The Ultimate Sicily Road Trip, Part One: From Catania to Modica

There’s no trip better than a road trip. We set off to Sicily for for the first week of January, much to the dismay of beach lovers everywhere. With some limited research and several possible itineraries in mind, we booked a car and took off into the wilds of Sicily to explore the coasts of this beautiful but bedraggled island. And, of course, to eat as … Continue reading The Ultimate Sicily Road Trip, Part One: From Catania to Modica

Adventure in Abruzzo’s Misty Mountains

In spring of 2012, I was coping with some serious senioritis – trying to balance school-related stress, anxiety about the future, and a desire to fully enjoy (what I thought were) my last months in Rome. To escape the chaos of city life, I took refuge in Abruzzo, a land of icy winds and rocky mountains, far removed from the buttery sunlight of Rome. Continue reading Adventure in Abruzzo’s Misty Mountains

When carnival comes late: The anti-clerical celebrations of Poggio Mirteto

Every year, the Sunday after carnival, Poggio Mirteto, a small town just over 60 kilometers from Rome, celebrates what is known as Carnevalone Liberato, roughly translated as the Free Carnival. This year, the nasty weather held us off from departing for the festivities in the early afternoon as usual. With the threat of rain, we arrived as dusk was settling over the town and costumed revelers already stumbling and singing with gusto. Continue reading When carnival comes late: The anti-clerical celebrations of Poggio Mirteto

Exploring the Lost City of Antica Monterano

About an hour’s drive from Rome, the abandoned city of Antica Monterano clings to a mountaintop inside a nature reserve. Nearly swallowed up by the lush greenery, its crumbling walls have been preserved by the efforts of the Riserva Naturale Regionale Monterano (Monterano Regional Nature Reserve). While the maintenance means this won’t be the eeriest ruins you creep through, the attention paid to the site is heartening in a country where some of the most important archaeological ruins are being left to crumble slowly. Continue reading Exploring the Lost City of Antica Monterano

day trip from Rome, fragoline, strawberry cake Nemi Castelli Romani

5 Best Day Trips from Rome

When the chaos of the Roman streets becomes overwhelming, there are plenty of day trips from Rome that offer the perfect opportunity for relaxation. Journey into your childhood imaginings at the monster park of Bomarzo, explore Etruscan necropoli, or stroll the expansive gardens of a 15th century villa filled with extraordinary fountains, all in under 2 hours’ drive. Continue reading 5 Best Day Trips from Rome