This may sound a tad bit biased, but I think there are some amazing blogs in Rome. There aren’t hundreds of them out there, as you might find in London or NYC. But due to the nature of the city as a cultural capital, the blogging scene here is sustained by architects, art historians, artists, archeologists, professional journalists, and food and wine experts producing quality work, which is really helpful to travelers (or locals!) when trying to navigate Rome’s chaotic urban environment. What follows is a sampling up of some interesting, witty, and intelligent Rome-based blogs:

Culture

Revealed Rome: Written by freelance journalist (Guardian, The American), writer, photographer, and Rome expert, this blog reports mainly on archeological sites, museums and dining. Follow Amanda on twitter @revealedrome

Nile Guide Rome: Erica Firpo’s guide to food, events, and culture in Rome. She also maintains a personal blog called Moscerina. Follow Erica on twitter @NG_Rome and @Moscerina.

Darius Arya Digs: Archeologist Daris Arya’s blog about digging and conservation in Rome and Ostia Antica. Follow Darius on twitter @SaveRome.

06 Blog: Very frequent posts (in Italian) on a huge variety of topics that recap what is going on in all parts of the city. Follow 06 Blog on twitter @06blog.

The Urban Landscape

Rome Photo Blog: Art historian Jessica Stewart’s photography blog focuses on the city’s street art scene. She has an eye for the unexpected beauty of a decaying city. Follow Jessica on twitter: @romephotoblog.

Still Sustainable City Blog: Architect and cultural heritage expert Tom Rankin looks at the Eternal city through an ecological lens. This is an extraordinary blog. Follow Tom on twitter @tgrankin.

Degrado Esquilino: This Italian language blog recounts, documents, and discusses the decay of the Esquiline, Oppio and Monti districts in Rome. Topics range from parking and traffic to markets and restaurants.

AAR Blog: The American Academy in Rome’s blog includes regular postings on events, conferences, and visiting scholars. The blog is on the main page of the AAR site, right column. Follow the AAR on twitter @AmAcadRome.

Dining and Drinking

Scatti di Gusto: A leading online magazine about dining and drinking in Rome and elsewhere. Most of the posts are in Italian, but I write a bilingual column called Un’Americana Ti Parla (see below).

Cronache di Birra: Andrea Turco’s spectacularly informed blog about beer in Rome and Italy in general. It is in both Italian and English. Follow Andrea on twitter @cronachedibirra.

Tavole Romane: Independent and anonymous reviews in Italian (I can’t stress enough how hard these are to come by in Italian food journalism). The site is mainly in Italian but some posts have been translated into English. Follow Tavole Romane on Twitter @tavoleromane.

Puntarella Rossa: Another great anonymous and independent blog that focuses on dining and drinking in Rome.

Dissapore: An Italian blog about food and drink all over Italy, with a large amount of Rome-based content.

DOL’s Blog: Vincenzo Mancino’s blog in Italian about the food and drink of Lazio, which goes hand in hand with the contents of his shop in Centocelle. Follow Vincenzo on twitter @DOLdigusto.

Elizabeth Minchilli in Rome: Reflections on eating and drinking in Rome by food writer Elizabeth Minchilli. Follow Elizabeth on twitter @eminchilli.

Manzotin: Butcher Stefano Magini’s blog about meat and all around amazing food.

General Awesomeness By Funny People

Sistergirl Tales: This blog is written by the wonderful and talented screenplay writer and fashion maven Arlene Gibbs. Topics vary but are always engaging. Follow Arlene on twitter @caribragazza.

An American in Rome: California native and recent Rome transplant Natalie Rae writes this blog about the trials and tribulations of forging a Roman life. Natalie’s blog is funny and compelling. Follow her on twitter @natalierae.

Personal Horn Tooting

In Transit Blog/Globespotters: My posts (mainly) on Rome for the New York Times travel section. Follow the blog on twitter @Globspotters.

Un’Americana Ti Parla: My bilingual column on dining in Rome and elsewhere for the Italian food blog Scatti di Gusto.

The Atlantic Life: My posts for The Atlantic on dining and food shopping in Rome. Follow The Atlantic Life on twitter @TheAtlanticLIFE.

Cooking

This deserves its own post! Too big to tackle! But some personal favorites are Lorenzo Sandano’s Italian Linguini, Claudia “Cloo Peccable” Rossoni’s Pilates Con Cucina, Rossella76‘s Ma Che Ti Sei Mangiato, Daniela Delogu’s Senza Panna, Elisa Ceccuzzi’s Kitty’s Kitchen and last but certainly not least Eleonora Baldwin’s Aglio, Olio e Peperoncino (one of her many web based endeavors). That woman is a blogging phenomenon.

Additions

For a two reasons (ignorance and forgetfulness) I omitted these blogs from the original list.

Insider’s Italy: Marjorie Shaw’s blog covers sustainable travel topics.

Jacopo Salvatori maintains two blogs, Cives Romanus Sum and Viaggi, Cucina e Io

Percorsi di Vino: Andrea Petrini’s blog about Italian wines.

Papero Giallo: the blog of Stefano Bonilli, founder and ex-director of Gambero Rosso.

Italian only

Manzotin, DOL, Dissapore, Degrado Esquilino, 06 Blog, Percorsi di Vino, Papero Giallo, Cives Romanus Sum, Viaggi e Io, Italian Linguini, Pilates Con Cucina, Ma Che Ti Sei Mangiato, Senza Panna, Kitty’s Kitchen.

Bilingual

Tavole Romane, Cronache di Birra, Scatti di Gusto, ParlaFood.

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