Charming Hotel Metropole is oldest in Bellagio, Italy

Lake Como

Hotel Metropole, an elegant pink-toned building on the waterfront of Lake Como, dates to 1721.

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Beat the heat – beach getaways right outside Rome

Summer high-season in Rome means a flood of tourists into the already scorching city. Add in these few thousand eager foreigners and the city becomes a humid, crowded bubble of heat. With temperatures reaching easily in the nineties, it is difficult to make your way around the city without wilting like an under-watered flower. However, there… Read More

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The sweet life in Testaccio

A great reason for a morning walk along the Tiber is to check out the Testaccio Market, which sells everything from shoes to housewares to books to fish.

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Gondola ride is quintessential adventure in Venice

Grand Canal in Venice

A visit to Venice, Italy isn’t complete without a gondola ride down the Grand Canal and a couple of side canals that substitute for streets.

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The spectacular fountains of Villa D Este, Italy

The Villa D’Este, located in Tivoli outside of Rome, features a plethora of spectacular fountains in the villa garden.

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Highlights of two days in Rome

What can one say about Rome’s charms that hasn’t been said before? From a kaleidoscope of images and experiences emerged a theme of spurting, dribbling, spouting, gushing fountains built by Romans at the terminus of every aqueduct bringing water into the city from miles away.

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