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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