• 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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    Raising a Baby in Rome: Reflections on a Year of Parenthood

    A year of babyhood. Little Giacomo was born on the shortest and, to me, the sweetest day of the year. It has been the fastest, longest, most tiring, most inspiring year of my life. I now intimately understand all of the parenthood cliches (and may even be a cliche myself). For…

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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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    Claudia’s Feast: Lunch at Agritourismo Parco dei Cimini near Viterbo

    Most people think of Rome and imagine the empty ruins of the Forum or the aerial grandeur of St. Peter’s Basilica, but Rome is also filled with the sounds of screeching trams, car honks, and a never-ending stream of ambulances. If you want to get away from it all, you…

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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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    Palazzo Rhinoceros – Alda Fendi’s Art Experiment in Rome

    If you have wandered by the 4th century Arch of Janus recently, you have probably noticed that the restoration is complete, the scaffolding is gone, and there is now a live-sized rhino statue sitting just in front of the ancient monument.  The Rome rhino is a part of Palazzo Rhinoceros,…

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    Farmer’s Markets in Rome: Speaking to Campagna Amica’s Pietro

    Where did you last do your grocery shopping? Chances are, you probably went to a supermarket–I know I did, and so did many Italians. In 2016, there were some 30,000 supermarkets in Italy, and that number has only grown since.  Traditionally, Italians did their shopping at mercati rionali, open neighborhood markets usually…

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    The Most Romantic Hotels in Rome (2019)

    Coming to bella Roma with that special someone? Or even looking for where to stay on your Roman honeymoon? The first step to setting the mood is to check-in at one of the most romantic hotels in Rome.  Rome offers plenty of chances for romance, but these glamorous hotels go above…

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