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

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Subiaco: an oasis of natural beauty, peace, history & art

Saint Benedict Monastery Subiaco

If you’re looking for a day trip out of Rome where you can find an oasis of peace immersed in spectacular natural beauty, yet rich with Italian history, art and culture then Subiaco is a perfect choice. Subiaco is located about an hour and a half southeast of Rome in the upper Aniene Valley and…

Day trip to Ariccia in the Colli Albani southeast of Rome

Ariccia's town center

Day trip to Ariccia in the Colli Albani Hills southeast of Rome Sometimes doing exactly what every tourist does when they visit Rome just isn’t what you have in mind and you’d like to experience something different, and perhaps out of Rome’s city center. As it turns out, it’s easy; there are many day trips…

Rome’s Tulip Park

Tulips from the 2018 Tulip Park in Prima Porta, Rome

One way to enjoy springtime and the season’s magnificent flowers is at Rome’s Tulip Park. The Tulip Park has over 300,000 tulips on display, some of them rare varietals that can’t be picked. Otherwise each €5 ticket covers both access to the park to admire and photograph the flowers, and the option to pick two…

Pecorino Cheese: what is it anyway? And a local Lazio cheesemaker

Pecorino cheese producer in the Cesanese wine producing area near Anagni

On a recent visit to the Cesanese del Piglio wine producing area near Anagni in the Frosinone province southeast of Rome we happened upon a small, delightful pecorino cheese producer. This producer’s cheese was offered as part of a wine tasting and I asked the winemaker if it would be possible to purchase some of…

Bernini

The current Bernini exhibition at the Galleria Borghese is the most extensive collection of his works together in a single exhibition. The exhibition closes in mid-February. If you don’t have a chance to see it before it closes, the Galleria Borghese and other locations spotted throughout Rome, are a veritable wealth of Bernini’s works. Not…

Cipriani Biscottificio

Cipriani Biscottificio: a century old cookie and cake bakery in Rome, tucked away on a side street in the Colle Oppio area

If you’re looking for a great bakery in Rome with wonderful cookies, crostate and cakes made with all natural ingredients then you have to stop by the Cipriani Bicottificio. The Piazza Vittorio area is a haven in Rome for all things culinary. It has one of the city’s best markets, full of local and international…

Christmas in Rome

The holiday season in Rome is filled with delicious things to eat, festive decorations and a host of unique presepe (nativity scenes) to admire

Christmas in Rome The most talked about Christmas tree in Rome is without a doubt the tree in Piazza Venezia, in the heart of Rome’s historic center. Traditionally the tree in Piazza Venezia is the symbol of the beauty and magic of a Roman Christmas but this year the tree is none other than a…

Santa Cecilia Basilica in Trastevere

Exquisite crypt area within the Basilica Santa Cecilia Trastevere

Visitors to Trastevere usually approach the neighborhood from the Ponte Sisto footbridge. It’s a natural thing to do after a walk through Rome’s centro storico. The area is full of people and bustling with life within its many shops, bars and restaurants. And yet if you head just a bit further along the lungotevere to the Tiber Island you’ll reach a…

Academy of Saint Luke, within the Palazzo Carpegna

Academy of Saint Luke courtyard sculpture

How many times have you walked right by the Academy of Saint Luke (Accademia di San Luca) on your way to visit the nearby Fontana di Trevi and never even noticed it? My guess is many. The next time you’re in the area add the Academy of Saint Luke to your itinerary. It’s an often overlooked jewel…

Palazzo Caetani and the Isola Mattei, a virtual tour

Grand Salotto Palazzo Caetani

The Palazzo Caetani was one of the great sixteenth century palazzi in Rome. Originally one of a group of palazzi belonging to the powerful Mattei family, it occupied an entire city block on the edge of Largo Argentina. This block is known as the Isola Mattei, or Mattei Island. The Mattei began as rich merchants and over time evolved into…