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:
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
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.
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).
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.
Manzotin: Butcher Stefano Magini’s blog about meat and all around amazing food.
General Awesomeness By Funny People
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
Un’Americana Ti Parla: My bilingual column on dining in Rome and elsewhere for the Italian food blog Scatti di Gusto.
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.
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.
Percorsi di Vino: Andrea Petrini’s blog about Italian wines.
Papero Giallo: the blog of Stefano Bonilli, founder and ex-director of Gambero Rosso.
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.
Tavole Romane, Cronache di Birra, Scatti di Gusto, ParlaFood.