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What Are Some of Our Favorite Restaurants in Paris?

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France is one of the most delightful destinations when it comes to food. One’s trip to Paris is simply not successful without eating some of the most delicious staples of its culinary culture. To help you avoid tourist traps, we’ve created this blog to direct you to some of the nicest local spots. From historical buildings to high-end entrees, you’ll get the full French experience. Read on to discover our selection of four restaurants in Paris and get ready to take your taste buds on the adventure of a lifetime. 


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Fall in Love With French Cuisine at These 4 Restaurants in Paris

Angelina | Breakfast

Even though our properties all include a fully equipped kitchen where you can make yourself a lovely breakfast, we highly recommend that you try Angelina one morning. Since their opening in the early 1900s, they’ve been widely known to have one of the best, if not the best, hot chocolate in the country. Our favorite location is the one on the Avenue des Tuileries, right across the street from a lovely park where you can take a stroll, and minutes away from the Louvre. You’ll love the Louis XVI decor and impeccable luxury of the room. We recommend getting there early since a long line can form as time goes on. When you sit down, order the Parisian Breakfast, which is about 19 euros per person and includes a basket of viennoiseries (croissants, chocolate croissants, raisin swirls), a freshly squeezed juice, toasts with jam, honey, and butter, and, of course, a mouthwatering pot of creamy hot chocolate. 


Le Procope | Lunch

If you want to mix delicious French food with history, then you have to go to Le Procope. It opened in 1686, making it one of the oldest restaurants in Paris. There, you can see an incredible collection of historical artifacts, including Napoleon’s hat, Voltaire’s desk, and even sit at the tables where famous French writers, like Verlaine, Roussot, and Diderot (one of the creators of the encyclopedia) once sat. The menu is composed of French classics like Coq au Vin, braised ox, and delicious desserts, like crème brûlée. Make sure you ask to see the top floor where one of Paris’ very first printing rooms was installed. The first guillotine during the French revolution of 1789 was also located right across from it in a small courtyard. Needless to say, Le Procope will delight both your taste buds and intellect!

La Mangerie | Dinner Only

If you’re looking for a trendy and more intimate place to have dinner, then La Mangerie is ideal. This wonderful restaurant is located in the fashionable Marais area and serves top-notch, French-inspired tapas entrees. The decor is absolutely whimsical and features life-size trees, stone walls, and candles. The place is rather small, so make sure you get there early since they do not take reservations. We highly recommend trying one of their craft cocktails with your tapas selection. The menu changes regularly to ensure the product’s freshness and seasonality. 


Au Petit Riche | Dinner 

We kept the best for last! Au Petit Riche is one of our all-time favorite restaurants in Paris. This beautiful place was built in 1854 and was one of the most famous spots in town. High society attended regularly as well as famous figures, like ministers, actors, writers, and more. You can see its incredible history on the walls as you go upstairs where the bathroom is located. The decor is authentic and kept all of its 19th-century charm. The food is absolutely delicious and features French classics, like oysters, escargots, beef tartare, fish quenelle, roasted veal ribs, and a succulent dessert and wine menu. If the food wasn’t enough, the service is also impeccable. Prices are a bit high, but not excessive, and the experience is by far worth every penny. 

You’re Almost Set for Your Trip to Paris

Now that you know where to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner, it’s time to find you the ideal place to stay. Paris is a big city, and even though it is easy to navigate with the bus and metro system, you want to be as close to the center as possible. There’s nothing like walking in the streets with your loved ones, discovering hidden treasures at every corner, and feeling like a true native. Commendable Rentals’ properties in Paris were selected with that in mind. Our luxurious apartments can host up to eight guests and feature modern amenities, like fully equipped kitchens and bathrooms. You will love the authentic decor and elegant atmosphere as well as their ideal locations, either in the 1st or 7th arrondissement. 

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What Are the Best Day Trips from Porto Ercole?

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Porto Ercole is a marvelous destination if you’re looking to spend your vacation along the Tuscan coast in Italy. Picture turquoise water, beautiful beaches, picturesque villas on the hills, and scenic views of the distant islands. Porto Ercole is one of the favorite summer destinations for wealthy Romans looking to unwind and relax by the sea. Not only is it one of the most charming places you’ll ever see, but it’s also a magical base camp for exciting day trips. In this blog, we’ll tell you all about the top four day trips from Porto Ercole we like to recommend, and why each one will be an unforgettable adventure for you and your family. Read on, take notes, and make your Italian getaway a reality. 

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Here Are 5 of Our Favorite Day Trips from Porto Ercole

Capalbio

Capalbio is a scenic medieval village a few minutes away from the coast and only 30 minutes away from Porto Ercole. It’s a fabulous little destination if you want to dive deeper into Tuscany’s history and roam the cobblestone streets filled with restaurants and shops. You’ll be enchanted by the view of the village up the hill as you drive to it. Its great walls and gray towers will make you feel like you stepped back in time. 

You can start by walking around town and gazing at the impressive medieval walls that surround the castle. Go along the ramparts to get a good view of the scenic countryside and the glittering Mediterranean water in the distance. Visit the church of St. Nicola to see beautiful frescoes, then head over to Palazzo Collacchioni. We also recommend checking out the Tarot Garden. This beautiful garden was designed by the French artist Niki de Saint Phalle (if you’ve been to the Musee Pompidou in Paris, you’ll be familiar with her work) and inspired by Gaudi’s Park Guell in Barcelona. 


Isola del Giglio

The Isola del Giglio is one of the islands facing Porto Ercole, and you can take a day trip there! All you have to do is hop on the ferry and let yourself be transported into this real-life Italian oasis. It’s one of the seven islands that form the Tuscan Archipelago and one of our favorites due to its proximity to Porto Ercole. The ferry trip takes about 40 minutes and drops you straight to the main city, Giglio Porto. 

Isola del Giglio is ideal if you’re looking for a laid-back adventure and water activities. You can start by enjoying delicious, authentic Italian cuisine in the numerous restaurants at the port. One of our favorites is La Vecchia Pergola. Every dish looks like a masterpiece and tastes heavenly. We highly recommend sitting outside and ordering their seafood pasta. It’s the best you’ll ever taste! You can then rent several boats at the port and go for a ride on the turquoise water (you’ve never seen it so clear anywhere else!), or go on a snorkeling and diving trip. 

Saturnia

Saturnia is the place to go for relaxation. It’s only an hour away from Porto Ercole and has some of the most famous baths in Tuscany. This spa town in the province of Grosseto is small in population but widely renowned around the world. It’s the perfect day trip for couples or girlfriends. 

The main thing to do in Saturnia is to enjoy the thermal baths. Picture cascades of warm water nestled in the Tuscan hills. It’s so dreamy you have to see it for yourself. You can also bring a picnic to enjoy along the river. Stop by a local market to buy delicious cheese, grapes, and fresh bread. 

Grosseto


Another one of our favorite day trips from Porto Ercole is the city of Grosseto. It’s the capital of the Maremma region and is 14 kilometers away from the coast. Did you know the city walls were actually rebuilt by the Medici family in the 16th century? The history buffs in your group will absolutely love it.

There are several great historical places to visit in Grosseto. First, start with the archeological museum. It was recently renovated and features a great collection of Etruscan relics and findings. Indeed, the famous Etruscan town of Roselle is only a few miles away. Next, head over to the Cathedral of San Lorenzo. Its duomo is a sight to behold! Lastly, enjoy a stroll along the Corso Carducci Street and indulge in a little retail therapy.

Pitigliano, Solvano, and Sorana

For your fifth day, discover the charming hill towns of Pitigliano, Solvano, and Sorana. They’re all located North of Grosseto and boast stunning volcano stone cliffs. Walk through the Medieval streets of Pitigliano and discover remains of history dating back to the Bronze Age, neolithic times, and Copper Age.

There, you can taste the original flavors of Tuscany’s white grape with the iconic wine Bianco di Pitigliano or, if you fancy red wine better, go for the Morellino di Scansano. If you happen to be in the area in September, we highly recommend you attend their famous event Settembredivino where wineries open their “cantinas” (wine cellars) within the stone cliffs themselves.


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We know reading all of that made you dream about your vacation at Porto Ercole, so why delay it? It’s time to find your villa there with the help of Commendable Rentals. We offer a selection of high-end family houses, villas, and apartments, each more beautiful than the last. Take a look at our gorgeous Favoloso luxurious villa, for example. You can’t find a better place to stay with your friends and family. This incredible seaside villa features seven bedrooms and bathrooms and can sleep up to 15 guests. It’s located at the foot of the sea in Porto Stefano, an area of Monte Argentario you’ll fall in love with the minute you see it. The property also has a grand terrace where you can have dinner or a drink facing the water at sunset. Did we mention the infinity pool? You also don’t have to worry about the crowds. This villa is located within a gated area, so privacy is guaranteed. 
You’ll love the interior just as much as the exterior. The decor is elegant and mixes elements of the original house (like tiling and stone) with modern furniture reminiscent of 1960s architecture. The villa also offers a fully equipped kitchen, cable TV, air conditioning, and a combo of a washer and dryer. It’s so perfect you’ll feel right at home away from home. 

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When Is the Best Time to Visit Rome to Minimize Crowds?

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Have you always dreamed of visiting the Eternal City but dread the crowds? Well, read on, because this blog is for you! Rome is an enchanting city to visit. Between its incredible heritage and dazzling architecture, it’s a must-see for any traveler. But what if you don’t like getting stuck in lines? We’re about to tell you all you need to know about the best time to visit Rome to minimize crowds. We’ll share the best season, top things to do, and tips for reducing wait times along the way! Are you ready? Let’s dive in.

Is There a Best Time to Visit Rome to Minimize Crowds? Yes and No

The Season with Fewer Crowds

First off: Is there really a time when Rome is less crowded? Technically, yes. Summer offers some of the best weather of the year and naturally draws people from all over the world. Plus, Europe doesn’t have much A/C, so if you want to avoid crowds and heat, you probably want to avoid that season as much as you can. On the other hand, spring is a great time to explore Rome—especially before Easter. The weather is still pretty cool and religious celebrations haven’t started yet. That means you’re free to roam around without bumping into a sea of tourists.

The Best Roman Activity With No Wait Time!

One of the most accessible and least crowded activities to do in Rome is explore the city on foot. Pack your camera and get off the beaten path! Rome is a spontaneous city—you never know what awaits around every corner. Those narrow cobblestone streets are full of surprises, and if you embrace the unknown as part of the discovery process, Rome will reveal its magic to you.

Tips on How to “Skip the Lines”

Like many big cities, Rome has its share of secrets and tips when it comes to cutting wait time and avoiding crowds. Here are some of our favorites:

Take Advantage of Your Jet Lag!

Rome’s historical places are a sight to behold, but with more than 6 million tourists annually just at the Vatican Museums, it can be tricky to get in. Our tip is to make the most of your jet lag and go after-hours! On Fridays from April to November, the Vatican is open until 11 p.m. You could also go to the Colosseum early in the morning! 

Go Off the Beaten Path

You probably have a few grand monuments on your bucket list, but Rome is so diverse when it comes to history! Expand your research and dive deeper into the small sites. We mentioned before that there’s something to see around every corner, and we’re not exaggerating. You’ll be surprised at how many gems people ignore because they’re too focused on visiting the touristy spots. One of our favorites is the Centrale Montemartini—a fabulous museum that teaches you all about the evolution of Rome! 

Tour Guides and “Skip the Line” Tickets

Last but not least, one of the greatest tips we can give you is to book tour guides and “skip the line tickets” prior to your visit! Not only does this help you plan your day better (you know you will get in at the time you desire), but it also cuts the pressure in half. We especially recommend doing this for the most popular monuments on your list. Remember to leave time for some spontaneous exploring!

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Are you ready to start planning your vacation to Rome? We couldn’t be more excited for you! We know how you can make your trip even more unforgettable. When you book a Commendable Rentals apartment or villa, you get the full Roman experience. Not only are you a few feet away from great historical monuments and cafes, but you also get to feel at home away from home! After all, there’s nothing more important than feeling like you belong. Don’t just visit Rome—experience the city like a true native! Browse our incredible selection of Rome properties today and pick the one you prefer. Trust us—you really can’t go wrong.

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4 Historical Places in Rome You Need to Visit

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A trip to Rome is something every traveler should experience once in their lifetime. Do you want to marvel at some of the most precious gems in history? That’s what we thought. To help you fulfill your wanderlust dreams, we’ve created the perfect one-day itinerary through the Italian capital. Read on to discover our day trip to the top historical places in Rome — and get ready to be dazzled.

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Plan a Day to Visit the Top Historical Places in Rome

MORNING

The Colosseum

If we had to pick one historical building to represent Rome, it would be the Colosseum. The Flavian amphitheater was built 70-80 A.D. and was considered the largest in the world. Can you believe that it could hold 50,000 spectators? There’s nothing like standing in front of this impressive limestone monument—one that has stood the test of time. The public can visit daily from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.


The Pantheon

To continue your exploration of the past, head over to another famous historical place in Rome: the Pantheon. Did you know that it is the most ancient building in the city? It was built as a temple between 118 and 125 A.D. to celebrate the pagan Gods. It was only used as a church around 608 A.D. when the Byzantine emperor Phocas gifted it to Pope Boniface I.V. You’ll be amazed at the intricate architecture and its colossal dome, which inspired the one in Florence.

Lunch Break

After visiting these two monuments, you’ll most probably be hungry. Lucky for you, one of our favorite restaurants is right around the corner from the Pantheon. Pietro Al Pantheon is as authentic as it gets and serves the most delicious dishes. Sit outside on the Terrazza, order a plate of grilled artichokes and spaghetti cacio e pepe, then pair it with a refreshing glass of Lambrusco. 

AFTERNOON


The Trevi Fountain 

After a delicious lunch, walk a few minutes west of the Pantheon towards one of the most famous sites: the Trevi Fountain. You simply cannot visit Rome without throwing a coin in this iconic fountain! People say that all of the wishes made there come true, so why not try your luck? If you throw the coin with your right hand over your left shoulder, then you’re guaranteed to come back to Rome one day! 

Gelato Break

British people have their tea time, but Italians have Gelato breaks! Head over to la Gelateria Del Monte for a refreshing break between monuments. This modern store offers some of the best flavors in town, as well as other delicacies like macarons, granites, milkshakes, tiramisu, tartufi, and more.

The Spanish Steps

What better way to end your tour of Rome’s historical places than at the Spanish Steps? It makes for the perfect picture to send to your friends and family. The steps were built between 1723 and 1725 by Italian architect Francesco de Sanctis and French diplomat Etienne Gueffier. They remain one of the top meeting places in the city! Note that it is prohibited to sit on the stairs!



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Commendable Rentals is the smart choice for smart travelers. Why stay in a chain hotel and miss out on the local experience Rome has to offer? Discover our wide variety of properties in the center of the city, including penthouses, apartments, condos, villas, and more. Since you’re ending your day trip at the Spanish Steps, why not stay close to this iconic monument? Our Modern Palazzo Condo is ideal for couples and friends. Plus, it’s close to all the shops on Via Condotti, various gelaterias, restaurants, and trendy bars. 

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Here Are the Top 5 Things to Do in Nîmes, France

If you’re visiting Provence on your upcoming vacation to France, then there’s one city you cannot miss: Nîmes! This gorgeous roman city has stood the test of time and is a must-see during your trip to the South of France. See incredible historic sites, stroll through elegant gardens, and eat delicious food—these are among some of the best things to do in Nîmes! Read on to learn more and plan the best day trip to one of our favorite French cities.

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5 Things to Do in Nîmes You’ll Love

Nîmes is more than a beautiful French city—it’s a real temple of history! Did you know that it was once called Nemausus? Back in the days of the Roman empire, it was an important hub along the famous Via Domitia: The first Roman road built in France (then known as Gaul). It’s the perfect destination for history buffs, and is only 30 minutes away from our properties in Uzès! Let’s dive in and discover five things you need to do while in Nîmes.

Les Arènes

Your first stop is one of Nîme’s most famous buildings: Les Arènes. This Roman amphitheater is more than 2,000 years old and is used today as a stage for various events and concerts. Did you know it can host up to 24,000 spectators? If you love amphitheaters, make sure you also stop by the one in Arles! It will make for another fun day trip. 

Jardins de la Fontaine

If you enjoy the outdoors, particularly French gardens, you must take a stroll through the Jardins de la Fontaine. Feel like Marie-Antoinette as you walk through these grand 18th-century gardens and marvel at the balustrades, broad stairways, various statues, and marble vases. Did you know that the Jardins de la Fontaine was one of Europe’s first public parks? Make sure you stop by the Temple of Diane, an impressive Roman monument (which supposedly used to be a library in Roman times).

Musée des Beaux-Arts

How does traveling back in time through art sound? The Musée des Beaux-Arts, or Fine Arts Museum, hosts a beautiful collection of paintings from the 1500s to the 1800s. This fascinating museum, founded in 1821, is the second largest in the Languedoc-Roussillon region. It hosts several works by artists like Rubens, Paul Delaroche, and Pieter Coecke Van Aelst. 

Pont du Gard

Nîmes is also home to one of the most iconic Roman buildings in the world: the Pont du Gard! This 50-kilometer long aqueduct was built in the 1st century A.D. and features three stories of limestone blocks as well as impressive 25-meter arch gaps. It’s an absolute must-see during your trip—you’ll learn so much about South of France history as you enjoy beautiful views of the Provençal countryside. 

Les Halles

After visiting these marvelous sites, you’ll most likely be hungry! Head over to the Halles de Nîmes and discover a wide array of fantastic Provence products. This amazing covered market offers a sumptuous display of olives, oysters, peppers, fresh fish, meat, cheeses, bread, charcuterie, fruits, vegetables, and cooked meals! We highly recommend the paella—it’s to die for!

What Are You Waiting For? Provence is Calling!

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Now that you know what an amazing trip you can have in Provence, it’s time to make arrangements. Why stay in a hotel when you can find a home away from home? Commendable Rentals offers several stunning properties in the lovely village of Uzès. Make yourself at home with loved ones, and enjoy the French lifestyle like a true local. Don’t wait another second — book yours today!

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Your Guide to the Best Provence Products

The South of France is a beautiful place to visit. Between its scenic landscapes, romantic riviera, and incredible history, it’s a dream come true for travelers. The most wonderful thing about Provence is the vast selection of products it offers. Picture juicy fruits and vegetables, tasty pastries, succulent oils, wines, cheeses, and traditional lavender creations. The list goes on and on, so keep reading to discover some of our favorites and get ready to come home with a suitcase full of goodies!

What Do You Need to Know About Provence Products?

Where to Find Fresh Local Products?

One of our favorite places to find delicious Provence products is the Uzès Market. Not only is it one of the most beautiful markets in France, but it’s also a prime spot to find delicious products and mingle with the locals. Picture yourself with a basket in hand and a baguette under your arm, strolling through the market and smelling the fresh foods. It’s a wonderful shopping adventure where you can choose from a wide range of Provence products and find unique gifts to bring home with you.

What Are the Most Iconic Provence Products?

  • Savon de Marseille

One of the most iconic products (and the easiest to bring back home!) is the savon de Marseille. Provence’s handcrafted soaps are famous for their quality and gentle cleansing. They have been a staple since the 9th century! The original recipe (that is still in use today) came about in 1688. We recommend buying lavender soaps –after all, it’s Provence’s authentic scent!

  • Rosé Wine

You can’t visit France and not indulge in some serious wine tasting. Provence offers great options for red and white wines, but its specialty is rosé. There’s nothing better than sipping this delicious beverage after a long, hot day. Look for the Duché d’Uzès wines on the market and taste some of their best rosés! You’ll love the fruity freshness. Get a bottle to bring home and pair it with a delicious olive tapenade toast and grilled sardines!

  • Olive Oil

Are you ready to taste the best olive oil you’ve ever tried in your life? With its shining sun and warm weather, Provence is a prime spot for harvesting olive oil. This product is more than a staple; it’s a whole culture! You can find a wide range of olive oils in Provence, all boasting lovely local names: Grossane, picholine, salonenque, aglandau, cayon, broutigan, cayanne, and more! Pair it with a delicious fougasse or baguette and you have yourself the perfect apéritif!

  • Goat Cheese

Another thing you want to indulge in as much as you can while in France is cheese! Did you know Provence is home to some of the best goat cheeses in the world? Alpine goats are abundant in the region and produce some of the freshest, most delicious milk. Provence’s goat cheese is usually fresh, spreads easily, and pairs perfectly with dried fruits, nuts, or herbes de Provence. If you’re in Uzès, head over to Fromagerie Albert to sample some of them!

  • Calissons d’Aix

If you have a sweet tooth and wish to taste a unique treat, then the calissons d’Aix are made for you! These delicious little sweets are indigenous to Provence. They are made of a smooth, pale yellow melon-candied paste and topped with a layer of hard almond icing. They’re exquisite –an absolute must-try! They are also great souvenirs, since you can tuck them in your checked bag.  

  • Truffles

Last but not least, try one of our all-time favorites: The truffe de Provence! These rare, underground mushrooms are a renowned product all around the world, and Provence is full of them. You can find three species there: The black truffle (also known as the black diamond), brumal truffle, and white truffle.

It’s such an iconic product that the town of Uzès even has a truffle festival (when they’re in season in January and February)! During that “Semaine de la truffe” (Truffle Week), all the local restaurants feature truffle specialties and dishes. You can even attend demonstrations on la Place aux Herbes, where pigs show off their truffle-finding skills.

Our “Chez Vous” Villa Is Perfect for Your Provence Getaway

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Chez Vous means “at your place” in French, and that’s precisely why it’s the ideal base camp for you and your loved ones. Make your trip to the South of France the best it can be with this beautiful 2-bedroom home. You’ll love its elegant and cozy decor—not to mention its proximity to the market on la Place aux Herbes! You can sip on an espresso in the morning out in the garden, go for a swim after lunch in your private swimming pool, and sleep under the gorgeous wooden beam ceiling every night. The master bedroom features a comfortable queen-sized bed, fine linens, and antique furnishings. The double-glazed windows and exterior shutters even keep the room cool during the afternoon sun.

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What Do You Need to Wear on Holiday to Italy?

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Wouldn’t it be marvelous if we could pack your bag for your upcoming vacation to the beautiful region of Tuscany? Well, we can do better than that! In this blog, we’re going to tailor your vacation to your style and help you determine what experience is best for you. Pick the style that fits your personality the most, and we’ll reveal what to wear on holiday to Italy and the fabulous plans we have for you. Read on, take notes, and start planning your getaway today with Commendable Rentals!

Pick Your Style and We’ll Tell You What to Wear on Holiday to Italy!

If You’re Trendy

You love trendy pieces and wearing fashionable clothes. You’re always on the lookout for fresh trends and staple pieces, just like Kate Moss, Chiara Ferragni, or Gigi Hadid. You love adventure, living a luxurious lifestyle, and enjoying every minute of life as if it were the last! You have a radiant, bubbly personality and you’re often considered the life of the party in your group of friends.

Where to Stay

There’s one destination a dedicated follower of fashion like you cannot miss: Rome! This high-fashion capital is filled with haute couture stores, especially along the Via Condotti. Our home in Trastevere is a 4-bedroom, 4-bath condo with an open-concept living area and terrace with panoramic views of Gianicolo, Rome’s highest hill. The condo’s designer, Frederica Fendi, has worked in the luxury fashion industry since 2000, which makes it the perfect home for you!

What to Pack

Your bag for Rome should include a few chic dresses, some patterns like polka dots and gingham (to channel your inner Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday), sandals, a pair of fashionable sneakers, some dramatic sunglasses, heels for going out at night, and a pair of comfortable jeans. Avoid the shorts and flip flops combination—it’s a no-no in the Italian capital!

If You’re A Romantic

If you’re a romantic at heart, it certainly shows in your style. You live for flowy dresses, floral patterns, and timeless style. Your style icons include Kate Middleton and Grace Kelly. You radiate elegance and poise, and are full of joie de vivre!

Where to Stay

You want a vacation destination with scenic views and a slower pace of life. You dream of long walks on the beach, rides through the countryside, and summer dinners under the cypress trees. If this sounds like you, Tuscany is your perfect match! Stay in our beautifully renovated 18th-century farmhouse near Argentario. You’ll love the Renaissance charm of this magnificent villa, with its terracotta floors and high ceilings.

What to Pack

It’s time to wear all of your maxi dresses, puff-sleeves, floral patterns, wide-brim straw hats, cute bathing suits, sandals and flats, high-rise shorts, and airy tops! Remember to bring sunscreen, since you’ll spend a good amount of time by the water, or reading in the garden sipping a glass of apricot juice.

If You’re Practical

You’re not too interested in the constantly changing world of fashion and would rather rely on comfortable and sustainable pieces in your wardrobe. You love to plan ahead and meticulously map out an itinerary before traveling. You’re not the type to leave your vacation up to chance! You like to enjoy life’s simple pleasures and explore the treasures of history while unwinding from your daily stress.

Where to Stay

Rome is a fascinating place to explore, so we bet you’ll be right in your element there! You need something at the center of it all, not too big, and of course, cost-effective. That’s why we think our Colosseum Apartment is perfect. This 2-bedroom accommodation can fit you and your family nicely, and offers all the perks of the charming neighborhood that surrounds. Did we mention it overlooks the Colosseum?

What to Pack

You’re going to be doing a lot of sightseeing in Rome, so plan accordingly! Your suitcase should include at least a couple pairs of comfortable shoes (sneakers!), a small fanny pack or cross-body bag to protect you against thieves, neutral t-shirts, and a couple pairs of stretchy pants. Don’t forget a large scarf! This last item is a must if you wish to visit Rome’s churches. They require women to cover their shoulders, and men to cover their knees. Carry your scarf around and pop it out when needed! That way, you won’t have to wait in long lines for nothing.

Why Commendable Rentals Is the Top Choice to Plan Your Holiday in Italy

Planning a vacation can be stressful, which is exactly what you want to avoid when taking time off. Instead of hopping from place to place, how about finding a home abroad? Commendable Rentals provides just that for you. Experience Tuscany, Rome, even the beautiful landscapes of Provence and Uzès, like a true native, and find your home away from home! Our villas and apartments are perfect for couples, families, and even groups of friends. They all feature modern amenities and luxurious decor. No matter which destination you choose, you’re sure to find a home away from home in Italy with Commendable Rentals!

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What Can You See at the Uzès Market?

Charcuterie stand at Uzes Market

Are you traveling to the south of France? You can probably already picture yourself roaming the cobblestone streets, visiting ancient sites, meeting locals, and sipping espresso on the terrace of a cafe. You’re going to have the time of your life! But, if you want to experience the local culture at its best, you need to visit the Uzès Market. In this blog, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about the famous market. Get ready to plan the ultimate trip to Provence with your family!


How to Make the Most Out of Your Visit to the Uzès Market

Get Familiar With Regional Products

Did you know that the Uzès Market is one of the most beautiful markets in France? When you visit, you’ll understand why. It’s held in the center of town on the Place aux Herbes and is full of history. The market is surrounded by medieval buildings, picturesque scenery, and beautiful, 100-year-old plane trees. It’s more than a market; it’s a celebration of Southern French life!

At the market, you’ll be able to discover unique products like clothing and flowers, as well as foods like charcuterie, cheese, vegetables and fruit, spices, honey, bread, and, most importantly, the region’s famous olive oil. (No trip to Provence is complete without tasting shiny olive oil on a baguette!) We also recommend that you try the local paella and bring home some Carpentras strawberries and Tarascon apricots for a mouthwatering fruit salad.

Note: The market is open every Wednesday and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Indulge in a Delicious Lunch

Once you’ve finished your tour of the market, it’s time to sit down and enjoy lunch under the shade of the trees. One of our favorite restaurants on the market square is La Famille. You’ll love its quaint location and friendly atmosphere! The menu showcases fresh ingredients in dishes like salads and charcuterie boards. Locals also love the bruschetta and home fries, marinated calamari, and tarte tatin dessert. It pairs really well with a cappuccino!


Take a French Cooking Class

With regular visits to the market, you’ll be an expert in local products in no time. So, why not take a French cooking class during your vacation to perfect your skills? You’ll learn how to recreate classic Provence flavors like herb-sweetened lamb and can try delicious cheese, local honey, fragrant olive oil, juicy fruit, and tasty bread. Uzès offers a few options when it comes to cooking classes, and you can be sure we’ll find the right one for you!

Stay Near the Uzès Market With Commendable Rentals

Inside of a Uzes Home with quaint antique decorWouldn’t it be magical if you could walk to the market in the morning and come home with a baguette, to be savoured with the artisan jams and honeys that you have tasted and selected? Well, we have just the home to make that dream come true! Our splendid Chez Vous in Uzès property is a match made in heaven for visitors to Provence. It’s only steps away from La Place aux Herbes and offers the comfort and charm you seek for your vacation!

Enjoy antique furnishings, fine linens, queen-size beds in two bedrooms, and the fully equipped kitchen. Chez Vous also features a heated pool and garden. It’s the perfect house for families looking to have the ultimate French experience!

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Here’s Why the Pont du Gard Is a Historical Landmark You Need to Visit

Pont du Gard three-tiered aqueduct was built in Roman times on the river Gardon.

Are you ready for the impressive historical landmarks in the South of France? If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably a history buff planning a trip to the marvelous region of Provence. If there’s one site you cannot miss during your stay, it’s the Pont du Gard! This spectacular, ancient bridge—one of the most magnificent remains of the Roman empire—will dazzle you beyond belief. Read on to learn all you need to know about this famous UNESCO site and start planning your visit today!

The Pont du Gard Is a Must-See When Visiting the South of France!

What Is the Pont du Gard?

The Pont du Gard is by far one of the most impressive ancient sites from the Roman Empire in France. The 50-kilometer long, towering aqueduct was built during the 1st century A.D. to supply the city of Nimes (then known as Nemausus) with water. The bridge rises three stories high, or approximately 50 meters above the ground. It is made of yellow limestone blocks and features 25-meter arch gaps. It’s impossible not to marvel at the magnificence of the building, and at its well-designed architecture that still stands today, several centuries after its creation.

Prepare For Your Visit

Now that you know more about the Pont du Gard, it’s time to prepare for your visit! The site is accessible seven days a week all year round, but its hours vary depending on the season. Here are the hours for each time of year:

  • 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in January, February, March, November, and December
  • 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. in April and October
  • 9 a.m. to 9 a.m. in May
  • 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. in June and September
  • 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. in July and August.

An adult ticket costs 9.50 euros and is free for children under 18. You can book your tickets online in advance here

There are several ways to see the bridge. You can either walk there yourself and sit in the shade of the olive trees as you marvel the structure, or you can hop on a guided tour. The best part? You can be your own guide! Download the app and follow the instructions as you pass points of interest and learn more about the history behind them.

After visiting the grounds and seeing the impressive bridge, make sure you stop by the museum. Contrary to the bridge, the museum is modern and interactive. Just a hint: avoid wearing white or you’ll glow like a neon! Go on a lively journey back in time through the Roman era—view reconstructions, learn the day-to-day life of the Gallo-Roman towns, and watch the bridge being built in front of your eyes as you advance through the galleries! Don’t forget to stop by the shop on your way out and buy some calissons. These famous, local treats are made out of a smooth paste of candied melons and oranges, with a thin layer of royal icing on top, and they’re extremely delicious!


Stay Near the Pont du Gard in the Lovely Town of Uzès

Chez Gigi view of the upstairs balconyAfter your visit of the Pont du Gard, come back to the comfort of your home in Uzès at the Gigi House! This quaint townhouse has three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and can sleep up to six people. You’ll love its location at the heart of the townonly 15 minutes away from the Pont du Gard! You’ll get to enjoy morning walks to the market on the Place aux Herbes to buy your daily baguette and fresh fruits!

Set up the table in the outside courtyard with butter, jams, your freshly baked bread, and sip on a hot cup of coffee while enjoying the sound of chiming church bells and chirping birds. At night, you can either walk back to the Place aux Herbes to have dinner, or cook yourself a meal at home in your fully equipped kitchen. Then, dream the night away on comfy mattresses, and start all over again the next day!

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What Is the Best Place in Tuscany?

Porto Ercole village and boats in harbor in a sea bay. Aerial view

If you are planning a trip to Tuscany, then there’s a place you must visit no matter what. Monte Argentario is a gem of a peninsula and one of the best-kept secrets in the region! In this blog, we’ll tell you all you need to know about its incredible scenery, rich history, and relaxing atmosphere. Read on to discover some of our favorite activities and start planning your trip to the best place in Tuscany today!


Discover Why Monte Argentario is the Best Place in Tuscany

 

Monte Argentario Is Tuscany’s Best Hidden Treasure

Monte Argentario might not be the first place you picture when you think of Tuscany, but it’s one of the most beloved beach resorts. If you’re looking for a Cote d’Azur experience without the crowds and expensive prices, then Monte Argentario is the perfect destination! It’s only an hour and a half away from Rome and has a unique geographic position. Indeed, it’s connected to the mainland by three isthmuses. Imagine golden beaches, lush pine forests, lagoons filled with flamingos, and a quaint, medieval town.

Note: Monte Argentario is split between two centers: Porto Ercole, a fishing town, and Santo Stefano, which was rebuilt after the second World War.

 

Perfect for History Buffs

Monte Argentario is the perfect mix of natural beauty and history. You’ll love exploring impressive historical sites like Fortezza Spagnola, the Frati Passionisti Convent, and other forts and towers built by Spanish kings over 400 years ago.


Gorgeous Beaches

Did you know that Monte Argentario is surrounded by more than 20 beautiful beaches? If you want to relax under the Tuscan sun, there’s no better place than here. La Feniglia, for example, is one of the most accessible beaches and connects Porto Ercole to the mainland as well as splendid pine forests and dunes. If you’re looking for a more private beach, head to Cala del Gesso. This sandy bay is a great spot for snorkeling!


Take a Boat to the Island of Giglio

Fancy a little adventure on the Meditteranean sea during your stay in Monte Argentario? Hop on a boat from Porto Ercole and head towards the island of Giglio! The ride takes about an hour and ends in a quaint, coastal village full of colorful shops and delicious restaurants. After a hike or bike ride on the island, make sure you stop by La Vecchia Pergola Restaurant for some of the best seafood you’ve ever had! You’ll love the soft pink building, blue gated entrance, and pergola with a sea view. We highly recommend ordering the sea bass or pasta!


Make Monte Argentario Your Home with Commendable Rentals

Favoloso Villa view of infinity poolMonte Argentario is the perfect destination for your next family trip! Take your loved ones on an unforgettable vacation in Tuscany and unwind for the summer. Our Favoloso Villa is ideal if you wish to travel in style and still experience Tuscan tradition. The gorgeous, modern villa sleeps up to 15 people with seven bedrooms and bathrooms.

You’ll love the see-through staircase, the fireplace in the modern living room, and the mix between the old Terracotta building and the new glass and wooden additions. The villa also offers incredible views of the Meditteranean Sea! Sip your morning coffee overlooking the pristine water and gaze at the distant islands in front of you. After a long day of exploring Monte Argentario, come home and jump in the infinity pool where you can swim with the sunset as your backdrop.

 

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How to Plan the Best Rome to Tivoli Day Trip

View of the Villa d"Este from the gardens and fountain in Tivoli | Rome to Tivoli Day trip

There are so many things to see and do in Rome. But, how about taking a day off from the hustle and bustle of the capital and heading out to more peaceful horizons? A Rome to Tivoli day trip is precisely what you need. Not only is Tivoli less than 40 minutes away from the city, but a day trip offers you the chance to discover magnificent gardens and historical landmarks. Read on to learn about our favorite stops and start planning your visit today!


Must-See Stops on Your Day Trip From Rome to Tivoli

 

Villa Adriana

Travel back in time during your first stop in Tivoli at the Villa Adriana. Visit the exceptional UNESCO World Heritage complex and discover one of the most impressive collections of ancient buildings. They were built in the 2nd century A.D. by Roman Emperor Adrian and combine the best of Greek, Roman, and Egyptian architectural details.

 

Temple of Sybil

Another great site to visit in Tivoli is the Temple of Sybil. It’s near the Temple of Vesta on the highest point of the Acropolis of Tivoli, which was once known as Tibur Superbum. After your tour, head over to Ristorante Sibilla for lunch! It’s right by the temple and offers some of the most delicious Italian food in the area. We highly recommend the Prosecco Welcome, ravioli stuffed with buffalo on soup, and the dairy pig roast with potatoes and artichokes Roman.

 

Villa d’Este

It’s a great idea to save Villa d’Este for last so you can get amazing garden views at sunset. The plants and flowers glow in the golden sun, and the water from the fountain sparkles during this time of day. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a must-see during your vacation. Marvel at the palace, which was built in the 16th Century by Pirro Ligorio for the Cardinal Ippolito II d’Este of Ferrara, Governor of Tivoli. If you’re visiting in the summer, you’ll love the freshness of the water by the ornamental basins.

 

How to Get There

Tivoli is one of the best day trip destinations from Rome. It’s very close to the city and offers a variety of activities to keep you busy all day. There are a few ways you can get there, depending on which method of transportation you choose.

The first option is to sit back, relax, and hop on a bus. The ride takes about an hour and a half and travels along the A5 Autostrada. The Cotral Bus departs every ten minutes and tickets are 1,60 euros. Once you arrive in Tivoli, you can take the shuttle 4 which connects you to the two villas of Adrianna and Villa d’Este.

You can also travel to Tivoli by train. Europe has an excellent train system, so take advantage of it! All members of your party can relax and enjoy the breathtaking landscapes without having to navigate directions. Note that the Tivoli station is about a half hour from the town center, so you might consider taking a taxi once you arrive.

Lastly, if you decide to rent a car and drive yourself, take A24 for about 15 minutes until you reach the Tivoli exit.


Find Your Historic, Downtown Rome Apartment

View of the garden and canopy with dinner table setNow that you know how much fun a day trip to Tivoli can be, it’s time to focus on your home in Rome. If you want to enjoy “la dolce vita” during your next vacation, book our fabulous Trastevere Apartment with a private garden! It’s the perfect place to enjoy the city and nature together.

Picture yourself drinking your morning espresso under a shaded canopy, lounging on the plush cream sofa in the afternoon, and cooking delicious carbonara pasta in your fully equipped kitchen at night. You can even dream the night away in the elegant master bedroom. You’ll love its high ceilings, terracotta tile, and large windows through which the sun peeks every morning. The apartment can sleep up to four people and is half a block away from the Tiber River.

 

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Here’s Why You Need to Visit the Arles Amphitheater

Arles, France: ancient Roman Arena, a 1st-century amphitheatre,

Are you planning a trip to Provence? If you love history and wish to discover fabulous sites during your visit, you’ve landed on the right page. In this blog, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about the impressive Arles Amphitheater. Between the stunning architecture, history, and surroundings, you’ll be equipped to spend a wonderful day in the city. Read on to get all our tips and start writing down ideas!

 

What You Need to Know About the Arles Amphitheater

 

It’s a Must-See Attraction

Did you know that the Arles Amphitheatre (Arenes d’Arles in French, which means arenas), is one of the most important remaining monuments of colonized Rome in the world? It’s an absolute must-see when you visit the area.

The building is more than 2,000 years old and boasts incredible architecture. When it was in its original state, the amphitheater could welcome up to 21,000 spectators through a series of doors, arches, galleries, staircases, and floors. It featured Roman entertainment such as gladiatorial battles, chariot races, and theatrical performances.

After the fall of the Roman Empire, the amphitheater was turned into a fortified fortress and became the epicenter of the town. Today, the amphitheater is mainly used for theater performances, concerts, and bullfighting, which explains the French name “arenas.” It’s also registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Spend the Rest of the Day Exploring Arles!

After your visit to the amphitheater, wander around Arles to discover many more wonders! First, grab lunch at a nearby restaurant. Chez Felix is a slow-food restaurant right across from the amphitheater that offers a menu filled with fresh, local ingredients. Sit outside to enjoy the view of the arenas and order the Menu Magret! It includes an organic salad, duck breast with apple or fig dressing, and the dessert of the day. You can also choose from gluten-free options! For even more local creations, walk a few streets over to La Pergula. This quaint restaurant has a beautiful terrace under the trees and serves the best bull ribs, grilled cuttlefish, and roasted camembert cheese in the area.

Once your stomach is full of delicious delicacies, continue your historical tour at the Baths of Constantin and enjoy a lovely walk along the river. Make sure you also check out the Roman Theater and the Museum of Ancient Arles!

 

Your Dream Home Awaits in Saint Rémy-de-Provence

Garden of the house with outside seating in the shadeAre you looking for the perfect, picturesque home for your upcoming vacation in Provence? Look no more, because we have the one you need. Bastide de la Lavande is a ravishing five-bedroom house with a splendid 18-meter heated pool. Imagine bathing in the sun, eating apricots beneath the shady trees, and reading your favorite book. You can embrace the slow pace of Southern France and unwind from your busy life back home!

This charming house is tucked in a glorious garden filled with olive and cypress trees. The home features two summer kitchens and two inside kitchens. There’s also a modern reception area, a large room with a fireplace, a dining room, and more amazing amenities. Plus, it’s just a 15-minute walk from the center of Saint Rémy-de-Provence and its countless restaurants, cafes, and markets.

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Here Are the Best Tricks to Help You Pack Light for Europe

Holiday hat and dress. Ready set for packing light for Europe

Are you traveling to Europe soon? If so, there are a few things you need to know! The Old Continent is a playground for history buffs and adventurous travelers. Each country is close to one another, so it’s easy to hop around. That’s why traveling light is a must! Ditch the heavy suitcase and let us help you pack light for Europe. Read on to learn our packing tips and tricks, including how to plan your outfit and match the style of your destination!


What You Need to Do If You Want to Pack Light for Europe

 

Know Your Destination’s Style

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of packing, there’s one golden rule you should follow. Get familiar with your destination! It may sound obvious, but this is the key to packing the best and most practical suitcase for your vacation. Europe is small compared to the United States, but it’s incredibly diverse, and what goes for one country doesn’t necessarily apply to another.

Consider this: Are you going to the city or to the countryside? Are you visiting France, Italy, or Austria? Narrowing down to the exact location will help you choose your clothing items more easily and diligently. Instead of looking like a tourist, know the code on what to wear and blend in!

 

Plan Your Outfits

Once you have a better idea of the destination you’re packing for, it’s time to choose your outfits. You’ll notice that you can create a lot more space in your suitcase when you plan your outfits in advance! Instead of grabbing the items you love the most, sit down and think about what you’re going to do once you’re in Europe. Are you going to walk a lot? Are you going to go out at night? How often will you really wear an item? Coordinate your looks for the whole trip and try to reuse items as much as you can. We recommend taking pictures of your outfits so that you remember what goes with what!


Packing Hacks

Here are three great ideas to help you pack light and smart.

  1. Buy Toiletries Onsite

There are many local supermarkets throughout Europe that sell good shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, shower gel, etc. You won’t believe the space you save by skipping on these items while packing! You also won’t be at risk of any inconvenient leaks during the flight.

In France, for example, you’ll find parapharmacies (a combo between a pharmacy and a beauty bar.) There aren’t medications here, but you can buy high-level dermocosmetics. And, all of these stores are managed by doctors. A parapharmacie is a great place to find products that French people use in their daily lives.

  1. Don’t Take More Than Three Pairs of Shoes

Shoes take up a lot of space, and you likely won’t wear them all. Bring a pair of comfortable sneakers for walking, sandals or flip flops if you’re going to the beach, and a pair of dress-up shoes for a night out.

  1. Wear Your Bulkiest Items On the Plane

It’s always a good idea to bring a scarf with you; Europeans wear them all the time. Keep it with you on the plane, and bring a cozy sweater that you might need for cool evenings. You might also want to wear the heaviest shoes you’re bringing. Sneakers are a good choice to help save space.

 

Are You Ready for an Unforgettable, European Trip?

Modern Interior with view of the Breakfast TableNow that you’re a pro at packing light for Europe, it’s time to choose a destination! How about a luxurious stay in Rome? Our home in Trastevere is the perfect house for your family and friends. This spacious, 4-bedroom/4-bath condo has an open-concept living area and a terrace with panoramic views of Gianicolo, Rome’s highest hill. The condo’s designer, Frederica Fendi, has worked in the luxury fashion industry since 2000. You’ll love the home’s velvet couches, wooden wall panels, and industrial kitchen counters!

 

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Easter in Rome: What You Need to Know!

Easter in Rome is one of the busiest seasons in the eternal city, which can be both exciting and stressful. Will it be too crowded? Will shops and museums be open? Will the weather be nice enough? Don’t worry; in this blog, we’ll tell you everything you need to know. Easter brings countless events and activities to Rome. It’s the perfect time to experience this unique cultural melting pot! Whether you’re religious or not, spring remains a magical time to visit Rome. Read on to discover four of our favorite things to do and start planning your trip today!

 

Make Your Easter in Rome the Best It Can Be!

 

How Crowded Does It Get?

Easter is one of the most important holidays in Italy. It’s one of the world’s top Catholic celebrations! Each year, thousands of visitors and pilgrims flock to the Vatican wanting to hear the Pope and attend the Papal audience on Ash Wednesday. Surprisingly, Easter weekend in Rome isn’t as crowded as one might think. Many of the pilgrims stay in nearby campgrounds and religious institutions, leaving most accommodations in the city to the more typical travellers. Now, don’t get us wrong – the weeks before and after Easter are popular favorites. But, if you wish to enjoy the religious festivities at the heart of the city over the weekend, you avoid the crowds.

What’s the Weather Like?

You might expect a little rain on Easter weekend in Rome, so pack accordingly! You’ll likely need a light jacket, scarf (it’s Europe, after all), and an umbrella just in case. We also recommend packing comfortable shoes! There are so many historical sites and museums to visit, so brace yourself for some walking. Walking is the best way to see Rome

Celebrate Easter Like a Native!

How about taking Easter as an opportunity to learn more about Rome’s religious history and partake in ancestral traditions? Easter (Pasqua in Italian) is the beginning of an intensive prayer week filled with many religious festivals and activities. Most museums are closed on Easter and the following Monday. For example, the Colosseum closes early on Good Friday, and so are many shops, restaurants, and museums. This includes the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel! Don’t worry; the majority remains open during Holy Week. In addition to the Papal Audience, be sure to check out The Palazzo Farnese and The Pantheon! Make sure you taste Easter flavors along the way! The most famous is the Panettone de Pasqua,  an Italian traditional Easter cake and the counterpart of  Italian Christmas panettone. The easter version features almonds instead of fruits, and you will see it everywhere. 

If you really want the religious experience, check out the Good Friday Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica at 5 p.m., or the “Way of the Cross” that night. There, you’ll see the Pope carry the flaming cross to the 14 stations.

 

It All Starts with a Splendid Apartment in Rome

View of the balcony with glasses of wine overlooking the rooftopsNow that you have four great ideas for how to spend Easter in Rome, all there is left to find is a cozy and trendy place to stay! Lucky for you, we’ve thought about it too at Commendable. Browse our incredible selection of properties, including condos, villas, and apartments at the heart of the Eternal City. We know you’ll find the perfect one for your trip!

Take a look at our Luxurious Colosseum apartment at the center of Rome! This two-bedroom is perfect for a romantic vacation or fun getaway with friends! It’s in the charming neighborhood of Monti and overlooks the Colosseum! You’ll be within walking distance to a variety of exciting restaurants and shops. You’ll love its sleek, modern decor, as well as premium amenities! Enjoy falling asleep to the sounds of Rome, snuggled in bed with a good art book. In the morning, make yourself a cup of espresso and dream about the wonders you’ll see during the day!

 

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