The Coolest View of the Colosseum

The Colosseum is a fascinating structure no matter where you view it. But my favorite perch from which to view the Colosseum has to be on this footbridge that spans the busy streets of the Monti neighborhood. The footbridge is hardly a secret -- you'll find handfuls of tourists here at all ...

Anthony Bourdain Dined Only Here

It's been a few days since the world learned that Anthony Bourdain passed away. The news hit me hard and I wrote a post on my other blog. I also posted his "No Reservations" Rome episode on this site's Facebook page. Beyond that, I didn't feel like adding to the avalanche of remembrances. Until ...

Living in Rome: Delighting in the Details [Video]

People often ask me what it's like living in Rome. And it's hard to give an answer that pleases everyone. There is the breathtaking beauty (the Colosseum, Saint Peter's, a narrow alley in Centro, the fashionable people), as well as daily reminders of Rome's unique character (nasoni fountains, ...

Photo: Teatro Marcello, Rome

Walking daily among or near ruins, such as the Teatro Marcello, is one of the reasons why people fall in love with Rome. The Theater of Marcellus or Teatro Marcello, was inaugurated in 12 BCE by Emperor Augustus and named for his nephew Marcus Marcellus. It served as an arena for drama ...

Snow in Rome – Roma Sotto La Neve [Photos]

I'm not much of a winter person. That's one reason I like Rome so much. It rarely snows here. The last time was in 2012 - six years ago. Despite that, I have always wanted to see Rome with a dusting of snow. This morning, I got my wish and then some. The snow started falling in the middle of ...

Best Places to Kiss in Rome

Before I tell you about the best places to kiss in Rome, you’ve got to really want to kiss and be kissed. This is not the place for pecks on the cheek. This is where you go for the gusto. “Gusto” by the way is Italian for pleasure and taste. You have to want to taste your lover’s lips if ...