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…

In June 2012 Eataly opened its doors in an old train terminal in Rome. This chain of food malls was originally created in Turin six years ago and has been a successes story also in USA and Japan. Swing by for a lunch or a delicious dinner, or to walk around the wide range of…

Tonight at 19.06 people at the Saint Peter’s Square could see the white smoke coming out from the chimney from the Sistine Chapel. While the news spread that the papal conclave was over Romans and tourists started running to the Saint Peter’s Square to see who the cardinals elected and to greet the new Pope.…

One of the best things about Rome is that there is such an absolute abundance of history, that even living here for years and years, you can still discover new things. One evening after dinner in Trastevere (Le Mani in Pasta….I recommend it!), I was getting a rare ride home from a friend with wheels. …

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…