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 […]

Crash course on the Papal Conclave: 8 Handy Resources

Papal Conclave 2013 - Vatican - Feature

The much awaited Papal Conclave will begin tomorrow afternoon and all eyes will be on the Vatican.  If you are still not sure about what goes on during the Papal Conclave, here are 8 insightful resources that will give you the A to Z of what it entails. 1. Rome’s Sistine Chapel: 50 fascinating facts - Telegraph […]

Unforgettable Visit to Monreale, Sicily

Monreale Sicily - Inside Cathedral

If you are visiting Palermo, your visit would not be complete without heading out to Monreale, Sicily.  Hoping our B&B would have arranged a guide, I didn’t have an itinerary for our stay in Palermo. As it turned out, one wasn’t arranged and while having lunch, we quickly mapped out the top things do in […]

Attraction in Rome: Santi Quattro Coronati

Attraction in Rome: Santi Quattro Coronati - Featured

This attraction in Rome for me is a haven when you need to get away from the “busy-ness” of the city. While the book, “The Secrets of Rome” describes Santi Quattro Coronati as ” a gigantic fortress appears, powerful…” and the walk up from the Colosseum do give you the sense of this, it’s a […]

Seafood Recipe: Potato, Rice and Mussels

Seafood recipe: Potato, Rice and Mussels

I knew I needed to find out this seafood recipe when I saw a picture of this dish posted on MyMelange’s Facebook Page during her visit to Puglia.  It reminded me so much of paella which I love and make at home.  This dish was still on my mind when another blogger, who is doing […]

Olive Harvesting Time in Italy

Olive Harvesting in Italy - Thank goodness! It's our last bottle.

It’s olive harvesting time in Italy!  Thank goodness as we are down to our last bottle of olive oil.  While some may have already completed their harvest, our friends, whom we buy oil from, while be olive harvesting this Friday. It has been a while since we bought olive oil from the store and find […]

Challenges of Living in Rome

Piazza San Giovanni in Laterano

Living in Rome definitely has its challenges and especially so this week!  First the Occupy Rome protest which turned violent last Saturday and today, the rain that brought the city to a halt. Protests, Strikes and More Rome has more than its share of protests and strikes but rarely are there riots or weather conditions […]

Things to do in Rome, Italy: Eating Italy Food Tours

Things to do in Rome, Italy: Eating Italy Food Tours

There are many things to do in Rome, Italy that you are often spoilt for choice.  It’s always a difficult decision as to what to see and do when time is limited.  First-time visitors to Rome often schedule a pack day of sightseeing and it’s only natural to do so as you want to make the […]

150th Anniversary of Italian Unification


Just a quick shout out to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Italian unification. Even Google made a banner to honor this day.   It’s a holiday here in Italy so taking time to just relax.  The other night we went to Teatro Dell’Opera in Rome to see Nabucco and this song received a tremendous applause.  […]

Chinese New Year celebrations in Rome

Chinese New Year Celebrations in Rome 2011

In general, Chinese New Year celebrations in Rome are very low key.  This year, it was nice to hear that the Chinese Embassy organized some events at Piazza del Popolo.  So we headed there to mainly see the lion dance performances. Thanks to the nice warm and sunny day, there was quite a nice crowd.  […]

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