Don’t just visit Rome, live Rome

When in Rome, cook like a Roman, eat like a Roman and paint like Caravaggio or Raphael. To make your Italian holiday more enjoyable taste the fruits that Rome has to offer doing things the Italian way. You can learn how to master the art of original Neapolitan pizza baking direct from a Master “Pizzaiolo” and even attend mass at the Vatican.

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Michelangelo Caravaggio

In Caravaggio’s footsteps: exploring Rome through his art

Italy is very lucky culturally because of its many artistic treasures. In a large city such as Rome, there is often too much to see in a short period of time. A great way to explore the city is to focus on particular artists whose works can be seen in the city while also giving you a chance to see a good portion of the city. For example, you could walk around Rome and see all of Bernini’s fountains, sculptures and buildings, or, as is the topic of this post, walk around Rome and see a good many paintings by the famous Caravaggio while seeing a great deal else, too!

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Rome colosseum

FYI: Rome’s Tourist Tax

Last year Rome’s mayor, Gianni Alemanno, approved a tourist tax that took effect on January 1st, 2011.

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Weekend Venice: See and be seen…

Italy’s lagoon city is a magical land of ancient palaces, belltowers and bridges with myriad delights tucked away in a labyrinth of secret passageways. If you only have 48 hours to criss-cross the canals of this fair city, here are the must-see star attractions and coolest places to hang out.

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Campo Santa Margherita

Value in Venice: Dining at Ai Sportivi

When you think of Venice, images of scenic waterways, stripy-shirted gondoliers and the bustling Piazza San Marco no doubts pop into your head. But one association you almost certainly won’t make is that of good value dining: unfortunately the city can be an expensive place to eat, with many rip-off restaurants targeted at tourists.

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