Pizza in Italy, 2015


When you order a pizza, it’s usually the size of a dinner plate and you eat it with a knife and fork. Unless you get a pre-made pie on a per slice basis, most pizzas are made to order. The crust is thin, chewy and tossed by hand. By far the most popular flavor is the Margherita, a simple pie that uses nothing but cheese, tomatoes and a fresh sprig of basil. The cheese in particular is always fresh, so it has a very distinct flavor as opposed to buying franchised pizzas back home.  Pair it with some house wine (vino de la casa) or beer (called birra in Italian).



National Etruscan Museum, Rome 2015


This place was virtually empty when I visited it last year. Too bad though, because I think it’s quite simply the best museum in the city. It’s a little hard to get to, but it’s worth the trip.

40 massive rooms and so few visitors meant that I was pretty much by myself. There are also very lovely grounds within the museum where you can just sit down and rest in relative peace and quiet. Do not miss this!