Not just “Family Day” – A short guide to the Gay Friendly Eternal City

For those who are (understandably) upset by the show offered by the latest “Family Day” held in Rome this last Saturday, well, we have good news! It is a fact that Rome has been for centuries the capital of a multicultural and socially advanced empire, in which tolerance and peaceful coexistence were the hallmark of its greatness. And if you look close enough, you can find that it’s still true.

So here’s a short guide to the Gay Friendly Eternal City, for all you people who consider difference a value rather than something to be scared of!

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street4Neighborhoods – For the past 30 years, the area around the Colosseum (namely Via San Giovanni in Laterano and its side streets) has been the designated meeting point for the open-minded communities of the city. From the dark ages of Pasolini’s walks of shame to the current, everyday joyful spree, this neighborhood has become a landmark, especially if you are looking for something different on a Saturday night.

Shops – Indie and underground fashion has always been a preferred medium for the affirmation of civil rights and emancipation, and in this case it’s no different. Several shops, related to just as many brands, are more or less directly connected to the Gay community of Rome. Pifebo and King Size, in Monti, both offer a wide selection of vintage clothing, and are two destinations of choice for fashion freaks and open minds. The Coming Out Shop awaits you in the Laterano neighborhood. This shop is simply and institution for the Roman LGBT community, and with its neighbor shop Souvenir, this street will be a fun place to spend some of your day window shopping! Alcova (in the Trevi area), Hydra and Pulp (in the Monti area) are some leather shops with a very particular (and sometimes somewhat transgressive) choice of products. Should you choose to visit Rome following your gaydar, surely you won’t risk going back home empty handed!

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Nightlife – I guess this is what you were waiting for! Well, in the last ten years roman gay friendly nightlife blossomed with a variety of pubs, clubs, cafes and bars, besides the traditional gay street of Via San Giovanni in Laterano: you are definitely spoiled for choice! From Glamda and Quirinetta, both located in suggestive areas of the city center, to more suburban live music clubs such as Lanificio, Monk or the enormous Qube (where the famous party Muccassassina is currently taking place), you’ll get the chance to actually live the entire city finding a corner of friendly and open minded environment basically in every area. And if you need to eat and drink, peculiar restaurants such as Elle or the Chinese La Città in Fiore or Ristopubs Tram Depot and Freni e Frizioni are what you are looking for.

And that’s it, this non-exhaustive short guide the gay friendly eternal city has come to an end. Of course if you look close enough you will find a myriad of other eligible “gay friendly” places, so our advice is: go and explore!

And if this list was not enough, well… there’s always Zoolander 2, shot in Rome! I don’t think anyone can get more gay friendly than this:

Special thanks to our student Andrea Schorn who helped editing this article! ❤

Read the original article on Kappa Language School’s website.

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La Città Eterna

Another chapter of our From students to students! Today Mariko, a Japanese Rome enthusiast, describes the Eternal City in her own, very poetic, words.

Roma è la Città Eterna:
ormai lo sanno tutti.
Ma come mai è chiamata “eterna”?
Forse la definirei “antica”.

Roma è una città antica:
ovunque rovine e resti,
monumenti sontuosi di una volta,
adesso pezzi di pietra.

Roma è fatta di pietra:
opera d’arte, sogno degli artisti,
museo all’aperto, tutta la città.
Allora, godiamoci questa bellezza!

Roma è una bella città:
oggi ci sono tanti turisti
meravigliati da questa bellezza,
affascinati da questa dolcezza.

Roma è una città romantica:
ora è conosciuta con i film famosi…
Mettiamoci in questa famosa scenografia,
adesso siamo nella vera Città Eterna!

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Tra Roma e il Giappone

Another story From students to students! Today Yogo, a musician from Japan, tells us about his experience in Rome… in his own very peculiar style!

Io sono un musicista Giapponese.
Da lungo tempo volevo venire a Roma.
perché ci sono nato.

Fortunato, dopo 2 settimane che sono arrivato a Fiumicino,
ho potuto avere un concerto.

In quel momento potevo dire solo “Ciao mi chiamo…”
però dopo il concerto, ho sentito le voci
“Braaaaaaaaaavooooooooooo”
“Biiiiiis”

Gli ospiti italiani erano molto calorosi.
Da allora io ho iniziato a frequentare il Pigneto.

Nella discoteca, come sono differenti “Roma” e “Giappone”?

Il cane
A Roma c’è
In Giappone non c’è

I bambini
A Roma ci sono
In Giappone non ci sono

I bambini che fanno i compiti a casa
A Roma ci sono
In Giappone non ci sono

Il ristorante in cui posso mangiare la pasta
A Roma c’è
In Giappone non c’è

Sul palcoscenico, qualcuno legge una bella poesia.
A Roma c’è
In Giappone non c’è

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Halloween Suggestions

"A thing of beauty is a joy forever"

“A thing of beauty is a joy forever”

Great news: Halloween is coming! Even though this is not properly a traditional italian holiday, in the past few years Romans seemed to enjoy the celebration. Here are some gloomy places to spend you Halloween at.

Firs of all, the Protestant Cemetery, near the Piramide Cestia: the whole complex was built in Eighteenth century to allow not-catholic people – who couldn’t be buried neither Catholic churches nor in consecrated ground – to get eternal rest under the pyramid’s shadow. Afterwards even comedians, dancers and artists got their graves in this peaceful and fascinating place oddly located in the noisy heart of the city.

The entrance of Monumental Cemetery Verano: hundreds of roman generations are buried here...

The entrance of Monumental Cemetery Verano: hundreds of roman generations are buried here…

Get a walk in this pleasant place, which is not only for dark souls, but for everyone in love with art and literature. Illustrious names are inscribed on tombstones in gothic and neoclassic style: Romantic poets Shelley and Keats’ remains are laying here, very close to English actress Belinda Lee; Italian politician and philosopher Antonio Gramsci rests in that ground, with Italian writer Carlo Emilio Gadda and American poet Gregory Corso; the cemetery also hosts a large cat colony.

If you instead prefer extend a greeting to stars of Italian cinema, you can visit the Verano monumental cemetery, burial place for at least twenty centuries, situated on via Tiburtina: right there, under the cypresses, you can find graves of famous actors, among others, Alberto Sordi and Vittorio Gassman, and director Roberto Rossellini’s. You also can join one of several free guided tours to discover this amazing open-air museum.

The astonishing ossuary hosted by Cappuccini's Crypt.

The astonishing ossuary hosted by Cappuccini’s Crypt.

Lastly, in order to round this horrific journey off, you have to visit Capuchins’ Crypt under Santa Maria Immacolata church, alongside via Veneto. This spooktacular chapel is decorated with bones of some 4000 Capuchin friars, collected between XVI and XIX century: patterns of stars and flowers, a clock and even a chandelier, everything is bones-made! And some mummified friars’ corpses in their ancient vests gaze at you, with their empty eyes…

So, what are you waiting for? Instead of locking yourselves inside of an irish pub with your friends and getting the worst hangover of your lives, why don’t you try to celebrate Halloween in an original way while discovering some hidden (and scary) part of the city?

Have a Happy Halloween and… stay scared!

Read the original article on Kappa Language School’s website.

Da Wenzhou a Roma: l’esperienza di Kai

Second episode of our series From students to students, dedicated to those who have lived (or are living) in Italy, have learned Italian with us and are willing to narrate their experience. Today, Kai from China tells us how it was to follow his parents moving from his city, Wenzhou, to Rome.

Feeling at home thanks to Andy Warhol. :)

Feeling at home thanks to Andy Warhol. 🙂

Sono in questo bel paese da 4 anni. Quando mio padre diceva di portarmi in Italia, ciò che mi sentivo era solo la paura. Per me, una persona che non era mai uscita fuori, manco dalla mia città Wenzhou… e poi dovevo seguire mio padre a venire in Italia. Devo affrontare tutte cose nuove e sconosciute: la cultura , la lingua, l’abitudine, ecc. che sono completamente differenti da quelli in Cina. La base per vivere in Italia è la lingua, e dovevo cominciare dallo zero, non sapevo nemmeno la pronuncia. Questo è solo un’inizio, la grammatica è veramente una sfida, specialmente la coniugazione. Ma grazie agli insegnanti del Kappa Language School, che mi ha aiutato a esplorare un modo che mi sta bene per studiare italiano. Adesso riesco ad affrontare i piccoli problemi della vita. Viva Italia, e studia la lingua alla scuola Kappa!

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Roma è la Luce

Our alumna Raquel in front of the Acqua Paola's Fountain, on the Gianicolo Hill.

Our alumna Raquel in front of the Acqua Paola’s Fountain, on the Gianicolo Hill.

This will be the first episode of From students to students, a series of contributions kindly offered by our students, who have been so kind to accept to narrate (in Italian!) their experience in the Eternal City (and at Kappa Language School) in order to give a general idea of how beautiful life can be here and to encourage Italophiles all around the world to undertake this journey.

In this first episode, Raquel, from Spain, has written a few words about her feelings while in Rome.

Read the full article on Kappa Language School’s website.