Known for its elaborate masks, the Carnival of Venice is a stunning sight to see. The lavish costuming and masked festivities are historically rooted in rebellion against a rigid class hierarchy. Today the event is a lively tradition that allows over 3 million visitors from around the world to...more
Viterbo, a small town about an hour outside Rome, is well-known for its hot springs. While you can still find the unreconstructed hole-in-the-ground experience, many prefer the Terme dei Papi (baths of popes) where a little more pampering is on offer....more
This Italian cemetery is known for its highly artistic tombs and blend of architectural styles. The renowned sculptures at Cimitero Monumentale range from beautiful to terrifying. They depict many enigmatic scenes that are open to interpretation, such as Medusa ripping an aircraft pilot out of...more
Rome is filled with precious pieces of art history that a traveler in a hurry could overlook, and this church is one. Secreted inside is Bernini's masterwork Ecstasy of Saint Teresa, a prime example of sensual Baroque sculpture.
At the aperitivo hour just before dinner, there are few places we'd rather be than Al Vino Al Vino. This great little find in Monti offers an extremely reasonably priced wine list and menu of small plates (prosciutto, cheeses, olives, etc) that are fresh and delightful....more
On four corners of a traffic-choked intersection sit these four fountains, representing two rivers (the Tiber and Arno) and two goddesses (Diana and Juno) preside peacefully, adding a Renaissance flair to what would otherwise be a routine commute. We think this typifies the 'local'...more