December Travel News

Hi from Rick: Enjoying Europe’s Greatest Art

A few years ago, I found myself all alone with my favorite statue in the history of European art: Bernini's Apollo and Daphne.

My film crew and I were at the Borghese Gallery in Rome to shoot an episode of my TV show, and I had some free time while they set up. We were there on a Monday (when the museum is closed to the public), and I was able to take my time appreciating the breathtaking beauty of this statue: Apollo chases the woman of his dreams. Then, the split second before he reaches her, Daphne begins turning into a tree — her fingers sprout leaves, her toes grow roots, and the eager-yet-unknowing Greek god is in for one rude surprise. To be here alone, marveling at the genius of Bernini and the drama of Baroque, is a thrill for anyone who loves the art of Europe.

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In this issue


Europe’s Top 100 Masterpieces: Art for the Traveler

Just in time for the gift-giving season, Rick's newest book takes you on a greatest hits tour through the history of European art, with stops at his 100 favorite masterpieces… Read more


Making Europe’s Art Treasures Come Alive

The Mona Lisa, the Colosseum, Chartres Cathedral…Europe's cultural treasures include some of the most beautiful and enduring objects humans have created. But let's face it… Read more


Stockholm’s Delightful, Diverse Day Trips

Within an hour or so of the Swedish capital, you can bask in the opulence of a royal palace, swing through the home and garden of Sweden's greatest sculptor, see ancient rune stones, and more… Read more


Cameron’s Blog: Christmas in Switzerland

Join Cameron Hewitt celebrating a traditional Christmas in the Swiss Alps — with Christmas markets, cheese fondue, new-fallen snow, and live candles on the tree in the village church… Read more


Video of the Month: Sainte-Chapelle’s Dazzling Interior

Let there be light — ideally filtered through glorious stained glass. This jewel of a chapel, built for King Louis IX to house the Crown of Thorns, is filled with stained-glass windows illustrating… Watch the video


Forum Discussion: Chance Encounters

Emily writes about a serendipitous meeting she had with another forum member in Austria. She wonders if other folks have similar stories… Read more


App Bite of the Month: Art Appreciation for Travelers

Art history specialist (and co-author of Europe's Top 100 Masterpieces) Gene Openshaw joins Rick to give a close-up view of masterpieces in painting, sculpture, and architecture… Hear the track


Our Holiday Sale Is Here!

Need a gift for your favorite traveler? Save up to 50% on everything from guidebooks to packing cubes to bags — including our new Spinner Carry-On and Crossbody Travel BagRead more


Save on Rail Passes

Traveling by train on your next trip to Europe? Save 10% on most Eurail passes and 15% on the all-Britain BritRail pass… Read more