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An Excess of Tourism Has Now Eliminated Much of the Appeal that the Medieval Cinque Terre Once Possessed

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/24/2016, 8:00 PM

      If you're like me, you have spoken to a great many friends on their eve of a trip to Italy, who have made a point of saying that they would include the "Cinque Terre" in their itinerary. And when you have asked them why they were planning a detour to these out-of-the-way, cliffside towns on the northwest coast of Italy, they have responded somewhat sheepishly that the Cinque Terre w...

Today's Eurail Pass: A Conversation on What Travelers Need to Know

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/24/2016, 4:30 PM

The Eurail Pass is not new, but it’s still not as well known among first-time travelers to Europe as it should be. The pass, which has a number of different iterations, allows vacationers to hop on and hop off European trains within a set number of days each month, for one reasonable rate. It allows those who wish to see a number of different destinations on the continent to do so in a conveni...

Walking-on-Water Artwork Hugely Popular in Italy

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/23/2016, 10:45 PM

The latest large-scale installation by conceptual artist Christo is a 2-mile long walkway covered in saffron-colored fabric and connecting two islands in Northern Italy's Lake Iseo to each other and the mainland. Called "The Floating Piers," it's designed to make you feel like you're walking on water. Attracted by this prospect as well as the fact that the temporary installation is free to the...

Tickets to Be Required To Enter Cinque Terre, Italy's Most Overloved Region

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/18/2016, 12:30 AM

From a distance the sight is idyllic: five cliff-hanging fishing villages, their buildings painted colors usually reserved for blush and lemonade, the dazzling blue Mediterranean sparkling in the background, view-rich hiking trails leading visitors from one  burg to the next. But step on the cobblestoned streets of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, or Riomaggiore, and you'll e...

Florence With the Experts: A New Program Italy-Bound Travelers Should Know About

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/26/2015, 4:15 PM

Florence (photo by PapaPiper/Flickr)   Italia Rail, the company that has been, for the last decade, the largest international vendor of Italian rail tickets, is taking that expertise and branching out into rail/hotel/tour packages. Its first program, available from now until the end of March, allows travelers to see the iconic city of Florence in a no muss, no fuss way that's wond...

The Vatican Gets More Liberal...With Visitor Hours

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/29/2015, 7:15 PM

I'm assuming we can thank Pope Francis, though this wasn't one of his bigger announcements. But quite quiety, several months ago, the Vatican extended its hours for half the year, on Fridays only. From May through July and again in September and October, on Fridays, the doors of the Vatican will open between 9am and 4pm and again for 7pm through 9:30pm visits. Visitors will be allowed into...

Rome's Colosseum Gets Its Lion Elevator Back

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/20/2015, 10:15 PM

Two thousand years ago, the famous Colosseum was the biggest gathering place in the seat of the Roman Empire. In fact, it was the world's biggest amphitheatre. Over time, much of the structure has been dismantled by age, neglect, and the systematic pilfering of its stones. But someone is still adding to it. The Colosseum just got one of its original features back: a lion elevator. Orig...

Are Venice's Gondolas Endangered by Rising Water?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/22/2014, 3:00 AM

The curling iron comb of the gondola's stern is no longer practical for Venetians.   Venice's gondolas cut an iconic profile: slender hull, swooping shape, swan-like stern rising behind the crooning gondolier. But according to the Guardian, the rising back of Venice's gondolas are about to be amputated.  It seems that rising sea levels, already one of Venice's most lamenta...

Heading to the Beach? Park Yourself Under a Shady Palm Tree with One of These Three Engrossing, New Travel Memoirs and Histories

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/01/2014, 9:30 PM

Sometimes the only thing more delightful than lying on a beach and reading a book is, well, lying on a beach and reading a book about travel. This summer, happily, a slew of enlightening, moving and just plain funny travel memoirs have been released to accompany vacationers on their trips. Here are a few of the most notable: The Interior Circuit: A Mexico City Chronicle by Francisco Goldma...

A Multitude of Americans Will be Traveling to Italy this Summer and Fall, and I've Been Prompted to Remember the Reasons Why

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/15/2014, 12:45 AM

     The appeal of Italy to American vacationers is one of the great    enduring phenomena of travel. Although it costs considerably more to fly    to Rome than to London or Paris, an awesome number of Americans will    soon make the trip. I can understand their motivations.          I was overwhelmed by my own first contact with Italy. I was so    affec...

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