Italy

Tips and Articles in Italy

Rome’s character can change in the crossing of a street. The languor of a passeggiata through the piazzas of the historic center becomes a 21st-century urban adventure—a foodie pilgrimage to Testaccio or the buzz of a night hopping the myriad bars...
Italy: Dolce Vita in Rome We love the Eternal City’s Berninis and Borrominis, but we’re even more smitten with Roma’s pastas and pecorinos. Our ultimate food day? Buon giorno! The breakfast cornetto—usually a plain dunk-into-caffè matter—reache...
Oberkampf, Paris This former haven for dive bars has become ground zero for high-end chefs with casual-bistro dreams—and the trend has spread across the 11th Arrondissement. At Au Passage (1 bis Passage St.-Sébastien; lunch for two $72), dishes b...
For the past four years, Canadian chef Mona Talbott of the American Academy in Rome—and author of the new cookie bible Biscotti (Little Bookroom; $18.95)—has transformed the institution’s dinner table into a model for sustainable dining. For ingre...
According to locals, the true heart of the Maremma runs along the Tyrrhenian coast, from Grosseto to Capalbio, and 30 miles inland to Mount Amiata. A hub for stylish new hotels and restaurants, it is also, I recently discovered, one of the most un...
In the end, we never got to Ithaca—never followed “in the wake of Odysseus,” as the brochure for the cruise had promised; at least, not all the way to this most famous of literary destinations, Ithaca (Itháki in modern Greek), the small and rocky ...
In the photograph, a tiny church of perfect Renaissance proportions sits on a slope by the Tiber River, watched over by a stand of conical pines. An ancient Roman highway, the Via Flaminia, furrows the muddy embankment in a straight line. This tid...
“Enigmatic,” “ornery,” “inscrutable”: on the rare occasions that western Sicily comes up in conversation—let alone in travel guidebooks—it’s usually prefixed by one or more of those words. This, people tell you, is a region so insular that even It...
Celebrity Chef: The only thing better than having a Jacques Pépin restaurant on the Oceania Marina? Inviting the chef himself aboard. The May 12 Tuscan Artistry cruise, which sails between Barcelona and Rome, will feature the seasoned chef in a se...
For me, a trip isn’t complete unless there is afterward something tiny and preferably sparkly in my possession. Of course, buying a new piece of jewelry is usually a wonderful experience, but when you go vintage, you are also purchasing a bit of t...
Last fall, the New Jersey Defamation League that’s driving much of recent cable television sent several of its members on a mission overseas. When The Real Housewives of New Jersey began a two-episode trip to sunny Punta Cana, its Soprano-manqué c...
Africa/Middle East Q: What about Dubai? I’ve been to Al Manzil which was excellent. where else can I stay? Sarah Spagnolo: Well, I can’t stop thinking about the Burj Al Arab. It’s such a landmark in the UAE. Q: I am going to agree with you! Than...
Top New Bridges No. 1 Grand Canyon Skywalk, Arizona No. 2 Henderson Waves Pedestrian Bridge, Singapore No. 3 Millau Viaduct, Millau, France No. 4 Ponte della Costituzione, Venice No. 5 Langkawi Sky Bridge, Langkawi, Malaysia No. 6 Puente de la Mu...
“Pizza is sole nel piatto—sun on the plate!” pronounces Enzo Coccia, quoting poetry at La Notizia, his Neapolitan pizza temple. But a bite of his pie topped with creamy clouds of burrata and fire-kissed Cetara anchovies and I’m murmuring “ossigen...
If someone had told me 20 years ago that I would someday marry a man from Italy and that we would spend much of our time traveling with two kids between New York and Padua, I'd have thought that person was crazy (although I would have been very in...