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…

Rome has a reputation for being a city with dishonest people ripping off tourists. Though really I think the rumors are worse than reality these days.  Consider that it’s fairly normal practice, for example, to charge more for souvenirs or water near tourist hot-spots.  In any case, it’s best to have an idea of when…

The Roma Pass and the golden question:  Is it worth it?  The short answer:  maybe.  Let’s explore the world’s most annoying answer of “maybe”, shall we? What is the Roma Pass?  It’s a card which allows you Free Entry into the first 2 Museums or Archaeological Sites you visit, reduced prices for all other museums/sites,…

Pasta: the wonder food making potentially two-thirds of any Italian’s diet, has quite an interesting biography. By now it’s so common that you can find it practically anywhere in the world, but where did it come from and was it always so relatively cheap and easy to get? You might be surprised…read on! Italian pasta…

When one mentions Italy, one of the first things to surely come to mind is its vino. And for good reason. The country is the largest producer of wine in the world and wine grapes have been cultivated in the region for over 2800 years! Such a long history of viticulture has given birth to…

If you are coming to Rome this summer, especially from July through August, be prepared for the city’s infamous heat and humidity! Be sure to pack light clothing and drink plenty of water. On this point, two quick tips: 1) If you plan on going inside St. Peter’s Basilica make sure you bring extra clothing…