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Taking The Plunge in Italy's Garfagnana Valley

Mark Hodson | Posted 09.20.2016 | Travel
Mark Hodson

"Lie down here on the rocks. Keep your head down. Cross your hands across your chest." I did as I was told and Davide gave me a firm push. I slid down the rock, free-falling for a brief second, then splashed into a deep pool of icy river water.

Relax While We Take You To An Italian Winery

The Huffington Post | Marc Janks | Posted 07.12.2016 | Travel


Secrets Of Italy: Piedmont Is The Tuscany You Always Wanted

Gogobot | Posted 08.16.2016 | Travel

You know how Tuscany is practically a code for the Italian travel cliches of sun, charming locals, wine, and food? I’m betting you are aware of this...

7 Ways To Ruin Your Perfect Italian Vacation

Lisa Condie | Posted 05.21.2016 | Fifty
Lisa Condie

Each person who vacations in Italy will leave with their own impression of the cities they visited, and for some, it may be their one and only time in the boot country. My wish is that they have their eyes and hearts opened to the beauty that resides here, and appreciate the Italian people and culture.

The Secret To Successful Solo Travel

Kimberly Montgomery | Posted 05.12.2016 | Fifty
Kimberly Montgomery

I recently returned from a two month solo adventure in Florence, Italy. It was a magical experience filled with one great memory after another.

Downton Doggie's Italian Cousin

Rick Steves | Posted 05.11.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

Over the past couple of weeks in Italy I've visited several noble and aristocratic manor houses. As I connected with the fine families maintaining the...

Here's How To Bike Your Way Through Tuscany

La Dolce Vita | Jessica Kane | Posted 05.11.2016 | Travel

Cheap, fun, environmentally friendly and healthy. But the list of benefits could go on, as bike tours have become an increasingly popular sport, espec...

Orvieto's Sistine-like Chapel of San Brizio

Rick Steves | Posted 05.03.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

Orvieto Cathedral's Chapel of San Brizio is one of the most jaw-dropping pieces of art you'll see in Italy. Painted by Luca Signorelli (who inspired M...

Spain and Portugal (with a Philadelphia Bonus)

David Code | Posted 04.29.2016 | Travel
David Code

The Spanish understand something we don't, and it's a big part of what makes life fulfilling. It's called "ambiente." We might be tempted to trans...

Encountering a Consummate Coppersmith

Rick Steves | Posted 04.28.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

Montepulciano is my favorite town of the top wine-making region of Tuscany. And there we filmed the venerable coppersmith, Cesare, hard at work. He sh...

Turning into a Tuscan Pasta-Making Machine

Rick Steves | Posted 04.27.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

One of my favorite agriturismi (farmhouse B&Bs) in Tuscany is Cretaiole, where Isabella and Carlo host about 15 visitors at a time for week-long stays...

Don't Miss San Gimignano On Your Next Trip To Tuscany

La Dolce Vita | Jessica Kane | Posted 04.21.2016 | Travel

You could say it is a medieval Manhattan. San Gimignano is famous for its towered skyline, which has characterized it since ancient times. Its unmista...

Chianti Classico: Characterful Wines at Value Prices

Richard Jennings | Posted 04.01.2016 | Taste
Richard Jennings

This post highlights characterful wines from a fabled part of the world long known for its natural beauty, fabulous food and great wines. I'm talking about Tuscany, in the heart of Central Italy.

You Could Live In Michelangelo's Tuscan Villa, For $8.15 Million

Architectural Digest | Posted 03.11.2016 | HuffPost Home
Architectural Digest

By JENNIFER TZESES for Architectural Digest. Once owned by Michelangelo--yes, the Renaissance master Michelangelo--this stone villa is a historic t...

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.

Haunting Costa Concordia Photos Show What's Left Inside The Shipwreck

The Huffington Post | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 01.25.2016 | World

Four years after the Costa Concordia cruise ship capsized off the Italian coast, stunning images taken by photographer Jonathan Danko Kielkowski give ...

The World's 8 Sexiest Hotel Suites for a Romantic Getaway in 2016

Oyster | Posted 01.13.2016 | Travel

Have an anniversary coming up? Or just want to spice things up with your partner? Booking a hotel room with a cozy bed, scenic views, and two-person hot tub is a tried-and-true way to dial up the romance.

Fiat 500 Abarth Hatchback Straight Into the Italian Vino Countryside

Rita Cook | Posted 02.12.2016 | Travel
Rita Cook

There are over 300 acres of vineyard planted at Castello di Gabbiano mainly of the Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Canaiolo persuasion. Even better, guests to the vineyard can stay at the castle overnight drinking the wine, touring the property and lounging the day away.

A Tuscan Journey Into the Heart of Luxury

Misha Pinkhasov | Posted 01.07.2016 | Travel
Misha Pinkhasov

All roads in Italy may lead to Rome, but most of them go through Tuscany first. And for good reason. Strolling the streets of Florence, looking at t...

Rick Steves' European Christmas: Italy

Rick Steves | Posted 12.21.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Merry Christmas! To celebrate the season, I'm sharing clips, extras and behind-the-scenes notes from Rick Steves' European Christmas. After Austria, ...

Aia Vecchia Defines the Wines of Bolgheri

John Mariani | Posted 12.02.2015 | Taste
John Mariani

You can tell from his enthusiasm and energy that 26-year-old Elia Pellegrini (far left) must have made a great pro soccer player in the Italian League...

The Perfume Affair: The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Badboy Luca Calvani Wants You to Smell Great

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 09.21.2015 | Style
E. Nina Rothe

Luca Calvani photographed by Vanni Bassetti, courtesy of Pitti Immagine What if you could find, neatly packaged in a bottle, the secret to a happy li...

Home Sweet Home Run!

Rick Steves | Posted 09.02.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

I also enjoyed researching and updating our guidebooks (in Greece, Rome, Florence, Tuscany, South France, and South England), which helped me scout new TV episodes (for Tuscany and South England) and refine our newest Rick Steves Europe Tours Villages of South England itinerary.

Italian Priest Offers 'Baby Bonus' Money To Parishioners Who Have Three Or More Kids

Religion News Service | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.15.2015 | Religion

ROME (RNS) A Tuscany priest is offering a baby bonus of more than $2,000 to Italian Catholic families who have three or more children. But there are s...

Do's And Don'ts For An Unforgettable Tuscany Road Trip

Travelzoo | Posted 07.17.2016 | Travel

Tuscany may be a well-traveled destination but there are hidden gems yet to be discovered. Leave room in your itinerary to embrace the leisurely pace of life that Italians have made famous -- they may be onto something.