Every country has its hot dog-like gut bomb. And if you're going to sample one of these local grease treats -- and you should -- it's best to find a b...

Who Wouldn't Give?

Rick Steves | Posted 06.24.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

All over Europe, main shopping streets are pedestrianized. Rather than dodging cars, holding your breath while buses go by, and yelling above the soun...

Europe's "Second Cities" -- Like Portugal's Porto -- Come in First

Rick Steves | Posted 06.23.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

I am really into "second cities" these days. For generations, several European Industrial Age powerhouses (Antwerp, Hamburg, Glasgow, Bilbao, and so o...

Open Mic at the Fado Joint

Rick Steves | Posted 06.22.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

When traveling in Europe, we seek out the living traditions. And many of them survive only as clichés for tourists watching tacky stage shows. But Po...

Uncovering Hidden Meanings with a Local Guide

Rick Steves | Posted 06.22.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

I'll be researching, filming new TV shows, and enjoying our Best of Europe in 21 Days tour in the next two months. Each day of my research time I'll b...

Checking In with Lisbon

Rick Steves | Posted 06.21.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

Lisbon feels to me like Europe's San Francisco with rattling trolleys, a famous suspension bridge, a heritage dominated by a horrific earthquake (1755...

Dreaming of My 2014 Travels: France

Rick Steves | Posted 06.17.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

When touring France, it's important to get a balance between Paris and the countryside. Awesome, dominating, endlessly romantic, and thrilling as Pari...

Dreaming of My 2014 Travels: Switzerland

Rick Steves | Posted 06.17.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

"From palm trees to snowballs"--perhaps the most thrilling juxtaposition of sights you can enjoy in a day of touring in Europe--is our nickname for dr...

Dreaming of My 2014 Travels: Rome

Rick Steves | Posted 06.16.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

In May I'll give myself a little vacation. This year, I'm booked on our Best of Europe in 21 Days Tour--the same route I drove in my minibus back in t...

Dreaming of My 2014 Travels: Florence

Rick Steves | Posted 06.16.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

In May I'll give myself a little vacation. This year, I'm booked on our Best of Europe in 21 Days Tour--the same route I drove in my minibus back in t...

Dreaming of My 2014 Travels: Venice

Rick Steves | Posted 06.14.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

In May I'll give myself a little vacation. This year, I'm booked on our Best of Europe in 21 Days Tour--the same route I drove in my minibus back in t...

Dreaming of My 2014 Travels: Germany

Rick Steves | Posted 06.14.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

In May I'll give myself a little vacation. This year, I'm booked on our Best of Europe in 21 Days Tour--the same route I drove in my minibus back in t...

Dreaming of My 2014 Travels: Amsterdam

Rick Steves | Posted 06.11.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

In May I'll give myself a little vacation. After 25 years of guiding our bus tours, I decided to retire from that 10 years ago and simply enjoy the am...