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  • Art,  Travel

    The Wonderful Waterworks of Rome

    One could argue that Rome, among many things, is the world’s first water park. Roman emperors prioritized access to fresh water for its residents along with food (welfare that looked more like a high-end Vegas buffet) and entertainment (think Christians v. lions). Their aqueducts fed sprawling public bathhouses and thousands of fountains throughout the city offering clean water to all. While the bathhouses may be dried up ruins today, the city continues to gurgle with clean water feeding the city’s 2,000+ fountains. That’s right – on top of everything else wonderful and perfect about Rome, its freaking pristine water is basically healing and will save you tons of money on…

  • Food

    The Definitive Trader Joe’s Grocery List When You’re Missing Italy

    I have a handful of coping mechanisms to tide me over between trips to Italy. I spend hours scrolling through the Instagram accounts of my favorite locals abroad, I plunge to the depths of Netflix to find any and all Italian series and movies, and most importantly I make an Italy-themed run to Trader Joe’s. While TJ’s is a far cry from my old grocery stores in Italy, it does offer a nostalgic selection of some of my favorite dietary staples from Italy. Thanks to Trader Joe’s I can fuel my delusions that I am actually sunning myself on a terrace in Tuscany, enjoying an afternoon aperitivo. Note – I…

  • Travel

    Should We Feel Guilty for Grieving Travel?

    Today, I was supposed to be boarding a flight to Rome. Friday, I was supposed to be getting married in Santa Maria in Trastevere. No, my wedding was not canceled because of Coronavirus. It was canceled because my relationship came to a sudden end three months ago. I’m pragmatic though. I’m not the first person in the world to experience this and certainly not the last. So, I decided to do what I do best – project plan my grief – to step outside of my emotions and manage them the way that my family, friends, faith, science and therapists tell me I should… Don’t make any sudden decisions. Avoid…

  • Easter,  Holiday,  Travel

    How to Celebrate Italian Easter Traditions from a Socially Safe Distance

    This week, Italians will arrive at their first major holiday under lockdown. They will be presented with a unique opportunity to conquer COVID by keeping their Easter traditions. Given the forza Italy has shown over the past month (lest we not forget the balcony concerts), we are certain that they will also be making the best of the holiday by celebrating old traditions in new ways. And how exactly can we be sure… Enter Tanya! Tanya, a Well Traveled consultant, Italian, and local of Florence has laid out exactly how she plans to keep the Easter traditions of her family and country from her flat. Because there can be no…

  • Art,  Travel

    Couch Culture: Visiting the Museums and Historic Sites of Italy from Home

    By Evelyn Hill, Well Traveled Consultant living in Turin Many people unfortunately had to cut short, postpone, or cancel their trips to Italy due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. We’re left doing whatever we can to find little escapes without leaving the living room. Luckily for us, Google has assisted museums around the world in step up their digitization game and provide tours and their entire collections in HD. Originally drawn to Italy to study Art History and Archaeology, I do believe in the power of experiencing art first hand. However, more than ever, I appreciate what an amazingly powerful tool digital museums can be in creating accessibility to art and…

  • Travel

    The Best Podcasts to Learn, Relearn and Brush Up on Your Italian

    You don’t have to be fluent in Italian to visit Italy. And, unfortunately, you could get by without knowing a single Italian word. However, arriving in il paese (google translate that) without knowing at least a few basic phrases is a quick way to guarantee yourself a canned, tourist-trapping, inauthentic experience, that you are (hopefully) trying to avoid. Not to mention, it’s just rude. Ok, enough with the unnecessary scolding . If you’re still with me, you’re likely a culturally-aware, curious, decent human being, looking to better connect with other decent human beings who happen to be Italian. As a reward, we’ve curated a list of our favorite podcasts (ranging…

  • Fashion,  Travel

    How to Self Gift in Florence after a Global Pandemic

    Italy is closed. I am heartbroken for the country and the people. However, after a cool several thousand years of surviving inbred emperors, bubonic plagues, and the Huns, I am positive that Italy will bounce back stronger than ever. And, I fully intend on doing my part to revitalize the economy by hopping on a flight to Italy as soon as possible and treating myself to every self gift I’ve ever lusted after. Do we consider this type of philanthropy materialistic and self-serving? Probably. Will the Italians still take my money? Definitely. And where might you ask is the best city to shop in Italy? The city that values beauty,…