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italian american foods you won’t find in italy

italian american foods you won’t find in italy

  You’re planning your trip to Italy, you love Italian-American food, and you’ve heard amazing things about food in Italy, but you might be surprised to learn there are actually quite a few dishes that aren’t authentically Italian. If you find any of these dishes...

COVID19 update: traveling to italy during COVID19

COVID19 update: traveling to italy during COVID19

  Last August, Jaime and I booked our first trip back to California to visit our families after a year living in Italy. We flew out right as the northern area of Italy went into lockdown and three days before we were scheduled to fly back to Italy the entire...

COVID19 update: when can we go home?

COVID19 update: when can we go home?

  my hometown First things first, we and our families are safe and healthy. We’re currently stuck in California without a definite date on when we can return home. Jaime and I returned to California in late February for our first visit since moving to Italy in...

getting around rome 101

getting around rome 101

  Italy is a really beautiful country with wonderful people, but getting around the country can add a lot of frustration and stress to your trip. From our daily use of public transportation and driving up and down the country, here are our tips for public...

eating and drinking in rome 101

eating and drinking in rome 101

  Italy is the land of regional cuisines. In Rome you’ll find mostly Roman restaurants, in Tuscany you’ll find mostly Tuscan restaurants, in Sicily you’ll find mostly Sicilian restaurants, etc. This means you’ll probably find the same dishes on most of the menus...

how to avoid being pickpocketed

how to avoid being pickpocketed

  The first thing you might’ve learned when planning a trip to Europe is the possibility of being pickpocketed. It can happen almost anywhere you go in Europe, but it’s especially prevalent in Rome and even more so in the touristy areas (Colosseum, Trevi...

how i use google maps when traveling

how i use google maps when traveling

  Three of my favorite features of Google Maps are the ability to create your own map, the ability to create lists, and the ability to download offline maps. CREATING MAPS To create your own map, go to google.com/mymaps. I love that you can create a map and...

my travel essentials

my travel essentials

  Over the last few years I’ve spent a lot of time traveling for work and after traveling a bit through Europe and daily life in Rome I put together a list of my travel essentials from apps on your phone, to websites, to products I recommend carrying with you....

enoteca. osteria. trattoria. ristorante. what’s the difference?

enoteca. osteria. trattoria. ristorante. what’s the difference?

  We’d like to think we ate our fair share of Italian food in the states. San Diego had Italian restaurants all over the city with names like Davanti Enoteca, Osteria Panevino, Italianissimo Trattoria, and Sorrento Ristorante. We knew they were Italian...

flying our dogs to italy

flying our dogs to italy

  Nothing during our move compared to the anxiety and fear of flying our dogs overseas. Both dogs are rescues and have been part of our family for over 6 years — leaving them behind wasn’t an option. If you’re moving with the military, your dogs are not covered...

using public transit in rome

using public transit in rome

  After our first week in Rome, we decided to put on our adult pants and brave public transportation. Here in Rome, the most common modes of public transit are bus, tram (trolley), and metro (subway). Being new to the city and with each having multiple lines it...

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