Our travel video with STA Travel and Our Wild Abandon
Art & Culture (le cose belle) / Historical Sites (l'antichità) / Opinion & Comment (pensieri e perplessità) / Uncategorized

Our travel video with STA Travel and Our Wild Abandon

Young in Rome + STA Travel US + Our Wild Abandon = A short video that will give you a taste of Rome! Find out about Our Five Favorite Neighborhoods in Rome on the STA Travel Blog. Where did we go? The whimsical Coppedé district at Piazza Mincio The Gianicolo Hill for one of the best views in Rome (with famous … Continue reading

Springtime in Rome…and a couple of romantic museums
Art & Culture (le cose belle) / Opinion & Comment (pensieri e perplessità)

Springtime in Rome…and a couple of romantic museums

As if winter were an old overcoat, Rome has shrugged it off in the last few weeks to bask in the seductive warmth of spring. Her skin glows in the sunlight, peach, orange, marble white, and terracotta brown. The scent of Rome, pleased with herself, at home in the sun, is fresh and inviting. She … Continue reading

In which we flounce about Abruzzo and eat a lot: A happy tale of cheese, wine, and spellbinding mountains
Day Trips (tutte le strade portano a Roma) / Food & Drink (godiamoci la vita) / Historical Sites (l'antichità)

In which we flounce about Abruzzo and eat a lot: A happy tale of cheese, wine, and spellbinding mountains

A quick weekend trip to Rocca Calascio and Santo Stefano di Sessanio, ending with a great sandwich in L’Aquila Roma is a particular type of capital in that a lot of her just doesn’t work. That’s part of her beauty, I tell myself, while the train to the office is 45 minutes late and seagulls are … Continue reading

The foolish fish of April
Happening Now (quel che succede oggi) / Opinion & Comment (pensieri e perplessità) / Word of the Day (la parola del giorno)

The foolish fish of April

In which I learn some new Italian words and discover that April Fools Day in Italy has something to with…fish?  Today in my weekly Italian lesson my teacher surprised me with a friendly pat on the back…odd, I thought to myself, before realizing that she had sneakily attached something to my shirt. I reached back … Continue reading

Piccola Intervista with jewelry designer Andy Lifschutz
Fashion & Shopping (la moda) / Happening Now (quel che succede oggi) / Piccola Intervista

Piccola Intervista with jewelry designer Andy Lifschutz

Portrait photo by: Rudolf Bekker Andy Lifschutz is a New York and Rome based jewelry designer with a laid back style and a passion for creative design that is showcased in his artful, unique pieces. His work has been featured in numerous fashion magazines like New York Magazine and Harper’s Bazaar (check out his work here) … Continue reading

The table cloth is not the garlic: Italian Tongue Twisters Part II
Uncategorized / Word of the Day (la parola del giorno)

The table cloth is not the garlic: Italian Tongue Twisters Part II

* If last week’s Italian tongue twisters weren’t enough, here are four more pronunciation challenges to test your fluency. I can just imagine an Italian mamma giving a cooking lesson to her kids with the first one (said in a tone of utmost seriousness of course).  Sul tagliere l’aglio taglia. Non tagliare la tovaglia. La … Continue reading

What are Ides?
Happening Now (quel che succede oggi) / Historical Sites (l'antichità) / Uncategorized

What are Ides?

The Ides of March: a historic turning point in Roman history, when Caesar was assassinated and the great shift from the Roman Republic to the Roman Empire commenced (oh my!) but….what are…ides? Fear not, your top five Ides of March Questions will (finally) be answered. 1. Why do they say, “Beware the Ides of March”? … Continue reading

Under the bench the goat dies: Italian tongue twisters Part 1
Uncategorized / Word of the Day (la parola del giorno)

Under the bench the goat dies: Italian tongue twisters Part 1

* If you really want an Italian language challenge, try these tongue twisters! If saying them out loud doesn’t make you laugh then the English translations definitely will. (The first one is my favorite.) Sopra la panca la capra campa, sotto la panca la capra crepa. On the bench, the goat lives, under the bench … Continue reading