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Location Feature: Testaccio

Click per la versione italiana. With each successive generation, there is a perceptible shift and perhaps distortion from the classic understanding of tourism.  Until a few decades ago, traveling meant settling on one major destination with all its bells and whistles.  This was, for a variety of reasons, in contrast to the prevalence of today’s
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Valentine's Day in Rome: 3 Ways to Spend It!

If the Eternal City is par excellence and your love worthy of eternal promise, then being here on February 14th will be one day in which you cannot help but to get lost in they eyes of your partner as you wander through the streets of Rome. Click per la versione italiana.
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Via del Pellegrino: A Street & A Little Bookstore

Tired after wandering through the crowds of the main streets of the historic center?  If you’ve already tasted the magic of Piazza Venezia and have made your way to Campo de’ Fiori and experienced the frenzy of this busy open air market, then you may just be ready to a stroll off the beaten path.
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How Did Rome Welcome Italy's New President? In Between the Rain & Fancy Dresses at The Quirinale: Teas, Chocolates & Wine!

Italy welcomed its latest president, Sergio Mattarella, this past weekend.  Over the thousands of clicks from flashing cameras and reverberating microphones, Mattarella delivered a fateful oath, swearing his duty to the Italian Republic and declaring himself to be the “impartial arbiter” of a state that needs is in dire need of a confidence boost. Click
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Santa is gone, but the Befana is coming…

La Befana vien di notte  /  The Befana comes at night Con le scarpe tutte rotte  /  In worn out shoes Col vestito da romana  /  Dressed like a Roman Viva viva la Befana!  /  Long live the Befana! – An Italian Rhyme Click per la versione italiana. For those who grew up in Rome,
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Italian Christmas Cuisine (A Little History & 4 Great Recipes)

Even today, Christmas continues to be one of the most important holidays of the year in Italy.  In Rome, the playful side of the holiday is displayed through the many decorations to be seen outside and inside of homes and business.  In essence, the streets of the Eternal City are glimmering with the spirit of
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The Magic of Halloween: History, Myth and Roman Traditions

Click per la versione italiana Although Halloween is an imported tradition, the colorful vibrancy and chaotic energy of this holiday is fits well with the dynamic warmth and hospitality of Rome.   Halloween has experienced a rapid increase in popularity over the past couple of years—and you can be sure that Romans have found their own
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The Jungle Called Rome

If a city is a jungle, then Rome has various paths to be discovered: narrow streets and major arteries, as well as shortcuts give you a breath of fresh air away from traffic of the city. Click per la versione italiana Unlike other European capitals, however, Rome remains deficient in its transportation network; having only two active subway lines
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In Rome, Prepare for Christmas with the Tradition of the Nativity

If for many Christmas is symbolized by the fir tree, the tree decorations, and by the miniatures of a jolly but belabored Santa Claus climbing into chimneys with his massive bag of gifts, then for many others the symbol of Christmas is represented by a crib. Click per la versione italiana
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The Roman October Days (L’Ottobrata Romana)

It is said that “all roads lead to Rome.” Click per la versione italiana Then it’s no surprise that being enchanted by the magic of Rome is a date with destiny for any visitor who sets foot in the Eternal City.  Beyond the clichés, the fact is that the warmth and charm of these early
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Xmas is coming…

Christmas and New Year holidays are coming. Profit from car-free Sundays in various parts of the historical center, and discover every beauty of Rome. Christmas is approaching with long afternoons and streets filled with tourists (and residents), who will walk, shop, and enjoy aperitifs in the heart of Rome’s beauty. In particular, for the people
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Muri Puliti, Popoli Muti: Walls, Graffiti & Roman Tradition

Click per la versione italiana Muri puliti, popoli muti (“clean walls, dumb people”) is a famous saying that has accompanied Rome’s long social and political history, extending beyond the walls of the beautiful capital to encapsulate a trend common to the entire Italian peninsula: graffiti. The history of graffiti, or generally-speaking writing on walls, is not
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Superstition in Ancient Rome: Crossing the “Bridge of the Dead” (10/31-11/2)

Click per la versione italiana October 31st to November 2nd marks a span of time that most Italians view with superstition.  It is known as the “Bridge of the Dead,” beginning with Halloween and ending with the Celebration of the Dead—a 72-hour period steeped in occult tradition, stemming from ancient Roman history. Lost souls, the
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