It’s almost always tourist season in Rome, thanks to its prolific assortment of museums, landmarks, food tours and parks everybody will recognize. However, as Rome is just as famous for its equally impressive tourist numbers, Turin — the first capital of Italy, which underwent an extreme makeover for the 2006 Winter Olympic Games — provides a pleasing “city break” alternative to Rome. This proposition includes shorter lines and more fun for adults and kids alike for its impressive number of distinctive cultural institutions, parks and castles.
While urban wine country might sound like an oxymoron, it’s actually a reality at the stunning City Vineyard in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood. The water-side venue is the perfect host for your next event — whatever that may be, from 20 to 200 guests and from cocktail party to plated dinner.
I remember the first time I stood in front of an actual Viking ship. It was in Stockholm, Sweden, and I was thrust immediately into a Game of Thrones-worthy fantasy that involved an awesome dress and a silver dagger with spells intricately carved into the hilt. But enough about me. Plan your own expedition and indulge in your own fantasies at these locations:
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Christmas markets date back to medieval times, when farmers started selling seasonal crops at the Main Market Square in Nuremberg, Bavaria. By the mid-18th century, a list of 140 German vendors sold their wares at the annual Christkindlmarket and markets began popping up in a multitude of European places, plazas and piazzas. Today, market aficionados head to nearby cities, fly to far-away destinations or take river cruises to stroll, shop, enjoy live music and sample mulled wine, gingerbread and a plethora of holiday treats.