Rome Italy- 4 Churches Called Santa Maria and a Museum Called MAXXI

There are over 900 churches in Rome and while we were there we probably visited ten. Of those, four were named after Santa Maria. There are many others with that name so it certainly can get confusing. We like to visit churches, not because we are typically religious but because they are usually places to find…

Three Palace Museums in Rome

Check out three lesser-known museums in Rome Italy which used to be grand palaces and villas; Doria Pamphilj, Villa Farnesina, and the Palazzo Corsini.

Travel Logistics and Resources for Naples, Paestum and Rome

Below is information on the travel logistics for for an eight day trip to Italy in October 2011 to Naples, Paestum and Rome. These are our experiences with our specific transportation choices and accomodation. To see the entire trip, start on the Naples, Paestum and Rome 2011 page. Transportation:  Planes, Trains, and Automobiles PLANES: LAX-FCO-LAX on Air Canada We flew…

Santa Cecilia in Rome; A Surprise Under the Church

Waiting to go inside. I’m just going to say this up front; this was the last thing we did and probably my favorite experience of the trip. And it’s a little odd that it has nothing to do with food, right? We arrived at Santa Cecila to find it closed for a mid-day break. My…

A Visit To Trajan’s Market in Rome

Even after many trips to Rome there’s always something new to see. I must have walked past the ruins of Trajan’s Market dozens of times and never really gave it much thought. This time I thought, “how is it possible I’ve never been in to see a 2000 year old market?” They were taking down…

Food in Rome; Restaurants,the Campo di Fiori Market, and a Giant Mortadella?

One of the best things about being in Rome (besides the 2000 year old monuments around every corner) is the food. Like the monuments, fantastic fresh food is literally around every corner, whether in neighborhood outdoor markets, restaurants, or small specialty shops,  the quality of the food is astoundingly good. That’s not to say a bad meal…

A Walk Around Rome

Arriving in Rome is starting to feel familiar, like a homecoming. After spending a full week here in 2008 and again in 2009, and at least three other previous visits, there is a comfort level that comes with spending enough time in one place. I love that I can now find my way around the…