The Top 5 Spots for Cacio e Pepe in Rome You Need to Try ASAP

Cacio e pepe pasta

This blog post was originally posted on February 2, 2019 and was updated on September 8, 2020. Cacio e pepe is the classic flavor of Rome, and one of its best and most beloved dishes. Cacio is Roman dialect for “cheese”—n this case, assertive sheep’s-milk pecorino romano—and pepe is black pepper. Put it all together, […]

How to Read an Italian Menu (And Order Like a Local)

Plate of carbonara pasta

One of the best parts of traveling is experiencing the culture through food, and in many cases, eating out can be the highlight of your trip.  But how are you supposed to eat like a local if you don’t understand how to order off the menu? While understanding how to read an Italian menu can […]

Classic Roman Cacio e Pepe Recipe

Cacio e pepe pasta

Forget bolognese, and cast carbonara aside. When you’re in Rome, the first pasta you need to try is cacio e pepe. This is Roman cooking at its best. Just take a handful of ingredients, cook them with love, and you get one delicious dish. Cacio e pepe means “cheese and pepper” in Italian, and that’s […]

How to Use Rome’s Public Transportation System

Tram on the streets of Rome

Your complete guide to how to use and buy tickets for the metro, buses and trams in Rome. Between strikes, buses breaking down, and the never-ending project of building the third metro line, Rome’s public transportation system is not the most user friendly. And with its concentrated historic center and a monument around every corner, […]

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 […]