Food varies quite a bit around the Italian peninsula, ensuring that travelers don’t need to worry about growing bored with a lack of variety here as the typical dishes change with the regions.  This also means there’s something on the menu for everyone, wherever you may go in Italy! Here are some food suggestions for…

November 1st to Americans might be known as an unofficial day of collective candy hangovers, but in Italy this is All Saints Day, both a national and religious official holiday.  With more and more of the younger generation embracing the non-Italian tradition of Halloween, not having school or work the day after makes for a…

In the long list of FAQ’s on traveling to Italy, one of the questions ranking high up on the list is: What is the best time of year to visit? Of course one could answer: “Anytime!”…but that’s a lazy (even if potentially accurate) answer.   What Is The Best time of year to visit Italy?…

Where is the best place to stay in Rome? This is maybe the most common question asked by travelers coming into town.  The short answer:  depends!  There is no one great area of Rome that people should stay in.  It really depends on what your schedule is like, how long you have, how you’ll be…

The weather is warming up and that means that it’s the best time of year to reward a long day with a cup or cone of Italy’s beloved gelato.  Especially in the warmer season you’ll see kids with a cone in hand as their parents push them around (with one hand on the stroller, and…

Peanut butter is to Jelly as Italian Public Transport is to Strikes…meaning they don’t necessarily HAVE to go together, but it’s a popular combination.  In Italian it’s: “sciopero” (pronounced SHOW-PE-ROW), and unfortunately it’s a word I hear too often here.  And what’s more there’s not really a pattern to understand, as no two strikes are…

In light of today being the fearful Friday the 13th , let’s talk superstition.   American culture is filled with all kinds of interesting superstitions:  black kitty cats, don’t walk under a ladder, the horror of all things number 13 (to the extent of emitting it in buildings  and airplanes even!), etc etc…  But you might…

Ah! Spring in Rome…the sun is out one second, then behind weeping clouds the next. Everyone walking around is still in their winter coats and yet no one is sure if they are hot or cold. Regardless, they stick to the sunny side of the street. Come March, a sleepy city starts to wake…but it…

Train travel is a pretty quick and easy way to explore Italy.  It is usually faster than traveling by bus or car even.  And as an added convenience, train stations are generally located right smack-dab in the city’s center, leaving you with less to figure out when compared to airports that usually require shuttles or…

Italy is just filled with hidden gems: shy hilltop cities, forgotten places, overlooked artifacts and all kinds of spots off the proverbial beaten path.  They’re worth discovering, and this blog’s hidden place is Bomarzo! Or more specifically it’s gardens, known also as the “Bosco Sacro” (Sacred Grove), or the “Parco dei Mostri” (Monster Park). Monster…