Earlier this week, Italian authorities banned electronic payments – including credit and debit cards – as well as most ATM withdrawals in the tiny city-state.
From a 16th-century castle in the Austrian Alps to a rustic hideaway on a Tuscan hillside, escape the city heat at these secluded summer bolt holes.
In an effort to relive his days as a university student in Italy, the Thirsty Explorer finds that the land of espresso is not as familiar as it once was.
Rome’s latest monument, the Big Bambu – a 33m-high structure that resembles a bird’s nest – is both an art exhibition and a place to recline and hide away.
Photos & videos