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Monday, August 18, 2014

One day in Belgrade: my 48 overwhelming hours in Serbia - part 2

belgrade serbia

Discovering a new place is amazing.
Exploring unknown streets, getting lost among its characteristic alleys, tasting traditional food for the very first time, discovering local street art and making new friends in a town where you knew nobody... they all are essential parts of A Great Trip.
But coming back to a place you already knew can be even better!
That's what I thought during my 24 overwhelming hours in Belgrade: I did love to discover the capital of Serbia for the very first time last December, but this time I did master the town and it felt so great! :)

Monday, August 11, 2014

Welcome to Trullo, the hood of street poetry and guerrilla painting

pittori anonimi del trullo street art roma

If Pasquino is no longer lampooning from his popular corner near Piazza Navona, the walls of Rome are still speaking in rhymes in Trullo district, a suburb in the west part of Rome, where seven guys are spreading metroromantic poems all around the hood
During the latest months their street poetry has been joined by the street art of Pittori Anonimi del Trullo (Anonimous Painters from Trullo), a independent group of locals who are repainting the hood with a naïf and very colourful style, making this garden city -considered a slum by the most- even prettier.
On their latest intervention few nights ago, the street artist Solo joined the team realizing a crying girl named Nina at the corner between via Massa Marittima and via Sarzana.
Enough with postponing: I definitely needed to go for an urban exploration around Trullo!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Guča Trumpet Festival: my 48 overwhelming hours in Serbia – part 1

Guca trumpet festival serbia 2014

Do you remember when my Serbian friends told me about Guča Trumpet Festival during a dinner at Srpska Kafana? Since then I deeply wanted to attend it, but 'cause I knew there will be no way I would get some days off from work at the beginning of August I kinda buried it into my travel bucket list, waiting for a brighter future when I will be a full time travel blogger and manage my own time. 
Then, few weeks ago, I attended a Goran Bregovic concert at Eutropia festival in Rome and the Balkan brass band beat was so powerful that I decided I wouldn't wait any longer: I would have attended the 54th edition of the largest (and craziest) trumpet event on the planet! 
Moreover, Belgrade has always been on my short-list of places where I would have loved to celebrate my 30th birthday and so...there I went! :)  

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

One day in Gaeta: the street art festival, a sunny beach and a birthday cake

etam cru_ MemorieUrbane_gaeta street art
Etam Cru, Memorie Urbane | Gaeta

- “…and I guess now we should turn right”
- “nope, that’s no possible, let me see the map”
- “look…there it is!”
- “where?”
- “over there! Let’s go!”

On 27th of July I turned 30 years old and I decided to celebrate with the ultimate graffiti hunting.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Testaccio, the cultural district of Rome

former slaughterhouse in Testaccio, Rome
Yesterday I pinned all the travel posts I wrote so far on a Google map and with this map I replaced the old "label" list (which was becoming way too long to be considered a simple way to browse the blog). 
While doing so, I noticed that between one urban safari across the most unconventional neighborhoods of Rome and a graffiti hunting through the suburbs, I almost never wrote about those neighborhoods where I am more likely hanging out, because they are closer to my office, to my place or to my best friends' place, those neighborhoods where my routine Real Life is mostly located and therefore they are not “exotic” to me, which happens to be the reason I wasn't never too enthusiastic to write about them. 
But I can always fix that, right?
And so, after showing you Garbatella neighborhood, this time we will have a walk across Testaccio, another neighborhood very close to my office where I happen to hang out often. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Burro & Alici, Franciacorta & beyond

Burro & Alici, Gaetano e Pasquale Torrente, Franciacorta, Italy, foodI arrived at Burro & Alici in the early afternoon. The courtyard was especially sunny and the long table under the porch, together with the colourful chairs, was screaming both summer and seaside, even if Pasquale and Gaetano Torrente's new restaurant is far away from their hometown Cetara on the Amalfi Coast, but it opened in the farthest north of Italy, halfway between Bergamo and Brescia, in the renowned wine region Franciacorta.
The kitchen was closed and so, after a glass of sparkling wine, I decided to go for the next thing I love more after good food: on exploration of the beautiful surrounding area, which is full of interesting places to discover, from the historical towns of Bergamo and Brescia, to Lake Iseo and all those pretty villages within Franciacorta wine region.

Monday, July 14, 2014

European street-art stands up against deep-sea bottom trawling

Just a quick post to share few pictures I took today at the Deep Street Art event in Rome, a live performance which took place simultaneously across Europe involving seven towns (Rome, London, Brussels, Berlin, Madrid, Lisbon, Biarritz) and as many street artists to make aware of deep-sea bottom trawling as the most destructive fishing method of all. 
The even has been organized by Bloom Association, a non-profit organization working for marine conservation and protection of sustainable fisheries.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Savamala street art

savamala street art belgradeSo many things are happening this week, but I still keep my word and write once in a while for about how amazing Belgrade is (while I keep hoping to go back in Serbia one day, hopefully soon...).

This time I interviewed three street artists who repainted Savamala neighbourhood contributing to the trasformation process of this area into the most interesting neighbourhood of Belgrade. 

This interview appeared first on Still in Belgrade here 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Albania dream

Less than two months to my next big trip, and I can finally start my favorite activity ever: travel planning! :)
Unfortunatly this summer's watchword is: downsize; I was dreaming about a road-trip crossing Montenegro and Albania, but then I realized that there is no way I can properly enjoy it with only two weeks of holiday. And so -while I keep thinking about multiple ways to quit my desk job and travel instead- I decided to focus on just one country (Albania) and yet... I should downsize further!
And so, why don't you have a look at my list of Albanian wonders and help me deciding which places I really shouldn't miss?

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Garbatella is a poetic neighbourhood

Garbatella neighborhood, Rome, Italy
Garbatella is a poetic neighbourhood. 

Garbatella is a maze of courtyards, each one with its own gardens, squares, stairs, balconies and fountains.