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Diedré Blake, who goes by 'D', is the former Web Content Manager/ Social Media Consultant for MindtheGuide.com. A graduate of Stanford, Lesley and John Cabot Universities, D is an art therapist, travel writer & travel and health blogger and vlogger. Vist: diedreblake.com & youtube.com/user/DiedreBlake

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No time to Dine? Try One of These 10 Roman Street Foods [Reblog]

Wondering what to eat on your next break between seeing Rome’s most famous sites? Well, the Eternal City has many quick and easy treats to refresh you before you begin your journey again…and no, we don’t mean gelato!   Arancini – Melted mozzarella, ragù (meat sauce), tomato sauce and peas are the usual fillings of this
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Baths of Caracalla Revisited

Last fall, we featured one of our tour locations as a blog post: the Baths of Caracalla.  Perhaps not has popular as the Colosseum, Roman Forum or Vatican, the Baths of Caracalla remains a monumental and awe-inspiring structure. As we draw closer to the warmer spring weather, Mind the Guide invites you to take a
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Off the Beaten Path: The Protestant Cemetery (Cimitero Acattolico)

Following up on our previous post on Testaccio is this post on the Non-Catholic Cemetery (Cimitero Acattolico), better known as the Protestant Cemetery, located on Via Caio Cestio, just off of Via Marmorata in Testaccio.  
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Il Mercatino Giapponese in Rome: Should You Go? We'll Let You Know.

Il Mercatino Giapponese Next Event: March 15, 2015 | Time: 10AM – 8PM Blackout Club, Via Casilina 713, Rome (Zone: Tor Pignattarra) If you take either the metro line A or B to Termini, then grab the 105 bus in the direction of Grotte Celoni or the tram line FC1, you will be able to arrive
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Off the Beaten Path: 4 Museums in Rome You Should Know

Without a doubt, the city of Rome is a living museum, welcoming all to gaze upon the architectural and artistic wonders of bygone eras. Below are four museums that take you away from the crowds and offer you another immersive experience of its history: 1. Casa di Goethe Via del Corso 18 (Piazza del Popolo)
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We Wish You A Happy Valentine's Day from Rome!

  We wish you the best on this day, and hope that you spend it in the company of loved ones. Don’t Forget to Check Out Our Valentine’s Day Post: “Valentine’s Day in Rome? 3 Ways to Spent It!” —-   -Post by  Diedré Blake Look Out For Posts Every Wednesday & Saturday! Visit Our Website
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The Other Roman Art: Our Top 5 Places to View Street Art [Revisited]

Leaving aside the politics of whether to call it street art or graffiti, 2014 was a great year for Rome’s alternative art scene.  And given the recent activities along Via Ostiense, 2015 should be even better. 🙂 Both Italian and international street artists have made the Eternal City their latest canvas for cultural and self-expression, and many
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Top 5 Reasons to Travel to Rome in the Low Season

With the holidays behind us, it’s fair to say that Rome has entered into its low season period.  Officially, the low season starts around November and lasts until March. If you have ever visited Rome in November and December, then you already know that there is nothing low about those two months due to the winter holidays. Christmas,
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Our Top 3 Parks in Rome: Take A Nature Getaway

Rome is renowned for its many monuments, museums, and archaeological sites.  Rome is a city that breathes life through the presence or absence of its buildings.  Still, as amazing as the Colosseum or the Baths of Caracalla are, sometimes you just want to get away from it all. Here are 3 natural spaces in Rome, where
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A Stop At Ex-J (Urban Wear in Rome)

Rome’s winter sales (saldi) continue and are a highlight of many travelers making their tour through Rome’s cobblestoned streets. With so many wonderful items on sale, the choices may seem endless–at least, that’s how I found it be while making my way to Giolitti on Via Uffici del Vicario. Still, there was one store that caught
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Happy New Year’s Eve!

Thank You for Your Support in 2014!   See You in 2015. Please, be safe as you celebrate this last day of 2014. Follow Us on Facebook & Twitter for Current Travel Tips & News. —–   -Post by  Diedré Blake Look Out For Posts Every Wednesday & Saturday! –The MindtheGuideTeam  Don’t Forget, Now until January 6, 2015: 20% Off
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Location Feature: The Baths of Caracalla!

If you are in Rome or traveling to the city, then you may have noticed that the weather has been…well, unseasonably warm with a dash of intermittent cold and rain.  Truly, there are still days warm enough for expats and tourists (used to really cold weather) to break out sandals and other summer wear, or
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Feeling the Halloween Spirit? Halloween Events Around Rome for Children and Adults

With Halloween just around the corner, you might be wondering where you can go to celebrate this spooky event in Rome.  Below is a list of both horrific activities to terrify you throughout this ghastly weekend. Halloween Events for Adults Circolo degli Artisti This year Circolo degli Artisti celebrates Halloween with a Mexican flair.  Event features DJ
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It's Time for Thanksgiving! Are You Ready in Rome?

An Early Post to Help You Prepare For U.S. travelers and expats, being overseas during the holidays can be challenging, especially if traveling alone.  If you are in Rome for this Thanksgiving, there are ways that you can celebrate this American holiday while in the Eternal City. We have provided you with links to articles on
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“Christmas is Here” – Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

“Hark how the bells, –        “Ascolta! Come le campane sweet silver bells, –                 Dolci campane d’argento all seem to say, –                   Sembrano tutte dire throw cares away –              
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In Rome on Christmas Day? No Sweat!

Italy is known for its focus on family.  Perhaps no other time shines the brightest spotlight on this aspect of Italian culture than the winter holiday season (with Easter coming in a strong second), and particularly Christmas Day. As such, travelers to Rome will noticed that most (if not all) monuments, museums, and other attractions will be
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No time to Dine? Try One of These 10 Roman Street Foods

Wondering what to eat on your next break between seeing Rome’s most famous sites? Well, the Eternal City has many quick and easy treats to refresh you before you begin your journey again…and no, we don’t mean gelato!   Arancini – Melted mozzarella, ragù (meat sauce), tomato sauce and peas are the usual fillings of this
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Essential Rome: 6 Things You Should Know Before You Go! (Part 2 of 2)

(Read Part 1) This week we tackle three topics: communication, dietary needs, and expat communities. Traveling has its ups and downs.  For many, traveling is a positive and worry-free experience of visiting a new place and soaking up local culture.  For others, traveling can mean high dose of anxiety.  Still, visiting Rome doesn’t have to become
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MtG's Advent Calendar: 8 Days to Go…8 Facts to Know

With only 8 days to go, preparations of creating an unforgettable Christmas is in full swing in most homes throughout Italy, especially those in Rome.  This past Saturday, Pope Francis held the Vatican’s annual Christmas concert, featuring the likes of American singer-songwriter Patti Smith; and many other events are happening throughout the city over the
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How to Travel Like a Local with MindtheGuide: A Guide to Rome

Welcome to MindtheGuide‘s Travel Blog! We are a networking hub that connects travelers to independent tour guides.  Based in Rome, MindtheGuide collaborates with licensed tour guides, who provide tours around Rome, the Eternal City. Our key philosophy centers around the word choice, because we believe that travelers deserve to choose not just their tour locations, but
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How to Travel While (Chronically) Ill: A 6-Step Approach

Greetings Fellow Travelers! I am D, a student, health blogger and a weekly contributor to the Mind the Guide Blog. Throughout my life, I have visited over a dozen countries and have lived in four.  Since 2011, I have called Rome my home. Whether it is before, during or after, being sick while traveling, especially on vacation, is simply…awful.
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Winter in Rome: Markets & Holiday Events

Following up on our previous post, below are some ongoing events during this holiday season: Christmas Markets (24 Nov. 2014 – 6 Jan. 2015) Piazza Navona is already of great historical and architectural renown, and its massive annual Christmas market adds a hefty dose of magic to this busy attraction.  On an average day, thousands of
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Essential Rome: 6 Things You Should Know Before You Go! (Part 1 of 2)

You’ve bought your ticket, packed and repacked your bags, have been crossing off the days on your calendar leading up to your departure date, and probably have been psyching yourself up for your trip by imagining touring the Vatican or the Colosseum. But could it be that you’ve forgotten something? Beyond arranging your hotel and
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The Other Roman Art: Our Top 5 Places to View Street Art

Leaving aside the politics of whether to call it street art or graffiti, 2014 was a great year for Rome’s alternative art scene.  Both Italian and international street artists have made the Eternal City their latest canvas for cultural and self-expression, and many of the city’s more residential neighborhoods. In the recent years, websites that represent the
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