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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.

Horsing Around in After-Dark Siena (VIDEO)

Rick Steves | Posted 05.15.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Rattling around late at night in an empty Siena, I found myself curbside at the craziest horse race in the world, the Palio. Hold on to your gnocchi!

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.

Italy's Rural B&Bs: Cow Country With Panache

Rick Steves | Posted 05.13.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

I spent the better part of yesterday popping in on the wonderful agriturismos we recommend in my Italy guidebook. An agriturismo is a rural B&B run by small farmers who are trying to survive in a modern economy.

Off-the-Beaten-Path in Italy's Small Towns

Sucheta Rawal | Posted 08.04.2014 | Travel
Sucheta Rawal

On my most recent trip to Italy, I decided to do something different: get away from the known destinations, explore the small towns and learn a bit more about the local culture.

The 10 Best Cities in the World

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 10.15.2013 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

Nearly 80,000 travelers took part in a survey, casting 1.3 million votes for the world's best cities. No destination was too remote or too small, and no hotel was too new. Do you live in one of the world's best cities?

Medieval Energy Bars: They're Back!

Anneli Rufus | Posted 03.26.2012 | Home
Anneli Rufus

It's dark, chewy and protein-packed. It's fruity-sweet and studded with nuts. Sticky on the inside but smooth on the outside, it travels well. It's history's first energy bar.

Bring The Kids: Disney Goes Around The World

Sherrie Nachman | Posted 01.14.2012 | Travel
Sherrie Nachman

While organized tours get a bad rap, our Italian trip contained surprisingly little moaning, an impressively prompt and fun group of families and the joy of having someone else tackle the logistics. It turns out kids love group travel.

Race Horse Death Sparks Debate Over Animals Who 'Risk Their Lives Only To Entertain People'

AP | Posted 08.31.2011 | Green

ROME -- A horse smashed into a barrier and died during training Friday for a famed race around a historic Italian city's cobblestone piazza, leading t...

PHOTOS: Traveling To (And Through) The Heart Of Italy

Paolo Rossi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Paolo Rossi

Over 40 million tourists travel to Italy every year, making it the fith most visited country in the world. The capital Rome is by far the most popular...

Five Easy Day Trips from Florence, Italy (PHOTOS)

CheapOair | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel

You could spend a decade in Florence and still not see everything it has to offer, but sometimes the big city atmosphere can become overwhelming. And ...