The Ultimate Sicily Road Trip, Part One: From Catania to Modica

There’s no trip better than a road trip. We set off to Sicily for for the first week of January, much to the dismay of beach lovers everywhere. With some limited research and several possible itineraries in mind, we booked a car and took off into the wilds of Sicily to explore the coasts of this beautiful but bedraggled island. And, of course, to eat as … Continue reading The Ultimate Sicily Road Trip, Part One: From Catania to Modica

Adventure in Abruzzo’s Misty Mountains

In spring of 2012, I was coping with some serious senioritis – trying to balance school-related stress, anxiety about the future, and a desire to fully enjoy (what I thought were) my last months in Rome. To escape the chaos of city life, I took refuge in Abruzzo, a land of icy winds and rocky mountains, far removed from the buttery sunlight of Rome. Continue reading Adventure in Abruzzo’s Misty Mountains

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

Walking in Rome: Street Harassment in Another Language

In Rome street harassment is a major problem. It can be overwhelming, frustrating, and very frightening, especially if you aren’t used to it. Unfortunately there is no easy solution to the problem, and foreign-looking women tend to be on its receiving end especially frequently. While you can’t make them disappear with lazer eyes, here are some ways to deal mentally with the stress and minimize he amount of time you have to spend dealing with these creeps. Continue reading Walking in Rome: Street Harassment in Another Language

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