Nicole's City Guides


Nicole Arriaga, Rome Local Expert

About Nicole

Nicole Arriaga

A 1999 trip to the Bel Paese and a kiss from an Italian boy made Nicole fall in love with Rome. Not being able to stop thinking about cappuccinos and her Italian amore, Nicole Arriaga packed her bags and left sunny Miami to make Rome her permanent home. Before moving to the Città Eterna in 2003, Nicole did stints in TV news and worked as a producer/writer for the Miami Herald. 

Nicole has written for Fodor’s, Insight Guides, Romeing and other travel publications. She currently works as a freelance writer and programs coordinator for an American study-abroad organization in Rome.

Special Interests

Nicole knows a lot about:

  • cooking
  • street markets
  • shopping

Nicole's Special Recommendations for Rome

Nicole says, "Don't leave Rome without exploring the city’s street markets. You'll get great bargains on food and clothes, and see Roman culture come alive."

10Best Lists by Nicole Arriaga

New Chinese Restaurant Opens Near Vatican City

Don't let all that Italian food in Rome drag you down. There's plenty on the international cuisine scene for you to choose from when you've just about had enough of pasta. If you like Chinese food, you're in luck....