While Italy's ports are generally panned as boringly industrial, I found each to be colorful in a gritty way, emblematic of a long maritime history and a legitimate urban representative of its respective region -- minus the famous sights.
In a city overflowing with art and history, there are always under-appreciated works to be seen and enjoyed. Having visited this Mecca for art-lovers several times in the past, I returned for another look.
It was considered the greatest architectural puzzle of its age. Many said it couldn't be done. The dome for Santa Maria del Fiore, the new cathedral in Florence, would not only be the widest dome ever built, it would also be the highest.
Opened by the Gilli family in 1733, the cafe had moved around the city square a few times before it settled in its current location in Piazza della Repubblica, surrounded by small, chichi restaurants and leather vendors.
Last year was a great one for hotel and restaurant openings, particularly for the intimate and one of a kind places I love. Here were the best of the spots that I was lucky enough to check out in 2010.