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Recipe: Spaghetti alla Carbonara

My favorite pasta and perhaps one of largest contributors to my Botticelli Belly has to be the Roman classic: Spaghetti alla Carbonara.  Also known as the go-to dish when you’ve had a few too many beverages and you need something quick and easy to prepare, this Italian version of bacon and Details

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Roman Districts: Piazza del Popolo

Rome has many districts, all of which have their own personality and attractions.  The number of districts and neighborhoods in Rome differs depending on who is counting.  The Piazza del Popolo makes up part of the district known as the ‘Tridente”, along with the Spanish Steps, an Details

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Ostia Antica

The port city of Ostia Antica is just 20 miles outside of Rome.  The excavations of beautifully preserved ancient ruins are lesser known and generally overlooked by visitors.   Some say that Ostia Antica is “better than Pompeii”!

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The Seven Hills of Rome

Can you name the Seven Hills of Rome? Aventino Hill – where Remus lived Caelian Hill -where the Baths of Caracalla were built. Capitoline Hill – the smallest of the hills Esquiline Hill – the largest of the hills Palatine Hill – the central hill where Romulus lived Quir Details

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August 29, 2012 3:02 am
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Roman Neighborhoods: Trastevere

Go “Across the Tiber” to find one of the most ancient and distinctive neighborhoods in Rome.  The Trastevere is separated from central Rome by the Tiber River, and is one of the most authentic parts of the city.  A short distance from Campo de Fiori in Rome’s city center, you Details

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Movie Review: To Rome With Love

To Rome with Love is with love indeed!  What an absolute delight.  A throwback to the quirky, laugh out loud hilarity of Woody Allen’s older films, To Rome With Love highlights four different, individual stories about life and adventure in Rome.   From an American student who falls in love w Details

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July 6, 2012 12:15 am
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Book Review: A Month of Italy: Rediscover the Art of Vacation

A Month of Italy : Rediscover the Art of Vacation is a story of locational mishaps, family detours, and exceptional surprises and delivers a hilarious account of the beautiful happenstances of Italian travel.  Immediately, I associated the spontaneity of the story with the beloved Chevy Chase Details

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July 3, 2012 10:03 am
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Taste Rome

When in Rome, your primary focus should be tasting the food and discovering the restaurants and specialty food shops where the locals frequent.  There are a number of guided walking tours that take you off the beaten path and into the local neighborhoods to discover what makes the food in Rome s Details

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June 27, 2012 6:51 pm
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Artichokes

Artichokes are the immature flowers of the artichoke plant which is a thistle and part of the sunflower family.  If you haven’t had artichokes in Rome, you don’t know what you are missing.

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Parco della Musica Auditorium

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Parco della Musica is a large public music complex on the north side of Rome, a place Renzo Piano calls: “both sacred and profane, with a link to the city in its everyday, urban dimension. It also has the spiritual dimension, with music, singing, and entertainment.” The Auditorium is co Details

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