Federica Rustico

Federica Rustico
I am an Italian globetrotter with an unconditional love for Rome and Italy. Born into a family of diplomats, I have traveled since birth and lived in 7 cities around the world. My love of food and travel inspired me to share my experiences via my blog Where To Go In, where you will find tips on how to travel in style, without breaking the bank.

There are so many stunning places to visit around Rome, one of the absolute musts is Castel Gandolfo. Located in the Castelli Romani area, just a 35-minute drive from the center of Rome, Castel Gandolfo is one of the most beautiful Italian borghi. The charming town overlooks Lake Albano and is famous worldwide for being the Pope’s summer residence. Feeling like a day trip from Rome? Let me give you some advice on how to spend your day at Castel Gandolfo. 

Feel like escaping the city for the day and immersing yourself in nature? While there are plenty of places the Eternal City has to offer, it’s also nice to go on a day trip from Rome to visit the surrounding areas. 

We’re all in quarantine and it’s tough, especially now that these beautiful days are ahead of us and all we can think of is when we’ll be able to soak under the sun, travel to beach destinations and just enjoy the great weather (in company). But since we’re stuck at home, let me tell you a way that you can travel back in time and relive the memories of great travels and moments: through food and drinks. Say what? Yes, did you know that your sense of smell and taste are so strong that they can take you back to a special moment in time? So the good news is: you can relive a feeling or a sensation of a beautiful place you’d like to go to, just cook something or drink something that reminds you of that place. Let me tell you 5 food memories that are so powerful for me they’re able to take me back to a specific moment (and place) in my life. 

The Austrian capital has been ranked numerous times as the best city in the world to live in. Are you surprised? Countless museums, efficient services, great coffee-house culture, imperial palaces and rich history. What more do you want? While my brother Lorenzo completely agrees with the rankings, I’m more of an Italian gal who just can’t live without the passion, climate and even chaos of the belpaese. Plus, where can you get food as good as Italy? That’s what I keep telling my brother Lorenzo as he goes on and on about how great Vienna is. At one point, he even told me he had the best pizza of his life in Vienna… that was just crossing the line for me. Blasphemy. But I have to say, although the best pizza you’ll ever try is in Italy, if you’re into other types of cuisines, Vienna will blow you away. 

Haven’t you noticed that the Hungarian capital has completely boomed in the past couple of years? Its Art Nouveau architecture, new buildings, fantastic events, and seasonal climate has made Budapest one of the biggest European destinations. And if you’re on the hunt for some holiday cheer, it’s perhaps one of the top destinations to put on your bucket list. 

No trip to Rome is complete without trying at least one of the holy trinity of Roman pastas. Coming to Rome and not ordering a carbonara, a gricia or an amatriciana is like going to Naples and not having pizza: completely crazy! I’m not talking about tasting some weird twisted version of these pastas that you find abroad, I’m talking about the real deal. I know, I know, “where’s the cacio e pepe?”, that’s for another time. What do these three pastas have in common? They’re all exclusively made with guanciale, and any variations of guanciale, including pancetta, is not accepted. So let me tell you about these three pasta dishes and my favorite restaurants in Rome for you to try them.

Ask anyone who’s not Italian about Italy and the first places that come to mind are “Tuscany”, “the Amalfi Coast”, “Venice” or “the Eternal City”. Sure, Tuscany is considered the best of the best in terms of wine (not to mention movies like “Under the Tuscan Sun” made it explode abroad). While the Amalfi Coast is perceived as a gem by all, from artists to movie stars. Everyone knows that Venice is a one-of-a-kind city, home to the notorious Casanova! And Rome, well, it’s Rome!

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