Rome 101

Rome. The city that ruled an empire.

A center for the Renaissance, the papacy, and the birthplace of Western civilization. A gorgeous, sprawling metropolis that will veni vidi vici your heart with its art, history, Vespas, and gelato. Crazy amounts of gelato. So bid farewell to the wine-dark sea and gather up those household gods. No need to wait for oracles—the Eternal City calls.

People come to this city for many reasons. For fresh mozzarella and tomato pizza, breathtaking views of the Sistine Chapel, the chance to romp by the Colosseum at 3am, or all of the above, all on the same day (#wheninrome). It’s where you can wander down streets too tiny to be mapped, eat more pasta than you’ll ever admit, admire the art of Bernini by day and the art of twerkology by night, and dodge Vespas with two slices of pizza and a bottle of wine in hand. It’s a place that’s easy to fall in love with, although it’s not an easy city to conquer (the Carthaginians tried and failed).But fortune favors the brave, so sail up the Tiber. Let’s leave those elephants at home, semper ubi sub ubi, and fasten up those togas—let’s go to Rome.

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The Rome Top 5

  • Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

    Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore is an enormous basilica dedicated to everyone’s favorite virgin (no, not you).

  • Palatine Hill

    You should always arrive fashionably late to Flavian’s Palace for dinner. A couple thousand years late? Still counts.

  • Isola Tiberina

    Walk along the white stone paths lined with trees, take countless selfies, crash some romantic picnics, and see fishermen pull in their catch.

  • Vittorio Emanuele II Monument

    Vittorio Emanuele II's mustache is—trivia time—over 1m long (definitely not compensating for anything).

  • Vatican Museums

    Gorgeous, awe-inspiring, life-changing.


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The Roman Forum

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Street Style: Rome Edition

By |July 22nd, 2015|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Observations on Italian fashion. I'm no Bill Cunningham, but after a few weeks of traversing Rome's many neighborhoods on foot, I think I know a thing or two about street style. So for all you vias, viales, corsos, largos, and even you teeny little vicolos, here are some quintessential fashion staples that no sensible street would ever leave the piazza without. Get ready to stop some traffic: Cigarettes: Cigarettes look cool dangling from [...]

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Overheard: Americans

By |July 2nd, 2015|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

When I first arrived in Italy as a stupid American, I gave myself a few basic rules to follow: Be open. Have humility. Judge not lest ye be judged. I gave up on that last one about as fast as Nick Carraway did in The Great Gatsby, at least when it came to all my fellow American dreamers. "I'm Nick Carraway, and I'm inclined to reserve all judgements. Now let me tell you this [...]

107, 2015
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Italy Roundup: Best Food Edition

By |July 1st, 2015|Tags: , |1 Comment

Over the past two summers, I've been to over twenty cities in Italy. Not exhaustive by any means, but as a professional tourist, I kinda know some shit about them. So in homage to my travels and my work (and because I finally remembered that I actually have a blog), the next three posts will be dedicated to the best Italy has to offer - from what I've seen anyway. To start [...]

Rome was last modified: October 24th, 2015 by letsgoadmin

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