Top 10 Things to Do in Rome at Christmas + A Magazine Feature


The holidays in Rome are always a magical time.  After all, Rome is where the celebration of Christmas originated.  If you’re planning a trip to Rome in December, be sure to check out my list in the Insiders Abroad E-Magazine for the top 10 things to do in Rome at Christmas to get you in the holiday spirit.

To check out the top 10 things to do in Rome at Christmas, jump to page 16.  I also shared a few packing tips for things to pack (or leave at home) when visiting Rome, and you can find those on page 5. Just click on the magazine cover below.


Where to Go for the Best Pizza in Vicenza

When most people think about food in Italy they think about pizza and pasta.  Even though pizza originated in Italy, not all pizza is created equal.  Take my word for it, I’ve had more than a few bad pizza experiences in Italy.

I recently spent  some time in Vicenza, a lovely city in the Veneto region that is famous for the many works of Andrea Palladio.  Pizza in Naples is known for having thicker, chewier crust, while pizza in Rome typically has a thin, almost cracker-like crust.  I was curious how pizza is done in the north, so I set out on a taste test to find the best pizza in Vicenza.

Here are my top 3 picks for the best pizza in Vicenza:

Pizzeria da Vittorio in Vicenza

Pizza from Pizzeria da Vittorio in Vicenza

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Haus Garten – A Bagel Bar in Rome

If you’ve been in Italy for awhile, chances are your taste buds are craving a little something more than pizza and pasta.   Being an expat, I’m always on the lookout for American-style food.  Haus Garten hit the spot and provided a tasty change.

Located in the Prati district, Haus Garten is Rome’s first bagel bar.  It opened just over a year ago, and you can find a variety of bagel sandwiches, pancakes, waffles, eggs, brownies, cheesecakes, smoothies and American-style coffees, along with other delicious options on their menu.

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It’s a charming place, not typical of traditional Roman eateries.  It has a quirky vibe with a treehouse-like setting.  It’s open and airy, with lots of greenery surrounding the building.  There is even a life-size bird cage hanging from the ceiling that you can sit and swing in.

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Chocolate Easter Eggs in Italy

When I think about Easter, chocolate bunnies, baskets and colorful, plastic eggs always pop into my mind. I’ve yet to see the plastic eggs here in Italy, but eggs in general are definitely not lacking.

Instead of baskets filled with a variety of small candy and toys, kids in Italy receive an extra large chocolate egg. And usually the chocolate eggs come with a little treat or toy inside.

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Coromandel ~ Lovely Brunch in Rome

Coromandel: Lovely Brunch in Rome |
Coromandel is one of my favorite places to have breakfast or brunch.  It’s located in the area of Piazza Navona.  You’ll find it down a quieter side street, and will likely pass right by it if you didn’t know it was there.  Once you enter inside though, it is anything but ordinary.  The mention of scrambled eggs, pancakes and French toast lured me there.  The delicious food and lovely setting has kept me coming back.
Coromandel has more of an old world, French bistro feel.  The cozy setting with fluffy pillows displayed on the bench, shelves of books, warm decor and dim lighting invites you to stay and linger.

Breakfast and pastries are served on the loveliest of china.  I always feel spoiled here because everything is so pretty.  Not only are the dishes and decorations lovely, but the food is delicious, too!  

I was leary about ordering the French toast.  This is not an Italian dish, and I’m not aware of it being on other menus around Rome.  I ordered preparing for the worst, but was most pleasantly surprised.  The French toast is delicious, and even comes covered in syrup. (Syrup is also not typical in Italy.)  Now I can’t hardly order anything else.

The cappuccino is also great, with a dish of sugar cubes served alongside.  (I told you this place is fancy and makes you feel spoiled in the simplest of ways.)  They also have iced coffee that is sweetened with almond milk, and it is also great if you’re in the mood for something a little different.


Whenever I get a craving for French toast, or just want to feel a little special, I head to Coromandel.
P.S. – Coromandel also serves lunch and dinner.  Although I’ve only had breakfast, I’m sure lunch and dinner dishes are equally as delicious.   
via di Monte Giordano 60/61
Telephone: 06 688 02 461
Open 8:30 AM – midnight, Closed on Mondays


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