The Iconic Landscape of Val d’Orcia, Tuscany

Inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004, the hills, valleys, and trees of the Val d’Orcia “exemplify the beauty of well-managed Renaissance agricultural landscapes.”

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Golden mosaics in La Martorana, Palermo

Go For the Gold: The Gorgeous Golden Mosaics of Palermo, Monreale, & Cefalù

Sicily has some of the most gorgeous golden mosaics in the world. Here’s where to see these UNESCO World Heritage sights in Palermo, Monreale, and Cefalù.

Siena Palio

Extra Palio in Siena Will Commemorate 100th Anniversary of the End of WWI

An Extra Palio – Palio Straordinario – will be run in Siena on 20 October 2018.

Monster grotto in Bomarzo's Parco dei Mostri

Day Trip from Rome: The Monster-Filled Gardens of Bomarzo

Bomarzo’s Parco dei Mostri is a park filled with fantastical sculptures of animals, monsters, and other beasts. It’s an ideal day trip from Rome.

The Coolest View of the Colosseum

The Colosseum is a fascinating structure no matter where you view it. But my favorite perch from which to view the Colosseum has to be on this footbridge that spans the busy streets of the Monti neighborhood. The footbridge is…

Anthony Bourdain Dined Only Here

It’s been a few days since the world learned that Anthony Bourdain passed away. The news hit me hard and I wrote a post on my other blog. I also posted his “No Reservations” Rome episode on this site’s Facebook…

Giulianova: A Beachside Gem in Abruzzo

Beaches in Abruzzo don’t get much press. They are far from most tourist sites. But that’s exactly what makes them enjoyable. We had an opportunity – thanks to, of all things, a winning raffle ticket – to visit the Abruzzo…