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Recommendations of hotels, B&Bs and self catering apartments.

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A very pricey cocktail in progress on the roof of the new-ish DOM Hotel.

The DOM Hotel, a five-star luxury retreat, opened on Via Giulia in central Rome a little less than a year ago. The place is a good value, in relation to its category, and the location is hard to beat. I weigh DOM’s pros and cons in this Sunday’s NYT Travel section (or read online here).

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There aren’t many vineyards around Chassignolles, a miniscule village in the Auvergne. The surroundings are dominated, instead, by vast pine forests and verdant pastures where cows lumber and sheep graze. Yet the sparsely inhabited medieval hamlet is a magnet for wine drinkers who gather (more…)

Back in March, Mamma Parla and I took a trip to Basilicata, one of our southern Italian ancestral homelands. We traced family roots, visited a deserted city, and checked out Francis Ford Coppola’s newest resort. Check out my review of the place in this Sunday’s NYT Travel section.


One Apart Galatasaray. Photo credit: Cross Pollinate.

Istanbul is one of my favorite places on earth and I am extremely fortunate to be hosted by generous friends in their lovely apartments. Staying in an apartment with a kitchen provides a richer city experience than a hotel ever could. Food lovers, in particular, can engage so much more with the city and its commerce if they can prepare food bought at bazaars in a home kitchen. There are lots of apartment options out there (more…)


La Casa di Amy offers budget accommodations in the Esquiline district.

The dollar to euro rate could be better, but it is enjoying a relatively favorable exchange recently, so why not book a trip to Rome? There are thousands of accommodations to choose from, ranging from dingy hostels to overblown 5-star luxury hotels. Narrowing down the options can seem daunting, so here (more…)