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Amanda Ruggeri
Rome, Italy
Freelance journalist, writer, photographer, and Rome expert.
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Last year, Rome launched a nighttime light show in the Imperial Forums (Fori Imperiali) at the Forum of Augustus. This year, it's not only bringing the Forum of Augustus show back — it's also starting a second one, at the Forum of Caesar. (Both will run from 22 April to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2016 at Revealed Rome
The sad news arrived this week that Italy is truly, finally getting its first Starbucks—which seems like the perfect time to talk about coffee in Italy. You know, Italian coffee in Italy. What it is. How to order it. What the various kinds (macchiato, lungo, cappuccino, mamma mia!) really mean.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2016 at Revealed Rome
In July, I filmed my first video for BBC Travel: It's about how Rome's ruins are at risk — and what's being done (or not) to save them. The video is part of what we hope will be a series called Dissolving History, about cultural heritage under threat around the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2016 at Revealed Rome
First, let's make one thing clear: A day in Naples is not enough time to explore the full breadth of the city's art and archaeology, its ridiculously good food and fascinating underground, its vibrance and energy One of Naples' new and trippy "art stations", Toledo, on the metro (photo: Wikipedia)... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2016 at Revealed Rome
"Where can I find a good leather store in Rome?" has to be one of the most frequently-asked questions I get. Although I've dragged my (leather-clad) heels on writing a full list — it's pending, I promise — here's one to add: Mancini. The little shop, tucked behind the Pantheon,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2016 at Revealed Rome
Want to know the best ways to explore Vatican City and get to know the Pope — beyond St. Peter's Basilica? Check out my roundup of Vatican secrets in the August/September issue of National Geographic Traveler ('s the cover story!), from where to shop for papal socks to seeing the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2015 at Revealed Rome
I can completely geek out on museums in Rome. So here's an embarrassing confession for you: until a few months ago, I'd never been to Palazzo Altemps. And that's even though, as one of the National Rome Museums, Palazzo Altemps was on the same entry ticket as some of my... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2015 at Revealed Rome
Hi Cecilia, Yes, you can walk the length of the Via Appia Antica without a problem (or bicycle it). Enjoy!
Great eye, Trina! I actually thought about adding a PS about Da Danilo. Although it was still good the last time I was there, I haven't eaten there recently, and always make a point to only recommend places I've (re-)tried in the last few months. So that's the reason for the absence! Decided to go ahead with the post regardless, rather than let perfect be the enemy of the good... Anyway, you'll have to try it yourself and report back. L'Asino d'Oro is still good, but it's not a Roman trattoria — it's upscale Umbrian food. I hope that helps!
Toggle Commented Jan 20, 2015 on Six of the Best Trattorias in Rome at Revealed Rome
If you're eating at restaurants in Rome, you're going to wind up eating at a trattoria (or, more likely, several). Originally, a trattoria was a mid-priced, family-run restaurant, something between a ristorante and osteria in terms of expense and formality. In reality, it's come to mean pretty much any restaurant... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2015 at Revealed Rome
Fact: You can never get enough of gelato in Rome. That's a very good thing, since these days, there seems to be a new gelateria opening every couple of months. And not just a new gelateria. But a new real gelateria. What's a "real" gelateria, you say? Here's the second... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at Revealed Rome
Rome's Domus Aurea, Nero's famed "Golden House," has reopened to the public. (Well, partly. More on that in a moment). I haven't seen this much excitement over a site's opening since the Colosseum's underground was unveiled back in 2010. And you know what? Having toured both, the excitement over the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2014 at Revealed Rome
Looking for the perfect gift for a traveler headed to Italy? (Or maybe for yourself?). I've got you covered! And don't miss this year's guide to the best Italian gifts on the web this season, or the 2012 guide to the best gifts for travelers to Italy! The perfect airplane... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2014 at Revealed Rome
Looking for that perfect gift from Italy? Even though I'm always a fan of tracking down artisanal gifts in person, these days, you can find some pretty great Italian gifts online, too. And I don't mean gift baskets where the "parmesan cheese" hails from Wisconsin. Because it's that time of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at Revealed Rome
Christmas markets just aren't as much of a thing in Rome as they are in cities elsewhere (especially further north) in Europe. For years, when it came to mercatini di Natale, as Italians call them, the main event really was just the Christmas market at Piazza Navona. Today, the Piazza... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2014 at Revealed Rome
When in Rome, eat Roman food. (Duh). But to have the best possible culinary experience, go a step further: have the city's most top-notch traditional dishes... at the restaurants that make them in the tastiest, most authentic ways. And it's not always easy to know where that is, since a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at Revealed Rome
Anywhere you go in Rome, you're walking on a buried, ancient world. Beneath your feet lie the remnants of the city that ruled an empire: temples and streets, villas and churches, monuments and tombs. And while we've all heard of the catacombs, there are many, many other underground sights in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at Revealed Rome
This month, New York Magazine is taking a little trip to Italy, with stories every day on the trials, tribulations, myths and magic of la bella vita. I'm excited to be contributing ten (count 'em... ten!) different pieces throughout the month. I'll be updating this post with the links as... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at Revealed Rome
I love sharing Rome's hidden gems (and views) with others — so I was thrilled to do this slideshow for BBC Travel on Rome, behind the lens. Check it out to see some of Rome's most stunning, least-known sights... and perhaps to get some ideas for your next trip to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2014 at Revealed Rome
Manda: I especially like Hibbert's Rome: The Biography of a City if you want a full overview! More of my favorites here:
I love Rome in summer as much as the next girl. But usually, by the time June rolls around, I'm already dreaming of an island escape. Luckily, Rome's seaside location means you don't need to set aside a whole week to enjoy some idyllic island time: even just a weekend... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2014 at Revealed Rome
It's spring, and you know what that means: gelato! Scoop up April's issue of National Geographic Traveler for my piece on where to find Rome's best. (Pun intended). I'll also post a link here when the story goes live online. In the meantime, here's a hint. Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Revealed Rome
Yes, you can have pancakes like this in Rome... without making them yourself. Sometimes, you don't just want brunch in Rome. You want American brunch in Rome. You know. Pancakes. Eggs. Bagels. Filter coffee. That can be pretty tough. Finding brunch in Rome isn't the part that's hard. Like cupcakes... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2014 at Revealed Rome
Hi Mic, we'll have to agree to disagree. The other places in my post use natural ingredients, too, and have lots of flavor! ;-) Corallina, Fassi and De Angelis are next on my list! Thanks for stopping by, everyone!
You might be used to your walk to work looking like this, for starters. What's living in Italy really like? Here are some of the ways you'll know when you've lived here for a while—and that Rome has changed you (...for better or for worse!). 1. You walk into oncoming... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2014 at Revealed Rome