A Primer on Tap Water in Rome

Drinking fountain in Rome

We’re not kidding—water is a cultural object in Rome, and there’s a whole etiquette on how to drink it.  When one drives into Rome from the surrounding countryside, one is greeted by a series of still-standing aqueducts. Their iconic shape—linked, multi-level arches—serves as a reminder of how important they were, and still are, to the […]

All About Natural Wine in Rome: What It Is & Where to Drink It

Bottles of wine on a shelf

If you’ve never tried natural wine before, you couldn’t possibly know what all the fuss is about.  While there isn’t an official definition of what natural wine is, what we can tell you is that it’s wine that’s been produced with almost no intervention in the vineyard and cellar.  Translation? It means the grapes are […]

5 Rules for Solo Travelers in Rome for an Unforgettable Trip

Group drinking Aperol spritzes at a bar in Rome

In Italy, we say meglio solo che male accompagnato—“better to be alone than in bad company.” And while we’re sure your friends are nice, solo travel in Rome is something you shouldn’t shy away from. A lot of people, especially when it comes to foreign vacations, seem to have a fear of traveling alone. Which […]

How to Budget for Food in Rome: Average Cost of Food Per Day

Eating pasta at a Roman trattoria

Any trip to the Eternal City will become a culinary one. Amidst thousand-year-old wonders and cobblestone streets, you’ll find terrific food joints in almost every Roman corner. But how much should you be factoring in for food during your Roman holiday? Rome offers a myriad of eating options, from budget street food fare and trattorias […]

Supplì vs Arancini: An Italian-Fried Movie

Arancini stuffed with peas

Suppli and arancini: two words that are popping up on menus everywhere. But what’s the difference between them?  Italians love fried food. In Neapolitan pizzerias, there’s the frittatina di pasta (fried pucks of pasta). In Puglia, no Sunday is complete without homemade panzerotti (fried, stuffed pockets of dough). But two cousins, both fried balls of […]

The Best 6 Things to Do in Rome on a Rainy Day

St. Peter's Basilica on a rainy day in Rome

While staying in bed and ordering in may sound tempting, think again—there are many great ways to spend a rainy day in Rome. Although Rome is known for its great weather and sunny days, autumn and spring can bring pouring rain. And let’s face it: walking along slippery cobblestone roads on a rainy day isn’t […]

When to Eat in Rome: Breakfast, Lunch, Aperitivo & Dinner Times

PIzza at Casamanco at the Testaccio Market in Rome

Forget your eating schedule back home—it’s time to immerse yourself in Roman culture by embracing local eating times. All European countries have different eating schedules: northern countries tend to dine earlier while southerners grab their meals later. And time is so relative: 6 p.m. is “dinner time” in London yet “aperitivo time” in Rome, which […]

What to Do and Where to Eat on Sundays in Rome

A walk through Trastevere is the perfect plan for a Sunday in Rome.

Sundays are the perfect day to embrace the Italian way of “il dolce far niente”—the sweetness of doing nothing—so relax and enjoy the slower pace of this laid-back day.  Rain or shine, Sunday is the ultimate day to rest in Rome. Passionate soccer fans head to the Stadio Olimpico to catch a match, families enjoy […]

How Italians Do Christmas: The Foods You’ll Find on Every Table

Italian Antipasti platter

Christmas week in Italy means one thing: feasting.  Like any other country, Italy has its own Christmas traditions. Italian Christmas foods are predictably distinguished by their variety and richness, though.  Christmas is a time for abbondanza, literally, “abundance.” Italians sit down for long (we’re talking six or seven hours) feasts of many courses, even more […]