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The annual tree lighting in front of St. Peter’s Basilica takes place in mid-December, but the life-size Nativity is not unveiled until Christmas Eve.
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Tuesday, December 16
Rome’s colorful holiday spotlights Epiphany and a gift-giving witch | Rick Steves' Europe

Look for grand mangers, tasty fruit breads and more for a Buon Natale, Italian-style.

Friday, December 12

Paris, the City of Lights, really lights up at Christmas | Rick Steves' Europe

Paris celebrates Yuletide with its typical urban flair: extravagant lighting, yummy window displays, and ice skating in the heart of the city.

Tuesday, December 2

Christmas market and Nazi history in Nürnberg | Rick Steves' Europe

Museums, ancient edifices and tiny sausages draw visitors.

Thursday, November 27

Don’t be afraid of Naples | Rick Steves' Europe

The Italian city is chaotic, crime-ridden but captivating and shouldn’t be missed, says European travel specialist Rick Steves. And, yes, get a pizza in the city where it originated.

Tuesday, November 18

Porto is Portugal’s place to sample port | Rick Steves' Europe

Gritty, hard-working city comes with a steady sea breeze and a seagull soundtrack.

Tuesday, November 11

Europe’s war museums emphasize ‘never again’ | Rick Steves' Europe

Rick Steves takes a look at four top European military museums — and how all honor, but never celebrate, war.

Tuesday, November 4

Hire a local guide to learn more — and have fun | Rick Steves' Europe

European travel specialist Rick Steves says it’s worth it to splurge on a private guide in European cities.

Tuesday, October 28

Dingle Peninsula is a rugged, salty bit of Irish green | Rick Steves' Europe

Rain-lashed land soaked in medieval history, with many a pub.

Tuesday, October 21

Europe's 10 worst tourist traps | Rick Steves' Europe

A travel writer’s duty isn’t just to recommend where to go — but where not to go.

Tuesday, October 14

Two-wheeling amid Amsterdam’s seamy side and classic museums | Rick Steves' Europe

European travel specialist Rick Steves takes a close look at Amsterdam’s edgy charm.

Tuesday, October 7

History comes alive in modern Athens | Rick Steves' Europe

Less polluted, more visitor-friendly, the ancient capital preserves its aura as cradle of Western civilization.