Browsing by Category: Rome & Lazio

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Trastevere was once a haven of cheap, delectable, no-frills dining, but in recent years, the district has become a bastion of tourist traps in which cheesy checked tablecloths and aggressive touts are far more numerous than great meals. This district, which lies on the Tiber River’s left bank, opposite the Centro Storico, is undeniably (more…)

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Rome’s historical center has gotten way more interesting lately. Trust me, it is still dominated by tourist traps and that won’t change anytime soon. But small changes are afoot and a clued-in visitor can eat pretty well these days. There’s (more…)

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The Ara Pacis.

Today marks the 2,000th anniversary of the Augustus’ death. In a city in which more than a few great leaders have drawn on the lessons of the emblematic first Emperor, you might expect some actual fanfare. But this is 21st century Rome, and for a myriad of reasons, the city has chosen a predictable path and undertaken (more…)

The latest installment of my YouTube series “Katie Parla’s Rome” visits the ancient cattle market, the banks of the Tiber River and the Circus Maximus. Join me for a stroll through Rome’s ancient food spaces for a peek at the city’s archeology viewed through a culinary lens. If you’re up for more than a bit of armchair traveling, we can visit these and other ancient food destinations together on my tour “Food & Archeology: Trade, Traffic and Enterprise From Antiquity to Today”. More details on my tours page.

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I’m excited to announce a new tour dedicated to one of my favorite areas of Rome, the Via Prenestina and its adjacent Pigneto neighborhood. The three-hour tour begins at the edge of the 3rd century Aurelian Walls and progresses eastward to delve deeply into the history and culture of Pigneto, a pleasantly tourist-free district (more…)