Fried artichokes in the Jewish Ghetto of Rome

What to Eat in Rome: Fried Artichokes

Visitors to Rome often have a list of the dishes they’re anxious to taste right alongside their wish list of monuments and museums they want to see. It makes sense – Italy is a country where food is taken seriously. One of the things you’ll quickly notice about eating in Italy is the importance of seasonality – and in the late winter and early spring, that means eating artichokes in Rome.

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April 14, 2014 by
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Rome celebrates its birthday with fireworks.

Rome in April: Weather, Events, & Things to Do

It could be argued that there’s never a bad time to be in Rome, but many will also say that April is one of the best months to visit the Italian capital. The weather is often good, and there are some not-to-be-missed festivals in April in Rome that can make your trip truly memorable. Here’s what you need to know about going to Rome in April.

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March 24, 2014 by
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21 Things You Didn’t Know About Rome

Trajan's Market, the original shopping mall.

Rome, the so-called Eternal City, is one of the top tourist destinations on earth – so you might think you’ve heard all the stories there are to hear about the city. But with so many hundreds of years of history just dating back to ancient Rome, and history that pre-dates even that, it’s highly unlikely that you know everything about Rome. Here, then, are 21 things you probably didn’t know about Rome.

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March 17, 2014 by
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Rome in March: Weather, Events, & Things to Do

Rome in March can be quite lovely

Rome is a city that’s popular year-round, where the high season has expanded beyond just the summer months. That means the “shoulder seasons” in Rome are shorter. The spring shoulder season is really only March-April (and by late April prices are already going up) – so the best spring deals are often in March. Here’s what you need to know about visiting Rome in March.

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February 24, 2014 by
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Walking the Appian Way in Rome

Part of the ancient Appian Way near Rome

You’ve probably heard the phrase “all roads lead to Rome,” and thought that it was more than a little bit of hyperbole. At one time, however, most roads did actually lead to what was then the center of Western civilization. Today, you can still walk on one of those roads – the famous Appian Way.

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February 17, 2014 by
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What to Eat in Rome: Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe

Cacio e pepe

Rome is a feast for all the senses, but it’s a quite literal feast for foodies who pay a visit to the Eternal City. There are several dishes that originated in Rome, or for which the city is particularly known, but few have the cult following of “cacio e pepe.” This pasta dish sounds deceptively simple to make, and the end result is the kind of flavor you may just find addictive.

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February 3, 2014 by
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A Local’s Tips for Visiting Rome in Winter

Rome photo by Jean-Francios Gornet via Flickr

Sergio Grom shares his enthusiasm for Rome with visitors, leading tours that focus on everything from an overview of the Vatican Museums to an in-depth look at Rome’s architecture. He offers walking tours, night tours, historical tours, and more, all tailored to the group’s needs. We asked him for some inside tips on seeing the Eternal City during the cold winter months. Here’s what he had to say.

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January 28, 2014 by
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Rome in February: Weather, Events, & Things to Do

Rome in February can be very quiet

While most people will plan their trips to Rome in the summer, you can save quite a bit of money – and avoid the worst of the tourist crowds – by visiting in the off-season. In Rome, that means winter, and particularly after the holidays are over. If you’re planning to visit Rome in February, you can expect shorter lines and lower prices – and cold weather. Here is what you need to know before going to Rome in February.

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January 27, 2014 by
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Pompeii Day Trip from Rome

Pompeii with Mt. Vesuvius in the background

Pompeii is one of Italy’s top tourist attractions, and with good reason. It’s an ideal day trip from Naples, but what if you’re not going further south than Rome? Never fear, you can visit Pompeii as a day trip from Rome, too, as long as it’s a well-planned day.

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January 20, 2014 by
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Aperitivo in Rome

Light aperitivo snacks

You might be familiar with “happy hour” where you live, but the Italians take it to another level with “aperitivo.” Aperitivo started in Italy up north in the chic city of Milan, but it spread through the country fairly rapidly. Rome is now one of the best cities to do aperitivo in Italy. Here’s what you need to know about aperitivo in Rome.

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January 6, 2014 by
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