The oldest pharmacy in Europe: A treasure hunt

When photos are strictly off limits for a location in Rome, you know it’s a gem. When you can only get in with a private booking, you feel this bougie privilege of being a polished traveler: your in-the-know cultural awareness has opened secret doors to an off the path location. When I moved to Rome,Continue reading “The oldest pharmacy in Europe: A treasure hunt”

The Salento: A solo guide

“Azure waves, burnished by the sun, gently cascade over in a salty spray.” Pretentiously quoting a descriptive piece I wrote in school in Australia,  I realise that my two weeks in Salento this July really were simply that: time immersed in the blue hues of the Mediterranean. This trip had been planned in my mindContinue reading “The Salento: A solo guide”

A year in Rome today!!!!!!!!

So at some point I decided to have a life and neglected posting my musings here (post about Salento in Puglia to follow). That said, today it is officially my 365th day in Roma and I have decided to go through some of the highs and lows of my…7th year abroad (5 in Italy fromContinue reading “A year in Rome today!!!!!!!!”

Day 2 of “not Tuscany” Tuscia: Tuscania and Marta

Tuscania If you have gone through high school in an English-speaking system, chances are you studied or stumbled through Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”. More than this, if you were one of those kids who “preferred to watch the movie”, two versions were most likely on the cards: the one directed by Zeffirelli or the modernContinue reading “Day 2 of “not Tuscany” Tuscia: Tuscania and Marta”

Hidden histories around the Colosseum

8 January I don’t blame people for coming to Rome for the sole purpose of seeing the Colosseum. Just for your tourist ears, it is also known as Anfiteatro Flavio, which is the surname of the Roman emperor who commissioned its construction. I should probably get around to writing about this iconic Roman stadium. MaybeContinue reading “Hidden histories around the Colosseum”

Piove- It’s raining

Before reading this post, I want to set up a mood: Have a listen to this to this folk track by Roman artist Mannarino (“Me so’mbriacato – I got drunk”). No, I will not be blogging about alcohol induced adventures, but the song was in my head as I wandered around the streets on aContinue reading “Piove- It’s raining”

Pre-lockdown promenades

Italy has been declared a “red zone” for the Christmas (Natale) and New Years (Capodanno) periods. This means you can only leave the house for “essential reasons”. I knew this was coming and, although not daunted at the prospect of spending the big holidays indoors, I did make the most of the days leading upContinue reading “Pre-lockdown promenades”