How to Budget for Food in Rome: Average Cost of Food Per Day

Eating pasta at a Roman trattoria

Any trip to the Eternal City will become a culinary one. Amidst thousand-year-old wonders and cobblestone streets, you’ll find terrific food joints in almost every Roman corner. But how much should you be factoring in for food during your Roman holiday? Rome offers a myriad of eating options, from budget street food fare and trattorias […]

Supplì vs Arancini: An Italian-Fried Movie

Arancini stuffed with peas

Suppli and arancini: two words that are popping up on menus everywhere. But what’s the difference between them?  Italians love fried food. In Neapolitan pizzerias, there’s the frittatina di pasta (fried pucks of pasta). In Puglia, no Sunday is complete without homemade panzerotti (fried, stuffed pockets of dough). But two cousins, both fried balls of […]

The Best 6 Things to Do in Rome on a Rainy Day

St. Peter's Basilica on a rainy day in Rome

While staying in bed and ordering in may sound tempting, think again—there are many great ways to spend a rainy day in Rome. Although Rome is known for its great weather and sunny days, autumn and spring can bring pouring rain. And let’s face it: walking along slippery cobblestone roads on a rainy day isn’t […]

When to Eat in Rome: Breakfast, Lunch, Aperitivo & Dinner Times

PIzza at Casamanco at the Testaccio Market in Rome

Forget your eating schedule back home—it’s time to immerse yourself in Roman culture by embracing local eating times. All European countries have different eating schedules: northern countries tend to dine earlier while southerners grab their meals later. And time is so relative: 6 p.m. is “dinner time” in London yet “aperitivo time” in Rome, which […]

What to Do and Where to Eat on Sundays in Rome

A walk through Trastevere is the perfect plan for a Sunday in Rome.

Sundays are the perfect day to embrace the Italian way of “il dolce far niente”—the sweetness of doing nothing—so relax and enjoy the slower pace of this laid-back day.  Rain or shine, Sunday is the ultimate day to rest in Rome. Passionate soccer fans head to the Stadio Olimpico to catch a match, families enjoy […]

How Italians Do Christmas: The Foods You’ll Find on Every Table

Italian Antipasti platter

Christmas week in Italy means one thing: feasting.  Like any other country, Italy has its own Christmas traditions. Italian Christmas foods are predictably distinguished by their variety and richness, though.  Christmas is a time for abbondanza, literally, “abundance.” Italians sit down for long (we’re talking six or seven hours) feasts of many courses, even more […]

Where to Eat in Rome on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

Plate of pasta in Rome

We Italians say that “quel che si fa a capodanno si fa tutto l’anno”—what you do on New Year’s, you do all year.  So don’t go crazy searching for the perfect place to celebrate the New Year and instead reserve your table at one of these great restaurants. From foodie havens to party-like atmospheres, we’ve […]

The 5 Christmas Markets in Rome You Need to Visit in 2019

Christmas market in Piazza Navona in Rome

Christmas is a fabulous time of year to be in Rome.  The streets of the historic center are beautifully decorated, the smell of roasted chestnuts fills the air and holiday gift giving is in full swing. Giant Christmas trees fill the piazzas (one of the most anticipated being the Netflix-sponsored tree in Piazza Venezia). And […]

Where to Eat on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Rome

Dish at Casa Coppelle restaurant in Rome

We Romans take Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day lunch very seriously.  Official preparations for Christmas begin on December 8, the day of the Immacolata. This is when we put up our Christmas trees (the Vatican included!), and families inevitably start planning Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day lunch.  If you’re traveling to the Eternal […]

A Crash Course in Italian Cheeses

Real Parmesan is one of the most beloved Italian cheeses.

In Italy, cheese isn’t just something you eat. It represents where you are from and the history of your region. As you might have guessed, this means there are a lot of different cheeses in Italy.   Just like with bread, cured meat and pasta shapes, cheese in Italy is a geographical marker. Wherever you […]

An Insider’s Picks for Where to Eat Near the Trevi Fountain

First up in our pasta shapes guide: spaghetti.

Finding a restaurant near iconic landmarks like the Trevi Fountain is risky business—the possibility of ending up in tourist traps is very real.  And this isn’t just true in Rome; it’s an international fact. So imagine if you get hungry and need to figure out where to eat near the Trevi Fountain. What a nightmare, […]

7 Great Places to Eat Near Termini Station

Cacio e pepe pasta

Termini is more than a train station. It’s a gateway to one of Rome’s most diverse areas—and therefore, some of its best eating. Termini is Rome’s main railway station, and invariably will be where your train arrives if you’re coming from Florence, Venice or any other major city. Inside of it, there are the usual […]

The Essential Itinerary for a Perfect 3 Days in Rome

The Colosseum is a must during 3 days in Rome.

If you’ve only got 72 hours in Rome, you’ll want to make every second count.  You’re planning a trip to Italy and want to see all the bel paese has to offer. That means you’ll be hopping around from one town to the next to get in as much sightseeing as possible!  While 3 days […]

Guide to Buying Wine in Rome: Where to Shop & Sip

Doing a tasting before buying wine in Rome isn't required, but it sure is fun!

Italian grocery stores have a decent selection of wines. But to dive into the real world of vino, get yourself to the famous enotecas—a mix between wine stores and bars where Italian and international wines are the protagonists.  It’s not just about wine here. At an enoteca, you’ll be able to sit down, enjoy a […]

8 Envy-Inducing Instagrammable Spots in Rome

The Ponte Milvio bridge is one of the most Instagrammable spots in Rome, especially at sunset.

You don’t have to be a professional photographer to see that the Eternal City is one of the most beautiful cities on Earth.  You’ve got your ancient palazzos, centuries-old piazzas, artistic masterpieces, Basilica domes and classic Roman rooftops all under the same pink-tinted skies. Get your cameras ready and head to these eight picture-perfect Instagrammable […]