Globetrotting Guide: ROMA

What can we say? Europe has something that America can never truly acquire: age. And within that antiquity comes impossible beauty. Roman architecture is full of such romantic details. Ornate doorknobs decorate gigantic doorways and charming shutters liven up windows geometric windows of all shapes and sizes. Doorways and niches are lined with Greek keys, carved figures and embellished details. Balconies are widespread with Italians socializing as they take in the streets. Then of course, structures like the Pantheon and the Colosseum transport us back to a different world. Having the ancient mixed in with the present makes for quite a hypnotizing juxtaposition. Block after block, the streets slowly tell a story from an unfamiliar time. It's the closest thing to a time machine that we have. How magical is that?

When in Rome:

Drink and dine: Dal Bolognese, Taverna AntoninaCaffe Greco, Zuma, the Jerry Thomas Project, Porto FluvialeCaffè Propaganda, Tram Tram, Neve di Latte ( gelato), Marzapane, Bar del Fico, Salotto 42, Nino, Mazzo, Sforno.

Stay: Portrait RomaBabuino 181, Hotel Edun, The Inn at the Spanish Steps, J.K. Place, Hotel Regina, Hotel Locarno, Hotel Raphael, Hotel de Russie.

See: Everything. The Vatican, the Colosseum, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, Palatino, Villa Medici, Vittoriano, etc, etc. Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana! The entire city is art, all you have to do is walk.