Nina Ruggiero

Nina Ruggiero is Travel + Leisure's deputy digital editorA New Yorker based in Los Angeles, she has a special interest in beach destinations, outdoor adventures, boutique hotels, pet-friendly travel with her golden retriever, @travelswithcali, and all things Italy. She has studied Italian in Rome and Sicily, taken the world's longest flight to Singapore (twice in four days), driven a Can-Am through Yosemite, and been stung by one of Marlon Brando's bees on the island of Tetiaroa. Nina has appeared as a travel expert on the Today Show, Fox & Friends, Yahoo! Finance, and more. A safari is at the top of her to-do list.
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Rosewood Mayakoba's Juan Pablo Loza shares how to make the fan-favorite shrimp tacos served at the resort's beachfront food truck.
At Mickey's Italian Deli and Pizzeria, an almost 70-year-old institution in Hermosa Beach, CA, customers are "treated like family."
"The colors make you happy," said Angelica Juárez, a lifelong resident of San Miguel de Allende and our tour guide, smiling at our reactions to the bright, colonial buildings that stopped us in our tracks right in the middle of the cobblestone street. The colors of the Mexican city did make us happy — especially the yellow and red marigolds pouring out of vendors' tents along the blocks leading to the cemetery, making it clear we were in for an uplifting new perspective on life and death. San Miguel de Allende, a UNESCO World Heritage Site three and a half hours north of Mexico City, was voted World's Best City by Travel + Leisure readers once again in 2021 — and the week-long Festival la Calaca (Festival of Skulls) leading up to Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is, according to every local we met, the best time to visit. A mariachi band dressed in hot pink started to play over a grave decorated with candy and toy skulls as Juárez explained how the Mexican tradition started with the Aztecs and how it finally found a resurgence in San Miguel after Americans had started moving in and Halloween had taken over. As she continued to explain the Mexican relationship with death, we grew more and more relieved that Halloween, with its creepy ghosts and zombie horror films, didn't win out. When a child dies, instead of crying, their family might set off fireworks, she said. "We believe they automatically become angels, so we celebrate them." The young souls come to the cemeteries first to visit with the living, according to tradition, on Nov. 1; the older souls arrive on the 2nd. The elaborate makeup that has made the holiday famous all over the world doesn't represent either — instead, the Catrina look is a satire of a rich society woman, meant to remind us that even the wealthy can't escape death. The streets were filled with Catrinas and Catrines (their male counterparts) throughout the week, but especially on Friday night for the big event, the Catrina Parade, which starts from the Rosewood San Miguel de Allende. The luxury hotel also brings in makeup artists before the parade to get guests into the spirit and hosts a lively gala, dinner, and costume contest afterward. Just a few years ago, the Rosewood was struggling to fill its stunning rooftop tapas bar, Luna, for the event. Now, it's moved to an enormous tent on its lawn overlooking downtown and the city's beloved, pink La Parroquia church — the same venue that hosts ultra-glamorous, 1,000-person weddings. Tickets sold out in March. T+L was there to capture the action and the amazing looks. Click through for photos, and plan your trip as soon as you can, before rooms and event tickets for 2022 sell out.
The experts at Golden Door are lending their secrets to Singapore Airlines to bring the wellness retreat experience to the sky.
The Grace Hotel in Santorini was named the top resort hotel in Greece — and in all of Europe — in the 2021 World's Best Awards.
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At Nobu Ryokan Malibu, many guests are celebrities, but every guest will feel like one — especially with a private resort buy-out.
Tenaya Stone Spa was inspired by the spirit of nature.
Ketchikan is a beloved fishing destination, but the outdoor adventures it offers don't end there.
In a historic villa in a small coastal town, our Sicilian-American family fell in love with the island all over again — and finally got to relive the simple joys of traveling together.
Italy's Manuel Locatelli just celebrated his Euro Cup victory at Sardinia's Hotel Pitrizza, but he wasn't the first star to choose the ultra-private luxury villas for a special getaway — and he certainly won't be the last. Here's why.
The Baglioni Resort Sardinia offers the hard-to-find combination of serenity for parents and endless fun for kids.
Follow your meal with a soak in a hot tub overlooking the rolling green hills outside of Bath.
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The bold brand's long-awaited first property outside the U.S. has transformed the Bow Street Magistrates' Court without erasing its thrilling history.
Karen Young of South Tulum's Wild restaurant fills us in on Beach Road's more authentic side and doles out expert tips.
With a Japanese gin bar, restaurant, and first-of-its-kind wellness center, the new Nobu London Portman Square is the place to find your balance.
Chris Burkard shares his tips and tricks for capturing nature's most breathtaking moments on camera.
Lift lines, rentals, and après ski look a bit different these days, but the thrill of hitting the slopes is alive and well. Here's how to plan a safe trip before the season ends.
Socially distance with humans, but get up close with adoptable puppies and friendly silkie chickens at Ojo Santa Fe.
It's easy to see why T+L readers — and A-list celebrities — flock to The Setai's glamorous oceanfront suites.
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Katie Holmes is a fan of Rothy's popular weekender bag, which was just released in a gorgeous new color.
This four-day route hits all the highlights, but if you want to take it slow, allow for multiple nights at each stop.  
T+L readers voted Anguilla the No. 1 island in the Caribbean in the 2020 World's Best Awards — and now you can plan your next visit.