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Category: Southern Europe
Malta

It isn't fair to compare Malta to anywhere else in Europe. It's a tiny place where every big city feels like a small town, connected by a surprisingly finite number of roads. The beaches are rocky...

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Ragusa Ibla: UNESCO World Heritage site and the small town over the hill from my husband's grandmother's apartment. Composing the "old town" of Ragusa, which has long since expanded into a mid-sized modern city, Ibla is a tourist spot in many ways...

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Naples rewards those who give her their full and complete attention, and she spurns those who don't. It's an immersive experience. In Rome and Florence and Venice you can observe the city from the outside, interacting with people, sights and restaurants that are there to serve tourists. In Naples there's no dividing line.

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Despite the full-scale eruption three days ago, it was relatively easy to find someone who would take us up the volcano for €50 a head. Fortunately, Etna tends to announce herself before her eruptions, which are mostly minor with predictable lava flow...

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The Valley of the Temples (La Valle dei Templi), originally the ancient settlement of Akragas, is the most complete set of Greek ruins I have ever seen in Sicily. Home to eight temples from the 6th and 5th centuries

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At Selinunte, our second stop on the grand tour of Western Sicily's Greek temples, we did a lot of walking. There were five or six temples worth visiting and only minimal scaffolding to betray any efforts toward their preservation.

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Segesta is a dream. Though the main temple is roped off, the rest of the settlement is surprisingly unrestricted. Visitors can walk in, climb on, and touch everything in the theater as well as the rubble of a nearby mosque...