Da Vinci Vineyard: How to Take a Tour of La Vigna di Leonardo

  “Prego, prego,” my tour guide said, motioning for the group to follow her along the tour route of La Vigna di Leonardo. As the tour commenced, I noticed that our guide kept calling the great artist and former owner, Leonardo da Vinci, “Leonardo,” which threw me off. Maybe that’s what people call him here, but it felt to me …

Palio di Siena: What to Expect at the World’s Craziest Horse Race

Twice a year, Siena hosts the Palio di Siena, a horse race so epic that it blurs the line between enthusiasm and clinical insanity in every one of the town’s residents. Pretty much everywhere in the world thinks it has the best sports fans. People worship their own sports god. They follow their team “religiously,” and consider themselves part of the …

Venice Grand Canal Tour

80+ Euro gondola prices got you feeling lower than the Piazza San Marco? Rest assured, your watery aspirations are still (somewhat) attainable with this guided Venice Grand Canal Tour by water taxi. Swap pitchy opera arias for the priceless know-how of that rare breed: the Venetian local. Your guide will identify landmarks, but also make recommendations, recount popular intrigues and myths, and identify the hotel from Casino Royale (still intact, for those of you dallying in a James Bond daydream).