Raphael: The Prince of Painters

THE 500TH ANNIVERSARY OF RAPHAEL'S DEATH "ILLE HIC EST RAPHAEL TIMUIT QUO SOSPITE VINCI RERUM MAGNA PARENS ET MORIENTE MORI" This is the Latin epitaph on Raphael's grave in Pantheon , translated then by Thomas Hardy : "Here’s one in whom Nature feared – faint at such vying – /Eclipse while he lived, and decease at his dying" Raphael died in Rome on April

HERE COMES THE WEEKEND!

THE WEEKEND HAS FINALLY ARRIVED! Raise your hand if you don't enjoy a well- deserved relaxing time on Saturdays and Sundays, abandoning the weekday frenzy! I must confess that despite being a southern girl, I am a terrible chef and very lazy when it comes to cooking ( even more on Sundays! ).  Since I've moved to Rome I discovered the faboulous and trendy concept

The Maritozzo: Bread of the Romans

If you’ve already been to Rome and you’ve never heard of Maritozzo, you missed out on the true essence of Roman life. Wondering now what a Maritozzo is? The answer is as simple as its ingredients and all encompassing as its usage. The Maritozzo can be breakfast, dessert, and late snack: all in one. It’s the daily bread of the Romans since preindustrial times whereby

Discovering Rome: Via Giulia

In the Trastevere disctict, there is one of the most renowned and loved street of Rome: Via Giulia. Via Giulia, or strada magistralis, is considered one of the main Roman roads. Running in the very core of the historical center of Rome, it is the most autenthic example of urban Renaissance. The street owes its name to the Pope Julius II, who planned this area with

New Year’s Eve celebrations in Italy

All around the world, New Year's Eve Celebrations are a huge event. Following the Gregorian Calendar, the new year starts the 1st January. Every country has its own traditions; in Italy we have several, too. We consider this day as a new beginning, leaving behind the past. To be honest,  follow all the traditions connected to New Year's celebrations could be stressful.

Discovering Christmas Sweets in Italy

With Christmas almost here, it has arrived the moment to honor our culinary culture. In fact, after the decorating moment the second step concerns the food, which plays an important role - most particularly, the sweets. From the North to the South, all the Italians sweets are delicious, but when it's Christmas… My friend, Christmas sweets are on a whole new level! Let’s

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells… It’s Christmas in Italy!

Yes, it is that time of the year! Lights, trees, music, sweets, gifts, shopping like pros… While all the children are filling up their gift lists, all the parents are getting crazy to organize everything. Christmas in Italy is pretty serious! THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING The tradition marks the beginning of Christmas Holidays on Dec 8th, with the day of “Immacolata”

HAPPY HOUR! IT’S TIME FOR AN ITALIAN APERITIVO

You have to know that for all the Italians, APERITIVO is a MUST. "Aperitivo" is not only a simple sit and drink, it's actually much more:  it means that you are going to have a great moment! Italian aperitivo is like a tradition, it is the best part of the day for most of us. We don’t say: ‘’Let’s go out today?'' We say ''Let’s go for an aperitivo!’’. According

Italian food: 6 rules you need to remember

Italian food is famous worldwide. We are proud to share our food and recipes with the world, but you must know that we can be also a little bit touchy. (Just a little bit….) In fact, our culinary culture has some fixed – and unwritten - rules that you definitely need pay attentions to. You know, growing up with an old-fashioned Italian granny helps you a lot with

Typical Roman Habits you should be aware of

Romans are crazy. Romans are always angry. Romans are way too lazy. But we also have some shortcomings! Between all the girls in this blog, I am the only true Roman (as Elena is from the North and Kimberly and Jesse are from NYC), so no one knows better than me how much we can be annoying. We won’t change - so you’d better give up this idea -, but I can help you

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We have! Every year on August 5th, the snow will cover the Basilica of St. Maria Maggiore during a special ceremony.

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