Cacio e Pepe literally means “Cheese and Pepper” in Roman slang. Besides the spaghetti, the only two other major ingredients in this simple and historic dish are cheese and black pepper. Follow the recipe and Buon Appetito!
The Palatine Hill, The Roman Forum, The Colosseum - Rome's beginnings
Visiting all of the sites listed below, as a group, is SO worth it. Each holds incredible history and go hand in hand. I am so proud of this ancient part of Rome (the MOST ancient!) and I can't wait to show you around. It takes a few hours to visit each place, and we'd be taught by an expert historian guide. Here is a bit of background on the Palatine Hill, the Roman Forum and the Colosseum.
"Following an extensive restoration, Rome’s Barberini Tomb is officially open to the public for the first time in its history. The two-story monument dates back to the second century BC and can be found along what remains of Via Latina, once a major road in Ancient Rome. According to archaeologists, the tomb — also known as the Corneli tomb — is the only one of its kind still intact thanks to its frequent use as a shelter for farmers and shepherds up until the 1800s." ~ The Lonely Planet (source)
Castelluccio, Umbria was affected by the recent October 2016 earthquake. It was one of my favorite places to visit and, unfortunately, it has been destroyed. Some parts remain, but the roads are impassable and most buildings are in ruins. Mother Nature's actions are harsh on little 13th century burgs. But the memories live on...
Golden walls, glass mosaics, fine marble, baths, banquets, water falling along interior walls for effect, massive colonnades, perfectly manicured gardens and views of the city from high above. Once built, Nero declared: "Now I can begin to like like a human being!".
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