All roads lead to Rome. And some of them have no tolls! When we asked our members for free and fun things to do in Rome, these were 10 of their favorites. 1. Check Out These Amazing Caravaggios Famous and sought after in early 17th-century Rome, Caravaggio was a notoriously rowdy and belligerent Italian painter. When accused of murder, he fled Rome to escape imprisonment, only to die a few years later under mysterious circumstances in Tuscany and unaware of his papal pardon. He left a legacy of…

In Part 1 of this blog, we listed 5 of the most popular destinations on HomeExchange.com. Here are 5 more top travel destinations to fuel your imagination even further. Your travel dreams are only limited by your imagination. Just imagine yourself here. Paris Ah, Paris. The City of Lights and the City of Love, definitely on the list of dream destinations. It’s not hard to picture yourself here, is it? Imagine looking out from the top of the Eiffel Tower, or at the city lights from the top…

HomeExchange.com member Francesca has stayed in exchange homes for some of the world’s biggest festivals. We asked her to share some of what she’s learned along the way! How many exchanges have you done? Ten! Valencia for Fallas, Guadalupe, Lima, Buenos Aires twice, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador De Bahia for Carnival, Bail, and twice to Paris.   What’s something that surprised you about the Carnival in Brazil? I traveled to Carnival in February of this year and learned that the celebration is different from town to town! Salvador is…

Me and the triumphant Roman army

So, how was your festive season? Chestnuts roasting on an open fire? Jack Frost nipping on your nose? Roast Turkey with all the trimmings? And the whole thing set off with a sprig of holly? Or what about bright blue skies over the Eternal City? A plate of pasta piled high with lashings of fresh tomato and garlic, followed by slow roasted lamb, sweet inside, crisp outside and the whole thing set off with a sprig of basil?