Rome

How to Tell If A Tour is Good Value or Not

How to Tell If A Tour is Good Value or Not

We break down an $850 11-day tour of France, Switzerland, and Italy — its real costs, pros and cons — and discuss the questions you have to ask before signing up for any tour. * Yesterday, a friend asked me to take a look at a tour […]

Italy

Italy

Rome and Vatican City How to Get Tickets for the General Audience with Pope Francis  General Audience with Pope Francis (8-Jan-2014)  The Colosseum  Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel (notes)  A Special Kind of Blue  Europe for the Heartbroken: 7 Perfect Places for Healing from a […]

7 countries in 18 days: A sample European itinerary

7 countries in 18 days: A sample European itinerary

What do you do if you’ve got 18 days in Europe and want to see a little bit of everything? See a little bit of everything! 7 countries, 9 cities in 18 days. (Well, it’s actually 5 countries, 1 city-state, and 1 principality, but the […]

I thought this guy was the most adorable Swiss Guard ever until…

I thought this guy was the most adorable Swiss Guard ever until…

This actual, adorable Swiss Guard — whom I spotted when I traveled to Rome early last year — has nothing, and I mean nothing, on these fellows: * © Small-Town Girls, Midnight Trains. All rights reserved.

Europe for the Heartbroken: 7 Perfect Places for Healing from a Broken Heart (4/7)

Europe for the Heartbroken: 7 Perfect Places for Healing from a Broken Heart (4/7)

(This may or may not be based on personal experience.) -4- Rome It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. You’re in Europe! You’re on a trip you’ve always dreamed of. Perhaps you’ve already been to Paris, Amsterdam, and Munich. Or […]

A Leader Should Listen

A Leader Should Listen

* A Leader Should Listen | Minimalist © Small-Town Girls, Midnight Trains. All rights reserved.

Pope Francis

Pope Francis

Recommended Reading: How to Get Tickets for the General Audience with Pope Francis * Pope Francis | Minimalist © Small-Town Girls, Midnight Trains. All rights reserved.

Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

Visitors to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel exit by descending a beautiful spiral staircase.   Opening Times Monday to Saturday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Closed on: January 1, 6; February 11; March 19; April 20, 21, 27; May 1; June 29 (St. Peter and […]

SPQR

SPQR

In Rome, you see these letters everywhere: in manhole covers, ancient monuments, and everything in between. SPQR stands for “Senātus Populusque Rōmānus” — the Senate and People of Rome. It calls to my mind that other famous phrase: “of the people, by the people, for the people.” I […]

A Special Kind of Blue

A Special Kind of Blue

The thing I loved most about Rome — and I know this will sound silly — was not the Colosseum or St. Peter’s Square, not the pasta or the gelato. In Rome you can just turn a corner and practically bump into a landmark overflowing […]