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If you're planning a trip to Milan, Last Supper tickets should be a top priority in your travel preparations. Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece is one of the most recognizable works of art in the world, and obtaining access to view it in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie is tightly limited and controlled.

My article on visiting "The Last Supper" in Milan will provide you will what you need to know to plan a trip: historical details about Leonardo's work, how to obtain tickets in advance (and at th last minute) and resources to learn more about the painting before you go.
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Siena, Italy is one of Italy's top tourist destinations, although it is not nearly as large as Florence, Rome, Venice or Milan. A small yet historic hilltown in Tuscany, Siena has a rich heritage of art, culture and political power, although in many ways it remained frozen in Medieval times. Any many visitors to Siena only spend the day, missing much of the city's quiet charms once the tourist throngs have disappeared.



My Guide to a Weekend in Siena is a brief introduction to the city: how to get there, how to get around, notable sites to see and how to best enjoy your travels. In three days' time you can see much of Siena's top attractions, while still feel compelled to return again in the future to discover more...
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Sometimes you think you're starting to get a handle on Italy, and then someone introduces you to somewhere completely different, new and magical.



Like Isola Bella.

This tiny island on Lake Maggiore, with its incredible palazzo and captivating terraced gardens, is an absolutely wonderful place to spend an afternoon in peaceful beauty and contemplation. It's an easy day-trip from Milan as well.

Curious? Read more in my article Beautiful Isola Bella on Lake Maggiore, Italy.
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Looking for a new vacation destination? Consider the island of St. Kitts. I have been visiting St. Kitts and sister island Nevis for over two decades and am well familiar with the island's history, culture, hotels, food, tourism industry and beaches. St. Kitts has long been an "undiscovered gem" in the Caribbean, although the government's current push toward developing the tourism industry will likely have a huge impact on the island in coming years. Now may be the time to visit St. Kitts, before too much changes, if you wish to enjoy a relatively quiet and completely unique vacation in the Leeward Islands.

Visiting St. Kitts: A Guide for Tourists

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Planning a trip to Philadelphia in future and looking for information on where to eat while in the city? My Guide to Philadelphia's Restaurant and Food Scene is a great place to start.

I've compiled links to my various articles and "best of" lists for the city, as well as choice reviews, links to other Philly food blog sites, the best gourmet food stores, and more. You can also vote in polls on the city's best restaurants, chefs, and quintessential Philly foods.
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This beautiful Baroque church is worth a visit for its amazing trompe l'oeil frescoes. Part of the Jesuit center of Rome, Sant'Ignazio is rich with historical significance and beautiful artwork.

Read more: "The Churches of Rome, Italy: Sant'Ignazio"
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A guide to visiting one of the Eternal City's most important churches. Religious relics and one of Michelangelo's most powerful sculptural works make San Pietro in Vincoli worth a visit.

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First-time travelers to St. Kitts are often uncertain what is their best choice for on-island transportation: to rent a car for their vacation, or to rely on taxicabs. There are pros and cons to each option.

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St. Kitts is a Caribbean island full of historic sites and unique adventure possibilities. From train rides to rainforest hikes, there are plenty of ways to stay busy and have fun during your island vacation there.

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Where to dine on the Caribbean island St. Kitts? The restaurants in this guide have been pleasing locals and tourists alike for many years.

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One of the most incredible times to visit the Colosseum in Rome, Italy is at dusk. These photos track the transition to night around one of the most famous sites in the world, visited by millions of tourists annually.



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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania's restaurant scene is known for its large number of BYOB restaurants. If you are unfamiliar with BYOB practices and etiquette, read this guide before visiting the city of Philadelphia.

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This resort in Frigate Bay, St. Kitts is an ideal choice for many travelers visiting the Caribbean.

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Pack smart and be prepared. There are twelve things you can pack to make your Caribbean vacation more comfortable, safe and affordable.

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Winterthur is an excellent destination of families and couples alike. Spend the day exploring naturalistic gardens and learning about agrarian history in America.

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Residents of and visitors to Philadelphia can enjoy three wonderful and different festivals this weekend, celebrating American History, African Culture, and Gay Pride.

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Philadelphia is a city full of unique sites and places to visit to experience history, food, sports, and culture. This guide will point out some that are off the typical tourist maps and plans.

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Advice from a seasoned traveler and lover of authentic Italian food. Whether you're visiting Rome, Venice, Florence or another historic city, learn how to find good food at good prices and avoid the tourist traps.

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