CANALS, GONDOLAS AND SOARING steeples of religious monuments form the heart of Venice, a city inundated with visitors but still somehow able to retain the charm that keeps travelers coming to gape at its storied beauty. The Italian city of more than 400 bridges presents

BEYOND THE GILDED LUSTER of Venice lies a melting pot of culture and gastronomy ripe for discovery. Friuli-Venezia Giulia — Italy’s most northeastern region, which shares a border with Austria and Slovenia — is a gastronomic gem that produces much of the country’s highly sought-after