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

Postcards from Purgatory at Rome’s Smallest Museum

The spires of the Chiesa del Sacro Cuore del Suffragio are dwarfed by the nearby bulk of the Palazzaccio – Rome’s Palace of Justice, famous because it’s too heavy for its foundations and is sinking slowly into the ground. Inside the Chiesa del Sacro Cuore, a hallway holds Rome’s smallest museum, and one of it’s strangest – a glass case filled with items imprinted by the hands of souls trapped in purgatory. Continue reading Postcards from Purgatory at Rome’s Smallest Museum

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Rome’s Talking Statue: Pasquino and the Art of Satire

Located near Piazza Navona is one of Rome’s most iconic and unknown sights, testament to a history of civic resistance and a timeless resentment of the Vatican: Pasquino, la statua parlante, or the talking statue. The history of Pasquino is masked by legend, but the poems through which he spoke still remain, providing a window into the city’s history and Roman culture. Continue reading Rome’s Talking Statue: Pasquino and the Art of Satire

Five Best Things to Eat and Drink During the Roman Summer

Summer in Rome (apart from the muggy heat and the ever-growing stench of dog poo and garbage) is my favorite time to be living in the city. There are plenty of things to do, and outdoor events for all preferences – from ballet and opera in the baths of Caracalla, to dancing on the beach and under Rome’s gasometro in Ostiense. Plus, summer means a whole selection of delicious food and drink, as red wine is exchanged for white (which is served cool and is therefore more refreshing), fish is eaten instead of meat, and gelato replaces any other possible desert option. Continue reading Five Best Things to Eat and Drink During the Roman Summer

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Rome’s Best Offbeat and Unconventional Sights

Whether you’re an expat living in Rome, a frequent visitor, or a traveler with a taste for the curious and extraordinary, there are many lesser-known, not-to-be-missed sites to see in Rome. Some of my favorite unusual, offbeat, and unconventional sites include a crypt decorated with bones, a geometrically extraordinary temple, a surreal cemetery oasis in the heart of the city, and a beautiful garden and extraordinary keyhole with the best view in Rome. Continue reading Rome’s Best Offbeat and Unconventional Sights

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Rome for Beer Lovers

Originally posted on Neon Anomaly:
A little secret that the city of Rome is gestating is that craft beer is big here. Pubs selling quality brews and good food are popping up everywhere, and craft beer breweries are springing out of every corner to create beers which maintain the integrity of Italy’s reputation for good food and drink. Below is a brief list of Italian… Continue reading Rome for Beer Lovers