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Italy’s Best Beaches for Families

Almost completely surrounded by the Mediterranean and Adriatic seas, Italy and its islands have miles of beaches washed by warm waters. These range from large, exuberant holiday resorts to secluded little coves known to locals. When choosing beaches for your family, look for Blue Flag status, which indicates water quality and safety, and also for […]

Couple’s Getaway to Gilded Venice

While the kids may have their summers planned, heading off to camps, new careers and vacations, it’s a great time for empty-nesters to get away. Treat yourselves to a luxury retreat in a destination brimming with activity and attractions, but also that easy pace you can take at your leisure, like Italy. While that could […]

6 Things to Do With the Family in Verona — After You’ve Instagrammed Juliet’s Balcony

The big draw of Verona, the charming city in Italy’s Veneto region, is snapping a photo in front of Juliet’s balcony (and rubbing the right breast of her bronze likeness for good luck.) No matter Shakespeare’s tragic character wasn’t actually based on a real person nor did he write the play here, the spot where […]

Sardinia, an Island Getaway for Families

All that most people know of Italy’s island of Sardinia is the fabled Costa Smeralda, named for its clear blue-green waters and famed as a playground for the very, very rich. It’s true the secluded (and now mostly private) cove beaches of this northeast coast are beautiful, but most of the island is surrounded by […]

Chef-Led Vacations Offer Immersive — and Tasty — Experiences

Whether it’s the perfect bolognese in Italy or truffle hunting in Slovenia, there’s nothing like savoring new flavors on vacation — or getting hands-on. Windstar Cruises’ partnership with the James Beard Foundation yields some tasty results for travelers, who not only get free demos from world-class chefs and sommeliers who travel onboard for special itineraries […]

Visiting Pompeii and Mt Vesuvius with Children

The concept of an entire city engulfed by an erupting volcano fascinates kids, and the grisly details of Pompeii’s destruction don’t seem to faze them nearly so much as you might expect. The ruins of Pompeii give a vivid glimpse into the daily lives of Romans who lived almost 2,000 years ago, frozen in time […]