Italy

Tips and Articles in Italy

At the rental-car return in Milan’s Malpensa airport, I take a last pensive sniff of our Fiat Panda. Someone should bottle the scent and call it Aroma Artigianale. The top notes are of roasted hazelnuts—the vaunted Piedmontese nocciole delle Langh...
See our slideshow of the World’s Best Hotels for Celeb-Spotting. Try as she might to hide behind her signature oversize sunglasses, globe-trotter and fashion fanatic Victoria “Posh” Beckham is often spotted leaving extravagantly high-end shops or...
Lately, I've been reading a best seller about monks. It will never be made into a blockbuster, but it's far more inspiring than the one on your bookshelf. During a recent journey through Europe, I carried a book originally penned in Vulgar Latin 1...
If HBO ever remakes Green Acres, I will replace Eva Gabor. Despite living in a 19th-century farmhouse in upstate New York, I’m a city slicker at heart. Give me a great metropolis to explore, and I’m always ready to trade my barn jacket and mud bo...
What could be more romantic than a candlelit dinner on a 1940’s tram with Rome’s Colosseum and live jazz music as your backdrop? On the recently launched Tramjazz (tramjazz.com; tickets for two $160) tour, you’ll drive by historic sites lit up at ...
Imagine yourself sitting on the terrace of the 14th-century Palazzo Capponi delle Rovinate, watching the sleepy crawl of the Arno as you savor a plate of hand-cut french fries and a big, juicy gourmet burger cooked to a pitch-perfect medium rare. ...
Gary Hofstetter, president of a private equity real estate fund in Boston, describes himself as a "suit on State Street." That’s quite a change from the late 1960s and early 1970s, when he was a wild-haired, rock-loving roadie for local bands in U...
Book a stay at the New Mexico Skies inn, high in the Sacramento Mountains, and you’ll encounter some unusual rules. You’ll need to check in before sundown and not drive out after dark. White lights—like conventional flashlights—aren’t allowed. And...
See our slideshow of the World’s Most Romantic Places to Propose. It’s one of life’s weightiest conundrums: how—and where—to pop The Question. Assuming you want the answer to be a resounding yes, the choice of locale is paramount—and as every asp...
Emilia-Romagna Don’t miss the graffiti scrawled on the walls by war prisoners at the 900-year-old Torre Prendiparte (from $508), in Bologna. Once home to owner Matteo Giovanardi, the single, earth-toned room has a vaulted wood ceiling and is furn...
Florence “Robert Mapplethorpe: Perfection in Form” at the Galleria dell’Accademia (through January 10, 2010). The 20th-century photographer, who died 20 years ago, was known both for his obsession with a particular idealization of the human bod...
Three years after launching the Palazzo Grassi as an exhibition space for contemporary art in Venice, French magnate François Pinault has expanded his holdings in La Serenissima with the opening of the Punta della Dogana François Pinault Founda...
Train Travel “Traveling by train is an amazing way to see the hinterland of a destination, without having to stay there,” says Diane Hilliard. And more remote areas are now accessible via luxury trains. Coober Pedy, the Australian outback minin...
Being a restless spirit does not mean I sleep poorly in a strange bed. On the contrary. I’ve slept well everywhere—whether a dirt-floored safari tent in Kenya’s northern frontier or the opulent Vera Wang Suite at Oahu’s Halekulani. Carefree outpos...
Modern architecture has never been particularly welcome in Venice. Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Louis Kahn were all rebuffed in their efforts to add to the city’s historic fabric. Only after heated controversy did a soaring contemporary...