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 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
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
What's Uber? Before we talk about Uber TOUR in Rome, first we must talk about Uber. If you haven't heard of UBER by now, you've probably been living under a rock. The company has been all over the headlines, both positive & negative - with articles ranging in topic from tests with self-driving cars to the war with taxi drivers (of which Rome is a current stage) to
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
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
From the top of a mountain to the coast of the sea, the sunrise is always magical. Now, try to imagine the spectacular natural event of the sunrise in Rome, when the early morning light meets the architecture of one of the most crowded cities in the world. I have always seen Rome overfull of visitors: there is only one moment when the city is empty, when I can be alone with my beloved Rome.
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
OK. We admit it. Us Romans are spoiled! Our patrimony is so vast and overwhelming, that we're really hard to impress. We tend to take our ruins for granted. We undervalue their importance. Where else in the world would you find a landfill entirely made of thousand year old amphorae fragments? It seems, however, that Italy's Ministry of Culture is up to the task grabbing
One of the main problems when visiting a foreign country is the language. If you’re lucky – and usually you are – you will find someone that speaks English, otherwise it would be helpful to know few words. If you are planning a trip to Rome, there's no need to speak Italian fluently; it is enough to know few useful Italian words.