Is Giolitti (Gelateria) Worth It? We'll Tell You. :)

Gelato.   It’s the one Italian word I made sure I knew how to pronounce properly before my first visit to Rome. When I arrived I chucked my suitcase in my hotel room and then ran out the door like madwoman looking for the first gelato sign I could find–I was that serious about gelato.

Lactose free gelato, Giolitti. (Image by Diedré Blake.)

Lactose free gelato, Giolitti. (Image by Diedré Blake). Click to visit her site.

If you’re like me, then planning your trip to Rome (or while you are here) you’ve been looking into where you can get the best gelato.  Well, I have no answer for that, because it’s mostly all good to me.  But if you’ve been searching on TripAdvisor, then the name Giolitti  should already be familiar.

Giolitti’s is one of those places that gets a lot of hype, but is it worth all the hype it gets? So, I went to its very first location on Via del Vicario (there is another in EUR) to find out.  Continue reading…

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 look at our Rome tours, especially the Colosseum ad Baths of Caracalla Tour as well as the Underground Colosseum Tour.

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With this weather, there is one site that you should visit while you have the chance: The Baths of Caracalla (Le Terme di Caracalla).

The Baths of Caracalla, ~AD 216

The Baths of Caracalla, ~AD 216

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The Centennial History of the Ghetto: Between Traditional Cuisine & Street Food

January 27th marks the date of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which was established by a UN General Assembly resolution on November 1, 2005.  The International Holocaust Remembrance Day is grim reminder of the past atrocities of genocide and mass killings, but also serves as a warning for the present and the future.

In Rome, on October 16, 1943, 1259 people were deported to Auschwitz from the Jewish Ghetto…only 16 of them returned.

Nazi round of the Jewish Ghetto. Image from L’Italo-Americano. Click to visit their site.

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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.   Continue reading…

Location Feature: Testaccio

Testaccio Market. Image by myVideoMedia. Click image to visit their blog.

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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 do-it-yourself planning and the popularization of backpacking to contain costs and expand options for where to go and how much to see.

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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.  In that case, look no further than the quiet street Via del Pellegrino.

Via del Pellegrino. Image from Turismo Roma.

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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…

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, 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.

Image by Deborah Sandidge. Click image to see more of her wonderful photos of Rome.

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.

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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.

Image from the Daily Mail. Click to read their article “Italy’s New President Decries Corruption…”

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Thermal Baths: an opportunity when visiting Tuscany from Rome

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.

Click to visit Buzzing on the Web, and read their article 15 of the Most Beautiful Old Towns in the World."

Click to visit Buzzing on the Web, and read their article 15 of the Most Beautiful Old Towns in the World.”

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