Rick Steves

Under the Tuscan fork: A culinary journey to Florence

Under the Tuscan fork: A culinary journey to Florence

The iconic city offers a wide array of delicacies beyond the usual Italian pizza and pasta fare.

Under the Tuscan fork: A culinary journey to Florence
Savoring the hospitality of beguiling Normandy

Savoring the hospitality of beguiling Normandy

The charming corner of France is known for its green rolling hills, tall cathedral spires and thatched-roof cottages.

Savoring the hospitality of beguiling Normandy
Hit the links, books and beach at Scotland’s St. Andrews

Hit the links, books and beach at Scotland’s St. Andrews

Any visitor to Scotland should consider at least a short stop in this scenic, intriguingly historic university town.

Hit the links, books and beach at Scotland’s St. Andrews
Taking steps to see Europe from a fresh perspective — literally

Taking steps to see Europe from a fresh perspective — literally

Perhaps the most memorable of climbs is just 28 stairs — on your knees — up Rome’s Scala Santa.

Taking steps to see Europe from a fresh perspective — literally
Stockholm’s delightful, diverse day trips

Stockholm’s delightful, diverse day trips

From royal palaces to a sculptor’s garden, the area around the city has something for every traveler.

Stockholm’s delightful, diverse day trips
A short walk in Dublin takes you through Ireland’s long history

A short walk in Dublin takes you through Ireland’s long history

A walk through the heart of north Dublin recalls the nation’s long fight for independence.

A short walk in Dublin takes you through Ireland’s long history
A citadel of many cultures in the middle of the Mediterranean

A citadel of many cultures in the middle of the Mediterranean

Malta’s history of foreign rulers makes it a fascinating place to explore today.

A citadel of many cultures in the middle of the Mediterranean
Falling in love with European rail passes all over again

Falling in love with European rail passes all over again

Sweeping changes have made them more affordable and less confusing to buy.

Falling in love with European rail passes all over again
Venetian crafts — like masks, glass and lace — have deep roots

Venetian crafts — like masks, glass and lace — have deep roots

Venice has preserved essential aspects of its history and culture by maintaining its craft traditions.

Venetian crafts — like masks, glass and lace — have deep roots
Academic adventures: Visiting Europe’s top university sights

Academic adventures: Visiting Europe’s top university sights

See ancient autopsy rooms, glimmering Gothic chapels and medieval manuscripts.

Academic adventures: Visiting Europe’s top university sights
Scotland’s Orkney Islands: Remote rewards far from the crowds

Scotland’s Orkney Islands: Remote rewards far from the crowds

On a recent trip to Great Britain, I decided at the last minute to snip two days off from my time in London and go… Continue reading

Scotland’s Orkney Islands: Remote rewards far from the crowds
Open doors to the past: Visiting Europe’s time-warp homes

Open doors to the past: Visiting Europe’s time-warp homes

See a perfectly preserved 1930s middle-class house in Scotland, a Sicilian aristocrat’s ancient palace, and more.

Open doors to the past: Visiting Europe’s time-warp homes
Explore port wine in Portugal’s Douro Valley

Explore port wine in Portugal’s Douro Valley

An endearing slice of Portugal is the Douro River Valley, the winding, terraced region that produces the country’s beloved port wine. This is Portugal’s answer… Continue reading

Explore port wine in Portugal’s Douro Valley
Checking out of Prague and into the Czech countryside

Checking out of Prague and into the Czech countryside

You’ll see traditional towns, a friendly countryside and intriguing history.

Checking out of Prague and into the Czech countryside
The best places for kidding around in Europe

The best places for kidding around in Europe

Seek out experiences that are both culturally enriching and just a downright good time

The best places for kidding around in Europe
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