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It was a cool crisp morning during #WinterInRome and our group was heading out to see Street Art in Rome with PersonalizedItaly.
Our first stop for Street Art in Rome tour was the neighborhood of Ostiense. The tour started with this 25th Anniversary Special Mural outside Cartoon Network’s office. I thought it was striking and super cute since cartoons capture expressions in the best way.
Then came the Wall of Fame….
Another eye catching Street Art in Rome was this building below done by the artist BLU. It is on Ostiense’s Via del Porto Fluviale and is the most prominent street art I have ever seen!
Next stop for Street Art in Rome tour was the neighborhood of Pigneto where Italian Director and artist Pier Paolo Pasolini rules! He was in love with the neighborhood and artists have made sure to capture the visionary all along Via Fanfulla da Lodi.
For instance, Pasolini’s face is behind this superhero and symbolizes a very famous article Pasoli once wrote for a newspaper. The title of the article was “Io so i nomi” (I know the names) and hence on the mural as well.
This famous face below, of the actress Margherita Caruso, is another popular Street Art in Rome. She played the young Virgin Mary in Pier Pasolini’s film “Il vangelo secondo Matteo” (The gospel according to Matthew).
All in all, it was very interesting to see Rome’s Street Art, definitely a fad and a great way to get off the tourist track. Special thanks to PersonalizedItaly and Linda from The Beehive who got this planned for our group.
What about you…. Do you like street art?? Do you enjoy this new “movement” of beautifying abandoned buildings and spaces to better a neighborhood??
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Rome as a city can be so wonderful yet so overwhelming at the same time. It is definitely important to feel the pace of the Eternal city and I feel the best way to do it is to understand through its food.
While it wasn’t my first time in the city, I definitely hadn’t done a food tour ever in Rome… So when Sian from The Roman Guy approached me, I thought why not?! Not only would it would be a great way to know more about Roman food but also a chance to see the hidden food spots of the city.
Local Foodie Tour in Trastevere
I took the Local Foodie Tour in Trastevere. The tour started at Campo de’ Fiori where our small group of 7 foodies met, a mixed bunch of people from across the world. Our guide, Melissa, originally from Naples came from a family with background in food and seemed very passionate about it.
We made our first stop at a cheese store where we tasted 5 different types of cheese from all over Italy! It was heavenly just being there. With a generous amount of Prosecco, we ate the different type of cheese and I have to say Burrata is and always will be my favorite. I was wistfully reminded of my adventures in Puglia…..
Our next stop was something that was on my bucket list thanks to fellow blogger Natalie. She had mentioned going to Dar Filettaro for its Filetti di Baccala in one of her posts and that’s exactly where I wanted to go too! And we did!
Our group was served a hot plate of deep fried fish called “Baccala” with a pitcher of white wine. It was a killer combination + the fish was so delicious! The place was so off the tourist track that I only saw locals around. This also made the service better….
Next started a 10 minutes walk to the enchanting neighbourhood of Trastevere. We stopped at a small bistro that I could have easily missed. It was super cozy and cute and right at the beginning of Trastevere. The owners, who use organic ingredients in everything they make, happily served us wine with cheese, meat and bruschette! I surprised myself as I fell in love with a cheese and jam combination. I was loving this food tour in Trastevere already!
Melissa mentioned that we were half way through our tour and I believed so was my tummy. But I was ready to have a slice of pizza and that’s just what our next stop was. Pizza al taglio (pizza by the slice) was the next thing to eat at another little adorable place in Trastevere’s lively streets. The shop was short and just apt. What a great food tour indeed!
Our second to last food stop was dinner with two types of pasta- Cacio e pepe and Amatriciana– classic Roman dishes! We were informed of their backgrounds and our group enjoyed it with wine and a plate of Parmigiana.
We ended the tour with the classic gelato! (No pic sorry) I chose hazelnut and melon as my flavors. Divine on a hot summer’s day! This food tour in Rome was just what I needed.
WHAT I LOVED:
All in all it was a great food tour as it gave insight into the food of the Romans. The tour group being small also added to the fun. I would especially like to highlight the food quantity which was apt and sufficient. My stomach gave a happy clap at the end.
WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER:
Even though I loved the food at the tour, I would have appreciated a better guide. Possibly someone who is fun and energetic and sort of leads through to the tour. You know?? It can totally up the whole tour!
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Disclaimer: I was a guest at The Roman Guy’s Food Tour. However, all opinions expressed here are solely my own. Big thanks to Sian- the Marketing Voyager at The Roman Guy who helped plan this tour! Sian-see you again in Rome or India!
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Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr is an honest recollection of the author and his life in Rome for 4 seasons. The book is almost written like a diary, the author is noting his observations and sharing those whimsical points with us. If you haven’t visited Rome, you might not understand many things that Doerr points out. There are places where he has sugar coated his words just as all of us Italophiles do ( GUILTY!!), because that’s what Rome brings out!
This isn’t one of those books where a lone expat buys a house in Tuscany and writes about it. Don’t get me wrong, I have enjoyed such books time and again but life isn’t that sweet and perfect (even in Italy) as it is portrayed in those books!
That being said, Four Seasons in Rome is not a travelogue on Rome. If you are looking at books based in Rome, you won’t learn much about the city as a first time visitor instead you will only get more confused. Instead go for S.P.Q.R. by Mary Beard.
But Rome, Caput Mundi/Capital of the World, is brought out in the best way by Doerr’s prose because it worked for me. I loved his style. He weaved words in a poetic way whether it is having a bowl of pasta, visiting a hill top town of Umbria or merely looking at the newly elected Pope.
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