For anyone who has been to Rome, Florence or Venice recently, it’s safe to say the secret has been out on those destinations for some time. Take the road less traveled and explore these lesser-known Italian towns and villages on your next trip.
Up north near the Dolomite Mountains, the bilingual town of Bolzano (speaking German and Italian, so brush up) in South Tyrol is surrounded by mountains, forests, vineyards and medieval architecture.
Much like Venice, but with fewer tourists, Treviso is a historic city brimming with red-brick palaces, weaving canals, churches and cobblestone streets. It’s quaint and guarded and a perfect reprieve from the crowded canals of Venice.
Picture the white buildings with blue roofs of Santorini, Greece, and you almost have Alberobello. The bright white block buildings and greystone tops line up together in a close-knit living situation for locals, but an interestingly beautiful maze for visitors.
Sicily is rich with visitors seeking Mediterranean tranquility, quintessential Italian views and incredible sites — enough so, it’s typically its own trip. Visit Cefalù while island hopping and see the city’s beautiful medieval architecture and seaside promenades while walking through the quiet, picturesque town.
With a population teetering around 200, this locale may be better visited by Italian-speaking travelers, but it is epically beautiful nonetheless. The Medieval town sits atop a hill in Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park, at the highest point of the Apennines. The city buildings can be connected and twisting, acting like a labyrinth of architectural finds.
Experience a big-city hotel stay that doesn’t feel like your typical urban visit at Chicago’s Claridge House, nestled in the sought-after Gold Coast neighborhood. The hotel’s sophisticated décor and serene residential ambience foster the atmosphere of an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolis.
Streets lined with festive holiday lights and decorations is a tell-tale sign the holidays are right around the corner. My favorite holiday tradition is going to Shady Brook Farm in Yardley, Pennsylvania, and driving through the Holiday Light Show. My family and I have gone pretty much every year since I was a little girl.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the largest airline in Japan. With flights from the United States to Japan and all of Asia, it's the perfect airline to book your next trip with. From ANA's amazing in-flight food to its excellent customer service, it comes as no surprise ANA has been awarded five stars for its seventh consecutive year by the SKYTRAX World Airline Rating.
Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship is here! Anyone who follows the cruise industry can tell you the timeline between when a ship is announced to when it is open for passengers is a lengthy one, taking years and spanning different milestones. Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship, Encore, recently passed another major milestone when it departed Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany to sail toward its next destination, through to its recent christening and subsequent sailings.