Day Trip from Rome: The Monster-Filled Gardens of Bomarzo

Bomarzo’s Parco dei Mostri is a park filled with fantastical sculptures of animals, monsters, and other beasts. It’s an ideal day trip from Rome.

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Day Trip to Pompeii from Rome

My friend Tom recently asked me if I knew of any good day trips to Pompeii from Rome. When I last visited Pompeii, I did it myself: taking the morning train to Naples then Pompeii and doing the reverse in the evening. My tour of Pompeii was solo and without…

Campo Felice: Skiing and Sledding in Abruzzo

Campo Felice is an easy winter day trip from Rome.

Go For the Gold: The Gorgeous Golden Mosaics of Palermo, Monreale, & Cefalù

Sicily has some of the most gorgeous golden mosaics in the world. Here’s where to see these UNESCO World Heritage sights in Palermo, Monreale, and Cefalù.

Amatrice As It Was Before

There won’t be a next time. Amatrice has been on my “next time” list for the past two years. We have talked about visiting the town for a Sunday lunch because of its famed amatriciana. But at a distance of approximately two hours from Rome, it was just beyond the range of…

One Year in Italy: 12 Months of Memories

Living in a new place, especially for an extended period of time, fills me with a sense of duty that I have to write everything down, commit every moment to memory, take a photo every day if not every hour. But eventually, that initial motivation turns to dread and an overwhelming…

Roma So Far

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