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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...

"Mangia! Mangia!" May Soon No Longer Be Italy's Unofficial Slogan. The Changing Face of Italian Cuisine

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/16/2014, 12:00 PM

The Italians are eating very differently today. And so, too, will the visitor when he heads to “The Boot”. That was the surprising revelation when I discussed Italian cuisine with Fred Plotkin, author of what is, arguably, the foodies “bible” to Italy, a three-inch thick book called “Italy for the Gourmet Traveler”. Its 5th edition is debuting in bookstores this month. The changes...

To La Dolce Vita! Airfares from the US to Italy Just $438 in April and May

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/11/2014, 11:15 AM

Thanks to the Points Guy for spotting this excellent bargain. It seems that, on a number of dates this spring, airfares from New York's JFK to Milan are being prices at as little as $438 round-trip. There are some catches: You'll have to fly Emirates or Alitalia. And you'll have to bring your significant other along, as this is a deal for doubles not solo travelers. For complete d...

A Study Suggests That the Benefits of Educational Travel Are Far More Far-Reaching Than Most Realize

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/14/2013, 5:15 PM

In 2000, Reid Bramblett, a writer and long-time scout leader in Pennsylvania, took 9 members of his Boy Scout troop to Europe for nearly a month (along with two other adults). One of the participants was a 16-year-old who suffered from dyslexia, never had done well in school, and worked part-time a gas station. His goal was to go to a technical school after high school and become a mechanic. ...

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