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Conquering Rome; The Study Abroad Experience


It has been four months that I have been a resident and student of Rome. Four months of a foreign country, four months of getting lost, four months of trying to fit together bits and pieces of a completely different language, four months of new experiences, new scenery, new lessons, new food and new friends, […]

Gnocchi Night in Rome: Supporting Local Farmers in a Delicious Way


As it gets colder and colder, nothing can quite compare to a hot and fresh homemade meal. And when the ingredients are grown locally, the taste is so much sweeter. This past weekend, I was able to attend a cooking class in the Trastevere area of Rome. For a few hours, cultures united to prepare […]

Thanksgiving: Bringing a Taste of America to Rome


The last Thursday in the month of November is one of significance in American culture: it’s the day when we take a moment to stop and celebrate with the ones we love over a home cooked meal and give thanks for the blessings we have received throughout the course of the year. It is a […]

Fewer Premieres and Smaller Budget for the 2013 Rome Film Festival


Financial constraints and a new director on the horizon. The Rome International Film Festival doesn’t get off on the right foot. This year, however, it should be better than the last highly controversial edition.   The 8th edition of this young festival, invented by a politician with a knack for cinema in a time when […]

Performing in English: Our Experience in a Roman Acting School


Acting is universal; it brings different cultures together for a common purpose and fulfills the need for fun, imagination, and a necessary escape from a busy work day or the turmoils life can inevitably throw in your direction. Regardless of whether you’re Italian, Spanish, American or British, the volumes that acting itself can speak are […]

Fitness: Rome Is The World’s Only City To Boast Two Hard Candy Gyms by Madonna


Rome is the only city on earth that boasts two Hard Candy Fitness Clubs. Madonna’s latest creations opened contemporarily today after an inauguration party last night. One is located in the city center, near the Colosseum, while the other is in the city’s posh neighborhood of Parioli. Hard Candy Fitness locations include Germany, Russia, Chile, […]

September 2013: the Best Events in Rome and Surroundings


You can still feel summer in Rome during September. Hot sunny days are the rule. Schools start in the middle of the month and until that time the city looks pretty lazy and quiet. The atmosphere is relaxed and nights are refreshing enough. It is not a coincidence that September is a peak month in […]

Villa Lante al Gianicolo: a Tuscan/Finnish hidden beauty overlooking downtown Rome

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Rome was not built by Romans and the very few who made a lasting artistic contribution to the Eternal City were labeled with the adjective “Romano”. Michelangelo, Raphael, Caravaggio, Bernini, Borromini and Canova, just to name a few of the most famous artists in Rome, were not born here. And the Villa we want to […]

As the Society of Jesus Hails its 1st Pope, We Propose You a Jesuit Itinerary in Rome


  The largest Roman Catholic religious order can finally boast of a pope with the election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio. And if it’s true that the Argentine pontiff didn’t always get along with the Jesuit Curia, he recently improved his relationship with the Society of Jesus. The Jesuit headquarters were overwhelmed with calls and letters […]

Rome’s Top 2013 Exhibit So Far? CulturaCibo, on Food & Italy’s Identity


Food is not just material, it is also culture. And this holds nowhere more than in Italy, a country in love with beauty, either art or good food. Through April 7 the Rome Vittoriano complex hosts a free exhibition on how food is part of the Italian identity. It was curated by Italy’s top food […]

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