Sicily


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Taormina/flickr/gnuckx

The romance of Taormina, a Sicilian town perched between mountain and sea, has been seducing visitors for millennia. Its popularity exploded at the start of the 20th century, and literati from Goethe and DH Lawrence to Oscar Wilde and Truman Capote have all sojourned amidst the town’s medieval buildings and bougainvillea. Cruise ships... Read More

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Valle dell’Acate, Sicily
Valle dell’Acate

Sicily, the largest of the Mediterranean islands, has something for everyone. With sandy beaches, ancient ruins, a still-active volcano, and ultra-fresh cuisine, it’s no wonder people flock to this most southern part of Italy. And lately there’s a new reason: Sicily’s becoming a wine lover’s paradise. ... Read More

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If there’s one thing all travelers end up doing in Italy, it’s eating. And in Sicily, discovering all of the island’s native foods — which are distinct from those in the rest of Italy — is akin to learning a new language: practice is the the only way you’ll... Read More

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Sicily

Ah, Sicilia. The soccer ball to Italy’s boot is an island rich with history, from the crumbling mosaics of Piazza Armerina to sky-high Taormina. But on a recent trip, we skipped the museums and temples for some traditional R&R. Our home base was Modica, an ancient, church-filled city that... Read More

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The Best Golf Resorts for Father's Day

If you’re the type to travel for golf (or just golf while you travel), check out our top ten list of the best golf resorts around the world. Get ready to tee off in some seriously amazing destinations. 1. PGA National Resort and Spa Palm Beach Gardens, Florida It’s the stuff of... Read More

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Poas Volcano Costa Rica

In 2010, it was Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull. This year, Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano is the one making headlines, spewing lava up to 100 feet in the air and forcing closures of several main access roads in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park since it erupted on March 5. A flight... Read More

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Aegean Odyssey, Dubrovnik

The hidden costs of most all-inclusive tours can quickly add up once you factor in gratuities, shore excursions, and single supplements. Not so with Smithsonian Journeys, which has just announced three new all-inclusive Mediterranean cruise deals that include: international airfare, shore excursions in each port, on-board lectures, gratuities to... Read More

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In just a few days, the New Year will dawn – and we all know what that means: Many a resolution will be made. I am writing this now in hopes of urging all couples to make their number-one resolution for 2011 to get the most from their romantic... Read More

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Honeymoon War

Do you and your fiancé agree that you are truly, madly, deeply in love—but that you also truly, madly, deeply disagree on where you’ll enjoy post-wedded bliss? Take heart: Plenty of couples face a honeymoon split decision. She wants relaxation and he wants adventure; she wants a safari and... Read More

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Sicily

This lush Italian island, home to lava-spewing Mount Etna (total eruptions: 209), has never truly oozed romance—until now. A trio of recently opened and currently under renovation hotels is making Sicily a magnet for couples seeking a sexy escape. Sicily’s 9,926 square miles of cities, mountains, and beaches overflow... Read More

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The Luxury Italy’s volcanic Aeolian Islands boast stupendous scenery, an unmistakably Mediterranean energy and a colorful history steeped in ancient mythology (Aeolus, god of the wind, was the mythical king of the archipelago, which Odysseus himself is rumored to have roamed). Set a like a strand of sensual pearls... Read More