Syracuse, Sicily: Neapolis Archaeological Park – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

Syracuse, Sicily: Neapolis Archaeological Park – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

The ancient Greek city of Syracuse is long gone, but wandering through its scant remains in the city’s archaeological park, you pick up hints of its former power. At its peak, around the 5th century B.C., Greek Syracuse had roughly the same population it has …

Piazza Armerina, Sicily: Villa Romana del Casale – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

Piazza Armerina, Sicily: Villa Romana del Casale – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

The Villa Romana del Casale, near the town of Piazza Armerina, was tucked away in a remote Sicilian valley, about midway between the city of Rome and Africa. This was the mansion of a wealthy Roman senator who traded in exotic animals. That was a …

Segovia, Spain: Architectural Beauty – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

Segovia, an historic town of 55,000 with a rich history and a famous Roman aqueduct is well worth a short visit. Nearly 2,000 years ago, Segovia was a Roman military base in need of water. So Emperor Trajan’s engineers rerouted a stream into town by …

Highlands, Scotland: Crannogs and Cairns – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

Highlands, Scotland: Crannogs and Cairns – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

[ Flute plays tranquil tune ] -We’re driving south, to learn how some of the original Highlanders lived. Across Scotland, little round islands on lakes are the remains of prehistoric fortified homes. These are called crannogs and date back centuries before Christ. Here at the …

Taormina, Sicily: Cannoli with a View – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

Taormina, Sicily: Cannoli with a View – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

Taormina, Sicily’s most spectacular resort, hangs high above the Mediterranean. Its handy cable car provides access to the beach. Its dramatic setting has an understandable allure. One of Europe’s romantic, Old World resorts, it takes full advantage of its breathtaking perch. Taormina was a favorite …

French Riviera: Monaco – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

French Riviera: Monaco – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

Just below sits Monaco. With barely one square mile of territory, it’s one of the world’s smallest countries. Of its 30,000 residents, less than 10,000 are true Monegasques, as locals are called. Many of the rest call Monaco home because there’s no income tax. Despite …

Kraków, Poland: Rich History, Vibrant Culture – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

Kraków, Poland: Rich History, Vibrant Culture – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

We start in Krakow. It’s like the Boston of Poland, a charming and vital city buzzing with history, college students and tourists. Even though Poland’s political capital moved from here to Warsaw 400 years ago, Krakow remains the country’s cultural and intellectual Center. The city’s …

Skye, Scotland: Island Sights – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

Skye, Scotland: Island Sights – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

[ Jaunty tune plays ] After enjoying our three-island day, we’re driving farther north. The drive’s scenic, the roads are good, and the traffic’s light. ♪♪ Ferries connect these islands with Scottish government-subsidized fares, keeping island-hopping inexpensive. Next up, the rugged Isle of Skye. ♪♪ …

Iceland with Cameron Hewitt | Rick Steves Travel Talks

(dramatic instrumental music) (audience clapping) – Thank you. Hello, thank you very much for coming. My name is Cameron Hewitt. I have been working with Rick Steves since the year 2000. I wear a lot of hats at the company, but mostly I’m a guidebook …

Ravenna, Italy: Church of San Vitale – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

Ravenna, Italy: Church of San Vitale – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

Ravenna is a charming if underwhelming town of 140,000, with a fascinating history and some of Italy’s most amazing art treasures. Ravenna is on the tourist map for one reason… its 1,500 year old churches decorated with best-in-the-West Byzantine mosaics. Imagine it’s the year 500 …