If you read the previous post successfully, you should be sugar laden and ready to explore a little closer to my place in the African Quarter. Viale Somalia, Viale Libia, Viale Etiopia and Viale Eritrea are the four main roads that delineate this neighborhood, but do not come expecting a vibrant African oasis in theContinue reading “Top 10 stops in North-Eastern Rome – Part 2”
The sprawling elegance of the Villa Borghese Gardens – Living in the Northern quartiere, I consider the equisitely Italianate gardens of the Borghese nobility to be a little more central, but are a grand starting point to wander from the city centre (known as centro and pronounced – chen-tro) towards the North. From Piazza delContinue reading “Top 10 stops in North-Eastern Rome – Part 1”
The outsider When you have lived somewhere for a couple of months, you start to make it your own. Having lived abroad before, I knew the escape to Rome in 2020 would have been much smoother than previous moves: I spoke the local tongue, had known one of my housemates from my past life inContinue reading “Local”
You don’t have to be a history nerd or art snob to appreciate the beauty of Rome. What you do need to arm yourself with is the ability to see the world through the eyes of a child; the way a toddler is wide-eyed and shrieks with joy at the most banal everyday objects: aContinue reading “Galleria Colonna – Hidden in plain sight”
If you have not read “Alice in Wonderland”, you have most likely seen snippets of the Disney take on this classic Lewis Carroll tale: an ingenuous girl with an innate sense of curiosity enters this magical world and embarks on this madcap adventure involving a Cheshire cat, the Queen of Hearts and the Madhatter. ItContinue reading “Rome’s buried Golden House – older than the Colosseum”
If you have been to Rome multiple times, I’m sure you have seen the main sites: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona and the like. Admittedly, rattling them off like this does no justice to their majesty, but it does tell me that you need to start scratching below the surface of thisContinue reading “Palazzo Farnese – The best secret view”
I have been super busy lately. Years ago, this would have made me resent my job, but somehow, working in a city that is brimming with art and history means that I still feel inspired. Even catching the bus to work instead of the gloomy metro, with its grey, masked paper people, becomes an opportunityContinue reading “Expat lifestyle”
Waking up with a city is the only way to see it. At times, it is kind of akin to watching bedraggled people stumble home after a night out: the streets are littered with cigaratte butts, the trash is still loitering on the sidewalks, but it is imperfectly beautiful. In the morning, Rome is aContinue reading “Morning walks: Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti alle 7”
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All things Italian sums up me…except for the fact that I am Australian. I am a teacher of Italian and English, a faux photographer and former journalism graduate. I “took the plunge” (as my former principal said) and moved to Rome to teach at a private international school. Oh, and did I mention this all happened during the COVID-19 pandemic?
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