About

Ciao! I’m Natalie.

I am a freelance writer in Rome, writing about a city I love (as well as about Italy and beyond but more on that in the Press Section).  In fact, I found so many places and things that I love about Rome that I decided to put them all into one app called Discover Rome.

freelance writer Rome

I’m originally from California, but I have been living in Rome full time since 2010.

I moved to the Eternal City for graduate school and thought I might stick around for a little while longer.

Here’s why:

Most days you can find me at my 1950s kitchen table turned desk, or running around Rome to find new unexplored areas or to visit some of my favorite spots.

travel writer in Rome

If you are wondering why I stayed in Rome, more on that is here. But (spoiler alert) a lot of it had to do with Jimmy, my Irish husband.

It sounds a bit like a beginning of joke: an American girl and and Irish guy walk into a Roman bar…

But it turned out to be the real deal. Our son was born in December 2017.

baby in Rome, Italy

 

If you are coming for a short trip, you might want to start with my posts on 24 hours in Rome or 48 hours in Rome.

I love to travel throughout Italy and beyond.  You may see some non-Italian posts on my worldwide adventures but you can filter to find Italy or Rome-specific posts from the menu at the top of every page.

Even with all the travel I have been lucky enough to undertake for work and for pleasure, Rome is still the most beautiful city I have ever seen. I love the unexpected corners of Rome, and the delicious Rome restaurants (naturally).

If this is your first time on the blog and you are thinking of moving to Italy, I would recommend starting with the posts on practical expat information.

Want to keep in touch? You can subscribe to posts by email to be notified whenever there is something new on the blog. More into monthly roundups? Join the newsletter mailing list.

You can also feel free to contact me anytime. I do my absolute best to respond to messages.

Finally, you will find interviews and more information about commissioning content development (did I mention I am a writer? no?) under the Press section of this site.

Happy travels,

Natalie

P.S. The photos here are by the talented Rebecca Honeycutt Photography

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89 Comments

  1. Donna
    October 14, 2010 / 11:25 am

    Loved reading your blog on whats up in your world. It looks like a good place to visit( hint::hint) 😉 Be careful. I didn’t see my picture on the things I’ll miss the most. love G

    • Natalie
      Author
      November 21, 2016 / 10:50 pm

      A bit belated.. but thanks, Grammie 🙂

  2. October 25, 2010 / 8:14 am

    love your blog, especially the metro police post ( happened to me ) , I still can’t believe they made you pay 50 euros! If your ever in Florence, let me know e prendiamo un caffe!

    • Natalie
      October 26, 2010 / 3:33 am

      Georgette- it happened to you too?? Every time I see an ATAC officer, my heart beats a little faster. Florence is on my list of to-visits, so I’ll definitely let you know. Ditto if you’re ever in Roma!

  3. October 26, 2010 / 7:08 am

    Natalie! I just stumbled upon your blog now! Congratulations on your writing and moving out! It feels liberating, huh? 🙂

  4. October 26, 2010 / 10:11 am

    Fun blog! It took me back to our first year in Italy! Enjoy every second of it, it is such a wonderful place to live at. If you are back in southern CA, we could try and find a good BAR to meet at.
    Good luck

  5. December 21, 2010 / 3:54 am

    What a nice blog, yeap Rome is a special city isn’t it…

  6. Brittany
    January 25, 2011 / 10:28 am

    Hi, I really enjoy reading your blog! I just moved to Rome from New York City to pursue doctoral studies at Sapienza University of Rome. I’ll be here for at least 2 years so I’m looking to meet other young American expats living here. I’m still adjusting to the whole new lifestyle here in Italy. If you have any tips to offer for a new girl in Rome that would be great!
    Cheers,
    Brittany

    • Ashton Marie
      July 5, 2012 / 2:25 pm

      Brittany,
      I am an american living in Florence, but my bf and I want to move to Rome and I want to enroll to La Sapienza and of course because its Sapienza its impossible to find any kind of assistance or real information on anything. If there any thing you tell me of your enrolling experience (as an american enrolling there) that could help me on my way it would be much appreciated!! My email is walters12@up.edu.

      Ashton

      P.S. I really love this blog! And I remember last summer when I moved to Italy the first time I thought it would be magic and gelato too. It was mostly just sweating, unhelpful rude people and almost getting run over a lot.

  7. Marco
    January 27, 2011 / 7:39 pm

    Hi! I’m italian but unfortunately living in the cold baltic Europe for work, and I came to your site while googling around for some nice picture of Rome, where I was living before leaving.
    Then I saw and read about coffee, basil, olive oil, the picture of Rome, la pizza, i gelati, Trastevere, and every single word was a trip back to the Eternal City and every picture a stab in my heart …
    I love Rome, and I’m missing it so much. You are such a lucky girl to be there …
    I also enjoyed your comments about ATMs and italian men asking about cooking skills – LOL! I’m not of that kind but I know a lot of my friends that are like this.
    Thanks a lot for your site and keep it growing up!
    Greetings from Tallinn.

    Marco

    P.S.: if you have time go to Caffè S.Eustachio (just in front of the Pantheon) for having probably the best coffee in Rome. A bit expensive but it’s worth the price, you have to try it at least once in life. And greet for me Piazza Navona e la Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, they are so close. Ciao!

    • Natalie
      Author
      January 28, 2011 / 12:42 am

      Marco! Thank you so much for the nice note, and for the tip! I will definitely try Caffe S. Eustachio as soon as I can.

      Stay warm and come back to Rome!

  8. Bailey
    February 24, 2011 / 5:11 pm

    Hey I really love your blog! I too am an American 20 something girl living in Rome. And I have a very pressing question: where did you find quinoa here???? I’m a vegetarian and occasional vegan and I would love some helpful hints to make finding food easier (like where was the Hippy House?)
    Thanks!
    Bailey

  9. March 31, 2011 / 2:06 am

    Hello, I have come to your blog via Bagni di Lucca’s blog! Small world.

    I agree with Marco above that Caffè S.Eustachio is a great experience, and being near the Pantheon (my favourite building in Roma) is a bonus.

    Well done for getting out there and doing it. You won’t regret having made the break. I have spent plenty of time in Italy over the years and I know it’s not perfect, but there are so many amazing things to see. Enjoy every pannini (or pizza, or gelato, or caffe…)!

    I’ve linked to my recent 10 week trip and my “regular” irregular blog below.

    Mary Louise Tucker

    http://mltucker.wordpress.com/
    http://tenweeksinitaly.wordpress.com/

  10. April 5, 2011 / 7:15 am

    I love your blog, I’m enjoying it alot as I said before. I always wanted to go live in Italy for a year or two, and I keep asking my husband if it’s gonna be possible for us to do someday… my dream is to explore every city in Italy form North to South and taste every italian specialty… and maybe work at some restaurant or a pasticceria. A friend told me also to visit Bracciano, I wasn’t sure of it, but now after seeing your pictures, I love it… we might go there…. Nice blog.

  11. Naila
    April 28, 2011 / 7:20 am

    Hi,

    I came across your blog and I thought I’d write to you to ask you some advice. I’m from Edinburgh, Scotland and I’m going to Rome in 12 days for the first time for a week on holiday and have been toying with the idea of staying there. I thought I would do it later in the year but I have no obligations in Edinburgh tying me down and I’ve wanted to live in Italy since I was a teenager. I’m 29 now. I’m learning Italian and I don’t know if this is a really crazy idea, well it is a crazy idea but I don’t know if it’s viable, moneywise. I’ve been looking for a room on easystanza and have found various options but I would have to view properties when I visit before I made any decision. Do you have any advice you can give me? Did moving involve some months of planning etc. for you as you’re American?

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Kind Regards

    Naila

  12. May 10, 2011 / 11:42 am

    Hi Natalie,

    I hope you don’t mind me getting in touch. I found your details on your website and I hope you might be able to help me with my strange request…

    I am a Producer working on a television show called House Hunters International which follows English speaking expats in their quest to purchase a house abroad. I wonder if you or any of your expat contacts might be interested in getting involved?! Please find a little blurb about the show below:

    House Hunters International is a half-hour program currently airing on the Home and Garden Television Network (HGTV) in America.
    The series is designed to de-mystify the international home-buying process by going behind the scenes of a house hunt where buyers and their real estate agents tour 3 homes.

    At its core, House Hunters International is a travel show concentrating on the idiosyncrasies of the locales and what makes them special and different.

    You can watch some examples of the show here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kh0Q6DYe3QM – London from South Africa (1600 series) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLmhKEzm5kg – Dubai from Illinois (2000 series)

    Please get in touch if you have any more questions about the show. I look forward to hearing from you!

    Best wishes and many thanks,

    Michelle

    Michelle James
    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER LEOPARD FILMS
    1-3 St Peter’s Street, London N1 8JD – +44 20 7704 3300
    michelle.james@leopardfilms.com
    http://www.leopardfilms.com

  13. Tori
    July 28, 2011 / 4:25 pm

    Love your blog! I ran across it planning my honeymoon to Italy. I laugh… I just told my husband last week that if I didn’t know him, I would have packed my bags, my mom and moved to Rome to freelance. Then I found your blog. Sounds so wonderful. I’m a Graphic Artist/Illustrator… how’s the job situation over there. Do you have clients here and there?

    Oh… maybe one day… in the meantime have my honeymoon in September. So, from reading your blog, I need long dresses and comfortable walking sandals.

    Tori

  14. sharon
    August 12, 2011 / 5:11 am

    Hello,

    I’m a ‘romana de roma’ who moved to Bruxelles 4 years ago. I’m miss my born city, but thanks to your blog, I feel like I was in Italy everthing I read your post… I’m fond of your blog, you make beatiful photos, and I don’t know how, but in my opinion you understand italian culture better that the Italians…

    Continua cosi’!!

    Best wishes and many thanks,

    Sherly

    • Natalie
      August 13, 2011 / 7:18 am

      Hi Sherly,

      How is Bruxelles? I’m glad if I can provide any reminder of Rome from an outsider’s perspective. Thanks so much for the nice note and encouragement 🙂

      -Natalie

  15. September 21, 2011 / 1:05 pm

    Hi Natalie!

    Really enjoying your blog, I moved to Rome in June from Seattle for an internship and I am always looking for expats to hang out with since I left my whole social life behind and Italians are nearly impossible to befriend 🙂 Let me know if you ever want to get aperitivo!

    -Sara

    • Lisa
      January 20, 2019 / 4:59 pm

      Ciao Sara,
      I just read your comment to Natalie. I’m from Seattle too but moved to Roma over 4 years ago.
      Are you still here?
      Would you like to meet sometime for a caffe or aperitivo?

      Salutone,
      Lisa

  16. October 23, 2011 / 6:30 pm

    Can’t believe you’ve already been for here for a year- doesn’t it seem like yesterday when you arrived?! Adding you to my blogroll! Keep having fun <3

  17. Mike in St. Louis
    November 11, 2011 / 9:55 am

    Love Rome and love your blog! I’ve vacationed there many times and I keep going back. Wish I could live there myself.

    Mike in St. Louis

  18. May 21, 2012 / 5:47 pm

    Just wanted to let you know that I discovered your blog recently and now I’m completely addicted to it. I’m moving to Rome from Canada in September (for no reason other than feeling that I need to do something big to make my life more interesting), and I have to admit that I’ve been sifting through and enjoying your archives, all the while getting more and more excited for my own big move. Keep up the great writing, I’m looking forward to reading more!

    • Kaitlan
      May 11, 2016 / 6:03 am

      Hi Sara
      You have no idea how happy it makes me to see a post like yours. I really want to know if you made the move!!! And if you are still there? I’m also Canadian and considering the move. I’m almost 24 and unattached to things here so I figure there is no better time. Would love to hear from you – shoot me an email if you have the chance, I’d be so appreciative.
      Katie (Vancouver Island)

  19. Javier
    May 22, 2012 / 8:44 am

    May i (and all of us) follow you one day.
    Will be in Rome in a few months, ten years after i first landed there on a september morning as student. I have been back a few times but i can only say my being and emotianal temperature are at its center in that great place.
    Congratulations and it was a pleasure discovering your blog.
    Good luck!

  20. Kirsty
    July 8, 2012 / 5:01 am

    Hey,
    I stumbled across your blog whilst searching the web to see if anyone else had gone through the nightmare of sorting their Dichiarazione di Valore! I plan to move to Trieste in September to start a Masters in Neuroscience hopefully, but it’s so nice to see someone else who has moved to Italy and to see a well documented take on the new life that you have embraced! Looking forward to the many more interesting stories to come :).

    Ciao!

    • Natalie
      July 17, 2012 / 1:43 pm

      That sounds awesome, Kirsty! Good luck! (and pack warm)

    • Michael
      October 17, 2012 / 1:14 pm

      Hey Kirsty!

      Just found out about this blog because of excactly the same thing! Kinda like it so far 🙂

      It was fun reading the way to get it because I’m in the thick of it at the moment and can’t tell any good about it too 🙁

      I’m also planning to move to Trieste to begin studying languages next year.

      So did you start?

      I have been in Trieste before because friends live nearby but tell me how is it to really live and study there?

      Ciao
      Michael

  21. Angela
    July 28, 2012 / 5:33 am

    Hi,
    How do suggest going about getting a work visa? I have visited Rome several times and have finally decided to make the move. I am also finding it challenging to find an apartment via email. Any suggestions?

    • L'americana
      July 28, 2012 / 8:40 am

      Hi Angela,
      It is really difficult to get a lease without being here. I lucked out because I know my landlord personally. If you are thinking about longterm, then it might be worth (/necessary) to make a trip here BEFORE you get your visa, arrange everything, and then go back to get the visa with your lease in hand. A pain, I know. Sorry!

  22. Joanna Reese
    August 12, 2012 / 3:36 pm

    Hi!

    I am really enjoying your blog and your pictures are beautiful! I am getting very excited about my upcoming trip to Rome! I have a favor/question and wondered if you could help. My husband and I are coming to Rome in October and actually get there on a Friday, which is our 10 yr anniversary! I would like to plan a dinner and was wondering if you could recommend a nice restaurant. I would love to go to a local favorite with great food and not too stuffy. We are staying near the Colosseum. Your suggestions would be so appreciated!!

    Thank you,
    Joanna

  23. Tyler
    November 15, 2012 / 12:25 pm

    I did this very thing in 2006. Sold all my stuff, stored the rest and bought a one-way ticket to Rome. Since I came back to the States I haven’t stopped scheming how to move back… For now, I will live vicariously through you. Thanks…or rather, gracie.

    Tanti auguri!

    Tyler

  24. Lorenzo
    January 16, 2013 / 2:59 pm

    Hi Natalie! I’m Italian and I live in Rome since I was about one year old. Now I’m 20 years old. How long have you been living here? Do you like it? Which neighbourhood did you choose to find an apartment? It would be interesting to start a conversation about it 😛

    It’s always pretty funny to read about living in your city from a foreigner’s perspective and I’m enjoying your blog right now.
    Bye!

    Lorenzo

  25. Anne
    March 6, 2013 / 9:24 am

    Hello I am an American student (also from southern California) in Rome at the moment and I just wanted to thank you for this blog. It is so inspiring and helpful when I am out and about in the city. You seem like a pretty cool person and this blog is fantastic! Please keep posting such wonderful little tidbits and I wish you well!

    • Natalie
      March 9, 2013 / 1:25 pm

      Thanks so much, Anne! I hope you are having a fabulous time in Rome!

  26. March 10, 2013 / 7:26 am

    So happy to find your fun Rome expat blog… I love Rome and often seeing myself running away to live there. I’ve had to settle for 9 visits and counting… two of them last year and one in a couple months I think. I am loving your particular experience of every day life in Rome as an American and all your local flavor tips are treasures!!! I’ve been keeping a tumblr photoblog of my time in and obsession with Rome (and Naples) but recently began a more traditional writing/photo travel experience blog on WP of my adventures of being a ‘tourist’ in rome who loves the off the beaten path spots of rome and is trying to get to know the eternal city in a local sense when I steal away to it. Not the same as living there every day – but I am trying! And I realized I was silly to not put down my memories and favorite spots for others to read about and for my own sense of nostalgia. Thanks for creating a great guide and an interesting food centric – yay – rome site. Bookmarking you!!!

    • Natalie
      March 10, 2013 / 3:46 pm

      Hi Rebecca! Your photographs are lovely. Thanks so much for the note– really looking forward to your next posts!

      • March 13, 2013 / 10:16 pm

        Thank you! I CAN’T WAIT TO pour over your inspiring archives this weekend…

  27. Erika
    February 20, 2014 / 8:00 pm

    Hello! My name is Erika – I am 35 years old and thinking of selling many of my things, giving up my apartment in the U.S. and heading to Rome for a job opportunity over there for an undefined amount of time. I am exhilarated but terrified. Was wondering if you were still there and if you would mind becoming FB friends so I have American contacts there. If so, let me know and I can provide you with my info. Thank you! Cheers! 🙂

  28. Joanne C
    March 10, 2016 / 5:26 pm

    Hi Nathalie, dopo aver seguito il tuo blog da un pò, e che adoro, mi permetto di farti una domanda. Avrei voluto scriverti in privato ma non trovo il tuo indirizzo email. Ecco la mia domanda : vorrei approfondire la mia conoscenza della lingua italiana e seguire corsi a Roma in una scuola per stranieri (parlo francese). Una scuola che offre anche attività come visitare luoghi o musei. Sono alla mia pensione e ho tanto tempo ! Mi stavo domandando se tu avessi conoscenza di queste scuole. Sto cercando sul web comunque. Grazie per leggermi. Mi puoi scrivere in privato se vuoi. Scommetto che parli bene l’italiano ? ?

  29. March 22, 2016 / 10:28 pm

    Just happened across your blog. Love it. We will be moving to Italy shortly (approved as dual citizens). Will be watching your posts. Can’t wait for our adventure!!! ouritalianjourney.com

    • Natalie
      Author
      March 22, 2016 / 11:13 pm

      I’m so glad!! When does your adventure start? Will you be based in Rome?

  30. Kaitlan
    May 11, 2016 / 6:06 am

    Hello!
    I am so eager (read: desperate) to connect with someone who is currently living in Rome. I’m a 24-year old Western Candian girl who has just decided that next year is the year I am going to move to Italy. For the most part I have decided where I’m going to be staying, but would love to chat with someone about the actual logistics and possible beaurocratic nightmares that await me. I was in Italy years ago as a child for just a short trip with family, but I am 100% certain I am going to make the move and make this happen for myself. I would be so thrilled to have ANY feedback/advice from someone who has done it themselves.
    Really hope to hear from you – I’m assuming my email address does get sent to you when I post here?
    Thanks so much
    Katie

  31. Holly
    May 25, 2016 / 8:44 pm

    So glad I came across your blog – it’s so heart-warming to see such wonderful pictures and posts about my favourite city. I moved to Rome in 2008 at the age of 22 – I was only meant to stay for 3 months of au-pairing but completely fell in love with the city, found a proper job and ended up staying 3.5 years. Best experience of my life! I’m so glad I made the leap. Leaving (in 2011) was tough, but necessary for my career/life to move forwards… I’m currently living in south Wales and now happily loved up with a fellow Brit. However, I still miss Rome more than any other place I’ve lived, and going back to visit feels like arriving home. I’m so glad I can treasure my memories of that time….

    To anyone debating whether to take the risk and go for it, I say just do it! I was absolutely terrified on the day I flew out to meet my au-pair family (I would have backed out I think if I didn’t feel bound to honour my deal with them) – SOOooo glad I went. I have no regrets about that time of my life. I do know some who found Rome tougher than others – the trick I think is to really go for it; speak Italian asap, even if it’s full of mistakes and hesitations (you’ll be amazed how quickly you progress if you just forget to be self-conscious!); try to make Italian friends and go to the bars/dingy clubs/dodgy looking (but AMAZING) pizzerias/trattorias that the tourists never see; shop in your local grocery store and stop by your local bar for a macchiato as often as possible… ENJOY! 🙂

    • Natalie
      Author
      May 26, 2016 / 7:30 am

      LOVE this advice to just go for it. Totally agree that Rome is worth it. I always say that the worst case scenario is that you go home… which is not so terrifying in the end.

      Thanks so much for the note– so glad that you feel the same way about Roma.

  32. Maddie
    January 2, 2017 / 10:05 am

    My roommate introduced me to your blog this past August when we started our freshman year abroad at John Cabot. Your information about Rome really helped us transition from high school, to college, to living on our own in a foreign country. I am are currently back in CA for winter break and I’ve found myself constantly coming back to your page in anticipation for my return later this month. Can’t wait to see what you post about next!

    • Natalie
      Author
      January 2, 2017 / 9:32 pm

      Hi Maddie! Thanks so so much! I hope that you are enjoying your time home!

  33. Jessica DeRose
    February 6, 2017 / 6:04 am

    Hi Natalie! Just found your blog and I love it! Going back to Italy in October for our second honeymoon and want to get the most of out the trip. Your blog is helping me find some great bars & restaurants. But I do need some help with my travels by train. What is the best website to buy train tickets? We’ll be going from Milan->Venice->Florence->Rome->Milan.
    Thanks in advance, I really enjoy reading your posts.

      • Jessica DeRose
        February 19, 2017 / 8:40 pm

        Thanks Natalie!!! Very helpful!! Have a great day!

  34. Brian & Chi
    March 13, 2017 / 3:40 am

    Ciao, Natalie! What a wonderful website you have. Happy to have found it (search return while looking for information about driving Amalfitana, busses, or ferries). We’re planning our family’s first visit to Italy from the US late May (2 weeks). The information and photos you share are just marvelous and will help us focus our planning a bit. Thanks, kind regards, B.

  35. March 20, 2017 / 11:30 am

    Hello Natalie!
    I also never planned to live in Italy and then an Italian man decided to change all of that! I’m based in the Veneto area, Padova mainly. Exploring the Dolomites and local towns and cities, its a whole different life to when I was in London. I’ve started writing a blog recently called Finestrella (your peep into Italy) on stories, experiences, images. Head over there for a browse if you are intereted!

  36. March 21, 2017 / 4:16 pm

    Tax rates are progressive and range from 23% to 43%. Additional taxes are due at the regional (0.9% to 1.4%) and local (0.1% to 0.8%) levels. If you’re a foreign resident working in Italy, you’re only taxed on the income earned in Italy.

  37. March 22, 2017 / 2:45 pm

    Hi Natalie,

    My name is Anuj Agarwal. I’m Founder of Feedspot.

    I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog An American in Rome – Italy has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 35 Italy Travel Blogs on the web.

    http://blog.feedspot.com/italy_travel_blogs/

    I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of Top 35 Italy Travel Blogs on the internet and I’m honored to have you as part of this!

    Also, you have the honor of displaying the badge on your blog.

    Best,
    Anuj

  38. cico
    April 7, 2017 / 10:36 am

    Ciao sei fidanzata ???

  39. cico
    April 7, 2017 / 10:56 am

    ah ok ho letto ora che sei sposata , peccato, fortunato tuo marito. In bocca a lupo.

    • Natalie
      Author
      April 10, 2017 / 7:51 am

      Grazie 🙂

  40. Colleen Bersano
    May 24, 2017 / 7:04 pm

    This blog is absolutely fabulous, particularly as someone who is currently considering moving to Italia! I got so wrapped up in reading post after post that I completely missed my bus stop this morning. Thank you for all the incredible information and additional inspiration in considering making Italia my new home. Extra shoutout to Gardenia Cheung-Lau for introducing me to your blog!

  41. May 25, 2017 / 4:47 pm

    Great blog Natalie! I ended up in Rome too after a language exchange but in 2015 I moved to Milan, which is not so bad in the end and I’m writing about my life in Milan. However, I’m missing the Eternal City every single day!

  42. Frederick R Polli
    June 14, 2017 / 7:32 pm

    Hi, love your blog. My girlfriend turned me on to it as we are making our second trip to Rome this month. Love Rome. I would love to live there.

    • Natalie
      Author
      June 16, 2017 / 9:45 am

      Thanks so much! I hope you have an amazing trip and that it brings you closer to that move!

  43. Andrea
    August 1, 2017 / 4:37 pm

    Ciao Natalie,
    il tuo blog è bellissimo, mi stai insegnando molte cose sul mio paese che non sapevo.. inoltri dimostri un amore per la nostra cultura che mi fa riflettere… visto che sto pensando di lasciare l’Italia…
    Ti darei la cittadinanza onoraria!!

    Bravissima!

    Andrea

    • Natalie
      Author
      August 2, 2017 / 1:19 pm

      Grazie mille, Andrea!!

  44. Megan
    August 7, 2017 / 11:33 am

    This is a great blog! I just arrived in Rome this morning and wish I had found it before so I could have planned more. I’m here with my two kids (7&12) and was wondering if you know any good tour guides who know how to make it all even more interesting for kids? Or perhaps a pasta making class for families?

  45. August 15, 2017 / 10:11 am

    I’m very happy I have found your blog! 🙂 I’m traveling to Rome in a month or so and really looking forward to it. Just came back from Florence and fell in love with the city… I wonder if Rome will live up the expectations 🙂

  46. Victor Cachia
    September 13, 2017 / 9:35 am

    Hi Natalie. First of all want to say this blog is awesome. I will be travelling to Rome with my wife for the first time for a 5 day holiday between the 30th Oct and 03 Nov and I was wondering if there is some extra tips you can tell me about apart the ones I already read on this blog that you can give us to make our first trip to Rome as romantic and awesome as possible. Thanks and once again very well done for this amazing blog. I fell on love with your blog as I am sure me and my wife will fall in love with Rome 🙂

  47. November 16, 2017 / 6:27 pm

    Hey Natalie, I love everything in your blog and actually i’m jealous 🙂 I’m in Rome this year for studies and i just began to create my own blog about the city and my experience but it’s nothing compared to yours !! Anyway, i was wondering wich camera do you use to take your pictures ? They’re amazing.
    Ciao, a dopo 🙂

    • Natalie
      Author
      November 21, 2017 / 9:49 am

      Ciao Coline! Thanks so much 🙂 My advice is to keep blogging! This grew out of a student project for me as well! Enjoy Rome <3

  48. Cristina
    November 20, 2017 / 11:33 pm

    Hi Natalie,
    I came across by chance into your beautiful blog! I’m Italian, but I moved with husband in Philadelphia (Pa) in 2013.
    I wanted to tell you that I’m so glad that you’ve created such accurate and detailed blog about Rome (and Italy in general).
    It’s very helpful and rich of information, for all those interested in visiting or even moving to the Eternal City.
    Complimenti, ottimo lavoro!
    And… IN BOCCA AL LUPO for your work!
    With my deepest appreciation.
    🙂
    Cristina

    • Natalie
      Author
      November 21, 2017 / 9:48 am

      Hi Cristina! Thank you so much for your kind words! I hope you are enjoying Philadelphia life, and I am so glad that the blog offers a detailed guide. Crepi il lupo!

  49. Mr. Abi
    December 17, 2017 / 7:58 am

    Thank a lot as mush as I love and keep it as my running place to hide from stress and work as every time discover new staff thank you a lot I love coffee and I will try Faro

    • Natalie
      Author
      December 17, 2017 / 11:50 am

      I’m so glad! I love Faro!

  50. Nancy
    December 29, 2017 / 9:31 am

    Hi there, we are travelling on 31st December and staying in San Lorenzo, we are landing late at 1900h into FCO and wondering if Mercator at termini is a good option for an Irish family of four to get some dinner? thanks Nancy

  51. Janine Youngbird
    January 23, 2018 / 9:32 pm

    Hi, I just found your blog and I am looking forward to reading it. My husband and I are currently planning our first trip to Italy and plan to spend at least four days in Rome. I will probably have questions for you once I read all your posts.

  52. Nancy Hogan
    March 8, 2018 / 8:40 pm

    Wow! I just stumbled on to your blog. I’m accompanying my about-to-be 88-year-old dad to Rome next week. I can alread tell that the info on your blog and your app that I just downloaded are going to be a great help. Thank you for sharing!

    • Natalie
      Author
      March 9, 2018 / 7:31 am

      I’m so glad! It is an amazing city and I hope you have a lovely time together

  53. Cara
    April 3, 2018 / 2:38 am

    Love your informative site! I lived in Rome a number of years ago and travel back as often as possible. It’s my favorite city in the world! I’ll definitely be reading your articles before my upcoming trip in July. I’m especially interested in the best places to find shoes (saw your Italian leather boot reco). I can’t go back to California without a pair (or two)!

    • Natalie
      Author
      April 3, 2018 / 4:05 pm

      Oh wonderful! My favorite shoe store closed but Angelo on Via Giubbonari is reliable.

  54. Josephine
    June 28, 2018 / 3:47 am

    Natalie,
    I have just started planning a visit to Italy for the beginning of next year. I love your blog. Thank you for all the information. I have never been to Italy; however I have done a good amount of traveling. I will be traveling with my significant other (his first time in Europe!) and two of my good friends who are also avid travelers. I am going to write down all your pointers. Thanks again!

  55. Barbara
    August 2, 2018 / 5:20 am

    Loved you page ! Thank you for what you do. Lots of great information.

  56. Michele
    August 16, 2018 / 11:13 pm

    You sparked a tee shirt idea….
    Espresso. Gelato. Wine. Repeat.

  57. Wendy Murphy
    February 2, 2019 / 1:24 am

    I’ve just booked a trip to Italy with my husband in October. I’ve wanted to see Rome since I watched Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday when I was 7 years old–35 years ago! I cried when I booked the flights 🙂 Your site is everything! Your photos are all the eye-candy I need for the next 8 months.

    • Natalie
      Author
      February 3, 2019 / 11:07 am

      Oh how exciting for you! I hope it is a dream come true when you get here

  58. Mario
    February 18, 2019 / 2:22 am

    Ciao, I am an American gay man living in Rome. I speak Italian and my father is from southern Italy. I have a few Italian boyfriends. Any dating tips for foreigners dating locals? Gay or straight dating issues are probably pretty much universal. I will note to gay travelers that Rome is no gay mecca but using dating apps can help you meet fun nice locals. But I warn to avoid using apps often as Italian men seem to like to meet foreigners especially Americans and this could spread you too thin. It’s easy to alienate yourself from everyone if word spreads you’re a flake. Use discretion.

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