iOS app Android app

Rick Steves

Last Stop in Genoa

Rick Steves | Posted 05.28.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

I'm always thinking about how Europe looks so pretty in people's photo collections, video clips, and even in their memories. But I like the gritty and candid dimensions of Europe that are simply unpolished reality, too.

The Latest From the Cinque Terre (PHOTOS)

Rick Steves | Posted 05.27.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

The restaurants of the Cinque Terre make delightful seafood antipasti plates. When in the Cinque Terre, your best restaurant tip: Order seafood.

Al Stewart's Biggest Fan in Rural Tuscany

Rick Steves | Posted 05.26.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

My dad was a piano tuner, and in my travels, any time I see a piano, I have an urge to play it or hear it played. At Il Canto del Sole agriturismo, Luciano showed me around his farm while his son, Marco, attentively followed, seemingly fascinated by my work as a guidebook writer.

Tuscany Memories

Rick Steves | Posted 05.26.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Travel in Tuscany these last couple weeks has given me a chance to really improve my Rick Steves' Florence & Tuscany guidebook. And that time has been filled with great travel memories.

Centuries-Old Technology Still Keeps the Thieves Out

Rick Steves | Posted 05.27.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Updating the town walk for the Lucca chapter in my Italy guidebook, I was impressed at how many shops on the main drag had been in the same family at the same location for over a century.

Volterra: My Top Italian Hill Town

Rick Steves | Posted 05.26.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

I often say the Volterra is my favorite Italian hill town. Returning this year for my research chores, I was wondering if that was overstating things. But as soon as I settled into the town, my opinion was affirmed.

Hide and Seek in Pisa

Rick Steves | Posted 05.21.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

A girl hides, quietly hoping the leaning tower doesn't find her. (Or perhaps I misinterpreted this scene. Can you give it a better caption?)...

Tacky Tuscan Tourist Trap?

Rick Steves | Posted 05.21.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

San Gimignano comes off as a pretty greedy place during the day. (But at night, they've made their money, and the place becomes more romantic.)

Pointy Skylines and Glittering Frescoes in Tuscany

Rick Steves | Posted 05.20.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

When it comes to hill towns in Tuscany, San Gimignano is the region's glamour girl, getting all of the attention from passing tour buses. A quick stro...

Fabulous Flag Flourishes

Rick Steves | Posted 05.14.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Visiting agriturismos and countryside B&Bs listed in my Italy guidebook, I was impressed by how much fun the hosts were. Here, Franco of Frances' Lodge (a B&B just outside of Siena) jumped at an opportunity to show off his flag skills.

Gelato That Hits the Sweet Spot

Rick Steves | Posted 05.12.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

I don't generally get all excited about individual gelato shops, but BuonGusto in Pienza is an exception. Run by Chef Nicola, here is an example of ...

Sweet Little Tuscan Church Boasts Some Big Acoustics

Rick Steves | Posted 05.11.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

The proud little church of San Biagio, just outside the Tuscan hill town of Montepulciano, is a celebration of the humanism of the Renaissance period 500 years ago.

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 05.07.2015 | 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.

You'll Feel Rome's Lively Pulse in Its Fun Monti Neighborhood

Rick Steves | Posted 05.04.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

The fun and lively new hot spot in Rome is the Monti neighborhood. I just spent a couple of nights there exploring and enjoying restaurants -- all in the name of guidebook research.

Rick Steves Audio Europe: An Ancient Seduction in Athens

Rick Steves | Posted 05.05.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

As much as I love guidebooks, a museum or sight is much easier to enjoy when you can listen while gazing at what you came to see, instead of looking down and reading from a book. Here's a two-minute sample (recorded on my iPhone) starring Aphrodite, Pan and Eros.

Athens Yesterday and Today

Rick Steves | Posted 05.05.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

In the city of Athens, even with its booming tourist trade, must-see sights, and cruise-ship crowds, there is only one sight where lines are a concern -- and that's the Acropolis.

Dining Discovery in Athens Dishes Up a Positive Vibe

Rick Steves | Posted 04.30.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Stepping out of my hotel during my first hour in Athens, I stumbled onto a great restaurant. This video clip illustrates perfectly how Athens is reg...

Monemvasia's Cliff-Top View Would Make Even Butterflies Nervous

Rick Steves | Posted 04.29.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Monemvasia is a Gibraltar-sized rock on the Peloponnesian coast of Greece. It's connected to the mainland by a narrow causeway, has a town at its base, and the scant remains of a town and mighty fortress across the summit

Floating Through the Pyrgos Dirou Caves Is a Trip for the Senses

Rick Steves | Posted 04.29.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

One of my fondest memories of traveling in Greece as a student back in the 1970s was gliding by boat through the Pyrgos Dirou Caves. Now, a generation later, I've returned, and the experience was the same.

Savoring a Sweet Mani Peninsula Surprise

Rick Steves | Posted 04.27.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

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.

A Tiny Church in Kastania Frozen in Time

Rick Steves | Posted 04.27.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

When exploring the south coast of Greece's Peloponnese, I make Kardamyli my home base. And, while its coast is remote, the interior is even more so.

Highlights of the Peloponnese

Rick Steves | Posted 04.24.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Any love affair with Greece is made sticky in part by honey. All over the countryside we found groups of beehives as beekeepers shuttled them from wildflower patch to wildflower patch in search of the sweetest action.

Alone Onstage at the Ancient Greek Theater of Epidavros

Rick Steves | Posted 04.23.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

One of my great treats is being literally all alone (with a fine local guide) at some of our civilization's greatest sights. With this clip, you're here with me -- late in the day when it's silent and cool -- at Epidavros, the most amazing theater surviving from the ancient world.