Winter in Rome – 3 Reasons

Any season has its reason, and every city shines under different lights at different times. Aside from whether or not that really means anything, Rome is worth visiting, even (especially?) in winter. Here are three reasons and a bunch more photos to explain why. 1. Far Fewer Tourists If you think of yourself as a tourist when you come to Rome, you might note the irony of trying to avoid …

Biblioteca Vallicelliana

This 17th-Century library, part of a complex designed by Renaissance master Borromini, ignites a child-like awe every time I step inside. The grand main room, where medieval manuscripts line dark wooden shelves, could be the set of a Harry Potter movie. Upon entering the Oratorio it is housed in, be sure to read the informative panels before ascending the stairs to the left of the courtyard. I highly recommend visiting …

Masto Testaccio

Rita, from the Amalfi Coast, runs a small gourmet salumeria which serves food at lunch and in the evening, including aperitivo hour (when I first visited). On a recent lunchtime visit with students I tried a mixed cheese and salami platter and risotto with asparagus and pacchino tomatoes, both excellent. The best thing about Masto’ is Rita herself and her staff, passionate about food, sharing stories of its provenance and …