L’Osteria Birra del Borgo in Rome

pizza at birra del borgo

The area around the Vatican has been undergoing a welcome change, with newer bars and restaurants moving in and transforming the touristy blocks around the major attraction into a part of Rome you actually really do want to hang out in. One of my favorite newer places to eat near the Vatican in L’Osteria Birra […]

Biscottificio Innocenti Bakery in Trastevere, Rome

You can almost always smell Biscottificio Innocenti before you see it. The cookie shop is tucked away down a quiet Trastevere street but the aroma of freshly baked sweets is enough to draw you down the cobblestone lane, away from the busy hubbub of the rest of the neighborhood. There are cookies and then there […]

Visiting St. Mark’s Basilica at Night

reflection of st marks basilica in acqua alta at night

There is nowhere like Venice which means, by definition, there is nowhere like San Marco – the very heart of the city of canals. St. Mark’s Square is easily the most visited part of the city so you will be in A LOT of company if visit. However, visiting St. Marks at night is an […]

How to Skip the Line at St. Mark’s Basilica

St mark's basilica in venice with a blue sky

Venice is the Italian city that is having the toughest battle with over-tourism. The small city of canals can be overrun with groups who arrive for the day and flock to the main square. The number one sight to see? Piazza San Marco. So, if you want to get inside Venice’s most famous church, it […]

Why You Need Restaurant Reservations in Rome (and How to Get One)

One of the great joys in Rome is never knowing what you might find around the next corner. Wandering with no itinerary can lead to some incredible Roman Holiday moments with unexpected hidden gems. However, when it comes to eating out in the Eternal City, planning ahead is always a good idea. That’s because you […]