Collected by Heidi Davies
5222 Kobarid, Slovenia
Kobarid is also known as Caporetto, because the town—on the border with Italy—was annexed by the Italians for part of World War I. The brutality of that war has been erased—and scenery like this has survived (you can revisit the war at the museum...
Località Lenzuolo Bianco, 9, 34170 Oslavia, Gorizia GO, Italy
When Italian winemaker Josko Gravner opted out of fancy technology in favor of clay-pot fermentation, many of his fellow vintners thought he was nuts. A dozen years on, he has proven to be the visionary who inspired his region, Friuli, as well as...
5222 Jezerca, Slovenia
Triglavski Narodi, or "Triglav" is one of Europe's oldest parks and is a hidden traveling treasure. Premiere places to see while traveling western Slovenia. Raft the Soča River, one of the world's premier rafting locations and an important battle...
Corso Paolino d'Aquileia, 19, 33043 Cividale del Friuli UD, Italy
Lined with narrow cobblestone streets and perched above the emerald green Natisone River, Cividale del Friuli was founded by Julius Caesar in 50 BC. The town's Ponte del Diavolo, or “Devil’s Bridge,” was named after a popular legend in which the...
Salizzada San Samuele, 3358, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
If you go to Venice be sure you sleep all day because the night is the best time to see the city. The hordes of tourists disappear, the city falls quiet except for the sound of people laughing at dinner, chairs moving, silverware being used and...
Venezia Rialto, Calle dei Cinque, San Polo, 609, 30125 Venezia VE, Italy
Europe's first coffeehouse opened in Venice in 1645 after the bean was introduced to the West by the Ottoman Empire. And while you can no longer sip espresso in the original spot, Caffe del Doge is the coffeehouse of choice for this century. It's...
Calle del Mondo Novo, 5801, 30122 Venezia VE, Italy
As the winter solstice approaches, the light in Venice becomes diffuse. Multistory buildings cast the city in deep cold shadows that allow the canals to reflect the clear blue sky. It's the off-season. Many shops will close after Christmas until...
Piazza San Marco, 57, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
Italy’s oldest cafe has been serving coffee on a silver tray with a water chaser and a cookie since opening in 1720. Caffè Florian features a series of ornate gilded Neo-Baroque salons with frescoes and red velvet banquettes, as well...
Campo San Giacometto, 122, 30125 Rialto, Venezia VE, Italy
At the ground-floor wine bar, take in the view of the Grand Canal while enjoying such cicchetti as salumi and cheese. In the upstairs dining room, choose from a menu that features intriguing dishes, including cocoa fusilli with boar ragu. Campo...