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On warm evenings, Rome’s locals stroll the cobblestoned streets, cones and cups in hand. About 2,000 gelaterias exist in Rome. Most use additives, thickeners, and synthetic flavors–yes, even those that call themselves artigianale (artisanal). Here’s where to get the good stuff.

Meet the Editor: Isabella Brega

Isabella Brega, the executive editor of Traveler’s Italian partner magazine, put together a buyer’s guide to authentic goods in Italy, highlighting 20 places in five different cities where you can witness craftsmanship in its highest form–from marionettes to mandolins. “The story of Italian artisans is one of valuables and values,” she writes. Here’s a brief look at Touring’s creative maven and her singular view of the world.

It’s a new year and, with it, new trips to plan. As you mull over which places you’d like to tick off your travel bucket list in 2014, consider these brief but compelling reasons why you should visit 20 of the world’s cities from the people who know and love them best.

For Nat Geo Travel Books Senior Editor Barbara A. Noe, going on a run is the best way to get oriented in a new city, and a great way to take in the sights. So lace up your sneaks and read on to get Barbara’s tips on where to run in some of the world’s greatest places—and what to see along the way.

Nicola Ferlei-Brown is a British travel writer based in Rome who’s passionate about getting the word out about where to eat, shop, and see all things divine in the city of Seven Hills. Here are a few of this art history aficionado’s favorite things about the place she’s proud to call home.

Family-Friendly Europe

Say what you will about Europe in the summer. Sure, there are longer lines, sweatier tourists, and pricier flights, but there’s also gelato on sunny piazzas, warm evening walks through historic sites, and, most important, no school. Here are four of the family-friendliest destinations in Europe, and tips for enjoying them with your kids.

Two millennia ago, gladiators, prostitutes, and politicians—Julius Caesar, for one—rubbed shoulders in a red-light district adjacent to the Forum and Colosseum. Now it’s a zone where something new is always opening, Italians gather for animated conversations outside overflowing wine bars, and young women in stilettos pick their way through cobblestoned streets.

The Stay List: Rome, Sweet Rome

For decades in Italy, “pensione” and “fashionable” didn’t belong in the same sentence. Small and family-run, without a concierge, room service, or sometimes even a working television, pensiones were seen as downright dowdy. But today, Rome’s bed-and-breakfasts have grown up. They remain intimate affairs, a “home away from home” where you can pick the owner’s brain on what to see and do in the neighborhood. Here’s a look at four.

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back on the blog for our roundups. Photograph by Poras Chaudhary, My Shot.

Ah, summer vacation. That three-month stretch with no school, no schedule, and plenty of time for family trips. The possibilities were endless back then, weren’t they, when visions of Disney World danced in your head, and the days seemed to last forever. Not every 12-year-old is as well-traveled as Reed Golomb – son of digital media vice…

By Nicole Glass, editorial intern at National Geographic Traveler magazine. Visit her website, www.nicoleglass.com to see her published work, or follow her on Twitter @NicoleSGlass. The modern “gladiators” — with their traditional tunics, resplendent golden helmets, long red capes, and swords — you’ll find in Rome are impossible to miss. Although the gladiator is a treasured symbol of ancient…

Photos: Where You Went

Our jet-setting friends on Facebook never fail to impress us with their far-flung escapades. Here’s a taste of the places you and your fellow gallivanters have visited lately. If you haven’t found National Geographic Traveler magazine on Facebook yet, please join us. Be sure to let us know where you’re off to each Friday, or just poke around for inspiration as you plan your next trip.

I Heart My City: Katie’s Rome

Buongiorno city-lovers! Welcome back to another Wednesday edition of I Heart My City. Today’s insider guide to Rome was sent to us by American expat and foodie Katie Parla, who writes about mouthwatering eats in Italy and beyond on her Parla Food blog. Discover Katie’s favorite places to eat, shop, and play in the Italian capital, then…

The Radar: Top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the Web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back the next day for our daily roundup.

The Radar: Top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the Web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back the next day for our daily roundup.

National Geographic Traveler contributing editor Christopher Elliott recently spent a week in Italy with his family. Here’s what he discovered. When you think of visiting Italy, a familiar highlight reel probably comes to mind: the Roman Colosseum, the Vatican, Michelangelo’s David, or pigeons in St. Mark’s Square. But try making the trip with three young…

Don’t forget to look up or you’ll miss these 15 stunning ceilings created by world-class architects in the last two centuries. [Web Urbanist] Stretch your legs, earn your meal, and learn about the culinary history of neighborhoods across the United States. Try one of these nine great foodie walking tours in the U.S. [Aol Travel] Ten…

In a city entrenched in rich history, it’s hard to know which one of Rome’s many architectural marvels to see first. Check out Italian Notes blog to get an insider’s view on the city’s five best steps. [Italian Notes] Will you be flying or driving to your next vacation destination? With gas prices still rising…

Immunizations? Check. Visas? Check. Copy of Passport? Check. Ticking these essential items off your ‘to do’ list before heading out on a round-the-world trip will minimize headaches down the road. [SpunkyGirl Monologques] Colosseum without the crowds? Thousands of people were reported to have left or avoided Rome yesterday based on a prediction by (now deceased)…

The Vatican Secret Archives

History enthusiasts and Da Vinci Code fans rejoice – Belgian publisher VdH Books has released a 252-page volume filled with photographs of restricted texts from the depths of the Vatican’s mysterious archives. The Vatican Secret Archives, created with the aid of seventeenth Archivist Cardinal Raeffaele Farina, contains over 100 documents accompanied by detailed historical commentary…

Every trip should have a soundtrack, so we’ve asked CJ Fahey with Nat Geo Music to select artists from their catalog whose songs will inspire you to get going. Two weeks ago Nat Geo Music hosted an Earth Day concert in Rome, Italy, that brought close to 200,000 people to the famous Piazza del Popolo…

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A Roman Treasure Hunt

Want a way to explore Rome that’s part Harry Potter, part Da Vinci Code? Then check out the new scavenger hunt cum guidebook, called The Ruyi. The interactive game will have you wandering through the streets on a quest for answers to cryptic clues. Confused? Intrigued? the London Times has the details: The book is…

Tour Guide: Walking Rome

This month’s issue of Traveler offers up some of the most authentic offerings found in Rome. And writer and Traveler reader Emilie C. Harting sends over her own favorite pick for exploring the city. Walk this way in Rome. Do you know how to avoid the 2-3 hour lines for such treasures as Vatican City…

By Alexandra Burguieres Last weekend was the 16th annual Barbecue Battle in Washington, D.C., and just standing at the gates gave me a flashback to a few years ago, when I arrived to visit a friend in the Czech Republic. She greeted me at the airport with the following question: “Are you still vegetarian?” Her…