Your Roman Holiday: Experience Vintage Glamour in Rome

Your Roman Holiday: Experience Vintage Glamour in Rome

This is a guest post by Jonathon Spada – thank you Jonathon! First-time visitors to Rome are often enchanted by the vintage glamour from the classic mid-century films set in the Eternal City. A happy-go-lucky Audrey Hepburn atop a vintage Vespa zipping through narrow, winding streets or a gorgeous Anita Ekberg splashing around the Trevi Fountain set the…

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in Rome | No Comments

Cività di Bagnoregio: tips for visiting this unique Italian village

Cività di Bagnoregio: tips for visiting this unique Italian village

With a population of only 20 people and access limited to a pedestrian footbridge, the Italian town of Cività di Bagnoregio is a unique destination and a stop I include frequently in Italy itineraries for travelers going between Rome and Tuscany. But it’s not a good fit for every traveler, so read my tips below. Photographer Joe Mack…

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Rome, Tuscany | No Comments

Off the beaten path in Italy

Off the beaten path in Italy

Because of the name of my company, I get regular requests for itineraries that are at least partly off the beaten track. The definition of off the beaten path in Italy differs depending on how well you know the country. For some, the beaten track includes just Rome, Florence, and Venice, while for others it…

Trastevere, Rome: 5 spots to relax and unwind

Trastevere, Rome: 5 spots to relax and unwind

This is a guest post by Katy Sewall, who has lived in Trastevere, Rome, for the past year. I asked Katy to write this post after listening to every episode, and wanting more, of the wonderful podcast she does with Tiffany Parks about living in Rome.   When you’re a tourist, or a new expat…

Posted by on Jun 12, 2014 in Rome | 9 Comments

What to see and do in Rome

What to see and do in Rome

Most of the Italy itineraries I create for clients – for even the most beyond the obvious travelers –  include a few days in Rome. After all, Italy’s famous attractions are famous for a reason. Use the recommendations below for what to see and do in Rome as a guide for your first visit to…

Posted by on Jan 20, 2014 in Rome | 6 Comments

A luxury Italy itinerary

A luxury Italy itinerary

The luxury travelers I work with aren’t necessarily looking for VIP treatment. Rather, they are down-to-earth and well-traveled, but they want their luxury Italy itinerary to be about service and comfort while getting to know the locals as much as possible. Recently a client hired me to plan an 18 day luxury trip for him…

Ten useful and interesting signs in Rome

Ten useful and interesting signs in Rome

Street signs, placards, new signs, old signs – I photograph them all when I travel. Sometimes they represent interesting cultural differences, sometimes they’re just useful, and sometimes the photo is just a placeholder to give context to the rest of my photos. Here are ten of my favorite sign photos from a recent Rome trip.…

Two reasons not to dine where the locals do

Two reasons not to dine where the locals do

  I was researching Sunday lunch options in Rome for clients recently, looking for a traditional experience (Sunday lunch is big in Rome!), but in a part of town that worked with their itinerary and within their budget. At first, I thought Trattoria Perilli would be a great fit. Just look at the evidence! Elizabeth Minchilli a…

What to do in Ponza

What to do in Ponza

  “We want to visit the Amalfi Coast for many reasons, including spending a few days on a white sandy beach – preferably somewhere with whitewashed houses that cascade down to a fishing village”, clients requested recently. There are some pretty beaches on the Amalfi Coast and nearby, but it wouldn’t be my first recommendation…

Posted by on Mar 21, 2011 in Rome | 3 Comments

Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II in Rome: 30 sculptures on Italy’s birthday monument

  Italy's 150th birthday celebrations are being kicked off on March 17th at the Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II – aka the Vittoriano- and it will be the seat of the birthday celebrations in Rome this year. But you didn't miss the party if you're reading this after March 17th – there are a few…

Posted by on Mar 16, 2011 in Architecture, Rome | 4 Comments