Modica, a beautiful little town in southeastern Sicily, is renowned for the quality of its chocolate. The delicacy arrived on the island under the administration of the Spanish, who had discovered it in Mexico.
Sicilian ports land some of the best seafood in the world — superb shrimp from Mazzara, plus swordfish, squid and octopus — and its farms produce outstanding olive oil, as well as fine fruit and vegetables. The Sicilian kitchen has also been enriched by the cultures that have washed over the island: the Greeks introduced olive trees and grapevines;...
Not long ago, Sicily was a challenging place to travel: Most of the roads were poor and there was a shortage of good hotels. But during the past decade, the island has been laced with new highways, and several upscale resorts and hideaways have opened. We recently undertook a 10-day circular tour, which provided ample time for discovering the island’s treasures, as well as for lazy...
The riches of Rome are so inexhaustible that many people never discover the many fascinating sites of the surrounding Latium region. In my experience, however, a day trip into the country is the perfect antidote to the crowds and noise of the city itself. One of the best excursions is to Hadrian's Villa and the nearby gardens of the Villa d'Este in Tivoli.
Since many restaurants in Rome are closed on Sundays, we recommend two favorite addresses, for lunch and dinner. For lunch, Piperno, a charmingly old-fashioned restaurant in the ancient Jewish quarter, is always a pleasure. For dinner, we always enjoy the lively La Campana, one of the city’s oldest restaurants.
Rome has so many layers of history and architecture that it takes a lifetime to discover its riches. In my experience, this magnificent and endlessly fascinating city should be savored rather than devoured, since its artistic treasures alone can be quite overwhelming. Perhaps the most extraordinary thing about the Eternal City is its historical continuity. The Ponte Fabricio,...
In our most recent reader survey, Andrew Harper members chose Italy as their favorite country in the world. Over the past 30 years, there have been rivals for this affection, France and Britain chief among them.
Travel is often exhilarating and intoxicating, but it also bequeaths a fund of memories that is a perpetual source of solace and delight.
One of the great gastronomic pleasures of a visit to Tuscany is its superb charcuterie.Known in Italian as salumi, this delicious array of sausages and hams is often served in local restaurants as a first course along with unsalted bread (there is plenty of salt in the meat!).
The delightful village of Panzano in Chianti is famous for its star butcher Dario Cecchini, who has served bistecca alla fiorentina, a massive rib steak of Tuscany’s famous Chianina beef, to everyone from Jack Nicholson to Bill Clinton.