“Your inbox will never be empty.” I don’t remember where I read this, but it definitely came across my mind several times since when I decided to write a post about how to spend the summer in Rome like a local would. Determined to show you my favorite things to do in Rome in the summertime, I’ve been going out a lot and attending many events, yet the list of places to go in Rome was becoming longer and longer. And it’s still growing! But this post won’t be of any use if I publish it in September, now will it? ;)
Another Rome || Prenestino-Centocelle
Born out of a fierce need for expression of strong social disadvantage, every year street art is becoming more and more vanilla.
The spreading of urban art festivals has a lot to do with it: curators usually want something aesthetically nice, which will please everybody.
It’s gone from a tool to convey radical political messages. Now street art has become a ‘tool’ to decorate walls – probably the cheapest way for public administrations to show that some action has been taken to redevelop the outskirts, even if they’re only putting up a façade (no pun intended).
Once you have seen the Colosseum, visited the Vatican Museums and wandered around the historic center, you should venture off-the-beaten path to get a true taste of the Eternal city. From industrial archaeology to contemporary and street art, here are 10 lesser-known spots that you won’t find in your pocket guide.
|Mazzo Centocelle, Rome | Food|
On the very first occasion I had a foodie friend to impress, which happened last week when my Macedonian friend Elena came to visit me in Rome (do you remember her exquisite selection of the best places to eat out in Ljubljana?), I booked a table at Mazzo, a new restaurant in the Centocelle neighborhood.
Better to say, I booked the table, as Mazzo happens to be an extremely intimate place (one table inside and, as long as the weather allows, one table outside), according to the way of saying “good things come in small packages”. It was Elena’s last dinner in Rome and, so far, I played a good game (bringing her at Pasticifio San Lorenzo and, believe it or not, also cooking a home-made dinner), but of course the outcome is always determined by the last card… which, in this case, was an out door table in Centocelle! But I wasn’t worried, ‘cause Mazzo is managed by “The Fooders”, a project born as “a live cooking performance, in order to condense cooking, music and graphic in the same performative act” and then transformed into “a real working team that deals with food design, food production and events”. No need to say that when such an amazing and dynamic group of people opens its own restaurant you can’t expect anything ordinary coming on your table!