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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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Italian Olive Oil Curiosities

The Medici family transformed the hillsides of Tuscany by ordering the cultivation of olive trees and grapevines.  Now, the Tuscan landscape is an ideal setting for popular commercials, movies, and vacations. Nearby, the hills in Umbria are dotted with endless olive tree orchards.  In the 19th Details

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What Does DOC Mean?

The abbreviation DOC stands for denominazione di origine controllata (Controlled Designation of Origin), which means that the origin of Italian wines and some cheeses are legally controlled by the Italian government.  On the same note, high quality cheese, ham, vinegar, olive oil, tomatoes, e Details

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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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Parmigiano-Reggiano ~ King of Cheese

Parmigiano-Reggiano (PDO) a cow’s milk cheese is known as the ‘king of cheese’ and guaranteed for its distinctive features and its link with the area of origin, by a system of EU rules designed to protect consumers and producers. The producers of Parmigiano in and around Modena, Details

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Where Did Tomatoes Originate?

Italians love the tomato.  They would have you believe that the tomato is native to Italy, but no, its origins are found in South America. In the early 16th century, the Spanish explorer Hernando Cortez discovered a beautiful and decorative plant growing the gardens of Moctezuma II.  Cortez tr Details

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June 6, 2012 2:53 pm
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