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.
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. In that case, look no further than the quiet street Via del Pellegrino.
Located just a stone’s throw from Campo de’ Fiori, adjacent to Via dei Baullari, Via del Pellegrino is a quaint pathway that clearly harkens back to a Roman past that was filled with many artisan shops owned by glassblowers, potters, artists, and a host of other selling whatever wares they could (a.k.a junk shops). It’s the type of street about which songs are written and where film location scouts can find an authentic setting. Continue reading…
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 of the city’s more residential neighborhoods.
In the recent years, websites that represent the street artist community, such as Street Art Roma, Street Art News, and 999 Contemporary Street Art, have emerged and are growing in popularity, giving new understanding to the art form by creating educational dialogue.
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, New Year’s, and the Epiphany all mean one thing here: lots of gift giving and celebrating with friends and family and, of course, time off from work.
After the first week of January, the city tends to quieten; its streets are less flooded with human and vehicular traffic, and Italian can be heard more often than not in those places usually filled with tourists–which makes it the perfect time to actually visit the city and see the sites.
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.
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 you can take a breather from touring the city.
Villa Ada, Via Salaria
(Get There: Bus 223 to Stazione La Giustiniana or Tram FC3 to Montebello)
Located in northeastern Rome, Villa Ada is the second largest park in Rome that covers an area of 450 acres. Known not only for its beauty, the Villa Ada is also a popular venue for many artistic and musical events. Although a public park, Villa Ada also houses the Egyptian Embassy, and so there are some areas that are considered private and are restricted.
Originally, the Villa was the royal residence of the Italian royal House of Savoy from 1872 to 1878. The name of the Villa stems from the brief period (1878-1904) when a Swiss count (Tellfner) named it after his wife Ada.
Summer holidays are still far away, but that doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy warmth in the middle of winter. Why not take a day or 2-day trip from Rome to Viterbo and Siena?
Viterbo and Siena are just 2 hours or less away from Rome, and both provide the opportunity to submerge your body in hot natural thermal springs.
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
For those who grew up in Rome, it may be hard to believe that this rhyme could be considered quite bizarre. For most Romans, the Befana Rhyme creates a wonderful nostalgia for childhood, and paints colorful and beautiful images of the past.
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 the Christmas season.
If Christmas is embodied by the presence of Il Presepe (Nativity Scene), then the Christmas Dinner is its perfect complement, one that is uniquely defined in italy.
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 what to do and where to go to create your own Roman Thanksgiving!