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We've seen flamboyant California rolls, Nobu Matsuhisa's Japanese-Peruvian tiraditos, even Brazilian "frushi." Now a new, gentler wave of raw fusion is... Read More

let's call them "map guides" There's a new breed of city map that combines basic street layouts with information typically found in books--... Read More

A musky scent of plowed earth, fallen leaves, And early morning mist overwhelms me as I hunker down to pluck a purplish crocus that bloomed overnight.... Read More

Traveling bibliophiles tend to lug a year's worth of reading material for a weeklong trip. We suggest an alternative: grab a paperback for the plane,... Read More

"There's a miraculous strangeness about seeing this city rise up out of the water. I was there in August for the Venice Film Festival and the screening... Read More

Roman Feasts "How to Eat Well in Rome" [June] was essential for the grand finale of our recent Mediterranean trip. Both the Replay Café and Dal... Read More

Some scents are olfactory icons. You've smelled them wafting from over-enthusiastic ladies in elevators, at department stores among islands of glass... Read More

Renting an apartment can be the most convenient and least expensive way to visit a city, especially for stays of more than a few days. Not only are the... Read More

Michael Kors can't hold a real conversation in French, Italian, or Spanish, but he can say "camel" in pretty much any language. That's the color, not... Read More

Near Florence PRADA For the past few years, having the address of the Prada outlet, like knowing the unlisted number of the hottest restaurant in town,... Read More

It is six o'clock on a boiling-hot Tuesday morning in Rome, and my friend Mark, in anticipation of our trip to the Villa D'Este hotel in Cernobbio, is... Read More

CAIRO Khan el-Khalili To my mind, the word exotic was invented for the Middle East and its grand bazaars, consummate merchants, and sensuous honeyed... Read More

Even visitors to Rome are implicated in the civilizing concept that all but rules life in Italy: la bella figura, the premium put on appearances. A... Read More

Whether they're villas, castles, châteaux, or schlosses, most hotels have yet to firm up their festivities (not to mention prices). But you can bet you... Read More

See the slideshow of Dazzling Spa Debuts. ... Read More

See our slideshow of Rome’s Angels & Demons Secrets. ... Read More

To get to the church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli, you have to go by foot through winding alleys, or by gondola via canals too narrow for water taxi or... Read More

Australia for two . . . Handmade in Italy . . . San Francisco restaurants . . . Sailing Venezuela ... Read More

China cruise . . . New York by night . . . Roman gardens . . . Sun Valley ... Read More

Cultural and aesthetic experiences are never in short supply in the historic center of Rome. From the Pantheon you can stroll through cobbled, winding... Read More

A surprising number of major cities--Moscow, Rome, Washington, and Tokyo among them--haven't set their plans yet, but others are gearing up for major... Read More

Two new books present tours of Italy that are as lovely in practice as they are in print. In Italy Out of Hand ($19.95, Chronicle Books), Barbara... Read More

Sipping spumante near the Romanesque duomo in Modena, my friend John and I watch a pack of grandmothers in crisp linen suits feed chunks of Parmesan to... Read More

For those who suffer from what Cocteau called the "red-and-gold disease," relief is found only in the glittery, cavernous darkness of an opera house.... Read More

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