Category Archives: Things to Do in Rome

Inside Palazzo Farnese in Rome

The US has three Embassies in Rome. There are ambassadors to Italy, to the Holy See and even to the United Nations. But it’s the French who really know what’s up, and in 1936 they were smart enough to lease Palazzo Farnese to house their Embassy for 99 years, for 1 Euro a year. That […]

Wine, Cheese, and much, much more

Pros and cons of living in Rome? Con: Post Office. Pro: Wine. But wine alone can only take you so far, which is why wine pairings are so important.  Honestly, though, I don’t know the first thing about pairing wine with food.  I know what wine I like, I know what food I like, but […]

Climbing the Vittoriano

Three years ago, it was sunny. I remember. It was sunny but it was also colder than it is now. Three years ago, it was a Sunday. I remember. I remember because he suggested that we climb the Vittoriano and take a look at Rome. The monument goes by many names: Vittoriano, Vittorio Emmanuele II, Alatare […]

Learn about Italian Wine: Vino Roma

Vino! Litro – 2 Euro! Finding a local vino sfuso shop was an epiphany. I was living in San Lorenzo, Rome’s concentrated student quarter, so such shops were not difficult to come by. You could bring your own bottle, or opt for a plastic container on site and then select your desired vintage from a […]

The Original Testaccio Food Tour with Eating Europe

Food tours are a great way to discover the unique Italian cuisine in Rome, learn about the history of the dishes, and explore some of the most interesting neighborhoods in the Eternal City. One of the best companies to explore it was the first company to really start leading edible days out in Rome:  Eating Europe […]

Piazza Navona Holiday Fair

The Piazza Navona Christmas market is a fun place to stop if you’re in Rome for the holiday season.  It usually runs from early December until January 6th. BUT if you’re expecting to find handicrafts and luxury items, think again. This fair is (not-so-) secretly for kids.  What you WILL find is cotton candy, cheap […]

Ponte Sisto

There is something about being in the hot, windless oven that is a Roman apartment in August that makes you want to go outside. We’ve reached the point in August where outside is just as hot and just as windless, but there’s still something to be said for trying to trick yourself into think it’s […]

Getting Lost in Rome

One of the best things about living in Italy is getting lost. Rome is not a city built on a grid. Streets you think are parallel end up leading you astray, and the network of small alleys and hard-to-find street signs is a recipe for “where the hell are we!? I thought Piazza Trilussa was […]