Rome

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Shopping in England On the Urban Gentry tour of London, you’ll stop at several top boutiques, including little-known gems in Mayfair. Perfect for Trendsetting fashionistas. Highlights A local journalist acts as your guide, taking you to Beyond...
Paris On the second floor of the Eiffel Tower, is Alain Ducasse’s new Le Jules Verne (Ave. Gustave-Eiffel, Seventh Arr.; 33-1/45-55-61-44; dinner for two $390). Everything about the restaurant is thrilling, from the minimalist Patrick Jouin desig...
Berlin | Kadewe The Place A veritable Disneyland of comestibles, the sixth floor of the KaDeWe department store showcases all the latest food trends and ingredients. At its 30-plus dining bars, one can taste anything from bratwurst to bouillabai...
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, Sausalito, Calif. A: Among Kyoto’s most illustrious ryokan is Hiiragiya (Nakahakusancho, Fuyacho...
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 way to the Renaissance. Medieval brick falls away. Sunlight shines on imperial marble. A shovel s...
Travelers are fueling demand for a bespoke approach to sightseeing: private, off-the-map tours led by savvy locals. "Nowadays, the most sought-after travel operators are those who can bring visitors into direct contact with local culture and peopl...
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, and San Lorenzo was discovered. Now it’s Pigneto, the charmingly gritty area behind Termini Sta...
Portrait Suites Location A four-story palazzo at the corner of Via Bocca di Leone and the storied Via Condotti, above the Ferragamo flagship store. Portrait Suites is part of the Lungarno Hotels group, owned by the Ferragamo family. First ...
Taj Mahal Emperor Shah Jahan, in 1632, commissioned this most famous of all mausoleums for his favorite wife, Mumtaz. One of the greatest examples of Moghul architecture—a marriage of Hindu, Persian, and Islamic design—the Taj sits amid serene...
7:30 A.M. A scooter buzzing down the street below my window at the six-room B&B Relais Ai Banchi Vecchi 115 (33 Via del Pavone; 39-06/686-4821; www.banchivecchi115.com) awakens me earlier than I would have liked—a loud reminder that I’m on my Rom...
Sleep in style at two recently opened Italian properties—one in the city, the other in the country. In Rome's artsy Trastevere quarter, furniture and fashion designer Luisa Longo has transformed her family's 1960's villa, built around a palm-fille...
The private pool on the private, 2,500-square-foot terrace of the new $11,200-a-night Presidential Suite at the InterContinental in Hong Kong is constructed in the popular "infinity" style, and thus appears, from certain angles, to share water wit...
AMSTERDAM Most Efficient You can rent bicycles at most railway stations, and many streets have designated bike lanes. Cost From $8.50 a day. Scenic but Slow With more than 150 canals in the city, "canal buses" are ideal for exploring. Take the ...
Boston Book: The anecdote-filled Boston Foot Notes: A Walking Guide (Saben Books), by Jane Grossman and Felice Yager, follows five popular beats, from Back Bay to Charlestown. (www.bostonfootnotes.com) Audio: The free Boston Freedom Trail Aud...
You’re sitting in a hip Tokyo cafe, having a fish cake and sake. Your server has been especially attentive, so when the check arrives, you think nothing of pulling out some extra yen and leaving a healthy 20 percent tip. But suddenly things go hor...