Sunday, October 23, 2011

Bringing Home Rome

Williams Sonoma has a great resource for cooking Roman style at home. The informative and exciting website has recipes, wine, restaurant recommendations, and great photos. It definitely makes me want to work for Williams Sonoma and travel to Rome just to cook and EAT! Bringing Home Rome is my newest obsession-as is this soup, pasta e ceci, which takes me straight back to lunch at my old school in Rome.

Lake Roma

Rainstorms on Thursday caused flash floods all over Rome. For more pictures, click here.
For videos, click here.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Martedi in Arte: Free Museums in Italy!

From now until December 28th, Museums in Italy will be open late (7-11 pm) and free on Tuesday (Martedi) evenings. Included are archaeological sites like Paestum in Campania, Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli, the Uffizi and the Accademia in Florence and the Borghese Gallery and Villa Giulia in Rome. For more details on museums that are participating around Italy, see the website.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

All About Venice

Yesterday I received my Departures magazine in the mail. And last night I stayed up until midnight devouring every page of the beautiful issue. This month the magazine is all about Venice-where to stay, what to eat, where to shop. There are extensive sections on every sestiere (quarter) in the beautiful city and a great article on what to do with kids. Now I'm desperate to go to Venice-and as of yesterday I hadn't given the city a thought in months. That's the power of a beautiful magazine.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Visit the Colosseum at Night

Starting August 21st, the Colosseum will be open for night tours (9:00 pm to midnight) until October 2nd. Tickets cost 15 Euros and reservations are a must. Be sure to request an English-speaking tour. For more information (only in Italian, unfortunately) go to or ask your hotel concierge to call the ticket office for you. The Baths of Caracalla will have a similar program through October 23rd.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

What to See When You Only Have One Day in Rome

A friend who is taking a day trip to Rome recently asked me what he should see. What a tough question-you could spend a day in Rome just getting lost! But if your time is limited there are a few sites that you can easily do in one day and feel as if you have seen a lot. To start, I would visit the Roman Forum. Try to get there when the doors open or just before they close so that you can avoid the crowds. If you have time and you haven't seen it before, pop into the Colosseum. I would also visit the Capitoline Museum. It has recently been remodeled and the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius is on view in a spectacular gallery. The basement exhibit, with its fascinating collection of inscriptions, takes you out to the Tabularium to a gorgeous view of the Forum that I think you shouldn't miss. After your morning in Ancient Rome, walk over to Piazza Navona (walk through the Jewish Ghetto and Campo dei Fiori to get there) for a light lunch and a few glasses of wine at Cul de Sac. Stop in at the Pantheon and then head over to the Piazza di Spagna for some shopping around Via Condotti. Via Margutta has some interesting antique shops. Have dinner at Babette's or Dal Bolognese.