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As I drive my tiny rental car down a winding country road into Modena, the first thing I see is a giant spire puncturing the clouds. It is “Il Tridente,... Read More

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Part One: Where’s Your Boat?I lived in Rome for a year not long ago. And one night I met an American society princess. She is blond, with crystalline... Read More

Q:My wife and I want to stay at a ryokan during our upcoming trip to Kyoto. Can you suggest any that offer an authentic experience?—Patrick Meyer,... Read More

Scrape by scrape, ancient Rome emerges. At the heart of the city, in pits secured by scaffolding and little wider than railway cars, the modern gives... Read More

For years, the guides to Paris, London, Milan, and New York included in Smythson’s Fashion Diary ($405; 866/769-8476; www.smythson.com) have made it the... Read More

Italy’s fashion and design capital has three new boutique hotels—and though each caters to a different budget, all of them more than meet the city’s... Read More

Secluded Scottish CastleBy Shane MitchellAny faraway land gets my blood pumping, but if I desire the pleasure of my husband’s company, the choice... Read More

Dario Cecchini recently opened Solociccia (5 Via Chiantigiana; 39-055/852-727; dinner for two $80) across the street from his shop, Antica Macelleria... Read More

ArtEuropeLondon"Hogarth" at Tate Britain (through Apr. 29). This wide-ranging retrospective, the most comprehensive devoted to the 18th-century British... Read More

After an evening performance of works by Beethoven, Stravinsky, Brahms, and Bartók, the audience ambles along a candlelit path outside a medieval castle... Read More

The people of Parma have such a high opinion of their city they think of themselves as Parmesans first and Italians second. This can be traced in fair... Read More

Travelers are fueling demand for a bespoke approach to sightseeing: private, off-the-map tours led by savvy locals. "Nowadays, the most sought-after... Read More

Good design enhances every aspect of the travel experience. Walking into a beautifully built air terminal or railway station can ease the stress of... Read More

See our list of 27 affordable beach resorts.Imagine yourself, for an indulgent moment, sunbathing on Tiririca Beach in Brazil’s Bahia. Palm trees cast... Read More

FranceHotels covered More than half of France’s hotels, rated from no-star to four-star luxe, participate in this voluntary system.Checklist After... Read More

While an unexpected upgrade is welcome, it’s rarely fun to be surprised by what’s behind your hotel-room door. Enter hotel ratings, which attempt to... Read More

Three Square Café + BakeryThis Bavaria-inspired restaurant has the weekend brunch crowd hooked on pretzel burgers, German apple pancakes with crème... Read More

When David and Catherine Gardner discovered a ruin at the end of a dusty track while driving through Chianti, they set about doing what any self... Read More

The morning fog, or nebbia, of Italy’s Piedmont region had long since cleared when I found my host, the winemaker Giorgio Rivetti, straddling the steep... Read More

Italian chef and author Lidia Bastianich has been dishing culinary secrets for more than 30 years (her fifth book, Lidia’s Italy, hit the shelves in... Read More

San Lorenzo used to be Rome’s hipster, mingle-with-locals neighborhood. But then tourists got a whiff of the clove cigarettes, design cuisine moved in,... Read More

The SetupArad’s vision begins with the façade. Burnished bronze cladding winds its way inside to become the ceiling of the ground-floor bar, then rolls... Read More

When in Rome—or Florence, Venice, or Milan, for that matter—do as the Romans do: head to the local farmacia for all your cosmetics needs. On the sleek... Read More

You reach the Hapsburg-era spa resort of Marienbad the way you reach a destination in a dream or a fairy tale: through a dense, dark wood, on a long and... Read More

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