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This Fall, See Rome, Venice, and Florence by Rail for Less Than $25

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/24/2018, 12:00 AM

Traveling by train among Italy's three most popular tourist destinations can be extremely affordable this fall, provided you buy your tickets right now.  European travel booking site GoEuro has joined forces with Italo Treno, an Italian rail service operator, to offer a fare from Rome to Venice to Florence or vice versa for just €19.80 (US$23) one way.  That's an incredible bargain for seeing Ro...

Play the Casanova at New Museum in Venice

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/19/2018, 11:30 PM

Giacomo Casanova belongs to the rare class of historical figures whose names became common nouns. Traitorous World War II-era Norwegian leader Vidkun Quisling and France's lecherous Marquis de Sade (lop off the "e" and add an -ism or an -istic) are in the same crew. It's a curious kind of superstardom where the legend outstrips the life to such an extent that the world often forgets there was ev...

Venice Protests Dwindling Population Amid Tourist Congestion

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/15/2016, 5:00 AM

Venice might be one of the world's most beautiful places, but you wouldn't want to live there, according to the Venetians who staged a demonstration in the Italian lagoon city on Saturday.  Waving maroon and yellow flags and carrying empty suitcases, dozens of residents participated in a symbolic procession out of the city—otherwise known as "Venexodus"—meant to draw attention to Venice's ...

White Cliffs of Dover and Other Tourist Sites Facing Extinction

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/10/2016, 5:00 AM

Scientists revealed this week that the famous White Cliffs of Dover in England are eroding at a rate of 12 inches per year—10 times faster than they were losing ground before humankind began making changes to the coastline in the last 150 years.  In case that piece of bad news has you hankering for more, Britain's Daily Mail has rounded up several more priceless world treasures facing exti...

Savvy New Page-Turners On The Cultural Histories of Both Italy and France Are Must-Buys for Travelers

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/03/2015, 12:30 AM

France and Italy: two countries that are consistently at the top of the most touristed countries list, year after year. But I would bet that a good 80% of those visiting know little about the culture and history of the places they’re visiting, beyond such basics as the fact that crepes come from Brittany and the Colosseum was built by the ancient Romans.  Happily, two new—and pretty darn fasci...

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...

It's Deal Season! These Cruises Are Less than $100 a night—Plus Some Summer Booking Promotions

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/10/2014, 6:00 PM

The Grand Princess. Credit: Princess Cruises   Every month, we ask our friends at AllThingsCruise.com to tell us about the best bargains in cruises at the moment. Here's what they suggested, where to book them, and what, in the opinion of the sellers, makes each one a steal.  We're heading into one of cruising's big bargain seasons in the Caribbean. Even though hurricanes only...

"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...

Two Transatlantic Cruises for Less than $100 a Night, Plus 5 More Hot Deals

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/21/2014, 9:15 PM

The SeaWalk on the new Royal Princess, sailing to Europe in April Periodically, we ask our friends at AllThingsCruise.com to fill us in on the best bargains in cruises at the moment. Here's what they suggested, where to book them, and what, in the opinion of the sellers, makes each one a steal.  Unless specified, all prices are the lowest possible for an inside cabin, and they are...

Italian State-Run Museums Now Free to Everyone Under the Age of 18

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/05/2013, 2:00 AM

My thanks to Frommer's author Donald Strachan (who's currently hard at work on a new Frommer's guidebook) for spotting this one. Until now, non-European Union teens and children had to pay entrance fees at state-run museums. That changed on May 28th with a ministerial decree that these museums would now be open to all young people, no matter their nationality. Bravo! Of course, not all...

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