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

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

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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