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Dining- Best of Rome

Some of Rome's best restaurant. Al Moro Near the Trevi Fountain, this charming old-fashioned trattoria serves superb food. Try the local cold cuts and cheeses as an appetizer. Delicious grilled meats and vegetables. It was a favorite of Federico Fellini while filming La Dolce Vita. Eat inside or out. Reservations are suggested. Da Fortunato This […]

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Archaeological Adventures

Nine sites we dig in Greece When considering the wonders of the world, there are none more awe-inspiring than the ancient archaeological sites in Greece. Read about them in books. Study the magnificent photographs online. Follow the most recent digs and discoveries being made every day. But to truly immerse yourself in these wonders, a […]

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Roman Rooftops

What better way to see the Eternal City than from a rooftop. Pull up a front row seat with a glass of prosecco, and enjoy Rome’s timeless cityscape from one of these spectacular viewing spaces. 0º-300º Cold and Grill Roof Garden The same chef who leads the Michelin-starred All’Oro Restaurant oversees the smaller menu at […]

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The Rome I Love

I admit it. I’m an Italophile, and I’ve been hooked on Rome ever since I landed there in the late 1960s right out of college. I was supposed to stop over in the Eternal City for a few days of summer vacation before heading on to Greece and then back to the States for a […]

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Dining throughout Italy

Food and wine are a very big deal in Florence and Tuscany and, of course, throughout Italy. Here are a few of our favorite places… Florence Ristorante il Latini- via dei Palchetti 6/r (Palazzo Rucellai) This Florence institution frequented by locals and tourists alike offers heaping platters of appetizers, pasta, grilled meats, huge steaks (bistecca) […]

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Book Review: How to Eataly

So you think you know how to eat pizza? Just pick up a slice and away you go. Not so, according to the master chefs behind this great big, bountiful book filled with tips for buying, cooking and eating Italian foods—a true learning experience for the novice, sophisticated cook and food lover alike. Oscar Farinetti, […]

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Lodging in Italy

HOTELS PORTO ERCOLE (above the coastline of Monte Argentario overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea.) Hotel Il Pellicano “Once you stay at this stunning property, there is no reason to leave the grounds” say many guests. Opened in 1964, this magnificent 5-star hotel has been entertaining guests like Jackie Kennedy, Lee Radziwill, Charlie Chaplin, Sophia Loren, Gianni […]

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A Journey to Costa Rica

A conversation with Carol Dimopoulos, president of Learning Journeys. You’re stressed. You need a vacation but you want to do something different and more meaningful than staying at a fancy resort, sitting on the beach or by the pool, playing golf, or overindulging. Why not consider a wellness vacation? Perillo Traveler: What gave you the […]

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Golf in Tuscany

Golf is being played today in places where it was often considered an alien activity, but it is also growing in countries where it has had a relatively low profile. Happily, Italy falls into that category and Tuscany in particular. Golf was first played in Tuscany more than 100 years ago, when it was introduced […]

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Savvy Traveler -Travel Tips

Traveling today, particularly overseas, can be stressful. Here are some “plan ahead” suggestions that can help. Passports – Always make a couple of extra copies of your passport, and keep one in your wallet or purse, as well as your carry-on bag. If your passport is lost or stolen, having a copy will greatly reduce […]