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Elizabeth Heath

Liz is a travel and lifestyle writer/editor living in central Italy, from where she writes about family, luxury, soft adventure, cultural and wellness travel in Italy and points further. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Travel + Leisure, Smithsonian, and many other outlets. She writes about Rome for Frommer's Travel Guides and about all of Italy for

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I have a broad knowledge of most parts of Italy, and specific expertise for Rome, Umbria, Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna, and Sardinia. I also write about Switzerland, Malta, and the rest of Europe. When possible, I love to bring my family along when I travel, and we love all things soft adventure - hiking, e-biking, kayaking, and boating. "

How did you get involved in travel?

"My first job out of grad school required me to travel all across the US, and I was hooked. Travel planning and research drive some people nuts, but I love every step of the process - and the journey, of course!"

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Hmm...a few of so many great memories: solo hiking in the Grand Canyon, walking in England's Lake District, sitting on the bow of a catamaran off the Napali Coast of Kuaui as hundreds of spinner dolphins swam with the boat. And every time I see the Pantheon in Rome."

The Duomo of Florence and Giotto's Bell Tower illuminated at night
Ultimate Guide to Il Duomo in Florence

The Duomo of Florence is one of the great monuments of Europe, and there's much more to it than the mighty cathedral. This ultimate guide to il Duomo in Florence will help you get the most out of your visit to the Duomo complex.

Freiburg im Breisgau, on the southwest edge of Germany's Black Forest
How Many Days to Spend in Germany

Germany has a broad offering of experiences, from modern cities to medieval towns, fairy-tale castles and forests, and even beaches. Two weeks will allow you enough time to get to know the country well, though you can still get a lot from a shorter trip. One week allows for a German "sampler," and even in as little as five days, you can fit in a variety of sights.