Visitors in Rome during the fall and early winter might notice the hypnotizing swirls of small black birds, flying in synchronized patterns in the sky, much like those massive schools of fish you might see in the ocean.  These are starlings, a type of bird whose large flocks simultaneously entertain and wreak havoc on Rome’s…

The coffee culture in Italy is sacred and quite different from other countries. For example; it’s a rarity to sit down while drinking and it can actually cost you up to four times as much if you do sit down. Forget comfortable armchairs with free WiFi á la Starbucks. In fact, Starbucks dosen’t exist in…

… that is the question. Tipping in Italy can be a hot subject. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg got lynched by media for not tipping the waiter after a lunch in Rome. But did he really do anything wrong? There are no particular “tipping rules” in Italy and in most cases you do not have to…

Spaghetti Carbonara is a creamy and filling pasta dish. The name Carbonara is derived from carbonaro (the Italian word for charcoal burner). The dish was supposedly made for Italian charcoal workers. Today it is a traditional Roman dish. Easy and fast to make in your own kitchen! You need: 1/2 cup (100g) pancetta 1/4 cup…

Need something to cheer you up this weekend? Make a tiramisu! It is a delicious and simply dessert that is loved by most people and not difficult to make. This is a classical recipe that I have tried and liked. It can be prepared the day before. Buon appetito! Preparation time: 25 min – 6…

If you are going to Rome you will probably fly to the major airport “Leonardo da Vinci Airport” or Fiumicino Airport as it is usually called. There are a lot of options to reach the city center from the airport. Here you have the full list,  pick the option that works best for you. Get…

If you are visiting Rome this weekend, do not be surprised if you find stores and sights closed. The 29th of June is an annual holiday in Rome when the Catholic saints Peter and Paul are honed for their martyrdom. The date was chosen either for being the anniversary of their death or of the…

Want to do something spectacular on a Friday night in Rome? Listen to fabulous live music while sipping on a cocktail in a cozy couch? Then Gregory’s Jazz Club is the place for you. Every Friday night Emmanuel Urso Swing Band is on stage and no one can possibly sit still. I have been there…

So far this spring has been pretty rainy. You expect that Rome always should be sunny and warm, unfortunately it is not. If you happened to be here while the weather it not on the best side, do not despair! There are options that dose not inquire nice weather. Here are some tips on how…

Living in Rome has its price. It is almost never silent, it can be pretty crowded and it has only a few escapes into its surrounding nature. For me, who grew up with the forest around the corner, it is certainly a bit hard. And I often long for a tête-à-tête with nature. Luckily there…