To honor to my sixth month here in Rome (which sadly will be also my last) I would like to share with you today some VERY informal thoughts on what I learned in Italy. I will take you back to 11 August 2016, the day I arrived here in the beautiful Rome. The sun was shining and it was a summer day like all others in Italy so the streets of Rome were full of Romans (surprise! They don’t go on vacation that much: Rome is a really busy town), which brings us to the first thing you should learn in Italy…
Italy is the worldwide known homeland of Aperitivo, an if you have been in Italy long enough you surely have been able to identify these 5 kinds of attendees which are infesting every aperitif or happy hour…
There has been a lot of fuss these days about an article that appeared in the New York Times, which revealed a disturbing truth about Rome. For Roman readers, the article may have sounded something like: “Good morning American friends! Here is a revolutionary fact about the discovery of hot water!”; the second reaction was surely a combination of shame, sadness and embarrassment.
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!
One delight you definitely cannot miss when in Rome is the traditional supplì. Along with Baccalà fritto and fiore di zucca, this inviting rice ball filled with tomato sauce, melted mozzarella and (in most cases) ragù is the most known and appreciated antipasto in every roman pizzeria worthy of the name.
October is definitely one of Italians’ favourite season. Why? Just take a walk on the narrow streets of any small village in Tuscany or in Latium and smell the air…
“Non so se tutti hanno capito Ottobre la tua grande bellezza:
nei tini grassi come pance piene prepari mosto e ebbrezza, prepari mosto e ebbrezza…”
(Francesco Guccini – “Canzone dei dodici mesi”)
Let’s start by saying that in Rome complaining about the weather is second only to complaining about its public transportation: strikes, floodings, delays, cancelled or diverted lines, demonstrations, festivals, protests, the town plan (barely fit for chariots, let alone for cars…) all require a commuter to be patient as a Saint and resourceful as Indiana Jones.