In Europe, 76 destinations off the beaten path
Looking beyond Rome, Paris or London? Consider Europe's lesser-known destinations, such as Monschau, Germany, a town so quaint you can hardly believe it isn't a theme park or San Marino, one of Europe's oldest and smallest countries (drive through it slowly).
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Sicily, Italy( Giuseppe Piazza )
The roads here are very good. You can take the autostrada across the island from Trapani to Catania in three hours. And the kind of desperate poverty there once was isn't anymore except in limited areas of the big cities.
The historical center of Palermo, for example, is a mixture of deteriorating houses and palaces. Some of the bomb damage from World War II has only recently been repaired. But restoration is going on there. Churches and palaces are being turned into concert spaces. Now it's quite fashionable.
-- Mary Taylor Simeti / Susan Spano
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Pictured: The town of Salemi in southwestern Sicily.