Italy

Italy Travel Guide

For a fraying-at-the-edges window into that exalted era of the 19th-century grand tour, pop into Sorrento’s “Foreigner’s Club” bar, home to the town tourist office and still patronized largely by English-speaking tourists for one very good reason: the view.

Beneath the unassuming storefront are block-long subterranean caves filled with unexpected finds, such as 1970’s California Cabernets. The vaults are as enchanting for a child as for a wine lover.

Dedicated to all the gods by Marcus Agrippa in 27 B.C., the iconic Pantheon in Rome's Centro Storico has twice burned and been rebuilt before assuming its current appearance under the reign of Hadrian. Conversion to a church in 609 A.D.

The school runs an all-year drawing program and, in July, month-long courses taught in English, including Anatomy and the Figure: Drawing in the Renaissance Tradition.

View the church's frescoes by Perugino, Andrea del Sarto, and Jacopo da Pantormo.

Ideal for first-time visitors, Walks Inside Rome provides more than 40 custom tours of the city’s greatest landmarks, including the Pantheon, Colosseum, and Vatican. Additionally, some tours focus on specific topics such as Jewish history, underground Rome, gardens, and antique shopping.

The Cabernet-dominated Ornellaia has the big name, but the lush, all-Merlot Masseto is the collector’s prize.