Rick Steves

Tivoli: Still Rome’s great escape after 2,000 years

Tivoli: Still Rome’s great escape after 2,000 years

The Italian hill town is famous for Roman emperor Hadrian’s villa and a 16th-century cardinal’s estate.

Tivoli: Still Rome’s great escape after 2,000 years
Europe’s crazy rich royals and their lavish retreats

Europe’s crazy rich royals and their lavish retreats

The palaces provide insight into the often-nutty monarchs who once ruled Europe.

Europe’s crazy rich royals and their lavish retreats
Bratislava: Slovakia’s capital makes a remarkable comeback

Bratislava: Slovakia’s capital makes a remarkable comeback

A ghost town during the communist era, the central Europe city now hums with youthful energy.

Bratislava: Slovakia’s capital makes a remarkable comeback
Hot times visiting Iceland’s geothermal sights

Hot times visiting Iceland’s geothermal sights

Iceland, formed long ago by volcanoes, is known for its otherworldly landscape, with steaming fields and percolating mud. The volcanic activity produces naturally heated water,… Continue reading

Hot times visiting Iceland’s geothermal sights
Get swept up in Spain’s tasty and convivial tapas tradition

Get swept up in Spain’s tasty and convivial tapas tradition

You’ll be rewarded with bite-size punches of flavor and locals’ unrelenting energy.

Get swept up in Spain’s tasty and convivial tapas tradition
A Trip to Utah: Visiting the other American D-Day beach

A Trip to Utah: Visiting the other American D-Day beach

This is a place where the image of the U.S. as a force for good remains largely untarnished.

A Trip to Utah: Visiting the other American D-Day beach
How to make the most of your European road trip

How to make the most of your European road trip

Cars aren’t necessary in Europe, but they are handy if you wish to explore small towns.

How to make the most of your European road trip
Lake Bled: Exploring Slovenia’s romantic alpine retreat

Lake Bled: Exploring Slovenia’s romantic alpine retreat

Emperors and communist dictators alike have enjoyed vacations on the pretty lake.

Lake Bled: Exploring Slovenia’s romantic alpine retreat
Belgium’s culinary highlights: Chocolate, beer and waffles

Belgium’s culinary highlights: Chocolate, beer and waffles

Another specialty is mussels served with another Belgian favorite: frieten (French fries).

Belgium’s culinary highlights: Chocolate, beer and waffles
Historic hits in Milan, Italy’s most mod city

Historic hits in Milan, Italy’s most mod city

While many tourists come to Italy only for the past, those who make time for Milan find that this powerful, no-nonsense city is a delightful… Continue reading

Historic hits in Milan, Italy’s most mod city
Tranquil towns snuggle on the Franco-Spanish border

Tranquil towns snuggle on the Franco-Spanish border

Both Collioure, in France, and Cadaques, in Spain, are off the grid when it comes to glitzy resorts.

Tranquil towns snuggle on the Franco-Spanish border
Discovering Sicily’s rich stew of history and culture in its architecture

Discovering Sicily’s rich stew of history and culture in its architecture

Exploring ceturies old buldings bring the cities rich history alive

Discovering Sicily’s rich stew of history and culture in its architecture
My favorite things about Vienna: music, pastries, art

My favorite things about Vienna: music, pastries, art

The city’s devotion to the musical arts and its democratic embrace of culture are inspirational.

My favorite things about Vienna: music, pastries, art
Sevilla’s April Fair: Spain’s sparkling spring spectacle

Sevilla’s April Fair: Spain’s sparkling spring spectacle

People parade around in their peacock finery, and springtime flirtations fill the air.

Sevilla’s April Fair: Spain’s sparkling spring spectacle
Glasgow surprises with art, design and culture

Glasgow surprises with art, design and culture

The Scottish city is no longer gritty and rundown, but retains its unpretentious friendliness.

Glasgow surprises with art, design and culture
Lighten up your souvenir shopping in Europe

Lighten up your souvenir shopping in Europe

Wherever you go, do your shopping in places that offer a fun cultural experience.

Lighten up your souvenir shopping in Europe
Lyon, France’s culinary capital, is off the tourist path

Lyon, France’s culinary capital, is off the tourist path

It’s an elegant French city with no trace whatsoever of crass tourism.

Lyon, France’s culinary capital, is off the tourist path
Peeling back layers of Portuguese history in Evora

Peeling back layers of Portuguese history in Evora

See Roman ruins, a 12th-century cathedral and a macabre chapel of bones.

Peeling back layers of Portuguese history in Evora
Experiencing Italy’s Renaissance, a cultural explosion

Experiencing Italy’s Renaissance, a cultural explosion

Before that time, most art in Europe was made to serve the church.

Experiencing Italy’s Renaissance, a cultural explosion
What’s new in Eastern Europe travel for 2019

What’s new in Eastern Europe travel for 2019

The steady improvement in Eastern Europe’s sightseeing scene is exciting news for travelers.

What’s new in Eastern Europe travel for 2019