It's impressive medieval skyline, which is visible for miles as you approach, charms from a distance, but once you're seated at a caf? in this tiny Tuscan town, sipping a glass of Vernaccia and snacking on salumi?that's when the real love affair begins.
Any trip to Italy is a little bit of a history lesson, but anyone looking to go way back in time should head to the Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna. A classic example of Byzantine art and architecture, the mosaic-filled church was built beginning in
VILLA RUFOLO, RAVELLO - Sublime views of the Amalfi coast, a garden that is forever in bloom, and a musical legacy (Wagner's time here in the has inspired an outdoor concert series that takes place every summer) makes this villa in Ravello a can't-miss.
Venice at dusk Early evening is our favorite time to marvel at this architectural wonder—the sun reflecting off the water casts a glow that, coupled with the echo of the constantly lapping waves, becomes something magical.
Burano island, Venice A stroll through the cobblestoned streets of this diminutive island off of Venice—known for making some of the loveliest lace in the world—is like stepping into a candy-colored fairy tale (with really great espresso).
Skip the daytime crowds at the Vatican and wait until after hours to take in this feat of Renaissance architecture—when it's all lit up, it truly looks heaven sent. I got to see and tour this incredible place in June