May Travel News

Hi from Rick: Celebrating Sicily

Here at Rick Steves' Europe, we travel for lots of reasons: to broaden our cultural horizons, to see history come alive, to make memories that will last a lifetime…and to eat really well (just to name a few). And that's why, in the last few years, I've spent a lot of time in Sicily.

When I recently joined a group of fellow travelers on one of my Best of Sicily tours, we experienced 11 days of pure Sicily. I savored cannoli where it was invented. I learned that I prefer Sicilian-style pizza over Neapolitan. I sipped a glass of full-bodied red wine in a vineyard on the slopes of a steaming volcano. And I became part of the mesmerizing, swaying rhythm of an entire community on their Good Friday procession, by joining right in. The trip inspired me to return with our TV crew and produce a new show on Sicily. But we couldn't… Read more

In this issue

Experiencing Italy's Renaissance in Person

Among the many things I love about Italy is how the Renaissance can be spliced into your travels. Imagine: In Florence you can sleep in a converted 16th-century monastery that's just a block from… Read more

Peeling Back Layers of History in Évora

From Romans to Moors to Portuguese kings, the proud little town of Évora — set amid the cork groves of Portugal's Alentejo region — has a big history. Just 90 minutes east of Lisbon, Évora has… Read more

Cameron's Blog: Top 10 Sicily Travel Tips

In the spring of 2018, I spent three busy weeks in Sicily, circling the island to put the finishing touches on our brand-new Rick Steves Sicily guidebook — which is available now. Throughout that trip… Read more

Video of the Month: Sicily's Villa Romana del Casale

Sicily's Villa Romana del Casale was the mansion of a wealthy Roman senator who traded in exotic animals. Its mosaics, made of dozens of different kinds of multicolored marble and glass chips, give… Watch the video

App Bite of the Month: Experiencing Cappadocia

Turkish tour guides discuss the other-worldly Cappadocia region of Turkey, where you can get face-to-face with thousand-year-old Christian history… Hear the track

Forum Discussion: Finding the Right Tour Company for You

Everyone has their own travel style — so not every travel company will fit someone's needs and interests. Brookelyn from Canada asks forum members how she can find the best group for her… Read more

Summer Tours on Sale!

Enjoy savings of up to $500 per person on dozens of select departures from late May to August, including Best of Sicily; Best of Europe; Best of Venice, Florence & Rome; Heart of Ireland; and more… Book now