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"The gondoliers, they get the girls." (Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli, Rick Steves' Europe)

Rick Steves’ Europe: Italian males: Macho men or momma’s boys?

An Italian woman’s view: They’re constantly chasing pretty girls, but that they really want is a wife just like their mothers.

"The gondoliers, they get the girls." (Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli, Rick Steves' Europe)
Not only the dialog and idioms in England will seem funny to Americans . The ladies’ millinery is pretty zany, too. (Rick Steves, Rick Steves’ Europe)

Rick Steves: the Queen’s English is just one of many accents

The nation’s many dialects and idioms delight — and often confuse — American travelers.

Not only the dialog and idioms in England will seem funny to Americans . The ladies’ millinery is pretty zany, too. (Rick Steves, Rick Steves’ Europe)
Gimmelwald, Switzerland, survives as a farming village because it’s located in a government-designated avalanche zone. (Dreamstime)

Rick Steves: For a true Swiss Alps experience, go to Gimmelwald

Protected by law from the ravages of hotel developers, the village carries on with timeless traditions.

Gimmelwald, Switzerland, survives as a farming village because it’s located in a government-designated avalanche zone. (Dreamstime)
Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, now a symbol of peace and reunification. (Rick Steves’ Europe)

Rick Steves: Today’s Berlin is freedom’s victory dance

Checkpoint Charlie is now a capitalist sideshow. You’ll be sold fake bits of the wall, WWII gas masks and DDR medals.

Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, now a symbol of peace and reunification. (Rick Steves’ Europe)
Romantic Venice with the Rialto Bridge. (Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli, Rick Steves’ Europe)

Rick Steves on the woman who lost her mind in Venice

Overcome by the city’s exquisite beauty, she developed a classic case of Stendhal Syndrome.

Romantic Venice with the Rialto Bridge. (Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli, Rick Steves’ Europe)
Rick Steves on haggis, and other quirky foods of Europe

Rick Steves on haggis, and other quirky foods of Europe

From pigs’ ears in Spain to horsemeat in France and spicy sheep intestines in Turkey, try dishes that make a menu unique.

Rick Steves on haggis, and other quirky foods of Europe
Rick Steves on Greece’s underrated Peloponnese peninsula

Rick Steves on Greece’s underrated Peloponnese peninsula

Hordes of tourists flock to the Greek islands, unaware of the salty pleasures awaiting on the bluff.

Rick Steves on Greece’s underrated Peloponnese peninsula
Wenceslas Square, where the history of the Czech people plays out. (Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli, Rick Steves’ Europe)

Rick Steves on Prague, where all roads eventually lead to a pub

Once a downtrodden Soviet vassal, the beer-loving country revels in freedom and capitalism.

Wenceslas Square, where the history of the Czech people plays out. (Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli, Rick Steves’ Europe)
Rome’s Pantheon. (Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli, Rick Steves’ Europe)

Rick Steves on being swept away by Rome’s cavalcade of delights

Rome is high class and low class, sacred and profane, grandiose and fragile, stormy and tranquil — all at once

Rome’s Pantheon. (Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli, Rick Steves’ Europe)
Oslo’s City Hall, with stirring murals and art that depict Norway’s history. (Rick Steves, Rick Steves’ Europe)

Rick Steves on Oslo, the polar opposite of ‘Big Box’ culture

The Norwegian capital city is expensive, but its charm and civility are priceless.

Oslo’s City Hall, with stirring murals and art that depict Norway’s history. (Rick Steves, Rick Steves’ Europe)
Neuschwanstein, “Mad” King Ludwig’s dream. (Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli, Rick Steves’ Europe)

Rick Steves revisits three enchanted German castles

The nation’s castles date back to medieval times, and today serve as amusement parks and classrooms.

Neuschwanstein, “Mad” King Ludwig’s dream. (Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli, Rick Steves’ Europe)
Rick Steves’ Europe: An innkeeper explains the real Venice

Rick Steves’ Europe: An innkeeper explains the real Venice

“The life here is with no cars … only boats. To live properly in Venice, you must have a boat,” says the owner of Steves’ favorite Venetian hotel.

Rick Steves’ Europe: An innkeeper explains the real Venice
Rick Steves on Bruges, pickled in gothic, sweetened by chocolate

Rick Steves on Bruges, pickled in gothic, sweetened by chocolate

This weekly dose of travel dreaming takes us to Belgium’s most charming city.

Rick Steves on Bruges, pickled in gothic, sweetened by chocolate
Rick Steves’ Europe: York Minster: England’s most amazing church

Rick Steves’ Europe: York Minster: England’s most amazing church

A smart decision by York’s leaders in Victorian times preserved the town’s historic charm.

Rick Steves’ Europe: York Minster: England’s most amazing church
Rick Steves’ memories of fado, the mournful blues of Lisbon

Rick Steves’ memories of fado, the mournful blues of Lisbon

For an authentic experience, you have to seek out the city’s rustic neighborhoods after dark.

Rick Steves’ memories of fado, the mournful blues of Lisbon
Rick Steves’ 4 favorite easy, rewarding day trips from Paris

Rick Steves’ 4 favorite easy, rewarding day trips from Paris

The City of Light can be intense, so these countryside destinations provide a relaxing change of pace.

Rick Steves’ 4 favorite easy, rewarding day trips from Paris
Rick Steves feels the pulse of thriving, cultured Madrid

Rick Steves feels the pulse of thriving, cultured Madrid

When it comes to the secrets of living well, the Spanish city’s inhabitants seem to have cracked the code.

Rick Steves feels the pulse of thriving, cultured Madrid
Rick Steves samples the tasty complexity of Sicilian cuisine.

Rick Steves samples the tasty complexity of Sicilian cuisine.

Food can be a religious experience at this crossroads of Mediterranean and North African cultures.

Rick Steves samples the tasty complexity of Sicilian cuisine.
Rick Steves on the raw beauty of Iceland’s fire and ice

Rick Steves on the raw beauty of Iceland’s fire and ice

From volcano chamber explorations to geothermal pool plunges, Iceland offers adventures like no other place.

Rick Steves on the raw beauty of Iceland’s fire and ice
Rick Steves on Pompeii, Italy’s frozen-in-time Roman city

Rick Steves on Pompeii, Italy’s frozen-in-time Roman city

The volcanic ash that destroyed the city also ensured its remarkable preservation, down to the folds on victims’ togas.

Rick Steves on Pompeii, Italy’s frozen-in-time Roman city