What To Do in Rome When You’ve Done… Everything

Whether you’ve already seen Rome’s main attractions — or you already have them in your itinerary and have more time to play with — here are some sights to add. NB: I’m assuming you really have seen “everything in Rome” for this post, so I’m not including things that have been written about many, many times already, like the Colosseum underground, Borghese Gallery or even Basilica of San Clemente or Appian Way.

What to do in Rome when you’ve done everything? Here are 10 more sights to explore:

Rome’s other “Central Park”: You’ve visited the lovely Villa Borghese and seen views of Rome from the Janiculum Hill an...

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Visiting the Jewish Ghetto in Rome: What You Have to Know

If you’ll be in the city for more than a couple of days, visiting the Jewish Ghetto in Rome is a must. As well the oldest Jewish settlement in all of Europe (dating back to the 2nd century B.C.) — and, as you might expect, home to a striking synagogue, kosher bakeries and Jewish-Roman trattorias — it isn’t only worth a stop for visitors interested in Jewish history.

That’s because the Jewish Ghetto is also one of the loveliest, most atmospheric areas of Rome. Compact and very pedestrian-friendly, it’s one of my favorite places for a stroll.

The Jewish Ghetto in Rome today

The biggest misconception about the Jewish Ghetto has to do...

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Which Rome Airport Is Best to Fly Into?

Having trouble figuring out Rome airport is best to fly into—or which airport is most central? I don’t blame you. Rome has not one, but two, airports—Fiumicino (FCO) and Ciampino (CIA)—and they’re both international. So how do you decide between them?

First of all, keep in mind that you may not have to decide. If you’re coming straight from the US or Canada, your flight will land at Fiumicino. Easy.

But if you’re coming from Europe or elsewhere, you may have the option. Here’s how to decide which Rome airport is best to fly into.

Fiumicino is the main international airport (but still not enormous)…

Both airports serve airlin...

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The Slow Pace of Selinunte, Sicily

Some places feed our wanderlust more than they satisfy it. We recognize this on our first day in a location—in the back of our mind, we are already planning to return, to savor more, and to uncover whatever hidden corner we might have missed our first time around.

Selinunte was an ancient Greek city, now the territory of Castelvetrano in the province of Trapani, on the very south-west coast of the ancient trinacria.

The word Selinunte derives from ancient Greek, meaning “wild parsley,” (which is actually a type of celery)...

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Seven years ago, when the Colosseum opened its underground to the public, it was a huge deal. Now, the powers that be seem to be trying to outdo themselves: They’re topping off an extraordinary €25 million restoration with opening the Colosseum’s uppermost level.

You already could go up to the third level as part of the underground tour (confusing, I know). So despite the breathless media coverage, it’s not as if this is the first time visitors are getting the option to see the Forum and Arch of Constantine from above. Still, it is the first time they’ve been open to the public in 40 years… and, like the rest of the Colosseum, they...

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What to Drink in Italy Beyond the Wines

Everybody knows that Italians drink more wine per capita than any other population in the world. While this is true, there are also a variety of interesting Italian potables to be discovered beyond the exalted vini that remain relatively unknown outside of Italy.

However, for the uninitiated foreigner, figuring out what to drink in Italy other than a Brunello or Barolo can be an intimidating endeavor, and rightly so. As is the case in so many other aspects of  life, Italians apparently don’t feel obligated to follow our “logical rules.” In fact, it can seem like they take some pleasure in confusing us.

Yes, the question of “what...

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