Four Lessons I’ve Learned from my Italian Neighbors

Ok, it’s true that strange neighbors are certainly not unique to Rome, or even Italy. When we were living in London, our upstairs neighbors spent so much time hammering we were convinced that their apartment doubled as an art gallery. But in my time living in Rome I’ve had seven different apartments, and along the way have encountered a host of characters and strange situations requiring either careful navigation or just some really thick skin. Continue reading Four Lessons I’ve Learned from my Italian Neighbors

Five Best Things to Eat and Drink During the Roman Summer

Summer in Rome (apart from the muggy heat and the ever-growing stench of dog poo and garbage) is my favorite time to be living in the city. There are plenty of things to do, and outdoor events for all preferences – from ballet and opera in the baths of Caracalla, to dancing on the beach and under Rome’s gasometro in Ostiense. Plus, summer means a whole selection of delicious food and drink, as red wine is exchanged for white (which is served cool and is therefore more refreshing), fish is eaten instead of meat, and gelato replaces any other possible desert option. Continue reading Five Best Things to Eat and Drink During the Roman Summer

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Contemporary Art, Culture, and Organic Food: Rome’s Ex-Slaughterhouse Revived

Rome’s MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art in Testaccio and the nearby Città dell’Altra Economia are must-sees for any expat, visiter or local interested in art, urban spaces re-vitalized, and good food and drink. Once a slaughterhouse, the space is evocative in and of itself, more so now that it is utilized as a series of innovative art galleries and shops filled with locally crafted goods. Continue reading Contemporary Art, Culture, and Organic Food: Rome’s Ex-Slaughterhouse Revived

Talk Like a Local: How to Speak Roman Dialect

Many people don’t know that there are many, many ways to speak Italian (just as a unified “Italian cuisine” doesn’t actually exist). Though you can certainly survive in Rome while speaking standard Italian (or English, for that matter), speaking and understanding a bit of Roman dialect is necessary to any understanding of the city’s unique culture. Continue reading Talk Like a Local: How to Speak Roman Dialect