Where to Eat on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Rome

Dish at Casa Coppelle restaurant in Rome

We Romans take Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day lunch very seriously.  Official preparations for Christmas begin on December 8, the day of the Immacolata. This is when we put up our Christmas trees (the Vatican included!), and families inevitably start planning Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day lunch.  If you’re traveling to the Eternal […]

A Crash Course in Italian Cheeses

Real Parmesan is one of the most beloved Italian cheeses.

In Italy, cheese isn’t just something you eat. It represents where you are from and the history of your region. As you might have guessed, this means there are a lot of different cheeses in Italy.   Just like with bread, cured meat and pasta shapes, cheese in Italy is a geographical marker. Wherever you […]

An Insider’s Picks for Where to Eat Near the Trevi Fountain

First up in our pasta shapes guide: spaghetti.

Finding a restaurant near iconic landmarks like the Trevi Fountain is risky business—the possibility of ending up in tourist traps is very real.  And this isn’t just true in Rome; it’s an international fact. So imagine if you get hungry and need to figure out where to eat near the Trevi Fountain. What a nightmare, […]

7 Great Places to Eat Near Termini Station

Cacio e pepe pasta

Termini is more than a train station. It’s a gateway to one of Rome’s most diverse areas—and therefore, some of its best eating. Termini is Rome’s main railway station, and invariably will be where your train arrives if you’re coming from Florence, Venice or any other major city. Inside of it, there are the usual […]

The Essential Itinerary for a Perfect 3 Days in Rome

The Colosseum is a must during 3 days in Rome.

If you’ve only got 72 hours in Rome, you’ll want to make every second count.  You’re planning a trip to Italy and want to see all the bel paese has to offer. That means you’ll be hopping around from one town to the next to get in as much sightseeing as possible!  While 3 days […]

Rome Then & Now: The Truth about Fettuccine Alfredo

The original fettuccine Alfredo, made with just Parmesan cheese, pepper and butter.

Fettuccine Alfredo—the real deal, anyway—is served at just two restaurants in Italy, but its popularity has exploded abroad. Everyone has heard of fettuccine Alfredo, sometimes called “Alfredo pasta” abroad. So much so that when I lived in Houston as a child, my 9-year-old friend Allison ordered it at a restaurant. Apparently, Alfredo pasta was very […]

Guide to Buying Wine in Rome: Where to Shop & Sip

Doing a tasting before buying wine in Rome isn't required, but it sure is fun!

Italian grocery stores have a decent selection of wines. But to dive into the real world of vino, get yourself to the famous enotecas—a mix between wine stores and bars where Italian and international wines are the protagonists.  It’s not just about wine here. At an enoteca, you’ll be able to sit down, enjoy a […]

8 Envy-Inducing Instagrammable Spots in Rome

The Ponte Milvio bridge is one of the most Instagrammable spots in Rome, especially at sunset.

You don’t have to be a professional photographer to see that the Eternal City is one of the most beautiful cities on Earth.  You’ve got your ancient palazzos, centuries-old piazzas, artistic masterpieces, Basilica domes and classic Roman rooftops all under the same pink-tinted skies. Get your cameras ready and head to these eight picture-perfect Instagrammable […]