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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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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How to Taste Olive Oil Like An Expert

It is impossible to imagine Italian food without extra virgin olive oil. While there are some exceptions with different regional cuisines, on the whole, Italy uses a lot of olive oil. The healthy fat is used in cooking, as well as dressing foods, and contains an impressive amount of food-for-you antioxidants. …

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Where to Eat Artichokes in Rome

Artichokes may not be the first food that comes to mind when you think of Rome – after all there are mountains of cheesy carbonara and crispy pizza alla romana to work through. However, there are few vegetables more beloved in the Eternal City than the Roman artichoke. Artichoke season…

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Alfieri Leather Shop in Rome

I am going to admit that I find shopping for leather items intimidating. They can be beautiful pieces but are also a major investment that I am worried about messing up somehow. That is why I was thrilled to discover the family-run Alfieri leather store in Rome. The store is…

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