Category Archives: Things to Do in Rome

Coffee with a Colosseum View

I won’t bore you with how hot it was. I won’t bother trying to describe how oppressive the humidity feels when not a single wisp of a breeze can be found. I won’t even begin to recount the discomfort, the lack of mobility, or the will do anything but lie perfectly still with the shutters […]

Visiting Rome’s Rose Garden

This is it. This is the two weeks of year when the weather is absolutely perfect and the air is full of possibility. Spring in Rome. Everything in Rome has turned green again, and while the pollen is wrecking havoc on allergies, the blooms are glorious. And one of the most glorious places to be […]

Exploring Underground Rome with Rome is Easy

Whenever we have visitors, I direct them to stop by Basilica San Clemente after their trip to the Colosseum. It is incredible, I tell them. 2000 years of history in one building. An ornate church from the Middle Ages, built on top of a 4th century church, built on top of a 1st century home/government building/temple, […]

Rome’s Keyhole: A Picture Perfect View

The Eternal City is full of hidden gems. The problem is, they are not always a secret.  Take, for example, the famous keyhole in Rome, Italy: Yep. That is the line. To look through a keyhole on the Aventine Hill. The thing is, it is kind of worth it.  It is worth the walk, because […]

Rome’s Cat Cafe: Romeow

For the first year I lived in Rome, something was missing. Of course I had moments of homesickness. I missed my family and my friends. And I finally realized that I also missed my pets. There was no cat cafe in 2010, but soon there was Bacon the cat. Just one cat. (I made do). We have […]

Row boats in Villa Borghese

You know that little lake in Villa Borghese?  You know- the adorable one? It’s called the Laghetto, and it is a perfect spot for picnics.  It is probably my favorite picnic spot in all of Rome, because I am sentimental and it is also my first picnic spot in Rome. Four years ago, new to the […]

Porta Portese: Rome’s Flea Market

Senti. (Listen). I need new shoes. Need. I do not mean “need” in the metaphorical “it would be nice to have” sense. I mean I actually for once in my life really need new shoes. In the past six weeks, I have thrown away four pairs, and this is not sustainable. Thankfully, I am back […]

Centrale Montemartini: Rome’s Quiet Museum

I love Jimmy. I really do. But a girl who doesn’t care about sports can only take so much sports talk. Sometimes you have to get out of the house, away from the TV, and give yourself a good shake on a lazy Sunday. Which is where Centrale Montemartini comes in. This is one of Rome’s […]