Category Archives: Events e Festivals

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…

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…

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…

Panettone

Fresh baked panettone are the perfect dessert for your holiday table!

Christmas is around the corner and once again it’s time to make panettone, the Italian classic sweet bread loaf that you find on every Italian table during the holidays. Panettone requires a full day including three risings, so if you decide to make your own panettone be sure to allot the necessary time to bake…

Nocino: Walnut Liqueur

Nocino (walnut) liqueur making

Recipes that stem from the intertwining of tradition, harvest times, annual festivals and holidays…like this nocino liqueur… are by far my favorites. So often it’s people’s lives, the seasons and history that establish culinary tradition. Nocino isn’t prepared only in Italy but it’s at the very least one of its places of origin. Like many…

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…

Secret Rome: Courtyards

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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…

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…

Castagnole di Carnevale, a Delicious Mardi Gras Dessert!

Castagnole di Carnevale

Castagnole di Carnevale are a wonderful treat for Mardi Gras! Italian tradition has it that just before the forty days of lent when one feels compelled to give up tasty goodies, is the time to indulge in sweet, fried foods. Castagnole have been part of this tradition since the 17th century, along with frappe and a…