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 […]

Where to Eat in Rome on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

Plate of pasta in Rome

We Italians say that “quel che si fa a capodanno si fa tutto l’anno”—what you do on New Year’s, you do all year.  So don’t go crazy searching for the perfect place to celebrate the New Year and instead reserve your table at one of these great restaurants. From foodie havens to party-like atmospheres, we’ve […]

The 5 Christmas Markets in Rome You Need to Visit in 2019

Christmas market in Piazza Navona in Rome

Christmas is a fabulous time of year to be in Rome.  The streets of the historic center are beautifully decorated, the smell of roasted chestnuts fills the air and holiday gift giving is in full swing. Giant Christmas trees fill the piazzas (one of the most anticipated being the Netflix-sponsored tree in Piazza Venezia). And […]

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 […]