When in Rome…

You would be hard pressed to find a city with more art, culture and history than the Eternal City. Rome is a giant collection of museum after museum documenting the beginning and development of Western Civilization. And life amongst the ruins is truly la dolce vita: fashionable dressed Romans love their cafes and al fresco dining. Rome does not disappoint.

Colosseum

Considered one of the world’s greatest architectural and engineering achievements, this ancient Roman arena sits in the center of the city. Don’t miss the recently opened gladiator quarters below the arena floor.

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Photo by Outbound Adventurer.

Roman Forum

Originally a large marketplace, the Forum became the center of Roman life for centuries. Gladiator games, parades and public speeches all took place there.

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Photo by Stuart Allan.

Pantheon

Completed in 127 AD, the Pantheon contains the world’s largest non-reinforced concrete dome.

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Photo by Kim Briggs the mangiacakewife.

Vatican City

A city within a city, the center of the Catholic church has its own money, diplomatic corps and militia: the Swiss Guard in has been in service to the Pope since the 15th century.

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Photo by Clair Sldvr.

Piazza Navona

A beautiful square with al fresco restaurants and charming cafes, this bustling piazza is home to Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers.

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Photo by Chasing Adventure.

Trevi Fountain

The world’s most famous fountain marked the end of the Virgo Aqueduct which brought fresh water to to Roman bathhouses. Bernini contributed greatly to its final form.

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Photo by Where Next.

Galleria Borghese

With limited entry for just a few visitors, you will need to get tickets in advance to view this impressive collection of art.

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Photo by Ioana Curcan.

Capuchin Crypt

Akin to the Catacombs of Paris, the bones of hundreds of Capuchin friars are arranged in a macabre art display to remind visitors of the swiftness of life.

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Photo by Mark Dickinson.

Castel Sant’Angelo

Also known as the Mausoleum of Hadrian, it was originally built as a burial place for the Emperor and his family but later became a papal palace.

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Photo by Karla Mendoza Voigt.

Spanish Steps

The longest staircase in Europe sponsored by the Spanish Bourbons in the 18th century. This storied staircase offers some of the best people watching in all of Rome.

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Photo by John Flores.

We have more gorgeous architecture for you big and small here. Did you know that Rome is twinned with Paris? Check out some awesome Paris photos here. And as always, find more inspiration on Trover.com.

The Top Places for Rosé Around The World

Much like its Autumn counterpart, Beaujolais, Rosé has reached superstar seasonal status. It is now de rigueur for quenching your thirst in the heat of summer. We have searched our Trove to bring you the top spots for sipping this favorite summer wine from regions in the USA in California to the Champagne region of France. Grab your corkscrew and picnic blanket. Cheers!

Provence

Home to this lovely summer wine, Provence boasts many famous labels including Tavel.

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Photo by Claire Sldvr.

Loire Valley

This playground to the kings of France is full of châteaux where you can picnic with a local appellations.

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Photo by Travelnotesandbeyond.

Champagne

Yes, there is more to Champagne than Champagne so why not try the refreshing Rosé version?

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Photo  by Smashed Penny.

Languedoc-Roussillion

This Southwestern part of France is home to the lovely and of-the-moment city of Montpellier, with a lovely square and many cafes that can pour you the perfect glass.

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Photo by Don’tSleepTravel.

Italy

Abruzzo is known as the greenest part of Italy and famous for its light red Montepulciano.

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Photo by Paola Kervin.

Spain

The Basque country offer a slightly fizzy version of Rosado that pairs well with rich seafood.

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Photo by ChristineinSpain.

Washington

The Evergreen state has established itself as a leader in wines and Rosé is no exception.

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Photo by Alicia Nakamoto.

California

Anderson Valley offers award winning Rosés along with beautiful views.

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Photo by Lois Greene.

Grab a bottle or two and head out on your own Rosé adventure with our USA Weekend Getaway list. Find more inspiration at Trover.com.

15 of the Most Isolated Monasteries in the World

Some of the world’s most incredible places of worship and spiritual study are also some of the most difficult to access. Most of the time, this was intentional in the design of the complex.

Whether perched on a cliff, hidden in high mountains, or built into the side of rock formations, these monasteries, temples and abbeys were designed to isolate and test the dedication of the monks and nuns who inhabit them, bringing them closer to God in a place of peace.

Though some of these ancient monasteries are no longer in use, all of them make for fascinating travel destinations, especially for those interested in religion, architecture, history and geology. If that sounds like you, read on for 15 of the world’s most isolated monasteries:

 

1. The incredible Greek Orthodox monasteries of Meteora, Greece

Trover photo by Allan Tipon

 

2. The ninth-century Sevanavank Monastery on Lake Sevan in Armenia

Trover photo by Mattyboy876

 

3. The fifth-century Hanging Temple in Datong, China

Trover photo by Ai Long

 

4. The Monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa in Amorgos, Greece

Trover photo by Travel with all senses

 

5. The 1st-century BC Monastery at Petra in Jordan

Trover photo by Prytz

 

6. The Taktsang Palphug Monastery (aka “Tiger’s Nest) in Paro, Bhutan

Trover photo by Earth Trekkers

 

7. The 16th-century Blagaj Tekke in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Trover photo by Candice Walsh

 

8. The 1st-century Saint Catherine’s Monastery at the base of Mount Sinai in Egypt

Trover photo by Betina Winsig Hansen

 

9. Sanctuary of Madonna della Corona in Spiazzi, Italy

Trover photo by Paige Spee

 

10. Kye Monastery in the Spiti Valley of India

Trover photo by Mihir Shah

 

11. The fourth-century Greek Orthodox Sumela Monastery in Maçka, Turkey

Trover photo by Klando va de viaje

 

12. The sixth-century St. George’s Monastery in Wadi Qelt, Israel

Trover photo by Adina Troper Dayan

 

13. Santa Maria of Montserrat Abbey in Catalonia, Spain

Trover photo by Tom Stahl

 

14. Basarbovo Monastery in Basarbovo, Bulgaria

 

15. Ypapanti Monastery in Kalambaka, Greece

Trover photo by Allan Tipon

 

How’s that for some monastic inspiration? To see more of the world’s most isolated monasteries, check out the full list here, and don’t forget to share your own isolated discoveries on Trover!

 

20 Most Romantic Honeymoon Destinations

For those busy planning weddings, it can be easy to forget about the best part: the honeymoon! The honeymoon is your chance to let the stress and busyness of getting ready for your big day melt away as you lie on a tropical beach, stroll the streets of an ancient European city, or simply enjoy good food and the company of your partner.

To help get you started in the planning and day-dreaming, we’ve assembled a list of 20 of the most romantic honeymoon destinations from around the world. Read on for your daily dose of travel inspiration:

1. Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Trover photo by Curiosity & Co.

 

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Viva Italia: Italy’s Best Beaches

Ah, Italy. You make falling in love so easy. Wonderful food, ancient sites, beautiful people and places and some of the world’s best beaches. It is almost unfair how much you have to offer travelers. Other countries must be jealous! I can’t wait to see  you.  Caio, Bella.

Love, Trover.

San Vito Lo Capo, Sicily

In addition to this lovely beach, there are mountains to climb and wonderful restaurants.

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Trover photo by Algirdis Sidskis

Isola del Giglio, Tuscan Coast, Italy

An island part of the Tuscan Archipelago, Giglio means “Lily”.

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Trover photo by Andrea Martinella

Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily

An ancient seaside setting made famous in modern times as a set for “Ocean’s Twelve”.

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Trover photo by Algirdis Sidskis

Lampedusa, Sicily

Voted the best beach in the world on TripAdvisor.

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Trover photo by Sam_O

Ponza, Italy

Circe seduced Odysseus on this beautiful island with magical beaches.

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Trover photo by Fascias