Category Archives: Practical Information

11 Dining Habits that Make You Look Like a Tourist in Italy

Eating out in Italy is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy an important part of the country’s culinary culture.  But making a mistake at the dining table is also a surefire way to out yourself as a tourist. There are unwritten rules about how and what to eat when dining out in Italy. In order to […]

7 Essential Rules for Tipping in Italy in 2019

Ah, tipping. Gratuity. A little something extra. But exactly how much extra should you be leaving when you’re tipping in Italy? If you are coming from a country where tipping is common, you may be prepared to leave a lot of extra cash behind when tipping in Italy. While tips are (almost) always appreciated, leaving […]

Element Salon: English-Speaking Hairdressers in Rome

The first time I got my haircut in Rome, I went armed with elementary Italian. I had been scoping out the salon for weeks, slowly passing by and peering inside to make sure the clients were coming out with decent cuts. Then, as I sat in the chair myself, I told the nice woman cutting […]

Fiumicino or Ciampino: Which Airport to use to get to Rome

Rome has two airports: Fiumicino (FCO), which is also sometimes referred to as Rome’s Lenardo da Vinci Airport, and Ciampino (CIA). So which airport should you use to fly into Rome? Rome’s Ciampino Airport:  Ciampino is essentially a glorified bus station. It is a nice bus station… with planes. While it is incredibly small and simple […]

12 Ways to Stay Safe in Rome

Worried about saftey in Rome? It never hurts to be cautious but rest assured that Rome is safe, for a major European capital. And I never agreed in that past that  “someone” was targeting American students abroad. But I do agree that the intoxicating feeling of being in Rome, and actual intoxication can be a […]