Rome, Italy: Lights, Camera…Natale!

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It is my humble opinion that there is NO bad time to come to Rome, however, on the top of my list for visiting the Eternal City is at Christmas time!  Lit-up on December 8, La Festa dell’Immacolata Concezione (the Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception) and left illuminating until la Epifania (Epiphany – January […]

Rome, Italy: The Eternal City’s Backstreets

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All roads may lead to Rome but not all streets in Rome are created equal. In this ancient, convoluted, enchanting, twisted mass of boulevards, tiny lanes and mini piazzas, one could roam around on foot for days and never see the same street twice.  Or, in my case, walk in circles for three hours and never […]

Should I Rent a Car in Italy?

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When friends are planning a trip to Italy they often ask me the question: Should we rent a car and drive while we’re visiting?  My rhetorical question in response is always: Are you insane? You have to understand that I’m a great big sissy when it comes to getting behind the wheel of a car in […]