Visit to The Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel After Closing Hours


An experience of a lifetime. That fittingly describes the amazing experience I had yesterday evening. It doesn’t get more exclusive than being the only visitors in the Vatican Museums after closing hours and even more extraordinary, having the Sistine Chapel all to ourselves. This was a private tour specially arranged by The Roman Guy, and […]

Inspiring Walk with Context Travel


This is not the usual kind of tour most visitors to Rome would join. After all, our meeting point was the non-Catholic cemetery in Rome. I’ve briefly been to this cemetery before and while it is one of the prettiest cemeteries I have ever seen, cemeteries are not usually a place I tend to wander […]

Things to see in Rome: Off-the-beaten path

Things to see in Rome: Santo Stefano in Rotondo

While there are plenty of things to see in Rome, more often than not, visitors will make their way to the main attractions – ones that are a must-see especially if you are a first-time visitor to the city. I can’t blame them for wanting to check the Colosseum, the most iconic symbol of Rome, […]

5 “Cool” Things to do in Rome in Summer

Things to do in Rome in summer

Summer is in full swing and like every year, there is a plethora of  ”cool” things to do in Rome after the sun sets. For visitors who agonize over how to squeeze in as many attractions as possible during their visit, here’s good news – some of the major attractions in Rome are also open […]

Garden of Ninfa: Enchanting, Picturesque and Naturally Perfect


Recently mentioned as one of the Top 10 Most Romantic Gardens by Telegraph, the Garden of Ninfa was high on my list of day trips from Rome.  With its fascinating history and described as a place that has inspired artists, I was longing to see this secluded, picturesque garden set in fairy-tale like surroundings.  And […]

Need a mini-break from Rome? Check out these day trips

Day trips from Rome - Villa Adriana

Last Sunday, after weeks of dreary, cold and wet weather, the sun finally made an appearance! I was beyond ecstatic and scrambled to make last-minute plans for a day trip from Rome. Having already scraped plans for several weekends due to the weather, I was determined to head outdoors and looked forward to a much […]

In the neighborhood: Scala Santa

Things to do in Rome, Italy - Scala Santa - Sancta Sanctorum

You know you live in Rome when you are so spoilt for choice with the many stunning attractions in and around the city that those in the neighborhood tend to be put off for “another” day.  That day is never tomorrow or even next week and if you are lucky, it will be in a […]

Day trip to the stunning town of Civita di Bagnoregio

Civita di Bagnoregio - Featured

As striking as photos are of Civita di Bagnoregio, they don’t do this place justice. Catching a glimpse of this jaw-dropping town in person is an overwhelming and awe-inspiring moment that is difficult to describe in words. Founded by the Etruscans and dating back 2,500 years ago, Civita di Bagnoregio is today desperately clinging to its […]

Walking the Appian Way in Rome

Appian Way in Rome - Walking or biking is possible

After all the eating we did on Easter, I would have been happy to walk the first 16km of the Appian Way and back. Easter for us is usually synonymous with a feast but this year, the weekend happened to also coincide with three birthdays in the family. If that wasn’t enough, we had friends […]

Weekend in Amelia, Umbria

Stunning panoramic views from Amelia, Umbria

We are fortunate to have awesome friends who often extend an invitation for us to stay at their lovely country house in Amelia. Prior to this, I had never heard of Amelia though I am very familiar with Umbria. However, Amelia had never crossed my mind and I assume that many others would probably not […]

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