Viterbo, a small town about an hour outside Rome, is well-known for its hot springs. While you can still find the unreconstructed hole-in-the-ground experience, many prefer the Terme dei Papi (baths of popes) where a little more pampering is on offer....more
Rome is filled with precious pieces of art history that a traveler in a hurry could overlook, and this church is one. Secreted inside is Bernini's masterwork Ecstasy of Saint Teresa, a prime example of sensual Baroque sculpture.
At the aperitivo hour just before dinner, there are few places we'd rather be than Al Vino Al Vino. This great little find in Monti offers an extremely reasonably priced wine list and menu of small plates (prosciutto, cheeses, olives, etc) that are fresh and delightful....more
On four corners of a traffic-choked intersection sit these four fountains, representing two rivers (the Tiber and Arno) and two goddesses (Diana and Juno) preside peacefully, adding a Renaissance flair to what would otherwise be a routine commute. We think this typifies the 'local'...more
Grattachecca is a traditional Roman summer treat, sort of like an Italian Sno-Cone. La checca is the Roman name for the giant block of ice that gets gradually shaved away to keep Romans cool in the sweltering summer months. There are many around the city, La Grattachecca mentioned here is near Ponte...more