Photos: Rick’s Latest Trip

Nikos runs Albergo Doni, one of my favorite hotels in Venice. He and I have a ritual of taking our photo with our last photo each time I drop in. We just get better looking every year.
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The Barber of Venice. For 20 years Benito’s been in my guidebook — the only barber I recommend in Europe. He gives lots of my readers, young and old, a wearable souvenir.
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Anywhere in Italy, surveying the luscious vegetables in the market is a kind of gastronomic foreplay warming you up for a fine dinner tonight.
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Taking a break from my research chores in Venice, I tested a few of our audio tours. They worked like a charm which made me very happy. They are clean, easy to follow, and make the sightseeing experience a joy…if I do say so myself. Our new Rick Steves Audio Europe program—with scores of free audio tours and trip-related interviews — is just about ready for prime time (see iTunes/podcasts/Rick Steves).
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A ritual grounding — barefoot on the pavimento alla Veneziana (my hotel’s traditional flooring) and my soul knows it’s back in Venice.
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Stuck in Venice because of the volcano’s ash…let’s drink to Iceland!
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My Ravenna guide took me to the barber who does her little boy’s hair. I said “just a trim” in my best Italian and he proceeded to give me the shortest haircut I’ve ever had in my entire life.
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Eating dinner with Franklin, we embraced life with gusto (and our mouths).
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Chef Giuliano gave me and Franklin a meal we’ll never forget.
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There’s a new hit show on Sky TV in Italy. It’s by some American hotshot and called Europa di Rick.
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What a crazy experience: sitting in an Italian living room with Italian friends watching me with a deep and raspy Italian-dubbed voice telling Italians about their own country.
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Simon Griffith and Peter Rummel join me to shoot a piece of the Rock. We just wrapped up a great two week shoot in Spain, Gibraltar, and Morocco. Stay tuned for an hour-long special on Andalucia in October.
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Flying from Gibraltar directly to Indiana, I joined our family to celebrate our son Andy’s graduation from Notre Dame. Degrees in Italian language and literature and industrial design from a great school. Congratulations Andy Steves! Look out world!
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