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Italy Perfect Expert Shares Rome Sightseeing Tips

When I started Italy Perfect nearly 16 years ago it was because I wanted an excuse to be able to go to Italy as often as possible. Rome is my second home. I lived in the Eternal City for many years in my youth, and even though our vacation rental business brings me to Rome several times a year, I’m there to work, not play. You know how it is; you never actually take a real vacation in your hometown. It’s hard to believe, but until my recent staycation, I hadn’t been inside the Coliseum in over 30 years, and my last Vatican Museum visit was in 1999. I’ve been too busy sharing Rome sightseeing tips rather than using them!

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A Moveable Feast Tuscan Style

Food traditions are a big part of Italian culture so it’s no surprise that eating well is a tradition of our Italy trips! A highlight of a recent trip was a marvelous dinner prepared for us by Chef in Tuscany at our accommodations near Florence.

Three Chefs
Chef in Tuscany Team

Graziella and her staff arrived cheerful and efficient; settled us at the kitchen table with a glass of wine, a crostini sampler, prosciutto and local cheeses served with organic honey. From that vantage point we enjoyed watching her and her staff bustle about, chattering and laughing while we peppered them with questions about recipes, inspirations and preparation techniques.

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Palazzo Valentini – A Rome ‘Must See’

Make it a ‘Must See Top Eleven’ list for your Rome visit with the new Domus Romane of Palazzo Valentini. Deep under the palace conveniently located in Piazza Venezia, near the gleaming Victor Emmanuel Monument (fondly called the wedding cake), is a modern exhibit that promises a fascinating 1.5 hour tour.

Original mosaics under the ruins

The remains of two luxury Roman homes with their original baths, mosaic floors and colorful frescoes are exhibited as-is, and then with computer generated projections of their original appearance. Good audio and guided commentary. Walking in the dark on vast glass floors over the illuminated ruins is fun. The guided tour ends in a super video that unrolls the story depicted in friezes on Trajan’s Column, detailing how the freizes illustrate the story of Emperor Trajan’s fascinating two campaigns two thousand years ago to Dacia (where you now find Romania) and the process of Roman military campaigns. Must book ahead, better to use online service by clicking here.

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