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Rome’s Best Offbeat and Unconventional Sights

Whether you’re an expat living in Rome, a frequent visitor, or a traveler with a taste for the curious and extraordinary, there are many lesser-known, not-to-be-missed sites to see in Rome. Some of my favorite unusual, offbeat, and unconventional sites include a crypt decorated with bones, a geometrically extraordinary temple, a surreal cemetery oasis in the heart of the city, and a beautiful garden and extraordinary keyhole with the best view in Rome. Continue reading Rome’s Best Offbeat and Unconventional Sights

Tall, Pale, and Foreign: Life as a female in Italy

Living in Rome, I’ve found that there are certain things that I just can’t seem to do as a tall pale person with (naturally) fair hair. Buying shoes, foundation and cover-up is nearly impossible. Buying hair dye is another chore. This, coupled with all the unwanted attention looking like an alien in a world filled with petite dark-skinned women, can make day-to-day tasks an epic journey, and walking down the street can make you feel that you’ve fallen into some sort of unwanted celebrity. Continue reading Tall, Pale, and Foreign: Life as a female in Italy

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Rome for Beer Lovers

Originally posted on Neon Anomaly:
A little secret that the city of Rome is gestating is that craft beer is big here. Pubs selling quality brews and good food are popping up everywhere, and craft beer breweries are springing out of every corner to create beers which maintain the integrity of Italy’s reputation for good food and drink. Below is a brief list of Italian… Continue reading Rome for Beer Lovers

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How to get your permesso di soggorno, or Italian bureaucracy without going insane

One of the most stressful parts of moving to Rome can be acquiring your permesso di soggiorno, or permit to stay. The process requires dealing with Italian bureaucracy, which is notoriously difficult: between long wait times, short opening hours, lack of readily available accurate information, and oft-unfriendly staff, getting anything done in this country can seem impossible. Continue reading How to get your permesso di soggorno, or Italian bureaucracy without going insane

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5 Best Day Trips from Rome

When the chaos of the Roman streets becomes overwhelming, there are plenty of day trips from Rome that offer the perfect opportunity for relaxation. Journey into your childhood imaginings at the monster park of Bomarzo, explore Etruscan necropoli, or stroll the expansive gardens of a 15th century villa filled with extraordinary fountains, all in under 2 hours’ drive. Continue reading 5 Best Day Trips from Rome