Cafè Settembrini

Cocoa-dusted cappuccinos and brioches that are nice and crispy: ultimate colazione experience at Settembrini.  It’s a few minutes walk from Ottaviano in Prati area of Rome. Another post on the cappuccino experience in Rome, so many, so little time. 

Cappuccino Monday

I wanted to share this delightful caffé I went to in Verona called Caffé Wallner. I had a brioche with pistacchio-creme filling and a frothy cappuccino. Is there any other kind? Caffé Walner is filled with books and Venetian-glass chandeliers. It is a cozy and a perfect respite from the damp and misty mornings in Verona.

Exploring Siena

I left Rome on a grey morning to head to Siena, I took the bus and it was about 3.5 hours. I got there and it was packed with people at the sprawling outdoor market. It was filled with clothes, leather shoes, verdant ceramics, sheep’s cheeses, golden oranges and everything pretty much imaginable under the…

Jaunt to Verona

Here are some photos of my trip to Verona in December. I know its February but time is flying by. Ecco ci sono qualche foto del mio viaggio a Verona. Highlights: eating ciambelle, torrone morbido, trying a carbonara pizza which was actually quite strange so I had a quattro stagione (four season) after.. Verona is…

Rome’s Palette

Fall has arrived here in Rome. The days are short, it gets shadowy at 5pm. There is a somewhat fierce wind that blows along the Tevere (tiber) and the crispy orange and brown leaves are scattering everywhere. I love walking along the Tevere as it is so peaceful and quiet, although there are sometimes teams…

Around my neighbourhood, Vicino di me

I’ve been lagging behind a bit on this blog, but I wanted to post some photos of cool things near me. The other weekend I went to an exhibition on Toulouse Lautrec at Museo Dell’Ara Pacis, which was a great show on his lithography, his use of sensuous thick lines and vibrant colors are imprinted…

Rose Garden Outing – Gita al Roseto di Roma

There is a lovely rose garden in Rome that opens every year on Rome’s birthday, April 21rst. The higher section of the garden is open now and the lower section will open later in May. There are nice views of the Circus Maximus, an old chariot racing stadium. When I was there (at the old…

A train trip to Sutri

After sipping a cappuccino at the bar in Stazione San Pietro (Roma), I took a train to Bracciano to meet up with a friend who lives in Sutri. It was a nice getaway from the  crowds of Rome. I saw fields of hazelnut trees, Etruscan ruins and red poppies alongside the train tracks. The town…

Spring in Rome, Roma a primavera

The other day, I headed down to the Pyramide Caius Cestius and the Presbyterian Cemetery. There were beautiful purple glicine (wisteria) blooming all over the place. The cemetery is the resting place of many poets, artists and scholars including Antonio Gramsci and John Keats. It really is a haven of quiet and birdsong in the…

A Visit to the Museo Hendrik Christian Andersen

Yesterday I walked north along the banks of the Tiber to the Hendrik Christian Andersen Museum. Along the way I saw this houseboat, that looked like a fun place to live, and with its potential to travel, serves as a counterpoint to the permanence of a place like the Museo Hendrik Christian Andersen. Now on…