On a three-week group tour, I saw Florence at my own pace | Lifestyle

My family calls me the Bethesda Brit. I’ve spent so much time traveling in the United Kingdom that London’s almost a second home. But I had long hoped to immerse myself in another place: Florence, the city where the Renaissance began around 1350 and – for most art history buffs – the center of the … Read more

In the Classical World, Persia’s Powers Rivaled Greece and Rome | Smart News

A gold Achaemenid plaque featuring a winged lion-griffin, dated to between 500 and 330 BCE. Courtesy of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago Who were the power players in the interconnected classical world? Ancient Greece and Rome likely come to mind. But a new exhibition at the Getty Villa in Los Angeles aims … Read more

Everything to Know Before Visiting Vatican City

Every day, 25,000 people flock inside the walls of Vatican City, the smallest country in the world stuck directly in the middle of Rome. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, art lover, going on a pilgrimage, or just want to check it off your travel bucket list, the Vatican is a must-see. It is home to … Read more