Cacio e Pepe & Potato Chips

Good news, you’re going to Rome! Bad news, so is everyone else on the planet. Rome is a fun and vibrant city. It’s also massive, choked with traffic, and mobbed with gaggles of tourists from all over the planet. And every one of those tourists wants to see the exact same sites as you.

How’s a person supposed to tackle the laundry list of “must-see” attractions and maintain their sanity? Planning and patience. So, pick the sites you absolutely have to see and leave the others for your next trip because there is no possible way to see all the classics in Rome in one trip. Then, plan your days out in a sensible manner; mixing in down time for people watching in cafes along with your museum visits. Mix strolls in lesser-known neighborhoods with your visit to the Vatican and its crush of tourists.

I’ll give you a list of the sites you can’t miss on your trip to Rome, along with a few hidden gems, and some tips to make your trip go more smoothly. And, of course, what to eat as well.

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A Short History

The very first humans were in the area of Rome about 14,000 years ago. The earliest settlements were likely on what is now Palatine Hill, above the site where the Romans would later build the Forum.

Rome was ruled by a series of kings until the Republic of Rome was established in 509 BC. Rome quickly expanded; first taking over the Italian peninsula, followed by north Africa and much of Spain. Then, after the Macedonian Wars, the Roman Empire effectively took over the entire eastern Mediterranean.

As the empire expanded, it became unwieldy and vulnerable. Corruption and infighting at the highest levels of Roman government didn’t help and in 410 AD, the city was sacked. Rome’s population dropped by 80%, and the Middle Ages began.

After Pope Boniface VIII was killed in 1303 on order of the French King Philip the Fair (ironic name, much?), a pope supporting France was elected and the papacy was moved to Avignon, leaving Rome to rot. It wasn’t until 1418 that the Papacy fully returned to Rome. It was through the patronage of these 15th century Popes that brought Renaissance artists to Rome, creating such masterpieces as the Sistine Chapel and works in St. Peter’s Basilica.

In 1922, Benito Mussolini marched on Rome, bringing Fascism to Italy, and eventually dragging the country into WWII as an ally of Nazi Germany. Mussolini was overthrown in 1943 and the war ended two years latgeter, beginning a construction boom and a period of economic prosperity that would last into the 60’s.

Getting Around Rome

First off, don’t get a car. Yes, if you’re going to visit the hill towns of Tuscany or some other rural area, you’ll probably want a car. But in Rome, you’d have to be crazy. These people drive like maniacs. We once spent a hair-raising taxi ride in Rome with a driver who had a canolo in one hand and, for our benefit, gestured at famous sites with the other. All this while balancing a saucer and cup of espresso on his knee! Trust me, stay safe; walk, use public transit, take a cab, and be sure to look both ways (twice), those vespas will clip you without a second thought.

Or, consider this; the Hop-On Hop-Off bus. I know, it’s just about the most touristy thing in the world, but hear me out. These buses run on a constant loop and stop at many of the most popular sites. Yes, public transportation is much cheaper, but with Hop On Hop Off, you don’t have to worry about reading a schedule, transferring, or making sure you get off at the right stop. I often use this bus when I’m in a big city to get an overview and maybe stop at a couple of top sites to check them off my list. We’ve discovered neighborhoods we adored and visited sites we never would have gone to otherwise using Hop-On Hop-Off in Barcelona, Glasgow, and Malta. Rome is huge and the distances can be far. Not to mention the oppressive summer heat in Rome.

Things to Do

There’s certainly no shortage of world-class attractions in Rome. But, if your time is limited, you need to choose which sites to see and which to skip.

Vatican City

When you go to the Vatican, you’re actually entering another country; Vatican City State. They have their own post office, telephone service, radio station and newspaper. It’s fun to mail a postcard and get a Vatican City postmark.

St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, two of the main sites in Vatican City are free and easily accessible. But, the Vatican museum, the Sistine Chapel, the gardens, the Pope’s villa and all the other attractions require a ticket. Be sure to buy yours online to bypass the long, long lines.

 A colorfully dressed Vatican Guard helps a tourist (photo: Brent Petersen)
A colorfully dressed Vatican Guard helps a tourist (photo: Brent Petersen)

Wander around the square before going inside the basilica. This is where the Pope addresses crowds on holidays and some Sundays. Once inside the church, spend some time here. This is by far the most important church in the world and is filled with artistic masterpieces including Michelangelo’s Pieta, Bernini’s Baldachin, and the bronze statue of St. Peter.

The square, church and Sistine Chapel can easily be done in half a day, but know that the crowds can be stifling, especially in the Sistine Chapel where you are often elbow to elbow with thousands of your newest friends. That said, don’t miss it. Even if you’re not religious, Michelangelo’s master work is breathtaking. If you decide the add the Vatican Museum to your visit, you’ll need to spend an extra half day and even then, you won’t see it all.

 A nun rushes across the square at the Vatican (photo: Brent Petersen)
A nun rushes across the square at the Vatican (photo: Brent Petersen)

Within the last few years, the Vatican has added a tour of the catacombs underneath the basilica, which is where Peter’s bones supposedly lie. I haven’t taken this tour, but everyone I know who has taken it has raved about it. But, it’s not easy to get a ticket. You have to email the Vatican requesting a ticket and then they may, or may not, reply with a time and date. My suggestion is to send your email request far in advance.

The Colosseum and Forum

 The Colosseum, Rome, Italy (photo: Brent Petersen)
The Colosseum, Rome, Italy (photo: Brent Petersen)

After the Vatican, the Colosseum is probably the most popular spot in Rome. Everyone goes here, it’s crowded, and you have to go. Like the Vatican, buy your ticket in advance. Then, try to avoid the gauntlet of hucksters dressed as gladiators outside the Colosseum trying to separate you from your Euros. If you must have your picture taken with them, heed this bit of advice; negotiate the price upfront. Many a tourist has found themselves in the uncomfortable position of being shaken down by a gladiator demanding some huge sum for a simple photo.

Also to be avoided, the so-called “tour guides” who try to tell you they can help you “skip the line” by paying to go on their tour. No thank you, you’ve already purchased your ticket online, so you’ll be skipping the line anyway.

 Even Hell’s Angels want to visit the Colosseum (photo: Brent Petersen)
Even Hell’s Angels want to visit the Colosseum (photo: Brent Petersen)

After visiting the Colosseum, walk over the Forum, it’s very close by. You can do both in a half day. Take the guided tours if you like, or you can download one of the many free audioguides available online. Play and Tour and Rick Steves both have a large selection.

Trevi Foundtain

I think the Trevi Fountain is best visited at night when it is lit up. But, no matter when you go, it’s going to be crowded. And, like all popular tourist attractions, that means pickpockets are nearby. Guard your valuables. But still throw some coins in the fountain. Just make sure you do it properly to ensure a return to Rome. That’s with the right hand over the left shoulder.

And, don’t imitate Anita Ekberg who famously frolicked in the Trevi Fountain in the cinematic masterpiece “La Dolce Vita.” Tourists have been arrested and heavily fined for this behavior; that little swim could cost you over $500.

Another don’t. Don’t drink the water from the Trevi Fountain. There was a time, years and years ago, when people would use the water from the fountain to make coffee and tea. Today, that water is treated with a cocktail of chemicals to keep the water clear and the pipes from clogging.

But, you will definitely be thirsty from all the walking in Rome. Look for one of more than 2,500 nasoni (large nose) located all over the city. These cleverly designed drinking fountains supply clean, cold water for anyone in Rome. Bring you water bottle and fill it up for free! Or, you can plug the spout with your finger and grab a drink. Just be aware that the water arches high in the air so you could be in for a big splash in the face! 2017 saw one of the worst droughts in Italian history. Critically low water levels forced the city government to shut off nearly 20% of the nasoni in order to conserve water.


This architectural marvel is still the largest unreinforced concrete dome in the world and has been in continuous use since Roman times, first as a temple and now as a church. The Pantheon is close to the Trevi.

Pantheon interior (photo: Brent Petersen)

Spanish Steps

 The always crowded Spanish Steps (photo: Brent Petersen)
The always crowded Spanish Steps (photo: Brent Petersen)

I must be in the minority because I’m solidly underwhelmed by the Spanish Steps. They are pretty, but for all the fanfare, I say “ho hum.” There are grand staircases like these all over Italy, and nicer ones, in my opinion, in Sicily. Still, stop by, take a selfie, it’ll look nice on your Instagram feed.

Oh, and don’t dare eat gelato on the Spanish Steps. Local cops have cracked down on the practice, issuing fines to tourists who dare enjoy a snack here.

Other Attractions

Rome has so many churches, some dating back over 1,500 years that it could take a lifetime to see them all. But, it is a worthwhile endeavor to visit some while you are in Rome. There are almost 1,000 churches in Rome, so you can’t possible visit all of them. After all, for many centuries the church was the only patron for the arts. If you wanted to be an artist, you created something for the church. And the churches kept these works, which include many masterpieces.

St. Peter’s and the Pantheon, that’s two. Now, what about the rest? Santa Maria del Popolo, Santa Maria Maggiore, and San Giovanni in Laterano are famous as well and certainly worth a visit, but almost any church you wander into will have something of interest.

Or you could visit the Capuchin Crypt under Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini where the bones of almost 4,000 Capuchin friars lie. Creepy and eerie and utterly fascinating.

And here’s a fun fact. That cappuccino you drink? It’s name means little hood and is named for the wardrobe of Capuchin monks.

A little more uplifting is the open air museum in the Quadraro neighborhood. Street art fills the walls of the streets with new murals being added regularly. In a city filled with classical art, it’s refreshing to see modern pieces out in the open and not in a stuffy museum.

Stumbling Stones

Visiting the Jewish Quarter in the Trastevere district is a must. For five hundred years the Trastevere has been the center of Jewish culture in Rome. Because Jewish people were effectively exiled and segregated from the Catholic population of the city, the residents practiced their traditions and even developed their own dialect in isolation. This is a great place to learn about Jewish people living in a country that is 99% Catholic. And a great place to get a meal.

While you are there, look for the pietri d’inciampo or stumbling stones. Small brass memorials, the stumbling stones are placed outside the homes of Jewish families (and anyone else deemed an enemy of the state). Each stone contains a name and the details of their death during the Holocaust. There are over 200 of these stones in Rome, sometimes clustered in multiples, one for each family member. Most of these memorials in Rome are in the Trastevere neighborhood.

The stumbling stones have been installed in 21 countries all over Europe as a remembrance for those who were killed by Nazi atrocities. There are currently over 60,000 stumbling stones as part of project started by German artist Gunter Demnig.

We’ve been to the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, which is very moving. But, these small memorials individualize the genocide in a way that is often difficult to do when thinking about six million lives being extinguished.

Foodie Rome

 La Renella, one of the best spots to get a slice in Rome
La Renella, one of the best spots to get a slice in Rome

Rome is a fantastic food city. And, it’s great for lunch. I like to plan my museum and church visits for the morning so we have time to linger over lunch. There are tons and tons of casual little spots where you drop in, point at your favorite sandwich in behind the glass of the display case, get a soda or a glass of wine. Or get a slice of pizza. They’ll often charge you by weight of your slab, but most of these places are inexpensive and unlike other cities where a good, cheap lunch is difficult to find, Rome rarely disappoints.

If you have more time, sit down at a café, preferably outside, and enjoy the show. Unfortunately, a lot of Romans smoke and since smoking isn’t allowed inside restaurants, many will light up while dining outside. If this bothers you, ask for a seat inside. Unfortunately, if you eat inside you’ll miss the show that is Roman street life. Something is always up for discussion. By that I mean a city worker might be fixing a light or sign and everyone within a two block radius will join in giving their opinion to the worker about what he is doing wrong or a better way to complete the job. Or, better yet, a cop might be writing a parking ticket. If the offending motorist sees this, a half hour shouting match complete with gesticulating will ensure. Highly entertaining.

After lunch, I like to wander neighborhoods I’m not familiar with. Take in the atmosphere, maybe pull out a city map and unfold it; that’s a great way to get a conversation going. I’ve mentioned Trastevere, but maybe try Testaccio, where lots of young people live and the home of the Protestant cemetery where notable non-Catholics like Keats and Shelley are buried. Or, Garbatella, a 1920s neighborhood which is virtually unvisited by tourists. It’s not the prettiest neighborhood, but an old electricity plant is now an unusual museum, the Centrale Montemartini. Here, hundreds of Roman statues, the excess inventory from other museums, sit on display alongside obsolete boilers, engines, and other industrial equipment.

Our favorite restaurant in Rome is MaterMatuta. Or, it was. Maybe it still is.

The first time we visited MaterMatuta, it was in a basement off a side street. You would go down a long flight of stairs to the restaurant. Inside, there were several tiny dining rooms. Some had a single table, others had two or three. The maître d’ led us through a maze of rooms to a private table in the back. Here we had one of the most exquisite meals of our life. We start with some grilled vegetables, which pair perfectly with the local wine suggested by the owner of the restaurant.

But the star of the show is the cacio e pepe. I’m a sucker for simple dishes and it doesn’t get any more simple than water, salt, pasta, pepper, olive oil and cheese. If you’ve tried cacio e pepe you undoubtedly thought there was cream in the dish, but no, the creaminess is a result of whisking water and cheese together.

Except, it’s not simple. I’ve tried to make this dish numerous times and have failed many times. Cacio e pepe is some kind of Italian Jedi mind trick.

Here’s how it is supposed to work. You boil the pasta (spaghetti, or better yet, bucatini) in just enough salted water to cover the noodles. Yes, I know, normally you want to use a lot of water, but there’s a reason, hold on. Once the pasta is cooked al dente, drain the pasta and retain the water. This is very important because the super starchy water is the key to the recipe. Then, add grated parmesan (and pecorino, if you like) and whisk the water and cheese together. But, this is where you’ll go wrong. Instead of beautiful, creamy sauce, you’ll get a glob of cheese sitting in warm water. Yuck.

Instead, drain the pasta and retain the starchy water. Then, add the cheese to the cooked pasta and combine. Then, slowly add some starchy water to the pasta, being careful not to add it too fast, thus avoiding the gloppy mess. Add lots of coarsely ground pepper to the pasta and don’t forget to invite me over!

 Our digestiv at MaterMatuta, limoncello and Mita.
Our digestiv at MaterMatuta, limoncello and Mita.(photo: Brent Petersen)

For an after dinner digestiv, we had limoncello and a lovely anise liquor from Sardinia called Mita. The owner of the restaurant joined us but has to leave early because he has a birthday party to attend. He says everyone was told to wear gold to the party and points to a gold kerchief in his breast pocket. He says his chef made it out of a plastic bag.

MaterMatuta has moved to better location with outdoor seating. We haven’t been since the move, but if you go, ask for Daniel. He is gregarious and outgoing and will make your evening memorable.

Or just have potato chips for dinner

 Stock up on the paprika chips before heading home!
Stock up on the paprika chips before heading home! (photo: Brent Petersen)

The complete other end of the spectrum would be our most recent night in Rome. We were only there for one night. We had spent several days in Naples and were flying out of Rome, so we went a day early so we could walk around and enjoy the city. By the end of the day, we were so tired that we didn’t want to go out for dinner. Our hotel had a nice courtyard with chairs and tables so we went to the little convenience store down the street. For our dinner we picked up a bottle of limoncello and a bag of paprika chips.

In the States, there’s been a flood of potato chip flavors recently. Everything from dill pickle to biscuits ‘n’ gravy. Yuck. Yet, for some reason you can’t find paprika potato chips in the US. But we love ‘em. And you can find them almost everywhere in Europe. So, in addition to our dinner of chips and limoncello, we grabbed several cans of Pringles (the bags tend to leave you with paprika potato dust when crammed into your luggage) to stuff in our backpacks for the trip home.


Fiumicino International Airport aka Leonardo da Vinci Airport

Flights to and from most major cities worldwide

Local transportation

Rome has an extensive public transportation system of buses, trams, and trains that reach every corner of the city. The Hop-On Hop-Off bus is more expensive but hits all the main tourist sites in one loop, which makes it a good option if you’re in Rome for a quick trip and want to see the highlights. A car is not recommended; Rome traffic is famously hair-raising.

Index of Things to Do in Rome

The Vatican

There are several sites including the Sistene Chapel, the Vatican Museum, and the Vatican Gardens. Get your tickets early and avoid long lines.

The alter at St. Peter’s (photo: Brent Petersen)

Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City

Vatican Catacombs

The Vatican has started offering tours of the catacombs below St. Peter’s Basilica, supposedly the tomb of the first pope, Peter.

The Colosseum and Forum

Again, buy tickets online and early. Don’t fall for scammers on site saying they’ll get you in quickly.

Piazza del Colosseo, 1, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

These three churches are much less crowded than the Vatican and contain incredible works of art.

Santa Maria del Popolo

15th century church containing works by Rafael (he designed the Chigi Chapel which contains his mosaics), Bernini (who was in charge of the 17th century reconstruction), and Caravaggio (two of his important painting hang in the church).

Piazza del Popolo 12, Campo Marzio, 00187 Rome, Italy

Santa Maria Maggiore

Bernini’s “Saint Cajetan hold the Holy Child” is on display in the church (Bernini’s tomb is here as well). There are also fantastic frescoes by Passignano, Domenico Fontana, and Guido Reni.

Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore 42, 00185 Rome, Italy

San Giovanni in Laterano

One of the most important churches in Rome. First consecrated in 324 AD, burned twice during the Avignon Papacy, and finally reconstructed in 1735. Six papal tombs are in this church. Highlight is the sculptures of the twelve apostles, each standing in their own niche.

Piazza di Porta San Giovanni, 4, 00184 Rome, Italy

Who says Rome is expensive? Everyone, because it is. But these three places are free!

Trevi Fountain

 She’ll be coming back to Rome
She’ll be coming back to Rome (photo: Brent Petersen)

The most famous fountain in Rome, if not Europe. Toss a coin to ensure a return trip to the Eternal city.

Piazza di Trevi, 00187 Rome, Italy


Former Roman temple is now a church. One of the best preserved ancient buildings in Rome.

Piazza della Rotonda, 00186 Rome, Italy

Spanish Steps

Elegant and always crowded 18th century staircase.

Piazza di Spagna, 00187 Rome, Italy

Capuchin Crypt

Final resting place of almost 4,000 Capuchin Monks. Their bones have been arranged in various designs like Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead in order to demonstrate human mortality.

Via Vittorio Veneto 27, Chiesa dell’Immacolata Concezione della Beata Vergine Maria, 00187 Rome, Italy


 One of the M.U.Ro murals in Quadraro
One of the M.U.Ro murals in Quadraro

Outdoor museum of street art in the Quadraro neighborhood. Tours available. (reported closed in 2022)

Stumbling Stones

Small stone memorials to Holocaust victims, mostly found in the Trastevere neighborhood. You must look for the stones, they are not readily visible, but you can find five which seem to commemorate the same family at:

Viale di Trastevere, 114, 00153 Rome Italy

Great Synagogue of Rome (Tempio Maggiore di Roma)

Largest synagogue in Rome with an excellent museum.

Lungotevere De’ Cenci 15 | (Sinagoga), 00186 Rome, Italy

Cimitero Acattolico

Interesting cemetery for Protestants in the Testaccio neighborhood. Shelley and Keats are buried here.

Via Caio Cestio 6, 00153 Rome, Italy

Centrale Montemartini

  Centrale Montemartini. Note the powerplant equipment.
Centrale Montemartini. Note the powerplant equipment.

Museum in the Garbatella neighborhood contains Greco Roman statuary and lots of other artifacts that are overflow from other museums. The setting of the museum in an old powerplant (with boilers and industrial equipment still on site) makes this a unique stop.

Via Ostiense 106, 00154 Rome, Italy

Studio Cassio

Classes teaching you how to make mosaics from experts. If you have deep pockets, they can make a custom mosaic for you.

Via Urbana 98, 00184 Rome, Italy

Katie Parla

Award winning cookbook author offers private food tours of her adopted city.

Devour Food Tours

Several excellent food tours of Rome

Secret Food Tours Rome

Everything from espresso to risotto balls to gelato. Don’t eat before!


Index of Food & Drink in Rome


Fantastic Roman restaurant. Used to be in a basement, but has since moved.

Via Palermo, 51, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

La Renella

Great spot to get a slice of pizza for lunch. In Trastevere.

Via del Moro, 15, 00153 Roma RM, Italy

Grazia & Graziella

Great moderately priced restaurant in Trastevere. Save room for the Tiramisu. (Reported closed 2021)

L.go M.D. Fumasoni Biondi 5, 00153 Rome, Italy

Cajo e Gajo

Excellent cacio e pepe. In the Trastevere neighborhood. (reported closed in 2022)

Piazza di San Calisto 9A, Piazza San Calisto 10, 00153, Rome, Italy

Pasticceria Boccione

Jewish bakery with excellent ricotta cherry cake.

Via del Portico d’Ottavia 1, 00186 Rome, Italy

Pasticceria Barberini

  Pasticceria Barberini
Pasticceria Barberini

Not only a great bakery, but excellent gelato, too. In the Testaccio neighborhood.

Via Marmorata 41, 00153 Rome, Italy

Trattoria Monti

Famous for tortello d’uovo, Reservations required.

Via di S. Vito, 13/a, 00185 Rome, Italy

Trattoria Perilli

Restaurant in Testaccio famous for their carbonara.

Via Marmorata 39, 00153 Rome, Italy

Trimani Il Winebar

Excellent wine bar. Michelin recommended.

Via Cernaia 37, Rome, Italy

Le Cesarine

Not a restaurant, but a network of Italians who cook in their home. Book a dinner and enjoy local cuisine and make friends.

Felice a Testaccio

 Cacioe pepe at Felice a Testaccio
Cacioe pepe at Felice a Testaccio

Excellent food, the place to get cacao e pepe.

Via Mastro Giorgio 29, 00153 Rome, Italy


Vegan restaurant offering vegan sushi, soup, pasta, smoothies and more.

Via Acciaioli 13, 00186 Rome, Italy

Index of Shopping in Rome


Accessories, gadgets, and tools for your kitchen. Great selection.

Via Mario De’ Fiori 6, 00187 Rome, Italy

Mercado Centrale Roma

Food hall adjacent to Termini train station.

Via Giovanni Giolitti, 36, 00185 Rome, Italy

Emporio delle Spezie

  Emporio delle Spezie, Rome
Emporio delle Spezie, Rome

Small shop for spices and herbs.

Via Galvani, 11, 00153 Roma RM, Italy


Bistro, bottle shop, and gourmet food shop all in one.

Via Principe Amedeo, 7/B, 00184 Rome, Italy

Castelli Profumerie

Perfume, beauty care, toiletries, and men’s shaving needs. Make great gifts. Several locations including:

Via Frattina, 54, Rome Italy

Via Del Governo Vecchio

Street filled with small, vintage shops

Via Del Governo Vecchio, Rome, Italy

Testaccio market

Stalls with all kinds of produce, prepared foods, household goods, and apparel. Explore.

Via Beniamino Franklin, 00118 Roma RM, Italy

Campo de’ Fiori

Open-air farmers market overflowing with fruit, vegetables, cheese, prepared foods, and gifts.

Piazza di Campo de’ Fiori, 00186 Rome, Italy

Index of Places to Stay in Rome

Navona Colors Hotel

 Rooftop terrace at  Navona Colors Hotel
Rooftop terrace at Navona Colors Hotel

Nice hotel in Campo de Fiori. Reserve rooms well ahead of time.

Via Dell’Orso 38, 00186 Rome, Italy

Relais Palazzo Taverna

Wallet friendly boutique hotel in the Navona neighborhood.

Via Dei Gabrielli 92, 00186 Rome, Italy

Relais Giulia

Navona neighborhood hotel with fresco fragments on some walls that were revealed during renovation.

Via Giulia 93, 00186 Rome, Italy

Nerva Boutique Hotel

Cute boutique hotel centrally located near the Colosseum.

Via Tor De’ Conti 3/4 | Colosseum, Rome, 00184 Rome, Italy

Relais Monti

Near the Colosseum. Ask for a room with a balcony.

Via Urbana 20, 00184 Rome, Italy

Residenze Argileto

Central location with rooftop spa overlooking the Forum.

Via Madonna Dei Monti 108, 00184 Rome, Italy

Hotel Lancelot

Friendly staff, good location in the Celio neighborhood.

Via Capo d’Africa 47, Colosseum – Celio, 00184 Rome, Italy

Althea Inn Roof Terrace

Breakfast served on the lovely roof terrace of this guest house. In the Testaccio neighborhood.

Via Dei Conciatori 9, 00154 Rome, Italy

About the Author

Brent Petersen is the Editor-in-Chief of Destination Eat Drink. He currently resides in Setubal, Portugal. Brent has written the novel “Truffle Hunt” (Eckhartz Press) and the short story collection “That Bird.” He’s also written several Foodie Travel Guides to cities in Italy including RomeNaplesPalermo, and the Cinque Terre. Brent’s podcast, also called Destination Eat Drink, is available on all major podcasting platforms and is distributed by the Radio Misfits Podcast Network.