Tag: Rome

Walking in Rome, a journey through art and history

In Rome shops displaying the latest fashion trends, the smell of fresh bread and ragù and loud car horns make clear to tourists that they are not only visiting the Italian capital, they are experiencing it. Because walking in Rome is an ...

What to do in Rome in the first two days

We all know how necessary it is to have a plan when visiting a city, especially if you don't have much time but still want to make sure you see as many places as possible. To make it easy for you, here are some tips on what to do in Rome that will ...

Exploring Rome like a tourist with Marco Polo Guidebooks

With the extraordinary Jubilee, or Holy Year of Mercy, announced by Pope Francis and starting December 8th, from the very moment all sacred doors around the city will be open, Rome will be in the spotlight even more than usual, which is already ...

Walking the Appian Way, Queen of the Roads, with Walks of Italy

Someone said that to explore Rome a lifetime is not enough, and the more I explore the more I realize that probably nowhere in the world this thought can be more suitable than here. A great private Rome tour to explore its lesser-known landmarks and ...

Tasting Rome with Eating Italy Food Tours

Why do we travel? Landmarks, palaces, artwork, all great reasons, but when we want to experience authenticity, what do we think of? Food, of course. One of the best food tours I took in Rome is Tasting Rome with Eating Italy. Cornetti for ...

Uncovering secret Trastevere with Scopri Roma

Touristy yet traditional, Trastevere is one of the most famous areas of Rome. Even though most tourists like to linger here from morning to evening, the younger through the night, it may come as a surprise to learn that with so many hidden spots, ...

Enjoying the Spanish Steps in Rome

The Spanish Steps in Rome dominating Piazza di Spagna So you are about to travel to Rome, you have about ten days and you are wondering what you should visit to get a quintessential spirit of the Italian capital. As a travel writer living in ...

In Piazza Vittorio, wandering around Rome’s multicultural heart

Chinese tea shop in 48 Via Leopardi. After becoming addicted to Chinese tea when I lived in Shanghai, I'll be definitely visiting that again! Living in Rome has the great benefit of giving me the chance to explore every single corner of such a ...

Baths of Caracalla, or Romans’ knack for pampering themselves

One of the top landmarks to visit in Rome to better delve into ancient imperial history is the Baths of Caracalla. Also known as Thermae of Caracalla, these Roman baths were built by the will of emperor Caracalla to show off in architecture, ...

Mandaloun, Lebanese food haven in Rome’s exclusive neighborhood

Hummous vs. hummous, eggplants vs. chickpeas, a feast for the taste buds I went to this restaurant twice in less than two weeks, and obviously not because of a lack of eateries in Rome. I like Lebanese food, but I also like other types of food, ...

Exploring Veio, Rome’s “last big enemy”

Entering medieval Isola Farnese, in Rome outskirts, near former Etruscan city Veio Who has read my previous posts about Rome knows that I love wandering about its ancient ruins and staring in awe at their majesty. This, however, should not lead ...

The wolf that made Rome possible

The wolf with Romolus and Remus Many people gape at Rome's monuments, their authenticity makes it incredibly easy to picture toga-clad muscular men busy organizing naval battles at the Colosseum, but how many have wondered how all this started? ...

Exhibition in Rome’s Campidoglio, revealing the Vatican’s secret archives

My relationship with Rome is a love-hate one. I've always felt pleasantly intimidated by the visible traces of the bygone Empire, but at the same time, the modern disorganization seems to convey an undying sense of fading power. However, apart ...

Digging into the Colosseum, Rome’s most photographed landmark

Hardly in need of any introduction, the Amphitheatrum Flavium, better known as Colosseum, is one of Rome's most visited and photographed landmarks, one of those must-sees no guidebooks would ever dare forgetting. It must be its look, its majesty, ...

Surrendering to pleasure in Rome’s Garden of the Oranges

When you are looking for inspiration there is nothing better than tickling your senses. The Gardens of the Oranges was not easy to find. As it's not a tourist spot, it's not very well highlighted in maps and guidebooks, so once I made my way to ...

Dining in Rome, if you don’t mind getting insulted

If you are sensitive and get easily upset, avoid dining at La Parolaccia (Italian for "the swearword"), popular and controversial restaurant in 3, Vicolo del Cinque, small alley of quaint Trastevere quarter in Rome. The menu doesn't offer a huge ...

Patriotism and questions at the Vittoriano Museum Complex, Rome

In war, truth is the first casualty. - Aeschylus, Greek tragic dramatist (525BC-256BC) One of the things I enjoy the most in Rome city center is simply hanging around with my camera dodging cars and tourists in pursuit of the perfect shot. I've ...

Rome Catacombs and bones, journeying beneath the surface

There is something intriguing and mysterious underneath the Eternal City. Every time I take an underground Rome tour, I discover another piece of history that was saved from oblivion. It's fascinating to realise that under all the beautiful ...

Heresy in Campo de’ Fiori, Rome

"Maiori forsan cum timore sententiam in me fertis quam ego accipiam" - Giordano Bruno, February 8th 1600. What is today one of the trendiest piazzas in Rome, Campo de' Fiori, picturesque corner resting between fountain-clothed Piazza Navona and ...

Journey through Roman Grandeur

Recently, I was invited by Context Travel to a cultural walk led by Dr. Francesca Barberini through the magnificence of Princess Isabelle's Apartment in Palazzo Colonna, 66 Piazza SS. Apostoli, just beside Piazza Venezia, in Rome's city center. ...