My Weird Italian-Meets-American Wedding in Italy

In honor of our one year anniversary, I thought I’d write a bit on my experience with wedding-planning and wedding-having in Italy. Because I’m American and he’s Italian, our planning process was both extra fun and additionally stressful as we chose which traditions we wanted to keep and which we wanted to discard, while adding in our own weird personal touches in the process. Disclaimer: my experience is limited as I’ve only been married once (shocker, I know). Continue reading My Weird Italian-Meets-American Wedding in Italy

“The Machines and the Gods”: Classical Art and Industry at the Centrale Montemartini

Wander Ostiense and you’ll find a hidden gem of a museum, abandoned by all but the ticket-seller, who only makes you pay a measly 5 bucks or so to enter this fabulous place. In the Centrale Montemartini the dark metal of the massive machinery forms a backdrop to the statues sculpted from airy cream-colored marble. This museum is rarely on tourists’ itinerary during their visit to Rome, and Romans have often never even heard of the place. The absence of other visitors makes the space all the more haunting, though its beauty makes it hard to believe that more people don’t make the trek outside the city center for a visit. Continue reading “The Machines and the Gods”: Classical Art and Industry at the Centrale Montemartini

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Breaking News: No One Knows if KFC is Opening in Rome or Not

Yesterday the web exploded with news of the imminent opening of the first Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in Italy, conveniently located at Rome’s most out-of-the-way and unreachable mall: Roma Est. Based on a survey of the many sites reporting this news, the conclusion is clear: no one knows whether it’s a ruse or not. Much like the periodic apocalyptic reports of Starbucks planning a first location in Italy, I suspect that this too will prove false. But you can decide for yourself. Continue reading Breaking News: No One Knows if KFC is Opening in Rome or Not

Don’t Be Afraid to Walk: On My Move to Rome

I’ve recently had the good luck to have one of my best friends move here from the US to get her degree at my own alma mater, the American University of Rome. In between being absolutely thrilled to have her here with me, I find myself very nostalgic about my own first few months in Rome, remembering the sheer joy (and occasional fear) that filled me every time I went out of my house, struggling to close my front door with the strange, bulky clump of foreign keys. Continue reading Don’t Be Afraid to Walk: On My Move to Rome

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Rome’s Talking Statue: Pasquino and the Art of Satire

Located near Piazza Navona is one of Rome’s most iconic and unknown sights, testament to a history of civic resistance and a timeless resentment of the Vatican: Pasquino, la statua parlante, or the talking statue. The history of Pasquino is masked by legend, but the poems through which he spoke still remain, providing a window into the city’s history and Roman culture. Continue reading Rome’s Talking Statue: Pasquino and the Art of Satire

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