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

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

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…

Rome’s Fascinating Quartière Coppedé!

Fairy Cottages Piazza Mincio Coppedé neighborhood

The Quartière Coppedé, one of Rome’s most fascinating neighborhoods, is just a short bus ride from the heart of Rome’s city center, or less than a half hour’s walk following along the Villa Borghese park towards Parioli. This often overlooked, but extremely beautiful and captivating quartière is named after the neighborhood’s designer and architect, florentine…

New Year’s lunch at Garibaldi Restaurant

Garibaldi is my favorite restaurant in Rome and for a whole host of reasons. It’s close by and I can’t deny that adds a lot to its appeal. But that’s just the whipped cream on top of the icing already on top of the cake. I like a restaurant that makes you happy just by being there:…

Christmas Decorations & Festivity in Rome

Piazza Venezia Christmas tree

There are some lovely decorations, lights and Christmas trees to check out as you stroll through Rome during the holiday season. Christmas in Italy is also characterised by its lovely and elaborate nativity scenes (presepi) which you’ll find in just about every church in the city, and by the gorgeous panettone packages in the window of every alimentare…

The Mercato Centrale in Rome’s Termini train station

Mercato Centrale vendor, Termini station, Rome

The new Mercato Centrale in Rome’s Termini train station isn’t a mercato in the traditional Italian sense. It’s a great addition to the station, but reminds me more of something like a scaled-down, smaller version of San Francisco’s Ferry Building, or an Eataly. It has sixteen eateries and places to buy pizza a taglio, cheeses, great bruschetta…

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… Breathtaking sunset view of the ancient Egyptian Obelisk of…