What to expect out of this classic Roman neighborhood, including where to eat and drink among locals.
There are so many misconceptions when it comes to living in Italy and the stereotypical dolce vita is both an exaggeration and underestimation of what living in this country is like. Obviously there are positives and negatives to living in every country, but in this post I wanted to address the stereotypes that leave people wanting to move to Italy so badly, without a real idea of what it’s like living here. So here is my list of what makes up the “real” dolce vita in Italy, at least for this American ex-pat.
Spring in Rome is one of my absolute favorite times of the year. The whole city blossoms with the nice weather, but it’s not too hot to prevent you from enjoying the outdoors. There are so many gardens and parks around the city to visit and while I’ve previously written about some of them, here’s my consolidated list of garden favorites in Rome.
Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending my first opera in Italy, La Traviata,in the center of Rome at Salone Margherita. I dressed up, grabbed my date, had dinner before and managed to stay up way past my bedtime to see this beautiful show on a warm spring night in the city. It was a magical experience and I think it’s a perfect activity to plan for any trip to Rome.
Ah, day trips. There’s a fine art involved in planning a successful day trip while you’re traveling. Factor in some shopping for local delicacies, lunch at a great restaurant with Umbrian food, a tour of the underground caves, a quick trip around the cathedral and some time spent wandering the small streets in this medieval city and you've got yourself a perfect day in Orvieto.
In honor of carnevale and the famous Italian desserts that come along with it, I wanted to dedicate my post this week to one of my favorite bakeries in Rome, Pasticceria Valentini. Due to its location near my house, amazing hot chocolate, coffee and artisanal pastries, I go here a lot. Like every weekend. This place has everything you could want out of a bakery and more.