Category Archives: Things to Do in Rome

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 […]

Tiny Church by Campo de’ Fiori

This is a small church in Rome called Santa Barbara dei Librai. When I say “small” I mean “teeeeny tiiiiiiny,” so I like to call it “the tiny church by Campo de’ Fiori.” I love Santa Barbara dei Librai. It seems so out of place.  It’s in a triangular piazza off of Via dei Giubbonari. […]

Rome by Night: Bernini’s Elephant

Sometimes when I’m running early, or often times when I’m running late as well, I’ll wander through the streets of Rome on my way to meet a friend. The Pantheon is impressive, but one of my favorite spots to pause at night is right next door, in front of Basilica di Santa Maria sopra Minerva. […]

Caesar’s Grave

Where is Julius Caesar buried? Right in the Roman Forum. To be more accurate, the grave site actually marks the ruins of the Temple of Caesar. Caesar was cremated and thus has no grave or tomb, but people still leave flowers and notes on the altar. It’s easy to miss if you’re exploring the Foro […]

Rome on Sundays: Fori Imperiali

I’m notorious for self-imposed “Out of Rome” Sundays, but sticking around the city ain’t half bad. After living here for so long, the Colosseum still holds a special special place in my romantic American imagination. On Sundays, Via dei Fori Imperiali, or the street that leads past the Roman Forum and to the Colosseum, is […]

Summer in Rome: The River Bars

It is officially summer in Rome. That means outdoor dining, gelato every day and river bars: For 6 Euro, you can get yourself a plastic cup of beer and take a seat for some serious people watching. The bars set up near Trastevere, on both sides of the Tiber River. They extend a ways down […]

Checking Out the Swiss Guards

It took me almost three months of living in Rome before I made it out to the Vatican.  I had been putting it off because I went through the museum on my first trip to Italy many moons ago. I decided to take a tour of the Vatican museums instead of wandering around myself. I […]

Santa Cecilia in Trastevere

The most famous church in Trastevere is by far the Basilica di Santa Maria.  Santa Maria is beautiful, but my favorite is Santa Cecilia: On my way to dinner once, I wandered past Santa Cecilia just as the bells were ringing.  They stopped me in my tracks, and I joined a small crowded that had gathered […]