The centro sociale: Rome’s working class hero?

If the imposing Aurelian walls could speak, they would tell tales of heroes and villains, power and betrayal, invading enemies, sacred rituals and the cut-and-thrust of trade and politics. But the loo...

Rome’s best piazzas and palazzos

The summertime is when Rome really comes alive and showcases everything it has to offer. From open-air concerts to simple strolls, time spent in the city’s squares will certainly make your summer a m...

Romanesco: A guide to Roman dialect

 If you’ve been studying Italian, you’re probably eager to try out your new linguistic skills on the locals. But on coming to Rome, you might hear some unexpected versions of what you’ve learned in...

Scams to avoid when visiting Rome

As one of the world’s most beautiful and intriguing cities, Rome consistently attracts millions of tourists every year. But with such a large number of visitors to the city each month, there are alwa...

Life as an Expat in Rome

Life as an expat: the highs and lows of living in Rome. With all the history, culture, splendour and fabulous food, it’s easy for foreigners to get swept away by Rome’s particular brand of Italian ch...

Roma Sud VS Roma Nord

Rome: a tale of two cities? In many major cities across the globe, there often exists a north-south divide which is not simply geographical. While it is most commonly displayed as playful banter, suc...

Dating in Rome: Do’s and Don’ts

Did you come to Rome hoping to meet an Italian stallion who would whisk you off your feet with candlelit dinners and whispers of sweet nothings in your ear?  Then lucky you – you’re in the right plac...

A brief history of Villa Ada

Villa Ada is the second largest park in the city of Rome following closely behind the Villa Doria Pamphilj. Often referred to as a green lung of Rome due to its large scale and shape, the vast and hil...

A night out in Trastevere

Rome’s district of Trastevere is perhaps the most lively and vibrant sector of the city in terms of nightlife. Sitting on the right bank of the Tiber river and just South of the Vatican City, Trasteve...

Alternative places to study in Rome

With the spring semester in full force, finding new places to study could be a good way to boost work ethic. Taking a break from the library or the house and discovering a new environment might seem i...

A foreign mom's nightmare day in Rome

How a trip to the local park turned into a nightmare for a foreign mom in Rome - scorned by tourists, tested to the limits by her baby daughter and let down by her loving dog.  The ex-navy commander...

How to dress on a motorino

Motorino etiquette. By Caitlin Frost. If you've been warned by your mother never to get on the back of any man's motorbike, your first time breaking this rule you are thinking about safety. Which me...

Romantic Rome

Liz Knight from Rome...If You Want To highlights the top ten places in Rome to kiss your lover this Valentine's Day. Happy Valentine’s Day, friends all over the world! Last year, I wrote...

51 Things I Learned in Italy

I’ve been jotting these off on Twitter lately, and thought I’d collect them all together just for fun. A bit of my hard-earned Italian and Roman wisdom on display for you. If you have thin...

5 Crucial Mistakes Expats Make in Italy

I am the first person to admit that life in Italy is not always a bed of roses. Or rather, it is a bed of roses, but someone neglected to remove the thorns. So, just as you get comfy and cozy on this...

ABRUZZESE EARTHQUAKE:

Baby lambs. 450 sheep left Nuoro on the island of Sardinia on 18 November; there were several more when they arrived in L

ABRUZZO EARTHQUAKE: L’Aquila’s false façade.

All is well. Prime minister Silvio Berlusconi

ABRUZZO EARTHQUAKE: damaged churches

On 4 November Berlusconi was in L

ABRUZZO DIARY: Clooney in Abruzzo to shoot a film

Kept his word. On Monday 21 September George Clooney began shooting a film in Abruzzo. During his visit to L
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