Taormina, Sicily: Cannoli with a View – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

Taormina, Sicily: Cannoli with a View – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

Taormina, Sicily’s most spectacular resort, hangs high above the Mediterranean. Its handy cable car provides access to the beach. Its dramatic setting has an understandable allure. One of Europe’s romantic, Old World resorts, it takes full advantage of its breathtaking perch. Taormina was a favorite aristocratic escape back in the 19th century. Today, it’s clearly […]

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Lisbon, Portugal: Old World Neighborhoods – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

Lisbon, Portugal: Old World Neighborhoods – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

This is the Alfama, and it dates back over 1,000 years. Its tangled street plan survived the great quake of 1755, making this neighborhood a cobbled playground of Old World color. While new affluence and tourism is bringing inevitable change, bits of old character hang on. ♪♪ And people who’ve lived here all their lives […]

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Rhodes, Greece: Old Town – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

Rhodes, Greece: Old Town – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

Rhodes, or Rhodos, as locals call it, is the fourth-largest of the Greek islands. As we enter the historic harbor, the walls of the fortified town seem to tell a story. Rhodes is built upon layers of civilizations — Italian, Greek, and Turkish, with a dash of medieval Crusader lore from all over Europe tossed […]

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European Travel Skills: Trip Planning

European Travel Skills: Trip Planning

This video is an excerpt from a much longer European Travel Skills Talk. To view other topics or to watch my Travel Skills Talk in its entirety, visit ricksteves.com or check out my Rick Steves YouTube channel. Thanks. I’m Rick Steves, thank you so much for joining us today, and I have thirty years of […]

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Trebinje, Bosnia: Yugloslavian Diversity – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

Trebinje, Bosnia: Yugloslavian Diversity – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

Before we get into Bosnia, let’s review the big picture. Every place we’re visiting on this trip was part of Yugoslavia, which means literally “the land or union of the South Slavic peoples.” The country of Yugoslavia lasted roughly from the end of World War I until the 1990s. While its ethnic make-up shaped its […]

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Coimbra, Portugal: Venerable University – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

Coimbra, Portugal: Venerable University – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

An hour north of Fátima is the university city of Coimbra. Fortified on its hill, overlooking the Mondego River, in its medieval heyday, this was Portugal’s leading city. In the Middle Ages, when Muslim Moors controlled Portugal, this was the dominant city, and then, for an entire century, it was the country’s capital. Only later, […]

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Warwick, England: Medieval Castle – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

Warwick, England: Medieval Castle – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

Warwick Castle has been turned into a virtual theme park. It’s a hit with families, as from dungeon to lookout, the enterprising Earl of Warwick is wringing maximum tourist dollars out of his castle. Along with all the entertainment, there’s centuries of history. The man-made defensive mound is where the original Norman castle was built […]

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Lisbon, Portugal: Food Tour – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

Lisbon, Portugal: Food Tour – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

Lisbon’s traditional market hall is our next stop and a joy to explore. Locals still shop here for the freshest ingredients, but as is the case all over Europe, modern buying habits are forcing these old-time markets to evolve. In order for the farmers’ stalls to survive, markets are adding high-energy food courts. Today, much […]

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French Riviera: Monaco – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

French Riviera: Monaco – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

Just below sits Monaco. With barely one square mile of territory, it’s one of the world’s smallest countries. Of its 30,000 residents, less than 10,000 are true Monegasques, as locals are called. Many of the rest call Monaco home because there’s no income tax. Despite overdevelopment, high prices and mobs of tourists, a visit here […]

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Coimbra, Portugal: University Traditions – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

Coimbra, Portugal: University Traditions – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

Coimbra is home to the country’s oldest and most prestigious university, founded in 1290. As a traveler, it’s fun to drop into this venerable academic world. 700 years ago, Coimbra’s university taught the medieval basics, like law, medicine, and theology. Later, as Portuguese sailors were navigating the globe, astronomy and geometry were added. The university’s […]

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