Guide to Rome’s Outdoor Markets

  Some of the best deals in Rome can be found in the beautiful outdoor markets. Located in timeless settings on ancient streets and in stunning piazzas, the markets offer every kind of merchandise imaginable, from immaculate floral arangments and high-quality produce to inexpensive clothes, shoes, and antiques. I first visited the markets as a tourist and then later while writing a guide ... Read Full Article

Enjoy Winter Sports at Italy’s La Sila National Park

  La Sila National Park is located in the Calabria region of Italy (a.k.a. the toe of the boot). It is off the beaten track, providing visitors with a quiet, less expensive alternative to Italy’s other winter vacation destinations. However, don’t think that its natural beauty is in any way sub-par; sweeping mountains and one of the most stunning valleys in Italy comprise the ... Read Full Article

Turda, Romania: Religious Freedom and a Pinch of Salt

Turda, Romania, is a smallish town with larger-than-life tourist attractions. These include a big salt mine, a church where one of Europe’s first edicts on religious freedom was signed, and an over-the-top hotel that capitalizes on clichés about Transylvania, the region where the town is located. Visiting Turda’s disused salt mine is a bizarre experience. You walk through passages and chambers ... Read Full Article

The Roma Pass: Skipping the Tourist Lines in Rome

The Roma Pass was once a little-known trick of sophisticated travelers, but it has now become a must-have for anyone visiting Rome for the first time, especially during peak season. It saves you time and money, and makes it easy to use Rome’s public transportation. The Roma Pass costs 34 euro at the time of writing. The price includes, most importantly, free admittance to any two of Rome’s major ... Read Full Article

Barcelona’s Day-time Hot Spots

Barcelona, a paradise for night lovers? Yes, but the Catalan capital has plenty more to offer. Let us explore some local hot spots.   The Mercat de la Boqueria Housed in a 19th century building, the Boqueria market is one of Europe’s oldest markets. With its overflowing stalls of fruit, vegetables, flowers, nuts, candies and breads, and cases filled with meat and fish, the Boqueria ... Read Full Article

Glasgow Insider’s Travel Guide

The largest city in Scotland, Glasgow has historically been Scotland’s industrial centre, but in recent times has transformed itself into a cosmopolitan, cultural destination. It has the vibrant feel of a modern European city, but retains much of its Scottish identity. Food, shopping, and that “Glaswegian Charm” make for an unforgettable experience. Tourist Sights All tourists should start ... Read Full Article