Category Archives: Tips

Changes at Rome’s Termini Train Station

  Termini train station is the main entry point for the majority of visitors arriving by bus or train into Rome’s center.  There have been several changes taking place over the years at the station to help shake off the … Continue reading

16 January 2017

5 Great Reasons to Visit Rome in the Winter

  Rome often invokes images of long summer days, sunshine, blue skies and people sitting out in a piazza with a chilled glass of prosecco in hand.  While the months of March through October are indeed a beautiful time of … Continue reading

Cooking classes in Rome at The Beehive

“You offer cooking classes??”  Several friends I’ve talked to recently have been surprised by this which made me realize that we don’t do a very good job sometimes marketing the things we offer at The Beehive.  Besides having guest chefs … Continue reading

Beating the heat in Rome

Before we decided on a camper trip through France & Spain this past July, we had considered a home exchange in Tel Aviv – a place we have been wanting to visit for some time.  I had a difficult time finding … Continue reading

16 August 2016

Tips for navigating Rome like a local

Guest post by Francesca & Alexandra Bruzzese Recently we had a group of students from College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts stay in a couple of apartments that we manage and who were referred to us by local alumni … Continue reading

4 July 2016

Running Rome – a personal account of running the Rome Marathon

a guest post & photos by Annika Blyckertz My friend Annika is a salon owner in her mid-thirties from Gävle, Sweden – married with a 15 year old son.  She’s a casual runner who ran the Rome marathon in 2014. … Continue reading

22 February 2016

Wine and olive oil tours near Rome

When you’re in the midst of the chaos of an urban city center like Rome, it’s difficult to imagine that just a few kilometers out of town you’ll find a rural idyll with green hills, rolling green pastures, olive trees, … Continue reading

16 May 2015

Rome’s Hidden Museums with Context Travel

In the center of Rome alone there are over 100 museums.  They range from the most visited (Vatican Museums ) to the oldest (Capitoline Museums ) to another that many people consider has one of the most exceptional collections of … Continue reading

Pasta making for everyone!

I’ll come straight out with it – I hate to cook.  I do it when I have to, but I do it begrudgingly.  In Italy, where it is very easy to head to the local fresh pasta shop, learning how … Continue reading

23 March 2015

Yoga near The Beehive

Follow my blog with Bloglovin By Steve Brenner Visiting the major sights of Rome doesn’t leave loads of spare time – there’s certainly plenty to see to keep your days full, so perhaps taking some time out for a yoga … Continue reading

9 December 2014

My favorite sandwich shop near The Beehive

By Steve Brenner For your typical Italian, a sandwich looks something like this:  a dry roll (called a rosetta) with one thing in it – like mortadella. For variety, it might be prosciutto or salami instead of mortadella.  Maybe it … Continue reading

7 November 2014

To dorm or not to dorm – some Beehive tips

Back in 1999 when we started The Beehive, we were strictly a hostel with dormitory rooms and bunk beds.  Soon after, because of demand and our own desire to expand, we added private rooms.  In 2002 when we moved to … Continue reading

Italian wine for Beginners

Sarah May Grunwald comes from the sunny state of California and now resides in a country house in the Castelli Romani just outside Rome.  She is a wine educator, sommelier and tour guide who runs and owns Antiqua Tours with … Continue reading

13 June 2014

Is Rome safe?

If I had to choose one of the most frequently asked questions we receive at The Beehive, at the top of the list would be those regarding safety.  Is Rome safe? Is our neighborhood safe? Guidebooks can paint a grim … Continue reading

5 October 2013

“What’s around The Beehive?”

When we opened The Beehive back in 1999, a lot of our first customers were very young backpackers.  We would inevitably get someone who would ask “so I’ve seen the Colosseum, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona – what else is … Continue reading

11 February 2013

Putzing around Piazza Vittorio

I was in the prep phase of a 7 day juice fast and my daughters were still on their winter holidays and feeling a bit bored so we decided a quick trip to Piazza Vittorio in the Esquilino neighborhood was … Continue reading

5 things to do for a stress-free visit to Rome with young children

All three of our daughters were born in Rome starting with our oldest, Giulia, in 2000.   Some things have come a long way – for example, smoking is no longer allowed in public spaces such as restaurants or coffee bars … Continue reading

6 boring but useful tips for your time in Italy

Okay, perhaps it’s the heat, but I had a hard time coming up with a clever title for this post so instead, I’m just tellin’ it like it is.  These aren’t particularly exciting or the “don’t order a cappuccino in … Continue reading

2 July 2012

Back to the Basics – Wine 101 with Antiqua Tours

Guest post & photos by Sarah May Grunwald I am a wine lover, wine snob and wine educator, but in my line of work, I often find the hardest thing to impart to my students and clients are the wine … Continue reading

25 April 2012

How to do nothing in Rome

Guest post & photos by Toni DeBella In my everyday life I am somewhat of an “over-planner”.  I like to know when and where I am going far in advance.  However, when it comes to spending an afternoon in Rome, … Continue reading

2 March 2012

Getting to The Beehive from Fiumicino Airport by train – step by step

Updated 31 March 2017 The Beehive is conveniently located to Termini train station, but we often forget that many of our guests don’t have any idea just how close.  In addition, visitors unfamiliar with the area or train travel in … Continue reading

6 January 2012