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Monday, 3 August 2009

Roman Holiday

Roma è Bella

I managed to escape for a little bit to Rome this summer. It's always an inspiring escape- great friends, great coffee, great food... It's easy to find inspiration in such a stunning city. The mix of graffitti and baroque, ancient and fashionable and the pistachio ice cream make it a treat for the senses.

Spent my time reasearching my upcoming Opera illustrations, and hopefully the fruits of my labour will arrive soon!

Some of my Rome favorites that you shouldn't miss (beyond the usual sightseeing.)
- Gelato at San Crispino - just at the back of the Pantheon. All modern and fancy schmancy, but well worth it in quality. Nocciola, Bacio, and Pistachio are my favorites anywhere in the city.

- Opera at the Baths of the Caracalla - Ruined baths on an epic scale, the source for many a public building and train station since. Quite possibly the most peaceful place in Rome during the day, they hold opera performances there at night. With Zefferelli sets!

- Pizza at the Vatican - Al Taglio on Via delle Grazie. I want to eat lunch here every day for ever. Try the melanzane (just eggplant and spice, it's heaven.) Don't let the queue stop you, it's the perfect treat for energy to pound the cobblestones. (Or in the evening Dar Poeta in Trastevere, but go early, it fills up.)

- Go for Apertivo - anywhere in Trastevere, really. A selection of dinner morsels comes with the price of a drink. Perfect beginning to an evening. My favorite: Freni e Frizioni
I love wandering the alleys around Campo Dei' Fiori for hours. Peeking in any churches or into any doorways you find can lead to lovely things. Doorknobs especially are my favorite. Find a rooftop for a night out, try the back of a motorino for the best city tour, and the gardens around the Villa Borghese for some shade. Secure yourself a good cafe seat and sketch the people or the history around you. It's quite a life!

And it always gives me lots of ideas...

Sigh... really should live there at some point.
Now, I must get back to work!

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