Rome

Off the beaten path of Rome: seeing the Appian Way & Aqueducts by bike!

Off the beaten path of Rome: seeing the Appian Way & Aqueducts by bike!

There is so much of Rome to see. But if you’re like us, sometimes you need a break from the fast-paced city. 

Enter a bike tour to the Appian Way. We can’t imagine any other way to see it!

We met at 10:30 in the morning for a lengthy day of biking. Once we got outfitted with our bikes, helmets, and rain ponchos (which were thankfully never needed!), we were off to see the catacombs, Appian Way, and aqueducts!

How to do breakfast right in Italy

How to do breakfast right in Italy

Of all the culinary magic that Italy does well, I’m going to go ahead and say that breakfast isn’t one of them. Don’t get me wrong — Italian food is multo multo bene, and a large part of the reason we return to Italy year after year. I swear that I dream about the paper thin pizza and Chianti Classicos on the regular. But you know what foods aren’t particularly memorable? The breakfast foods. And because of that, I encourage you to conserve your caloric intake for all the glorious Italian food and drink that come later in the day! Those Italians know how to do lunch and dinner. 

The 6 Best Books About Italy

The 6 Best Books About Italy

I love reading about Italy, I love reading books set in Italy, I just love Italian culture. But I must say, it's not always easy to find engaging, well-written books that sweep me off my feet in this genre. I've done the legwork for you, and here, I outline the top books I've come to love over the years that have an Italian twist.

Beautiful Ruins

You know those books that you don't want to end? This was one of them for me.

This little work of fiction had elements of real life (i.e., Elizabeth Taylor), that mingled with made-up towns near Cinque Terre. 

A Perfect Day in Rome

A Perfect Day in Rome

Oh Rome, it is a city so beautiful. The big energy, the constant nods to history, and the food -- oh, the food -- makes me think of this city often.

If I were dropped in Rome for just one day, this would be my rough plan for the perfect day; a mix of off-the-beaten path destinations and a few of my favorite highlights. Oh, and food. Lots of food.

Looking for the perfect day in Rome? Let's get started.