A Guide to Rome’s Trastevere Neighborhood

A Guide to Rome’s Trastevere Neighborhood

Trastevere is one of those Roman neighborhoods that live up to all of the superlatives and cliches. Ivy-draped ochre buildings. Check. Narrow cobblestones streets. Check. Piazzas, markets and cafes filled with locals. Check. Even if it is only for a few days, you can live like a local with our Trastevere neighborhood guide. ... Read More

What to do on a Rainy Day in Florence

What to do on a Rainy Day in Florence

Planning your vacation in Florence during the winter and spring months is a great idea. You miss the summer heat and the high season crowds. It is the best time of year for hearty food like pappardelle al cinghiale and glasses of deep Tuscan red wine. Most of your days will be sunny and crisp ... Read More

10 Great Places to see Art Exhibitions in Rome: Beyond the Vatican Museums

10 Great Places to see Art Exhibitions in Rome: Beyond the Vatican Museums

To help you explore more of Rome’s artistic treasures in Renaissance, we have put together this list of 10 great places to see art exhibitions in Rome. ... Read More

Exploring Rome’s Fascinating Monti Neighborhood

Exploring Rome’s Fascinating Monti Neighborhood

Anchored by some of Rome’s most important monuments and churches the Monti neighborhood  still retains its small neighborhood spirit. ... Read More

Rainy Day in Rome? Five Great Ways to Enjoy the Experience

Rainy Day in Rome? Five Great Ways to Enjoy the Experience

On the rare day when thunder rumbles and the skies open, we have a few suggestions on how to stay dry on a rainy day in Rome. ... Read More

A Feast for the Eyes: Unforgettable Florence Views

A Feast for the Eyes: Unforgettable Florence Views

The city of Florence has much to be admired. At every turn there are layers upon layers of beautiful views. Here are some of our favorite panoramic views for enjoying the splendor of Florence, whether from a popular tourist site, an off-the-beaten path location or a wonderful vacation rental apartment. ... Read More

Shopping Rome’s Unique Flea Markets

Shopping Rome’s Unique Flea Markets

Romans love many things, and shopping is high on their list. To get a taste of bargain hunting, Italian style, why not visit a flea market or two? Here we’ve compiled a list of five interesting flea markets within this glorious city. ... Read More

Arriving in Italy just got easier! New direct train service from Rome airport to Florence and Venice.

Arriving in Italy just got easier! New direct train service from Rome airport to Florence and Venice.

New direct train service from Rome airport to Florence and Venice, twice a day at 11:08 am and 3:08 pm. You no longer have to take the airport train to the main train station (Termini) and then take a second train onward. Just take the direct train at either of those times and arrive at ... Read More

Bernini’s Apollo and Daphne: Unrequited Love

Bernini’s Apollo and Daphne: Unrequited Love

Apollo and Daphne is a life-sized baroque sculpture by renowned sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini.  An extraordinary masterwork, the sculpture depicts the mythical story of unrequited love and can be found in Galleria Borghese in Rome. The Galleria Borghese is also home to Bernini’s David, paintings by Caravaggio and many other masterpieces.  It is no surprise ... Read More

Pasquino, the Talking Statue, and his Congress of Wits

Pasquino, the Talking Statue, and his Congress of Wits

The talking statues of Rome acted as avatars for the voices of the people, the dissidents and outliers who the fell between the cracks of the Pope’s rule, that could voice their opinions by posting notes on these well-known marble figures. In the early 14th century the Pope ascended to power as King of the Roman Empire. ... Read More

Cool Apps to Enhance Your Italy Travels

Cool Apps to Enhance Your Italy Travels

We recently tried out a bunch of apps using an iPhone and also an Android phone. Here are our favorites based on usage and usefulness!  So lets pack our bags, load our smartphones, this is traveling in the 21st century. ... Read More

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