Mum, I got a job!
My eldest daughter is a university student and like many students of her age she is always trying to get a summer job. This year, she came back to Rome … Continue reading
Visiting Rome in the summer?
If you are visiting Rome in the height of summer, here are a few humble tips from a seasoned resident 1. DO NOT VISIT Rome in the summer. It is … Continue reading
As life is taking me to new shores, I have to (hopefully temporarily) say goodbye to Rome. I have just moved to Ethiopia from where I will continue writing this … Continue reading
One of the oldest ghettos
If I could choose an area to live in Rome, I would probably choose the Ghetto. It has a special character, as if two thousand years of the city’s history … Continue reading
All shops and offices are closed today in Rome for the 150th anniversary of the Italian Unity. On that very day in 1861, the newly formed Italian Parliament proclaimed Vittorio … Continue reading
Breathing contemporary art
Rome is slowly trying to catch up with other major cities for contemporary art venues. Its newly opened contemporary art museum, the MAXXI, designed by the celebrated anglo-iraqi architect, Zaha … Continue reading
The MAXXI, a new contemporary art museum for Rome
Very few contemporary buildings have been built in Rome since Mussolini’s transformation of the city in the 1930s. So when Anglo-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid was commissioned to design a new … Continue reading
Emperor Augustus’s testament at the Ara Pacis
At the end of his busy life, the first Roman emperor Augustus (63BC -14AD) wrote a testament in which he described all his achievements as a ruler. The famous text … Continue reading
This weekend, Danish-Argentinian artist couple, Thyra Hilden and Pio Diaz vistually set the colosseum on fire, with their new video installation, part of their” city on fire” art work series. … Continue reading