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Panoramic view of Guaita Castle from top of San Marino

What do Gondor-esque castles, Duff Beer and vintage Fiats have in common?

They can all be found in the Republic of San Marino!

Located within Italy along the border shared by the regions of Emilia-Romagna and Marche, the Republic of San Marino is an independent microstate that rises high into the sky. Constituted in part by the Apennine mountain range, its capital city, the City of San Marino, offers breathtaking views and quite the bit of exercise. read more »

Summer Nights in Rome - Waitress watches performer

After wandering Rome non-stop for a month, I thought I had seen all the romance the city had to offer. I’d seen the Centro Storico under a nearly supermoon, walked through the Spanish Steps in the rain, caught the sunset from Campidoglio and spent long nights in Trastevere.

But all this paled in comparison. read more »

The two things I miss most about Naples are the people and the pizza. Nowhere have I ever seen such expertly cooked pizze at such low prices (from 1,50€ on the street for a fairly large serving to 5€ at the renowned Di Matteo). As for the people, they exude a devil-may-care attitude clearly evident when it comes to crossing the street; It’s fun but chaotic, and I can now say I’ve stepped directly in front of a moving bus. When night arrives, revelers fill the piazze of Centro Storico, taking in the low temperature and live music with cheap bottles of beer.

Not a bad way to live.

Girl with street pizza from Bellini in Centro Storico in Naples

Piazza del Plebiscito in Naples

Woman in building courtyard in Naples

Street musician in the Centro Storico in Naples

Old couple on a bench with graffiti in Piazza Dante in Naples

The Polizia Municipale and a group of school children along Via Toledo in Naples

Graffiti in Piazza del Plebiscito in Naples - "Happy Birthday. I love you."

Jewelry on the hands of a ragazza napoletana

The funicolare to Vomaro in Naples

Margherita pizza with mozzarella di bufala from the legendary Di Matteo Pizzeria in Naples

Two guys hug it out in Piazza Bellini in Naples

Girl smoking a cigarette in a jazz lounge in Centro Storico in Naples

Accordion player walks home along Via Port'Alba in Naples

A few days ago, some new friends and I ventured out to EUR (Esposizione Universale Roma), a neighborhood outside of central Rome built by Mussolini for what would’ve been the site for the World’s Fair of 1942 if he hadn’t gone all cray-cray into World War II. We were there for the Italia Beer Festival, a celebration of craft brewers in Italy.

Italian Beer Festival - Official Bib and Tasting Glass read more »

Tomorrow night, the world will catch a glimpse of a supermoon, the night in the year when the moon comes closest to Earth and thus appears larger to us. I walked through the Centro Storico (“Historic Center”) district of Rome tonight and captured some of the world’s most famous landmarks against the (almost) supermoon.

Full moon and the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi in Piazza Navona
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