Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel and Spa on the Amalfi Coast

A former convent converted into a lavish 20-room resort, this Italian sanctuary is blessed with heavenly views

by Kelly Phillips Badal Vacationing in a former convent may sound a bit austere—that is, until you experience Monastero Santa Rosa on Italy’s famous Amalfi Coast. This monastery-turned-hotel offers all the peaceful seclusion the sisters enjoyed, with none of the personal sacrifices. And though the popular coastline is studded with hotels, this distinctive destination—with its unmatched combination of five-star luxuries, natural beauty and centuries of …

Word of Mouth Florence: Food + Drink

A quick guide to some of the time-honored specialists making the Tuscan capital a must-visit culinary destination

There’s no shortage of tips for Italy’s wildly popular Tuscan capital, but with so many tourist offerings pumping through the historic town of Florence, it’s easy to end up eating a subpar pizza near the steps of the illustrious Duomo. Venturing into any trattoria in the Santo Spirito neighborhood on the Oltrarno side of the river will likely deliver an authentic Italian dining experience—particularly with …

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Remembering Benjamin Curtis and Phil Everly, White Lies' album art, Afrika Bambaataa and more in music this week

School of Seven Bells: Painting a Memory 2014 started off with the sad news of musician Benjamin Curtis passing at the young age of 35 after a battle with cancer. The distinctly talented artist began as a drummer in Dallas-based bands UFOFU and Tripping Daisy before becoming the rocking guitarist in Secret Machines and ultimately the multi-instrumentalist in NYC’s beloved indie rock band School of …