The Airbnb Revolution

As a traveller I can define myself halfway between a bagpacker and a comfort lover. I have been working in tourism for years. Such as an insider if there is one thing I really do not like it's " where everybody goes, or the aseptic environment found in a room of large chain hotels, or the most popular restaurant on Tripadvisor. . All my trips have been entirely tailor-made:

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

What are you doing for New Years’ Eve?

What are you doing for New Year's Eve? This is the question you may have been asked most since Christmas. Have to say it is pretty stressful indeed! I have always decided at last second how to spend my last night of the year! New Year's Eve in Rome is an event to try once in a lifetime. The Eternal City is a magical scenario to celebrate this special night. That's

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 RACE FOR CHRISTMAS GIFT!

Around Christmas everyone behaves, around Christmas time everyone is good! Since we have been little our parents used to warn us to better behave because Santa Claus knew everything, knew if we slept, if we ate, if we have been good or bad and all this could scare us and compromise our fantastic gift!   THE BEST PRESENT IS FOR YOURSELF! These days, like every

TAKE A LOOK ON MY GIRAFFE SIDE!

Hi Folks! My name is Roberta, a southern blondie giraffe based in Rome. HOW I COULD START??? I have been working in Tourism for a while, I am a traveler and when my boss asked me to write on this blog I had no idea, I was quite scared, asking myself oh my gosh would I be capable of doing this? How I could be engaging ? Nowadays bloggers have became professionals

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

How to Visit the Vatican for Free

Vatican sights - what is FREE and what is charged for? The Vatican City, the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica are the major star attractions for first time visitors. We don’t want to miss out on them and they are certainly worth the cost. However, did you know that these must-sees are sometimes accessible for free? Visiting St Peter's

The Most Common Rome Travel Advice you Should NOT Take

It all starts after you book that flight. You start telling your family and friends -- I'm going to Rome! It's my first time! I'm so excited! The tips start pouring in. Go here. Do that. Don't do that. See this. Eat that. Rome is one of those places where you are sure to know people who have been there, done that. Suddenly everyone is an expert. As local romans,

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

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Have you ever seen the snow in August?
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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