Five Ways to Celebrate Halloween in Rome

I love Halloween. I’ve never been one to spend a lot of time on my costume (I’m more of a last minute find-something-weird-in-my-wardrobe sort of girl), but I love Halloween celebrations, horror movies, admiring other people’s outfits and decorating my house with spooky gore. Most of all, I love remembering the joy of transformation it gave me as a child, as I became a pirate, a football player or a Jedi (and, of course, ate way too much candy). Continue reading Five Ways to Celebrate Halloween in Rome

Postcards from Purgatory at Rome’s Smallest Museum

The spires of the Chiesa del Sacro Cuore del Suffragio are dwarfed by the nearby bulk of the Palazzaccio – Rome’s Palace of Justice, famous because it’s too heavy for its foundations and is sinking slowly into the ground. Inside the Chiesa del Sacro Cuore, a hallway holds Rome’s smallest museum, and one of it’s strangest – a glass case filled with items imprinted by the hands of souls trapped in purgatory. Continue reading Postcards from Purgatory at Rome’s Smallest Museum

“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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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

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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

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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