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Rome Outdoor Movies: Catch a flick “al fresco”

Rome Outdoor Movies: Catch a flick “al fresco”

By Nicole Arriaga in Rome— During the summer nearly all the locals in Rome enjoy wining and dining all’aperto. As most restaurants (and apartments) in Italy don’t have air conditioning, many residents prefer dining outdoors in a lovely piazza or going for drinks with friends along the banks of the Tiber River. Another activity that » Read more

Make a Splash in Rome: Best pools to beat the heat

Make a Splash in Rome: Best pools to beat the heat

By Nicole Arriaga in Rome— When the “going gets hot” in the Ancient City, the (untough) locals and tourists get going—to escape the sweltering heat in seaside towns like Ostia and Fregene. That’s because Rome doesn’t offer many options to escape the steaming sun. Yes, the city is, um, overflowing with tempting waterworks, but the Trevi Fountain, the fountains at Piazza » Read more

Rome: The 5 most romantic spots in town

Rome: The 5 most romantic spots in town

By Nicole Arriaga in Rome— When most travelers think of romantic cities, their thoughts head straight for Paris. Stealing a kiss at the top of the Eiffel Tower or ducking into an intimate café to gaze into each other eyes is indeed priceless. But not so fast, Paris! There’s also an endless supply of romantic » Read more

Rome: How to spend the day in Trastevere

Rome: How to spend the day in Trastevere

By Nicole Arriaga in Rome— Rome wasn’t built in a day… and you certainly can’t uncover all of its treasures in a day, either. But something you can do is uncover the city’s beauties neighborhood by neighborhood, devoting a day to each one. Which better neighborhood to start off with than the charming quartiere of » Read more

Rome: 10 things to do for less than €10

Rome: 10 things to do for less than €10

By Nicole Arriaga in Rome— Even though Rome is fast becoming one of the most expensive cities in Europe, there are still plenty of memorable things to do that won’t put a big strain on your budget. Here are my top ten Roman activities that cost less than €10. 1. Galleria Borghese: €8.50 Piazzale del » Read more

Rome: Understanding the city’s street signs

Rome: Understanding the city’s street signs

By Nicole Arriaga in Rome— Finding your bearings in Rome can at first be tricky. You’ll probably get lost, and those buses can be hard to figure out. Even understanding the street signs can be a bit of a challenge. The first time I ventured about Rome on foot, I remember struggling to even find » Read more

Rome: Finding movies in English (and what to know before you go)

Rome: Finding movies in English (and what to know before you go)

By Nicole Arriaga in Rome— Tourists may not feel inclined to spend a night at the movies when visiting Rome. This is partially because of the language barrier (most films in Italy, especially big American blockbusters, are dubbed from English to Italian) and also because you’re probably too busy seeing the sights. Seeing a film » Read more

Rome: 5 rules for shopping in a Roman grocery store

Rome: 5 rules for shopping in a Roman grocery store

By Nicole Arriaga in Rome— Cheapos looking to save a buck or two during their trip to Rome can certainly save some money by buying food at the local neighborhood supermercato. If you have access to a kitchen during your stay, you can obviously save big on meals. Even if you don’t have cooking facilities, » Read more

Rome Winter Sales: 5 things to know before you shop

Rome Winter Sales: 5 things to know before you shop

By Nicole Arriaga in Rome— There are two times a year when you’ll see Italians go nuts about something other than soccer. Yes, I’m talking about the saldi. For those non-shopaholics or those not in the know, “saldi” are twice-annual sales that are regulated by the Italian government. In Rome, they’re a great opportunity to » Read more

Rome: 5 free ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve

Rome: 5 free ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve

By Nicole Arriaga in Rome— For those of you with plans to ring in the New Year in Rome, the problem is not finding something to do. Rather, the real dilemma lies in narrowing down your celebratory options. Fortunately for Cheapos, Capodanno (New Year’s Eve) is one time when the city’s squares come alive with » Read more

Rome: Christmas markets, ice skating, and other holiday activities

Rome: Christmas markets, ice skating, and other holiday activities

By Nicole Arriaga in Rome— When it comes to holiday festivities, Rome doesn’t exactly turn into tinsel town. That’s partly because the holiday season in Italy is focused on the religious aspects of the celebration, rather than on leaving presents under the Christmas tree. Christmas traditions in Italy Italians wait to give gifts to children » Read more

Where to Find the Best Gelato in Rome

Where to Find the Best Gelato in Rome

By Nicole Arriaga— In Rome there’s Gelato, and then there’s just gelato. Let me clarify: I am quite a snob when it comes to eating the heavenly dessert. Whenever friends ask me to meet them for a gelato, I have to ask, “Where?” After all, there is such a thing as a mediocre cone. Thus, » Read more

What to order at a cafe in Rome: A quick guide to Italian coffee

What to order at a cafe in Rome: A quick guide to Italian coffee

By Nicole Arriaga in Rome— If there’s something to be said about Italians, one thing’s for certain, they sure know how to churn out a good cup of coffee. Just about everywhere you turn in Rome, behind every nook, cranny and yes, monument, you will find a coffee bar. To say that Italians are obsessed » Read more

Understanding soccer in Rome — and how to get tickets

Understanding soccer in Rome — and how to get tickets

By Nicole Arriaga in Rome— Ask almost any Italian and they’ll tell you there are only two things in life that they cannot do without: coffee and calcio (soccer). Right up there with coffee, calcio in Italy is definitely much more than a game. It’s a passion. Italians eat, breathe and live soccer. There are » Read more

25 free things to see and do in Rome

25 free things to see and do in Rome

By Nicole Arriaga in Rome— Though Rome is one of the most expensive cities in Europe, there are plenty of things to see and do in the capital that won’t break the bank. Here’s a list of 25 activities that won’t cost one euro cent: 1) Churches: Some of Rome’s finest artwork and architectural design on » Read more

Rome: Doctors, hospitals, pharmacies and medical help for tourists

Rome: Doctors, hospitals, pharmacies and medical help for tourists

By Nicole Arriaga in Rome— Getting sick while on vacation is the pits. Not knowing where to go or who to turn to for medical attention just isn’t fun. Luckily when visiting Rome, if you find yourself in this situation, you won’t be left to fend for yourself.  There are several services and clinics where tourists can » Read more

Tips for exploring Rome’s outdoor markets

Tips for exploring Rome’s outdoor markets

While it’s not hard to find a supermarket in Rome that carries all of the essentials on your grocery list, there’s nothing like scouring a mercato all’aperto (an open-air or farmers’ market) for the freshest fruits and veggies. Ah, yes. Shopping at these markets is a real Roman rite of passage and the perfect chance to » Read more

Rome: 3 Bars that serve up great views

Rome: 3 Bars that serve up great views

There are a 101 places in Rome where you could kick back your feet, relax and reminisce over drinks. But not every café will serve up your cocktails with breathtaking views of the Ancient City. Many of the most jaw-dropping vistas have been taken over by Rome’s most exclusive hotels, yet there are still a few » Read more

Rome Cheap Eat: “Pizza al Taglio” shops

Rome Cheap Eat: “Pizza al Taglio” shops

It’s lunchtime in Rome and you’re on the hunt for a quick bite on a budget. Where to turn? When I have friends in town and I feel like taking them for a fast and simple lunch, I take them straight to a “pizza al taglio” (pizza by the slice) shop. Lunch by the slice Simply » Read more

Rome Contest: Share your best budget meal

Rome Contest: Share your best budget meal

Italian food and the Eternal City—what could be wrong? Um, costly dinners, for one thing. Rome is no stranger to overpriced restaurants catering to tourists. But this doesn’t mean you have to shell out for tasty Italian fare. A first step toward finding a cheap meal is heading beyond the historic center. The closer to » Read more

Rome: Top 5 kid-friendly attractions in Rome

Rome: Top 5 kid-friendly attractions in Rome

While the Vatican Museums and Pantheon in Rome may keep the grown-ups enthralled, the endless “old stuff” may not captivate kids for long. So for anyone traveling with younger ones to Rome, what can the ancient city offer to keep everyone amused? Well, many things, as it turns out! Plus, many of the city’s kid-friendly » Read more

Rome: How to use the city’s bike share program

Rome: How to use the city’s bike share program

Over the last couple of years around Rome, ATAC’s bikesharing program has become a popular fixture around the city center and the beach resort of Ostia. Taking to the streets in Rome can be scary, as traffic is plentiful, but for the brave and those with padded clothing (those cobbles can be a challenge), it » Read more

Rome: Which neighborhood is right for your trip?

Rome: Which neighborhood is right for your trip?

Whether you like romantic cobbled streets, nightlife, shopping or convenience to the main transport hubs, choosing the right Rome neighborhood can make or break your holiday experience. Here is our guide to help you make your choice. Trastevere For scenic streets and nightlife Literally meaning “across the Tevere” (or the River Tiber), Trastevere is a » Read more

Rome: Five easy ways to save euros

Rome: Five easy ways to save euros

If you are watching the euros during your trip to Rome, fear not. We’re on hand with five simple tips to add a sprinkle of free froth to your freshly served Roman holiday. 1. St Peters Basilica The most famous Catholic church in the world is free to enter. Don’t be deterred by the queue » Read more

Rome: Meet people (and drink wine) with Friends in Rome

Rome: Meet people (and drink wine) with Friends in Rome

Heading to Rome but don’t know anybody in town? We recently found out about a cool organization that connects you with locals and other travelers in the Eternal City. Active since 2008, Friends in Rome is a social group that caters to both Romans and tourists. Participants attend meet-ups to chat, have a drink, or » Read more