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Here's When You Should Forget About Counting Calories

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 05.21.2015 | Healthy Living

Last weekend at a baseball game, I went straight for the pretzels and hot dogs because -- hello! -- I was at a baseball game. So I was pretty taken ab...

The 5 Most Popular International Destinations Among American Travelers in 2015

Oyster | Posted 05.21.2015 | Travel

Due to hectic work schedules and tight budgets, Americans are traveling less this year than they have in the past forty. But they're certainly still traveling, and this summer, many are jetting off to international locales.

Ephesus: The Legend of the Seven Sleepers

Bob Schulman | Posted 05.14.2015 | Travel
Bob Schulman

He orders everyone in the empire -- under pain of death -- to make sacrifices to idols of the Roman gods, figuring the Christians wouldn't do it. He was right, they wouldn't. And so the lions got some meaty meals.

The Future of Catholicism, 2015-2025

Massimo Faggioli | Posted 05.08.2015 | Religion
Massimo Faggioli

The surprising retirement of Pope Benedict XVI in February 2013 marked the end of a papacy reluctant to take on the full array of duties of the Bishop of Rome: pastoral, ecumenical, interreligious or diplomatic.

Roman Discoveries

Rick Steves | Posted 05.05.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Crowds are a huge, huge thing at many major sights, including here at Rome's Vatican Museums. Emerging economies in large parts of our world are creating big middle-class populations with enough money to finally see the Europe of their dreams.

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.

How to Save Some Euro and Fly Into Italy's 5 Cheapest Airports | Posted 04.29.2015 | Travel

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.

Is America Like Rome?

Joseph S. Nye | Posted 04.27.2015 | World
Joseph S. Nye

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Given the gridlock in Washington, is America going the way of the Roman Empire? Some analysts argue that the costs of exercising power overseas weakens domestic economies and contributes to their decline because of "imperial overstretch." But America does not fit that theory because defense and foreign affairs expenditures have actually declined as a share of GDP over the past several decades.

Happy Birthday, Rome From the Rank and File

Erica Firpo | Posted 04.22.2015 | Travel
Erica Firpo

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.

Having a Weekend Student Adventure in Rome

Rick Steves | Posted 04.10.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

We took our kids to Europe every year for about 20 years. I didn't realize Andy was paying much attention.

Libya's Descent to a Failed State

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 04.07.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

The failure of last year's election to achieve political unity in Libya was most evident when Fajr Libya, or "Libya Dawn" -- a diverse coalition of armed groups that includes an array of Islamist militias -- rejected the election's outcome and seized control of Tripoli.

This Is Not Cricket but Migration Is a Part of Our Future

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 04.03.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

In a documentary titled This Is Not Cricket, currently crowdfunding on Aflamnah, Italian director Jacopo de Bertoldi and British producer Suzy Gillett have paired up to tell the story of two boys -- one Italian, one Indian -- who form an unlikely friendship through an unusual sport.

Tossing a Coin in Rome's Trevi Fountain... Sort of

Rick Steves | Posted 04.02.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Rome's beloved Trevi Fountain is drained and covered with scaffolding. But so many people come to Rome to do the fabled "coin toss over your shoulder to guarantee a return to the Eternal City" that the city has provided a small temporary pool...which, I'm sure, has the same magical powers.

Day 1 of 100: I'm in Rome, Kicking Off My Trip With Some Photos

Rick Steves | Posted 04.01.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Join me, if you dare, on what I have a strong hunch will be an unforgettable ride.

Stow Away With Me for "A Hundred Days of Europe"

Rick Steves | Posted 04.01.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Today I flew -- as I have every year at this time since the 1980s -- to Europe to kick off another spring of exploring, checking, learning, tasting, and sipping.

In Francis' Vatican, the Homeless Get VIP Treatment

Sébastien Maillard | Posted 03.27.2015 | World
Sébastien Maillard

ROME -- "Welcome, this is a house for all. Your house."

Questioning Authority in the School of Athens

Meia Chita-Tegmark | Posted 05.22.2015 | Travel
Meia Chita-Tegmark

On a recent trip to Rome, I was walking through the halls of the Vatican museums and after entering one of the Raphael rooms, I turned my head to discover, to my amazement, my favorite fresco: The School of Athens.

Pope Francis Acknowledges Security Threats -- And Has Just One Request For God

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 03.11.2015 | Religion

Although Vatican officials have acknowledged that the Islamic State group is a real threat to Pope Francis, the Catholic leader says he’s leaving hi...

This Controversial Issue Has United Roman Prostitutes And The Catholic Church

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 03.11.2015 | World

Rome's government has a new solution for managing its growing sex work industry: If you can't beat it, manage it. That's how Washington Post Berlin...

Zaha Hadid: It's Tough Being an Arab Woman in the Architecture Business

Alain Elkann | Posted 05.09.2015 | World
Alain Elkann

My work is not within the accepted box. Maybe because I am a woman. Also an Arab. There was a certain prejudice about these things.

American Tourists Allegedly Carve Initials Into Rome's Colosseum

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 03.10.2015 | World

Two tourists from California are accused of carving their initials into Rome's Colosseum on Saturday and posing for a selfie. The unidentified wome...

No Room For Decadent 'Princes' In Francis' Vatican

Sébastien Maillard | Posted 04.28.2015 | World
Sébastien Maillard

Pope Francis is revolutionizing how the Vatican operates, encouraging officials to remain faithful to what they have dedicated their lives to, and to the global Catholic community. If the pope is no more than a king in his church, then there shall be no room for princes.

Rome: Local Secrets

Gogobot | Posted 04.20.2015 | Travel

A travel journalist who counts the National Geographic Traveler, the New York Times, BBC, and others on her list of Rome credits, I've also lived in Rome for four years. And these are some of my favorite spots that remind me of just how unique, and special, Rome really is.

Rome's Foodie Events You Shouldn't Miss This Year

Eating Europe Tours | Posted 04.19.2015 | Travel
Eating Europe Tours

It may seem impossible that there could be yet another good reason to visit Rome this year. The already amazing food to be found in the city is made even better at foodie events and festivals that pop up throughout the year.

The History (And Present) of Valentine's Day

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 04.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Mitch Ditkoff

Most people think Valentine's Day was invented by Hallmark Cards. It wasn't. Valentine's Day is actually a well-documented, historical phenomenon -- its tangled roots winding their way through centuries worth of Christian liturgy, pagan tradition, myth, and an occasional beheading.