Follow Rick Steves, the Edmonds-based European travel guru, all around Europe. His weekly column runs online each Tuesday in the Travel / Outdoors section.
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.
Look for grand mangers, tasty fruit breads and more for a Buon Natale, Italian-style.
Paris celebrates Yuletide with its typical urban flair: extravagant lighting, yummy window displays, and ice skating in the heart of the city.
Museums, ancient edifices and tiny sausages draw visitors.
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.
Gritty, hard-working city comes with a steady sea breeze and a seagull soundtrack.
Rick Steves takes a look at four top European military museums — and how all honor, but never celebrate, war.
European travel specialist Rick Steves says it’s worth it to splurge on a private guide in European cities.
Rain-lashed land soaked in medieval history, with many a pub.
A travel writer’s duty isn’t just to recommend where to go — but where not to go.
European travel specialist Rick Steves takes a close look at Amsterdam’s edgy charm.
Less polluted, more visitor-friendly, the ancient capital preserves its aura as cradle of Western civilization.