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Basilica of Santi Quattro Coronati – Rome, Italy

When approaching the Basilica of Santi Quattro Coronati (“Four Crowned Martyrs”) on the Caelian Hill in Rome, a bulky, thick-walled structure emerges on the way to the Lateran that looks more like a fortress than a church. Its history has indeed been tumultuous yet it’s miraculously preserved some of Rome’s ...

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Tourism + Technology = New Moscow Attraction

Tourism + Technology = New Moscow Attraction

Moscow has a new tourist attraction. Called In.Visible Moscow, it is described on the company’s website as “an authentic cinema-walk through the streets of Moscow.” As it turns out, In.Visible Moscow is a walking tour reimagined. The technology is like any guided walking tour: a pair of headphones and a ...

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The Most Discreet Hotels In Paris

The Most Discreet Hotels In Paris

Even before smart phones and data roaming made prominent signage hotel redundant, Paris has always been the capital of understated elegance. From classic to contemporary, here are the hotels that – for all the right reasons – never draw attention to themselves – from the outside at least. The entrance ...

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Must-see museums in Rome

Must-see museums in Rome

The city of Rome is an historical treasure trove. You could spend an entire lifetime here and still not manage to see everything it has to offer.  Paintings, sculptures, tapestries, frescoes, furnishings, jewellery and other artefacts across the ages make Rome one of the most important historical cities in the ...

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It’s Greek (and fascinating) to me

It’s Greek (and fascinating) to me

Skorpios (population: 5), the private island once owned by Aristotle Onassis, is now owned by a Russian lady, Ekaterina Rybolovleva. A small sea vessel makes visiting less-traveled islands a pleasurable experience. For seven days and through three seas (the Adriatic, the Ionian, and the Mediterranean), we sailed from Dubrovnik, passing ...

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Hedonism in Herculaneum

Hedonism in Herculaneum

Around the middle of the first century BC, as the Roman Republic teetered on the brink of collapse, a magnificent villa was constructed on the north-eastern coast of the Bay of Naples. Covering an area of more than 6,000 square metres, and incorporating a swimming pool, two peristyle gardens with ...

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