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…

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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…

Giulianova: A Beachside Gem in Abruzzo

Beaches in Abruzzo don’t get much press. They are far from most tourist sites. But that’s exactly what makes them enjoyable. We had an opportunity – thanks to, of all things, a winning raffle ticket – to visit the Abruzzo…

Video: Living in Rome

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…

If You Love Rome, This May Be the Best Museum You’ve Never Visited

I was drawn to the Museo di Roma at Palazzo Braschi for the view. The museum sits at the southwest end of Piazza Navona and has an incredible view of the famous square from its second and third floors. I’ve…

Masterpiece in the Pinacoteca Brera

Milan’s Pinacoteca Brera is a first class gallery on par with Italy’s finest museums. The collection of Italian, mostly religious, art is spread out in 38 rooms and includes masterpieces by Andrea Mantegna, Piero Della Francesca, Raphael, and Caravaggio. But…

Galleria Spada - Borromini's Perspective

House Museums of Rome: Art-Filled Oases Minus the Crowds

The house museums and palace galleries of Rome are among the city’s best-kept secrets.