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!!!!!!!!”

Roman Playground – The anti-person guide

I never really decided to take a hiatus from posting; I merely slipped into my mundane routine: getting up early, skipping breakfast, dashing to the metro, changing to a rattling bus at the Piramide stop and ploughing to work every day. I am a notorious people pleaser and, at times, I find it hard toContinue reading “Roman Playground – The anti-person guide”

Day 3 of Tuscia – Under the “Tushian” Sun

I have been distracted of late with “red zone” restrictions “suddenly” being foisted upon us. To be fair, it was about time, but I am painfully aware of how this is crushing small businesses here who already pay hefty taxes. To all my Australian friends who wonder why a lockdown did not occur earlier here,Continue reading “Day 3 of Tuscia – Under the “Tushian” Sun”

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”

To Trastevere – literally “beyond the Tiber”

7 January 2021- Do not fritter away your time perusing this post if you envision the wonderfully romanticised Trastevere of a pre-COVID world: the kind where, for some reason in everyone’s imagination, Spring and Summer are the only seasons. The streets are vibrantly splashed with bohemian Italians, market stalls and tourists thinking they have foundContinue reading “To Trastevere – literally “beyond the Tiber””

Autumnal weekends

There is something hearty and warming about autumn in Rome. Maybe it is the spectrum of toasty hues that adorn the cobbled footpaths: bright orange, carrot and nutty browns. Despite the unfolding choas of this world, it is easy to be transported by the dull glow of the streets. Last weekend, I wanted to focusContinue reading “Autumnal weekends”

Terme di Caracalla – Solo strolling

The new decree in Italy has lead to the closure of all archeological parks. How do I find my way around this rule? I don’t. Simply, I have been exploring churches of Rome as places of worship are still open (for now) as well as doing official and self-guided tours around different quartieri (neighbourhoods) andContinue reading “Terme di Caracalla – Solo strolling”