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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3 Luxury Hotels We Love in Montenegro

Marvelous Montenegro is one of Europe’s hidden gems. The holiday hordes have mostly ignored this tiny Balkan country in favor of neighboring Croatia and Italy. Those in the know, however, are excited about the renovated and brand new luxury hotels in Montenegro popping up on its sunny shores.  The setting for these luxury hotels in

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6 Off-The-Beaten-Path Day Trips from Venice

It comes as no surprise that Venice is the most visited city in Italy. Between 26 million and 30 million tourists flock to the “Queen of the Adriatic” each year, and almost 75% of them are foreigners. Even the most jaded globetrotter can’t help but gasp at the sheer beauty of this centuries-old city built entirely

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Raise a Toast to President Biden with a Glass of Croatian Wine!

Croatians were proud to hear that a red wine from their small country was among those planned to be served at Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration last week in Washington, D.C. The wine in question, Benmosche Family Dingač 2015, unites both sides of the Atlantic. It comes from vineyards on Dalmatia’s beautiful Pelješac peninsula, planted in

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Our Italian Region of the Year: Friuli Venezia Giulia

It’s official! Travel + Leisure has proclaimed Italy its Destination of the Year for 2021. “A new Italian renaissance is waiting in the wings,” writes the magazine, and a dose of that irrepressible Italian spirit is just what we all need to fight the Pandemic Blues. Among those suffering from “Italy deprivation” is our own