Category Archives: Rome-ing Around: Amazing Things to See, Do (& Eat!)

In-depth tips to ensure you get the most out of Rome & outskirts!

Restaurants in Rome, Snaps’n’Snippets

Table for nine at Hosteria del Mercato

Places to eat in Rome along with some of my favorite dishes. I love classic Roman food and new twists to the old. Feasting is also visual and that goes for the restaurant space as well as the food. I love unique, well-decorated venues that are intelligently laid out and allow for conversation while you eat….

Gelato & Ice Cream & Frozen Desserts: Snaps’n’Snippets

Neve di Latte Gelateria

Delicious photographs and hints on where to go to find the very best cold treat! Mostly Rome and Lazio. Neve di Latte (Via Luigi Poletti, 6, Rome) is just about as good as it gets! A tad off the tourist track, but near the MAXXI museum so do a double header. My personal fave is…

Rome Views: Snaps’n’Snippets

Fiat 500

Life in Rome: from monuments to people to pets to fashion. Just about anything that depicts the eternal city and its lifestyle! These photographs are a touch of the beauty and character that is Rome. Side view of Rome’s breathtaking Piazza Venezia & its rich colors… Three original vintage Fiat 500’s: Italy’s best car ever!…

Pasta, Gnocchi, Risotto: Snaps’n’Snippets

Gorgonzola and sage spaghetti

Every Italian meal begins with a delicious “primo”. Sundays in Rome are family lunch days and call for homemade pasta; Thursdays are gnocchi day in Rome. Every town and region has its own specialty and tradition. What they all have in common is simplicity and delicious flavor! I’m addicted to the easiest pasta dish on…

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Buratta stuffed ravioli

Buratta-stuffed ravioli, on a swirl of pesto & topped with lightly caramelized cherry tomatoes. At Garibaldi Ristorante, Rome. Making homemade ravioli. Tropea onions from my garden lent themselves beautifully to these onion ricotta tarts. Arch of Malborghetto, whose core structure is datable to 4th century, sits on Via Flaminia right at Sacrofano train station. And…

Secret Rome: Courtyards


The Palazzo Borghese trumps all other courtyards for its beauty; the photograph below features one of the many sculptures to be seen in this courtyard. The courtyard is enormous and majestic and is still owned by the powerful Borghese family, with the exception of some apartments that have been sold. How often have you strolled…

Fresh Fruit Photographs


A compilation of fruit pictures: from our garden & orchard, and what I pick up here and there at Italian markets. I love to share fruit photographs so I’ll be adding to this post over time. You’ll also find fruit recipes on this blog, and much much more on Italian food, wine, travel & culture. With lots…

A glance at the FloraCult Plant & Flower Market

Edible Flowers

It was my first time to attend the annual FloraCult plant and flower show. I was expecting something more formal, elaborate and extensive but instead it was more like a country fair. A beautiful, thoroughly enjoyable country fair! There were flowers, fruit trees and plants from throughout of Italy. A Sicilian producer was selling delicious oranges, avocados…

Casino Ludovisi, a delightful treasure in the center of Rome

Casino Ludovisi hand-drawn historic book

When I stroll through the centro storico in Rome, its streets filled with ancient palazzi and their huge wooden doors, I like to think about what’s behind the doors, and who owns and lives in these frescoed buildings. During the day these doors are often open and you can gaze in upon exquisite courtyards with…

Eating in Contigliano, northern Lazio

Locally produced grilled meats at Le Fontanelle seasoned with a bay leaf branch

Contigliano is Maurizio’s hometown. He was actually born in nearby Terni but every single relative on his mother’s side was born in Contigliano. And more than that: they were all born in the same family home, in the same iron frame bed, that I have kept and moved to our present home north of Rome….