Monthly Archives: December 2007



When I travel, I try as hard as humanly possible to not stand out like a tourist. I’m well aware that I’m usually instantly recognizable as an outsider, but if I can pass for at least semi-local-looking some of the time, that makes me happy. Toward that end, I don’t […]

My Favorite Italy City Maps




More and more travelers are abandoning traditional guidebooks in favor of online research these days, and while I’m a huge fan of the internet I still like to have a good old-fashioned paper tome on whatever place I’m about to visit. I always supplement it with online research, but I […]

Moleskine City Notebooks for Italy



Of all the piazzas in Rome, Piazza Navona is one of the most popular for both tourists and residents. The first thing that you’ll notice when you enter this oblong piazza is its odd shape. Rather than a big angular shape with a big church or government building at one […]

Piazza Navona in Rome







Rome‘s Spanish Steps and the piazza at their base are, collectively, both an incredibly romantic spot to spend an evening with a sweetheart on your arm and also a place to get royally ripped off by vendors and pickpockets alike. Your opinion of the area will certainly depend on which […]

Spanish Steps in Rome