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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Genoa, Italy( Massimo Borchi / Corbis )
My wife, Liet, and I had intended to spend only a night in the city before heading for the nearby Italian Riviera and the Cinque Terre. After all, wasn't Genoa a nondescript port through which tourists like us passed on their way to somewhere else? But when the desk clerk at our hotel told us that Genoa had scrubbed its face clean of much of the industrial grime that had blackened it, revealing underneath the bright colors of the buildings and the many frescoes that adorn them, we decided to stay longer and have a look around. I'm glad we did.
-- Dale M. Brown
Read more: Paying respects to a renewed Genoa
Pictured: A scooter drives through Genoa's alleys.