Entries by davide

Celebrating Carnival in Italy

Have you ever been in Italy in late January to the end of February?  Have you ever noticed confetti sprinkled everywhere on the streets?  Children wearing what seem to be Halloween costumes for days on end and thinking “what is going on”?   Welcome to the season of Carnevale!   Italians have a way of […]

5 Best Day Trips from Rome by Train

One of the best parts of visiting Italy is that you can get nearly anywhere by train. With this affordable travel option, you don’t have to worry about renting a vehicle and navigating a foreign country or waiting around in airports. Rome is the ideal home base for visiting Italy. Here are five of the […]

Italian Traditions and Holidays: La Befana

What is your favorite part of Christmas?  Getting gifts, giving gifts, decorating the street, Christmas songs, Christmas sweaters (no you did not say you enjoy them, haha), or hanging your stocking near the fireplace.  I grew up on the North East Coast and it was tradition to light a fire and after the tree was […]

Panettone and the Italian Christmas Tradition

Panettone. The “big bread.” (Because this is what panettone just means, and yet and indeed it is The Big Thing when it comes to celebrating Christmas in Italy.) The most popular outcome of Italian pasticceria since its invention. Despite the challenging competition of other various sweets, panettone has become essentially a synonym of Christmas, and […]

What to See in the Roman Forum? The Basilica of Maxentius!

You can’t miss it. The Basilica of Maxentius dominates the labyrinthian ruins of the Roman Forum and towers over the Via dei Fori Imperiali. Countless tourists will have taken photos of this remarkable architectural wonder, that so immediately awes you with its sheer size and scale. Astonishingly, the Basilica of Maxentius only becomes more impressive […]

Rome’s Lost Treasures: The Temple of Peace

Could it be? One of the most beautiful creations the world had ever seen? Both Pliny and Herodian pondered this; the latter called The Temple of Peace “the largest and most beautiful of all the buildings in the city”. In Rome — a city already renowned for its architectural splendor — the Temple of Peace […]