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12.01.2016

Christmas Gift Guide 2016 {Gillian's Lists of Links}

Christmas in Rome

Christmas in Rome

This years Christmas list is full of things I love; Things that make traveling more entertaining and comfortable, beautiful things from Italian destinations I adore and experiences that taste delicious. Make sure you scroll down to the bottom of the post to find previous years posts of my suggestions for Italian themed Christmas gifts. Happy shopping! 

11.17.2016

Madre {Eating in Rome}

Cocktails in Monti Rome

Cocktails in Monti Rome

My neighborhood is changing. I am not saying anything new here, Monti sits in-between the Colosseum and the Forums of Trajan and Augustus so it is a place that has weathered the vagaries of time. Here in modern day Rome some of that change is not so great, like the shuttering of the only butcher shop and the sad market situation, but much of the change is welcome, like a fantastic take out pasta shop and an excellent place to meet for cocktails.

Madre is at the edge of the neighborhood in a space that used to be a Dominican convent and will be recognized by fans of the operatic film La Grande Bellezza. Now the once spartan space has been transformed into a lush colorful place that is perfect for early drinks, lunch and after diner drinks. 

I have done all three.

11.10.2016

Fiaschetteria Beltrame {Eating in Rome}

Where to Eat Near the Spanish Steps

Where to Eat Near the Spanish Steps

I have a really great job. I get to travel to some of Italy's most beautiful places. I eat in restaurants and visit vineyards and cheese makers and bakeries. It's really really great. What my job means is that when I am home in Rome is that I am more likely to be at my yoga studio and having green juice for lunch in an attempt at balance. 

But, living in Rome means lots of people come to visit. They don't want green juice for lunch. They want to eat Roman cuisine. Last week some of our oldest pals were in town for a quick visit. They used to live here so they had already gone to their old favorites and asked me to pick somewhere near-ish to Piazza del Popolo for a classic Roman meal. This is not my usual part of town but I had long been wanting to try Fiaschetteria Beltrame so we booked a table there.

11.03.2016

Thanksgiving in Capri


Thanksgiving in Capri

It is November. The days are getting shorter and evenings chillier. That means it is time to start thinking about Thanksgiving. This year I am going to do something different and I would love for you to join me.

10.27.2016

Eating in Rome {Hosteria del Mercato 1870}

Where to Eat Near the Spanish Steps

Where to Eat Near the Spanish Steps

It's kind of impossible to find somewhere good to eat near the Spanish Steps/via del Corso/Piazza del Popolo. Last week I discovered a solution in Hosteria Del Mercato 1870

10.20.2016

Coffee in Rome {5 best Addresses}

Coffee in Rome 5 best Addresses
Coffee in Rome 5 best Addresses

Coffee is so intertwined with everyday life in Rome it is impossible for me to imagine the city without it. I love to start my morning squeezed in, standing at the bar, with a quick cappuccino. I love to meet friends for a leisurely late afternoon cafe macchiato and everything in-between. 

There is still no Starbucks here in Italy. Yet. What there is a very ritualized system that is part of of every Roman's day. You have two ways of going about it. The first option is the most economical. You pay first at the cashier, get a receipt and then stand at the bar where you order your coffee from the barista and drink it on the spot. Your second choice is to sit down, where the price will increase (sometime double the bar price) but you are welcome to savor your coffee and linger as long as you like. 

Here are a few of my favorite places for coffee in Rome.