Spending four months traveling across Europe is an immense opportunity to learn about new languages, places, and cultures. My favorite way of experiencing each new place, though? Through food. In all honesty, many of my travel meals consisted of Oreos and Bounty bars from Coop Market or sad sandwiches from airports and tavole calde. Luckily, however, I… Read More My Favorite Eats Across Europe
Bologna is absolutely beautiful. Bologna is also world renowned for its food, giving it its nickname, “The Fat.” It is the home of tortellini, mortadella (i.e. bologna / baloney), and ragù. Both of these facts combined to create a wonderful, short weekend in this medieval Italian city. My sister and I booked our train tickets… Read More Bologna “The Fat,” and Other Nicknames
Or, Capitoline Museums and Capitoline Hill. The square and palazzi were redesigned by Michelangelo, and the museums inside are home to ancient Roman artifacts, sculptures dating back to Etruscan times, and a beautiful painting gallery. Around the back is a beautiful view over the Roman forum, and the Victor Emmanuel monument and the Teatro Marcello are just… Read More Musei Capitolini & Piazza del Campidoglio
A half day spent strolling through the charming city center of Taormina, Sicily. Narrow streets, laughing groups of Italians, and bright sunshine made my time in this lively city truly magical.
Three weekends ago I had the wonderful chance to spend three days traveling around the Italian island of Sicily. My grandfather’s family is from there, so it was exciting to visit my roots. Also, I have noticed since being in Italy that my grandma’s cooking is extremely influenced by Sicilian styles of cooking (since there… Read More Drowning in History (and Cannoli) in Sicilia
One day spent trekking freely through a few thousand years of ruins. Beautifully preserved mosaics, public baths, apartments, and a large amphitheater make imagining life here in ancient times almost effortless.
Mansion-turned-gallery full of immaculate works by Caravaggio, Bernini, Raphael, and the like. Each room is about as impressive as the pieces that inhabit it, surrounded by illusionistic ceilings and impressive details. Outside, sprawling gardens full of fountains, sculptures, segways, and dogs roaming freely create an oasis in a city of tourists and selfie-stick sellers. Tips… Read More Villa Borghese Gallery and Gardens: A Guide to Rome’s Version of Central Park
“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” –Gustave Flaubert Last week I had the privilege of venturing out into the city 5 days out of the 7, and with each day, my knowledge and appreciation for Rome grew. This post is a long one, but I experienced… Read More Making Rome Home
My two-day trip to Florence began with a speedy stop at the McDonald’s in Termini Station. I had seen a Buzzfeed article a few months back about the newest item to be added to Italian McDonald’s menu: the Nutella burger. Officially called the “Sweety con Nutella,” I felt obligated to try the sweet bun filled… Read More Firenze: Birthplace of the Renaissance, Pinocchio, and Gucci
A few fleeting hours spent touring the historic center of Agropoli in Salerno, Campania. Panoramic views, quiet streets, and an ancient castle just before sunset created a short but sweet afternoon.