4 Most Beautiful Luberon Villages to Visit in 2024

The hilltop villages of Provence are legendary: cobbled streets, colorfully-painted doors and window shutters, plants growing in a tangle of vines all throughout the village. But the Provence region is massive: when you talk about Provence, you’re talking about the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region of France, which could mean anything from Marseille to Cannes to Aix-en-Provence…

7 Things to Do in Peso da Régua, Portugal: A Lovely Alto Douro Town [2024]

7 Things to Do in Peso da Régua, Portugal: A Lovely Alto Douro Town [2024]

While all of the Douro Valley is picturesque and stunning, special recognition goes to the lovely town of Peso da Régua in the Alto Douro (‘high Douro’). This lovely winemaking town is a key stop on any Douro Valley visit, whether you’re taking an extended road trip around the region or just popping over for…

7 Things to Do in Varenna, Lake Como’s Pastel Charmer

7 Things to Do in Varenna, Lake Como’s Pastel Charmer

A scenic former fishing village, Varenna is one of the most charming spots along the eastern shore of Lake Como. With its colorful houses, lakeside promenade, and gorgeous villas, Varenna is the perfect place to spend a couple of incredible days on the lake. During one of my many trips around Northern Italy, I traveled…

7 Lovely Things to Do in Lecco, Lake Como’s Underrated Gem

7 Lovely Things to Do in Lecco, Lake Como’s Underrated Gem

Lecco is a true hidden gem on Lake Como’s southeastern branch. The area’s city sits at the southeastern tip of Lake Como, where the lake narrows into the Adda River before expanding again to form Lake Garlate. Even though it’s the largest city in the southeastern region of the lake, Lecco is actually one of…

9 Things to Do in Ragusa, Sicily: A Baroque Gem

9 Things to Do in Ragusa, Sicily: A Baroque Gem

Picture a gorgeous hilltop city tucked between the smaller foothills, standing out against the Sicilian landscape. Better yet, it’s close to busier, popular tourist spots on the island like Siracusa (Syracuse) and Catania — yet it’s nice and quiet. For those reasons (and more), I visited Ragusa on one of my trips around Sicily and…

8 Things to Do in Peschiera del Garda, a Lovely Fortified City

8 Things to Do in Peschiera del Garda, a Lovely Fortified City

Peschiera del Garda may just be the most impressive town on Lake Garda — and that’s saying something! The town itself is developed on a set of small islands located at the River Mincio’s outlet from the lake. But perhaps even more beautifully, it features incredibly well-preserved Venetian fortifications spread across these islets. I visited…

Eguisheim in Winter: 5 Enchanting Things to Do

Eguisheim in Winter: 5 Enchanting Things to Do

A salmon-pink castle, a charming castle, a city literally built in circles around it: what’s not to love about Eguisheim? Add on the fact that it’s part of the Alsace Wine Route, has some of the region’s most adorable half-timbered houses, and has its very own Christmas market with 30-odd stalls selling unique wares… yup,…

17 Cozy Things to Do in Colmar in Winter: An Alsatian Fairytale Town

17 Cozy Things to Do in Colmar in Winter: An Alsatian Fairytale Town

Colmar is possibly the most picturesque town in Alsace — a high distinction in a region that counts Riquewihr, Strasbourg, Kayserberg, Obernai, and Eguisheim amongst its neighbors. With its half-timbered colorful houses, its labyrinth of alleyways, its canal, its artisan shops, not to mention its cute cafés and rustic eateries, Colmar really looks like a…