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My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

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See Naples and Die: A day trip from Rome with Casa Mia Food & Wine

Here are just some of the ways you could spend an hour in Rome: Lining up to enter St Peter’s Basilica or the Vatican Museums Walking through the lush green of Villa Borghese Shopping along Via del Corso Or… you could simply hop on a fast train and be drinking a coffee straight up in the famous Caffe Mexico, amidst the bustling chaotic beauty that is Napoli. That’s right, in

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Uncovering the Real Florence 

With millions of tourists each year, it’s hard to not bump into a couple here and there in old Firenze.  I’ve visited the city about half a dozen times over the past 15 years but recently, I experienced a very different Florence from the one that sits under the watchful eye of the Statue of David replica in Piazza della Signoria, the grand Duomo and Uffizzi Gallery.  Actually, getting to

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48 Hours in Barcelona

Barcelona. Just what the doctor ordered really. Truthfully, it didn’t start off well. My flight was cancelled and I had to buy a new one with another airline on the spot and do a runner from Terminal 3 to Terminal 1 with just minutes to spare! But nothing was going to stop me from getting there and seeing my sister for the first time in 6 months! And so a

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Rome Markets: Update

I blogged a little while ago about top markets in Rome and today I have another to add to the list. The market of Piazza Vittorio (also known as Esquilino market) is no longer located in the Piazza itself but just a few streets over in a permanent market structure. My roommate introduced me to the place and for a second on arrival, I was transported to my early travelling

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Rome Markets: My Top 5 Picks

Nothing screams life more than visiting a market in Rome! Lively and colorful I love walking through a mercato in Rome and getting lost in the sights, smells and sounds. They provide a snapshot into the life of local Roman traders. In fact, nothing is more entertaining than watching the sometimes explosive interaction between stall holders, butchers or fish mongers (all in a tirade of beautiful Roman dialect or Romanaccio)

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A Roman in Budapest

Two weeks ago I left Rome for a mini break up north to Budapest. With its reputation as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, I’d been dying to visit for years. And it did not disappoint. Like most European capitals the cityscape is low rise. The Danube River divides the city centre with Pest on one side (the more commercial, political and financial centre) and Buda (kind of

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