Category Archives: Daily life in Rome

Arrivederci Roma

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 blog (on http://www.salamboinaddis.com). In the meantime, I will keep the … Continue reading

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Rome at dawn

In the Ancient World, dawn was represented as a goddess lifting the curtain of day light to open the way to Apollo, god of the sun, and his magnificent chariot. Preceded by Dawn, Apollo would give light to the world, … Continue reading

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outdoor pools

When I leave Rome, I’ll miss swimming in an outdoor pool from June to October. Time has gone so fast this year that I was surprised to find the pools already open. Nothing unusual… according to one of the many … Continue reading

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The scent of jasmin

When I go away from Rome, I’ll particularly miss the scent of jasmin in spring. Its very distinctive perfume makes any walk or scooter ride in the city a very pleasant olfactory experience.

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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 were concentrated and captured in this small neighbourhood. Today, it … Continue reading

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A writer’s house

The writer Alberto Moravia was a major figure in 20th century Rome. Not only was he one of Italy’s most popular writers, but he was also a presence in the daily life of Roman residents with his weekly column in … Continue reading

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Meeting at the Circolo

Modern Rome was built around the administration of the new government following the country’s unification in 1861. Whole new neighbourhoods were erected around the turn of the century for the newly appointed civil servants who came to work in the … Continue reading

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Urbi et Orbi

It is difficult to write about Rome without mentioning the still overwhelming presence of the Pope and the Vatican. As is the custom on Christmas and Easter day, the Pope gives its benediction to the city of Rome (urbi) and … Continue reading

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Piazza di Spagna

My favourite time to go to Piazza di Spagna is early in the morning, between 8 and 9 am, before it gets too busy. The light is already quite bright, but still clear, and the atmosphere peaceful.  I particularly like … Continue reading

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Rome’s best swimming pool

Finding a swimming pool in Rome is no easy task. There are a few but they tend to be part of rather outdated yet expensive private sports clubs. One of them however stands out: the mosaic swimming pool built as … Continue reading

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