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Top 10 Reasons to Travel to Croatia

updated at 11/16/2019 in Croatia
From an isolated backwater behind the Iron Curtain, Croatia has transformed itself into Eastern Europe's 'Riviera'. Sun worshippers discovered the miles of sunny, pristine beaches and dramatic cliffs of the Dalmatian coast.Other tourism followed for ancient and historic monuments, including UNESCO world heritage sites and even some communist concrete architecture, spellbinding natural beauty featuring islands, waterfalls, and mountains, and the good...

Legendary Athens Riviera Reborn with the Launch of the First Four Seasons in Greece

updated at 11/16/2019 in Athens
It's an exclusive stretch of the Greek coast just 20 minutes south of the capital. In the 60's, this exclusive spot on the Athens Riviera was the epi-center of chic, international jet set lifestyle. And now, the Astir Beach resort area is back, an essential eastern Mediterranean destination for stylish travelers in the know.Recapturing 60's Seaside Retro GlamourThe highlight of the...

Video: 3 Reasons You'll Love Marseille

updated at 11/16/2019 in Marseille
France's largest port town, on the magical Mediterranean, has been transformed in recent years.  You'll still find the charms of its Old Port, the oldest neighborhood in France, the maritime culture... but there's been a wave of revitalization and stunning builds that make this seaside city spectacular.  On our latest visit, we fell in love with Marseille, and here are...

Video: This Historic Hospital is now a Design Hotel

updated at 11/15/2019 in Marseille
If you're looking for a room with a view in Marseille... this is it.The Hotel Dieu might be the the best piece of real estate in Marseille. Part way up the hill next to the historic harbor, occupying the best vantage point overlooking the iconic view of the old port and the church on the opposite hill, Marseille's Hopital Dieu...

7 Tips for Touring Tuscany

updated at 11/15/2019 in Italy
If you close your eyes and picture 'Italy', chances are, it's the rows of vineyards and cypress trees, villas and farmhouses, fabled towns and household-name works of art of Tuscany that come to mind.There are a million reasons why Tuscany is the setting of so many escapist novels, movies and life-changing travels. Here are our favorites:FLORENCEThe red rooftops of Florence are...

3 'Starter' Greek Islands

updated at 11/15/2019 in Greece
'Greece' evokes two pictures in most people's imagination: the ancient cradle of Western civilization, democracy, philosophy, literature and drama, marathons, the Olympics, and some of your favorite math principles.You also picture one of the most alluring modern travel destinations.Greece's mountainous mainland and hundreds of islands surrounded by the Aegean, Ionian, Cretan and Mediterranean Seas are among the top Mediterranean vacation...

Video: Vintage Vespas in Tuscany

updated at 11/14/2019 in Tuscany
Italy's iconic scooter is the very symbol of stylish, romantic getaways in Europe.Vespas originated in Tuscany, and on a trip to the Tuscan seaside city of Livorno, BestTrip.TV discovered a local who collects, restores, and displays a collection of colorful vintage Vespas. You can't miss this tour of his showroom and workshop!

Visit This: Underwater Winery in Croatia

updated at 11/14/2019 in Dubrovnik
Drinking and diving don't mix, but we've found one exception. At the Edivo Vina winery about an hour north of the Croatian seaside town of Dubrovnik, you need to slip into a wet suit for a cellar tour.That's because this winery stores and ages their – aptly named – 'Navis Mysterium' or 'Sea Mystery' wine – 20 meters (66 feet)...

Monaco Mystique: 5 Things You Didn't Know About the World's Most Glamorous Destination

updated at 11/13/2019 in Monaco
It's been featured in no less than two James Bond movies. Not to mention To Catch a Thief, the Alfred Hitchcock thriller starring Grace Kelly. Filmed on location in glitzy Monaco, it's where she met a prince and then became Princess Grace.Monaco – and Monte Carlo – have established and maintained an allure as one of the world's most glamorous destinations....

Sink Your Teeth Into This UNESCO Cultural Experience

updated at 11/12/2019 in Naples
When is a pizza not just a pizza?  When you're dining on a piece of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Possibly the world's most beloved comfort food, game-day dinner, kids' birthday party treat and party go-to take-out, the humble yet versatile pizza has been given UNESCO Cultural Heritage status. But not just any pizza.  'Pizzaiuolo' is the art of...