Top 10 destinations for spring

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Springtime means sunshine, warmth, flowers and fresh brilliant green pastures, and our top 10 destinations for spring promise to bring you just that. Spring also means Easter, Passover (Pesach), Ascension (Himmelfahrt, Hemelvaart) and Pentecost (Pinkster, Pfingsten) holidays, during which many people take a few days or a week (or two) off. Here are our favorites […]

Boutique hotel in Rome: Babuino 181 Luxury Suites

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Finding a modern boutique hotel in Rome used to be difficult: your choices were limited to 3-star hotels with no air-conditioning or 5-star grand hotels that have been barely renovated in the last 100 years. Now a new generation of young entrepreneurs is changing the hotel scene in Rome, introducing new small-scale, modern boutique hotels in excellent locations. Babuino […]

Where to shop in Rome for men’s clothes and accessories

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If you are wondering where to shop in Rome for men’s clothes, shoes and accessories, read this guide I have put together for people who are in Rome for a few days and don’t have too much time in the city. Shopping for men’s clothes in Rome is ridiculously easy. Italy has the best clothes […]

Hotel Art: four star artistic hotel near Spanish Steps

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  If you are looking for a hotel near Spanish Steps in Rome, check out the Hotel Art, whose artistic theme runs throughout the property. Hotel Art is creatively designed and decorated with flair. This four story hotel has 46 rooms and suites which are distinguished by four different colors:  blue, orange, yellow and green. These become more intense […]

To Rome With Love travel guide to the Eternal City

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To celebrate Woody Allen’s latest film, To Rome with Love, here’s a romantic guide to the city with emphasis on atmospheric places to stay, untouristy places to eat and churches that most people don’t even bother to visit. Romantic boutique hotels in Rome If you want to stay in the old Jewish quarter, in a […]

Eat Pray Love Rome Travel Guide

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Are you inspired by movie and the book Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia to go to Rome? Don’t wait. The food is as good as depicted in the film. That scene showing Julia Roberts diving into a plate of spaghetti is real. The film shots of carciofi […]

Hostaria Romana: excellent lunch near the Piazza Barberini in Rome

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If you find yourself wondering where to have lunch near the Piazza Barberini – home to the Fontana del Tritone of Bernini – make an effort to walk to a small side street that is off the busy Via delle Quattro Fontane to find this little gem of a restaurant called Hostaria Romana. Because it […]

Ristorante Nino in Rome: the ideal lunch shopping break

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If you find yourself famished after a marathon shopping round in the Via Condotti-Spanish Steps area of Rome, you have to go to Ristorante Nino on the Via Borgognona. The restaurant seems to have been around forever and although it does attract a lot of tourists and celebrities, there are enough local regulars who make […]

Il Bacaro: delicious food in a tiny restaurant hidden in a corner of Rome

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On our first night in Rome, we dined with friends at Il Bacaro, a restaurant that they recommended. Since our friends are locals, we trust their choices. But when it came time to head to the restaurant, we could not find it on our (paper) map. Thank heavens for Google Maps! We found Il Bacaro […]

Dal Bolognese: chic crowd, delicious food in Rome

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Romans have two great pasttimes: eating good food and watching people. If you want to see a truly Roman social scene at full throttle and enjoy one of the best meals you’ll ever have in the city, Dal Bolognese is the place. Located right on the Piazza del Popolo, it is extremely popular with politicians, […]

Al Granasso: lunch with the locals near the Piazza del Popolo

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You won’t find Al Granasso in online or paper travel guides. I discovered it after a shopping round in the area around Via Condotti, not far from the Piazza del Popolo (above). What led me to Al Granasso were two very simple rules I follow to avoid being stuck in restaurants filled with tourists (and […]

Il Buco: excellent Tuscan food near the Pantheon in Rome

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So you’ve just finished wandering inside the Pantheon, gazing with wonder at the perfect symmetry of the dome and the massive columns that, to this day, stand for the glory of ancient Rome. You’ve been walking for hours, darting in and out of churches, marveling at the Caravaggios and Berninis sprinkled across the city. It’s […]