Italy

Bologna, Italy © Holly and Bruce http://www.flickr.com/photos/hollyandbruce/2357502545/

Italy’s high-speed rail network has made traveling around the country easy and efficient. Get inside tips from a rail expert how to maximize your travel from Rome to Venice.

Florence

Italy is beautiful, full of culture and good food, but it is also a colorful place with plenty opportunities for culture shock experiences. Read some of our favorite entries about Italy from our Culture Shock Contest.

Celebrate “Buon Natale” where it all began – in Italy, where you won’t find Santa down the chimney or cookies by the tree. Instead, revel in a feast of seven fishes and a witch who bestows gifts on the nice (and coal for the naughty).

French Food

Blog post comparing French and Italian cuisines. Italian food is more focused on the ingredients rather than the technique, and tastes lighter thanks to prodigious use of olive oil. French cuisine relies heavily on butter (hence, those divine cream sauces.)