Naples + The Gulf Coast

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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 Bolognese lived up to your praise. We loved Rome-- and if the coins we tossed in Trevi Fountain are any...
For nine months of the year, our household is governed, a hair too sternly, by three sheets of paper taped to the refrigerator. Three schools, three calendars: nursery school for Catherine, age four; grade school for Maura, 11; and the college whe...
I am a critic in every way. I hate to travel and I am hard to please, but even I could not resist the Ritz-Carlton, Naples. I was reminded over and over again of the way I felt the first time I stayed at the Hotel Ritz in Paris—as if I had been tr...
Reader's FindAfter six weeks of touring Europe by car, we thought a little indulgence was in order. Serendipitously, we fell into the 50-room Hostellerie du Vallon de Valrugues, in St.-Rémy-de-Provence (800/525-4800 or 33-4/90-92-04-40, fax 33-4/9...
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. Yet one does not always enter what Jean Harlow would have called a "rafeened" atmosphere. To be s...
So you want to see the swamp?Then you need to know about frog's legs and gator tails, airboats and swamp buggies and Indian reservations, places called Shark Valley, Hells Bay, and Graveyard Creek. You should know that in the Everglades—a 2 millio...
THE MASTER BEDROOM The Naples Grande Resort & Club's designer, Robert Barry, had Vaughan Benz and the Fong Brothers Company manufacture much of the furniture, including an altar of luminous serenity: • a sleek, backlit headboard of whitewa...
Circus impresario John Ringling is credited with bringing European art and architecture to Sarasota, a former backwater village 60 miles south of Tampa. In the Roaring Twenties, Ringling, a native of Wisconsin, snapped up real estate in this part ...
Life in Naples is quiet and gentle. People eat early and drive courteously. Vic Damone and Frank Sinatra can always be found on the radio. There are art galleries on Third Street and coffee bars on Fifth Avenue, but not so many that you can't see ...
Rocco DiSpirito, star of NBC's The Restaurant, filmed the reality show in his kitschy Manhattan trattoria, Rocco's (12 E. 22nd St.; 212/353-0500; dinner for two $70). There he riffs on his Italian-American heritage: eggplant parmigiana, Foosball, ...
A fundamental axiom of the Family Vacation holds that if the kids have a good time, then the vacation is a success. This is more or less true, and yet, if you're a parent, it's also a little . . . pathetic. Because it means that your own enjoyment...
In an effort to curb traffic, cities across America are following San Francisco's lead and reinstating their cable car systems. Philadelphia's Girard Avenue trolley operated for a century before it came to a halt in 1992; now World War II-era cars...
I stumbled upon the oldest semolina bakery in the world and was welcomed—as if family—when the baker set up a card table in front of his tiny shop and filled it with goods from his cupboards and full pantry. I was surprised and delighted by the w...
It may seem spooky to sleep in a haunted hotel, but there's no guarantee you'll actually see a ghost. Some are picky; some are shy; some stick to one room (which may not be yours). Others appear as nothing more than a chill or a flash of color. Bu...
Dodge dim sum. Hold the raves on risotto. Here's the lowdown on Stars and Stripes for the taste buds. Sure, you might have to drive out of the comfort zone, yell your order, or share a table with strangers. It doesn't faze you at all. You crave th...