Rick Steves' Europe / Travel & Leisure

Why I love eating in Italy

When I'm in Italy, I generally only eat Italian food. Italians are passionate about food. Some dishes are only available during a short window of time, when ingredients are at their peak. To eat well in Italy, finding the right restaurant is key.

Rome's inspiring Baroque sights

Rome is a showcase of Western civilization, layered with elements of the city's 2,000-year-old history. Rome is the birthplace of the Baroque style -- and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, who lived and worked here in the 17th century, is considered its father.

Navigating European airports

Sometimes I wonder why I lug my bag through airports, following my own recommendation to pack light enough to carry on and avoid checking any bags on international flights.

Dazzling St. Petersburg

The last time I visited St. Petersburg, in the 1990s, the Russian city was gray and depressing. Three hundred years ago, St. Petersburg was a dismal swampland.