• Santa Marinella: Picturesque Beach near Rome

    How does a weekend day trip to the beach sound? It’s especially wonderful during offseason, when there’s plenty of space on the sand and the water is almost exclusively yours to relish. The best part? Santa Marinella beach is just 45 minutes away from Rome by train! There are direct…

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    Barnum Cafe in Rome: Coffee, Cocktails and Wi-Fi

    Barnum Cafe might just be your new favorite place in Rome if you have not already discovered it. Barnum is not new, so I am always surprised when people haven’t been. It has been included in my app since day 1, but it was an oversight not to blog about…

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    How to Visit the Sistine Chapel in Rome

    Covered in frescoes by Michelangelo, the Sistine Chapel is truly one of the unmissable spots in Rome. There is something so unworldly about the celestial paintings in this Vatican church. You may be completely surrounded but once you look up, the crowd fades away and you cannot help but be…

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    The Ides of March in Rome

    The importance of the Ides of March in Rome dates back to ancient times when the 15 March was an important date on the Roman calendar for settling debts and appeasing the god Jupiter. However, the Ides of March is most famous for being the day on which Julius Caesar…

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    Best Quotes About Sicily

    Sicily is technically a part of Italy but you know you are in a place that is truly unique as soon as step foot on the island. Sicily is its own being. It has endured thousands of years of occupation and outside influence, all of which have left a fascinating…

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    Yes, Americans Need a “Visa” to Travel to Italy in 2021

    Starting in 2021, US citizens will need a visa to visit Italy. Before anyone freaks out, the new rule is actually more of a visa waiver program than a visa requirement and will be known as  European Travel Information and Authorization System, or ETIAS. I am American and I have…

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    The Church of San Franceso a Ripa in Trastevere (Rome)

    When St. Francis came to Rome, he stayed in a convent attached to a little orange church in Trastevere. That church now bears his name: San Francesco a Ripa Grande. While you will find the bigger crowds at Santa Maria in Trastevere, the better art connection is at this church…

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    Er Buchetto: Porchetta in Rome

    It is hard to resist the urge to remodel. I have seen neighborhood spots transform over the years and those older, traditional eateries in Rome seem harder and harder to find. And then there’s Er Buchetto, which quite obviously hasn’t changed in decades. The tiny porchetta shop near Termini Station…

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