I have seen grown men cry. #TottiDay

The news reached every end of the globe, football-worshipping nations and non. Francesco Totti of the A.S. Roma, after 28 years of gifting us some soccer's most emotional moments donned the maroon and gold shirt for the last time on Sunday, May 28, 2017.   What ensued was something akin to a funeral. 70,000 adoring fans filled the Olympic Stadium of Rome

Italian Liberation Day – April 25

April 25, 2017 marks 72 years of an Italy free from German Occupation, from a fascist dictatorship under Mussolini and from being at war with... itself. All pretty great things to celebrate right? Italian Liberation Day - A New Italy April 25, 1945 and the next years that followed marked a revolution in how Italy was governed. In a referendum in 1946, Italians chose to

Happy Birthday Rome!

Happy Birthday Rome As you may have heard, Rome turned a young 2,770 years old this past April 21st! If you are doing your math correctly, you'll note that Rome was founded in 753BC. Whether or not that is a historically accurate year is a moot point. In a city this old -- legends have a special place. So, if you haven't read it yet - I suggest you catch up by reading

It’s Raining… Rose Petals in the Pantheon?

Yes. You heard me right. It's raining Rose Petals in the Pantheon. Or, at least it will be, on June 4, 2017 - which is the date on which Pentecost falls this year. The Oculus. Hint: it's not just a VR device. If you are privy to some of the best Rome insider tips, you may have already been told to head for the Pantheon when it rains. Why? Because the gigantic, 27 foot

SCIOPERO! What to do when there’s a strike in Rome.

SCIOPERO. The word makes me shiver whenever I hear it. Traffic. Chaos. The entire public transportation system thrown into question. Flights delayed or cancelled. No taxis to get around. It sounds like a nightmare, but a strike in Rome, as all around Italy - it is a very real problem. It's also very common. If you happen to be in Rome when there is a strike, or know

Father’s Day in Italy – Ideas to Celebrate!

While our U.S., U.K, Canada etc. friends have to wait until June for Father's Day -- we here in Italy celebrate it a bit sooner. Father's day in Italy falls on March 19, just three days away! Why, you ask? Look no further than Italy's longstanding Catholic tradition. We celebrate Father's day on the feast of St. Joseph (for those of you not in the know - that would

5 Things You Should Never Ask Your Italian Waiter for Fear of Being Ridiculed

I have to admit where this post comes from. I love eating, and eating well. But my stomach just doesn't hold large quantities of food at a single time. This puts me in quite the pickle when eating out in Italy. Portions in Italy are smaller than they are in the US, but still generous. I usually end up getting tricked into partaking of some appetizers (antipasti), which

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Spring is in full swing in Rome and the beautiful weather has arrived!

Lots of holidays coming up - April 25th is Liberation Day in Italy and May 1 is our Labor Day! Mark your calendars and be on the lookout for special events.

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