Kate McCluer

Kate got bit by the Italy bug when she was a Junior Year Abroad student in Florence, many years ago. She got her Masters Degree in art history in Florence; did dissertation research in Genoa and Rome; and taught for the Syracuse University and New York University study abroad programs in Florence, where she still lives.

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Beyond Spaghetti: Going Off the Eaten Track

Sometimes there’s nothing more comforting than a plate of spaghetti topped with tomato sauce and freshly-grated Parmesan cheese. Spaghetti is America’s most popular pasta shape by far. But with over 350 variations of pasta shapes to choose from, there’s no need to limit yourself to just one or two. Each shape typically compliments a particular

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For Nature Lovers, There’s Nothing Quite Like Slovenia’s Alpine Attractions

Move over Switzerland! The Soča Valley in Slovenia boasts spectacular Alpine vistas that the Swiss Tourist Board would be proud to claim as their own. But Switzerland is Europe’s priciest country by far. Luckily, savvy travelers can expect to spend 30-40% less in Slovenia’s Julian Alps than their Swiss counterparts. Adventure & Active Travel The