Venice


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Verona/flickr/Kevin Poh

Venice is likely the first place that comes to mind when considering a Northern Italian holiday. It’s hard to resist the gondola rides down the Grand Canal, endless bridges, Gothic palaces, and bustling central square Piazza San Marco. But with Venice’s beauty comes hordes of tourists, disappointing food, and a... Read More

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Even if you prefer to avoid mass transit in your day-to-day life, there are a few places where riding a bus, tram, or ferry can be the highlight of your vacation. The following public transportation services offer views as good as or better than you would get on a... Read More

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Princess Charlene of Monaco/courtesy Vanessa von Zitzewitz/Palais Princier de Monaco (2016)

Here’s a quick look at what’s new this week in cruising, and how it could impact your next trip. To impress the rich and famous it hopes to attract as passengers, Regent Seven Seas Cruises announced Princess Charlene of Monaco — wife of Prince Albert II — as godmother of... Read More

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Seattle’s Gum Wall/Flickr/Conrad Olson

We’re not germaphobes, but some attractions are just plain gross. Here are six tourist attractions you might want to avoid unless you have a jumbo-sized bottle of hand sanitizer and, in some cases, a strong stomach. ... Read More

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A big part of the travel experience is bringing a piece of it home, so you can remember where you’ve been long after you’ve returned. We recommend skipping the chintzy souvenir shops and loading up on genuine local goods instead. Here, four ways to find items that really represent... Read More

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carnival celebrations around the world

In cities around the world, Carnival revelers party from mid-February through Ash Wednesday. As this year’s festivities wind down, here are ten excellent Carnival parties you can live through vicariously – or plan a trip for next year. ... 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

Venice

The Italian government’s recent decision to limit the number of large ships entering Venice through scenic Giudecca Canal early next year – and eventually, prohibit them altogether – may come as a blow to some cruise passengers who have their hearts set on seeing this famous city. A new weight limit  has... Read More

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Amazing New Train Routes

As convenient as airlines can be, the act of flying often sucks the joy out of getting there, wherever ‘there’ might be. After enduring the endless security lines, the tedious boarding process, and the subpar airplane food, we arrive at our destination cranky, tired, and often a little disoriented.... Read More

Google Street View Destinations

[Updated December 2016] Since Google Street View first came onto the scene in 2007, millions of panoramic images have been taken. In fact, the team taking those shots have traveled more than seven million miles across 66 countries — and they’re not done yet. More and more destinations can be virtually... Read More

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Venice Pronto Pesce

When returning from any big trip (you know, the kind that takes months of planning and several disappointed looks at your bank statement), I find it’s often the smallest of activities that is the most meaningful. And when I think of Venice, of course I think of the canals and... Read More

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iStock InternationalBoardwalks offer up the ideal summer backdrop

The hot sun on your face, ice cream dripping on your hands, the sound of music mingling with the crash of waves . . . they’re all part of a summer day spent strolling the boardwalk. Visit one of our editors’ top 10 American boardwalks and you’ll see why... Read More

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By: Kate Sekules For a brief few months each year, warm weather, long days, and generous vacation time opens up a world of travel possibilities. Whether you enjoy climbing the top of remote mountains, exploring breathtaking river gorges, or biking quiet backcountry roads, we’ve selected 10 spectacular outdoor adventures that... Read More

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Chef Cat Cora at Oceania Riviera Christening

Don’t tell my scale. A little over two weeks ago, I was enthusiastically taste testing my way through the 10 restaurants onboard Oceania Riviera (one of our Top 10 Cruises in 2012), the brand new 1,250-passenger upper premium ship that was christened in Barcelona, a foodie-friendly city if ever... Read More

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Gondola in Venice, Italy

Venice is one of my favorite places (I just returned from my 8th visit), but trying to figure out where to stay in this romantic maze of 117 islands and 409 bridges can be frustrating. There are so many options  – this small city of 60,000 residents has several... Read More