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Siena Palio: All In 90 Seconds

Antonio Busiello | Posted 07.06.2016 | Travel
Antonio Busiello

Siena's Palio is one of the most difficult and ancient bareback horse races in the world with origins dating back centuries. Held annually in July and August, it attracts thousands of Italians and foreign visitors.

The Story Behind Siena's 750-Year-Old War Relic

Rick Steves | Posted 04.25.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

I was just filming in the cathedral of Siena, my head spinning with its amazing art. Suddenly my Siena guide, Roberto, points out a tall, 750-year-old...

The Palio of Siena and its Passion and Tradition

Jan Angilella | Posted 01.26.2016 | Travel
Jan Angilella

Last week, the organizers of The Palio, Siena's famous horse race, declined an invitation to appear in a parade for Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday, basically saying the parade might misrepresent the prestige of the historical and traditional event.

Meatless Monday: Doing Dessert for a Sweet Solstice

Ellen Kanner | Posted 12.21.2015 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Howdy and happy winter solstice. Winter officially begins tonight and we continue speeding towards Christmas, Kwanzaa and the finish line of 2015. As usual, I am not ready. In fact, I'm still mulling over something from October.

10 Perfectly Preserved Ancient Cities That Are Stunning

Oyster | Posted 08.12.2015 | Travel

There's nothing better than waking up in a 13th-century building and imagining how many people have woken up, celebrated, or walked the halls of the very same place -- and it doesn't hurt to get to imagine it while still enjoy modern conveniences like air-conditioning and Wi-Fi.

Al Stewart's Biggest Fan in Rural Tuscany

Rick Steves | Posted 05.26.2016 | 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 05.15.2016 | 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 05.14.2016 | 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 05.13.2016 | 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.

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 ...