Pyramid of Caius Cestius

The Pyramid of Caius Cestius and the Protestant Cemetery are two of the lesser-known highlights of southern Rome. Join me on a quick tour and discover the graves of the English poets Keats and Shelley.

Christmas in Venice: Cakes

With less than a week to go before Christmas we turn to the cakes that Venetians will be eating next Monday. The traditional Venetian Christmas cake is so famous that you can find it almost anywhere.

Acqua Alta: a photo essay

Acqua alta, literally high water, is the typically understated way in which Venetians refer to the periodic flooding of the city during periods of so-called spring tides. It's caused primarily due to the natural geography of the Venetian lagoon. The lagoon closed off from the open sea by a series of long islands with gaps … Continue reading Acqua Alta: a photo essay

Cooking Carbonara the right way (recipe)

spaghetti alla carbonara

  After pizza, spaghetti alla carbonara is probably Italy's most famous dish, but also its most controversial. Everybody knows that this plate of bacon-and-egg pasta is supposed to have a rich, creamy, sauce, but few know the real secret of how to achieve it. Outside—and even inside—Italy, people often cheat and add a little (or … Continue reading Cooking Carbonara the right way (recipe)