When in doubt, add more olive oil

Just days after a rare snowstorm held us hostage in Rome, the same snowstorm shut down Geneva. Determined to meet my brother Nate in Florence for the weekend, I hiked an hour through the snow to the airport, anxiously passing by the crowd of passengers sipping free hot chocolate in the waiting area - an... Continue Reading →

A weekend of pasta and history in Rome

Just hours after leaving the office we found ourselves in the dimly lit L'Arcangelo, enjoying Rome's most beloved Gnocchi alla Matriciana, of pillowy fame in Bon Appétit contributor Katie Parla's best pasta dishes in Rome. After the meal we walked through the narrow streets to our hotel, opening a small door cut into the middle of a huge wooden door... Continue Reading →

Romance on the canals of Venice, Italy

Venice is the ultimate romantic dreamland. Built out of nearly 100 natural islands by mainlanders escaping the marauding barbarians after the fall of Rome, for centuries this surreal floating city was nicknamed La Serenissima, "The Most Serenely Beautiful One". A labyrinth of sparkling canals, more than any other European city Venice has an endlessly seductive charm. It is... Continue Reading →

Christmas weekend in Milan, Italy

The food-focused 2015 World Expo has catapulted Milan into the spotlight. But Milan takes a while to uncover, its hidden charm slowly revealed on long rambles throughout the city, surprising curious visitors with spectacular interior courtyards and delicious restaurants, tucked away behind giant closed doors. Like most travelers who pass through Milan merely to kick off or wrap up an extended Italy trip, we were... Continue Reading →

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