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Shopping in Rome

There are few places in Rome that offer significant discounts, but whether you buy or just browse, stroll, window shop or people-watch, it’s a wonderful thing to do in the city, especially in some of the specialty markets and on bustling neighborhood streets. Most shops are open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and 3:30 […]

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Butta la Pasta! …It’s time to eat

A conversation with Danilo Discacciati, owner of Acquadolce, a spectacular two Michelin-star restaurant on Lake Como. Perillo Traveler: Danilo, when did you open Acquadolce and how were you able to find such a prime location right on the lake? Danilo Discacciati: Living in the area and owning a couple of other restaurants in the town […]

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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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The Great Volcanoes

Hawaii is home to three active volcanoes: Mauna Loa, which last erupted in 1984; Kilauea, which has been continuously erupting since 1983; and Loihi, which is underwater off the southern coast of Hawaii island and has been erupting since 1996. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is considered the place to explore these natural wonders. Located just […]

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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 […]