FROM ONE HIPSTER TO ANOTHER… NEIGHBORHOOD THAT IS….

Monti - Rome About a decade ago my (now Expat) sister and I packed our backpacks and moved to Rome together. Shortly after arrival our apartment karma kicked in. We found ourselves residing in a gorgeous apartment right across from the Colosseum in a neighborhood called Monti, Rome. I remember our late night gelati in the Fontana di Piazza della Madonna, frequenting the

My favourite places to visit in Rome

First time I came, I immediately fell in love with this city. My first thought? “This is the place where I want to live”. My name is Elena and I am from a little town called Alessandria, in the north of Italy. It's been 2 years since my arrival in Rome; as you can imagine, my lifestyle and habits were totally different from those I found here! Now I can almost

I have seen grown men cry. #TottiDay

The news reached every end of the globe, football-worshipping nations and non. Francesco Totti of the A.S. Roma, after 28 years of gifting us some soccer's most emotional moments donned the maroon and gold shirt for the last time on Sunday, May 28, 2017.   What ensued was something akin to a funeral. 70,000 adoring fans filled the Olympic Stadium of Rome

Italian Liberation Day – April 25

April 25, 2017 marks 72 years of an Italy free from German Occupation, from a fascist dictatorship under Mussolini and from being at war with... itself. All pretty great things to celebrate right? Italian Liberation Day - A New Italy April 25, 1945 and the next years that followed marked a revolution in how Italy was governed. In a referendum in 1946, Italians chose to

Happy Birthday Rome!

Happy Birthday Rome As you may have heard, Rome turned a young 2,770 years old this past April 21st! If you are doing your math correctly, you'll note that Rome was founded in 753BC. Whether or not that is a historically accurate year is a moot point. In a city this old -- legends have a special place. So, if you haven't read it yet - I suggest you catch up by reading

It’s Raining… Rose Petals in the Pantheon?

Yes. You heard me right. It's raining Rose Petals in the Pantheon. Or, at least it will be, on June 4, 2017 - which is the date on which Pentecost falls this year. The Oculus. Hint: it's not just a VR device. If you are privy to some of the best Rome insider tips, you may have already been told to head for the Pantheon when it rains. Why? Because the gigantic, 27 foot

Uber Tour in Rome

What's Uber? Before we talk about Uber TOUR in Rome, first we must talk about Uber. If you haven't heard of UBER by now, you've probably been living under a rock. The company has been all over the headlines, both positive & negative - with articles ranging in topic from tests with self-driving cars to the war with taxi drivers (of which Rome is a current stage) to

SCIOPERO! What to do when there’s a strike in Rome.

SCIOPERO. The word makes me shiver whenever I hear it. Traffic. Chaos. The entire public transportation system thrown into question. Flights delayed or cancelled. No taxis to get around. It sounds like a nightmare, but a strike in Rome, as all around Italy - it is a very real problem. It's also very common. If you happen to be in Rome when there is a strike, or know

Father’s Day in Italy – Ideas to Celebrate!

While our U.S., U.K, Canada etc. friends have to wait until June for Father's Day -- we here in Italy celebrate it a bit sooner. Father's day in Italy falls on March 19, just three days away! Why, you ask? Look no further than Italy's longstanding Catholic tradition. We celebrate Father's day on the feast of St. Joseph (for those of you not in the know - that would

Sunrise in Rome: when the city awakens

From the top of a mountain to the coast of the sea, the sunrise is always magical. Now, try to imagine the spectacular natural event of the sunrise in Rome, when the early morning light meets the architecture of one of the most crowded cities in the world. I have always seen Rome overfull of visitors: there is only one moment when the city is empty, when I can be alone with my beloved Rome.

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