Bringing you the world’s best travel destinations — and when you should visit them for the best value. In the 15th century, Florence was the center for European trade and finance and the birthplace of the Renaissance — a legacy which lives on through its frescoed basilicas, grand palazzos, and... Read More

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New Hotel Garibaldi Blu, a cheap hotel option in Florence
Hotel Garibaldi Blu

Want to travel to beautiful Florence this spring? If your schedule is flexible, try going in March — a month that turns out to be an exceptionally good time to reap savings in Tuscany’s capital. Here, three hotels under $150 a night, including a brand-new property that just soft-opened in... Read More

Villa Campestri

Villa Campestri, a stunner of a property that’s situated in the hills of Mugello, just 45 minutes from Florence, and has something that other Tuscan resorts don’t: an on-site olive grove and production facility. ... Read More

Absolutely Chicago Segway

A Segway tour is a great way to get an overview of a new city or region. You’ll cover more ground than you would on foot, and your guide can teach you about the local history, suggest restaurants, and refer you to other great tours in the area. Plus... Read More

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Scuola del Cuoio, Florence, home of some of the best souvenirs in Italy
Scuola del Cuoio

Italy wasn’t created for one-stop shopping – in fact, it’s not even that well suited to single-destination trips. Rome? Venice? Florence? How to choose? Well, you might not have to. The Italy deal in this week’s Top 25 newsletter offers a six-night train ride including a two-night stop in... Read More

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Walking on a glacier in Alaska. Swimming with dolphins in the Caribbean. Joining a lobster bake in Maine. Pondering Michelangelo’s statue of David in Florence. ... Read More

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casino: girl getaways
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You’re all grown up, so it’s time to leave the slumber parties behind and take a real vacation with your favorite ladies. Planning a weekend with your sister, a once-in-a-lifetime trip with mom, or a bachelorette party for your best friend? No matter the occasion, these exciting girl getaways... Read More


And the winners of Lonely Planet’s The World’s Best Street Food guide are…Sebastiano from Naples, Italy and Preeti from Amsterdam. It was a pleasure to give them the news yesterday and have them confirm that they love winning free books almost as much as discovering and eating the perfect... Read More

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Florence Hotel

When booking hotels in popular European cities, it’s easy to spend far too many euros. While some destinations (oh how we love thee, Florence!) are famous for their cheap pensions in centuries-old buildings and former monasteries, many cities are quite expensive (Zurich anyone?). It can be really difficult to... Read More

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Gallery Hotel Art

The Luxury Owned by the Ferragamo family and named for its ground-floor art gallery, the Gallery Hotel Art in Florence can’t be beat for its trendy vibe or its location next to the Ponte Vecchio. A three-night package this summer includes breakfast daily, a three-course dinner for two at... Read More

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Bucuti Beach Resort on Aruba

Spring is a great time for a romantic getaway – either to Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, or the West Coast – so here are four tips to help you maximize your enjoyment of the destination, and each other, while away à deux: Avoid kids and conferences: Nothing wrecks a... Read More

Tuscany wine festival

Get ready to raise your glass and loosen your belt at the first-ever Divino Tuscany (www.divinotuscany.com) festival June 2-5 feting winemaking in the region. The four-day extravaganza in Florence shows off Tuscany’s foremost vintners alongside fabulous cuisine and world-class entertainment. Longtime oenophiles as well as those looking to sophisticate their... Read More

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By: Felice Picano For many, Florence ranks as the art center of the universe – it’s certainly filled with some of the greatest murals, paintings, and sculpture in Western Civilization – and no trip to Italy, or Europe, for that matter, can be deemed comprehensive unless you’ve spent at least... Read More