Eco!! Tutte ‘strade pórteno a Roma (in Roman dialect). Everytime I travel to Europe I always find a way to make a stopover there, on arrival or departure, whenever! Everything that I need is to sit down at Maccheroni Restaurant and have a Ravioli ai Fiori di Zucca with a glass of wine or go to Antica Trattoria da Pietro al Pantheon to have some nice pasta with tiramisú for dessert! Or simply have a beer at Antica Birreria Peroni combined with olive ascolane, observing the chaos, the kindness and style of the Romans.
It is worth saying that Rome is not only the Ancient Rome with more than 2.500 years of history and landmarks such as the Coliseum and the Roman Forum. Rome was one of the most important cities in Western History, but also has a lot of new and contemporary attractions like the MAXXI Museum designed by Zaha Hadid and Museum Ara Pacis by Richard Meier & Partners. Rome reserves surprises around every corner, such as a church where you can find a Michelangelo masterpiece, or a beautiful Byzantine mosaic, or a good restaurant or coffee, or a fountain as beautiful as the famous Fontana di Trevi! By the way, I have to say that I always throw a coin into this fountain. According to the legend, by doing so you guarantee a return to Rome, so it is better to throw the coin!
Rome experiences also include going to Giardino degli Aranci to admire the sunset sitting on a bench, gazing at the dome of St. Peter’s Cathedral in the Vatican on the background and to observe recently married couples taking their first pictures among the gardens. Rome is a city to look through the keyhole of the big and old door in Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta and to be surprised by the perspective of a garden where the vanishing point is the wonderful dome of St. Peter’s, designed by Michelangelo. You can go hundreds of times to Rome and you will always find something new to see. Rome must be felt and understood because it has lots of things to tell us. I invite you to observe how the contemporary life blends perfectly with the past in this wonderful city full of history. Rome is a fantastic and unforgettable experience.
MAY I INTRODUCE YOU TO ALESSANDRA INVITTI
Ciao! I’m Alessandra Invitti, an architect specialized in Art History. Travel and learning about new cultures is my passion. During my entire life, when I was asked what kind of gift I wanted, the answer was always: a trip! Anywhere, just going somewhere different was enough. I graduated from Architecture School in Curitiba, Brazil, already planning to live in Italy one day. In Milan, I worked at a studio d’architettura while studying Art History. A few years later I lived in Ferrara where I validated my Architecture Degree with an emphasis on Historical Heritage. Italy has been my regular stopover in Europe for many years and near decade teaching as a Professor of Art History further deepened my passion for traveling, history and culture.
My friends often joke that I must secretly work for an airline company, because I’m always flying around. What matters is to keep traveling, because there is no better way to learn. A trip makes it possible to learn new languages, meet people, try new food and feel the unique atmosphere of each place. When I travel I like to research the local culture and visit places where locals eat, spend time, and have fun. When I go to a restaurant, for example, I always ask what is the typical dish and what the owner would recommend. Usually the meals are surprisingly delicious and full of friendliness. And of course, my Italian heritage means I love a glass of wine with those meals.
My other great passion is running. I carry my running shoes in my bag and try to go where the locals run. Exercising outside is also a great way to discover landscapes off the beaten path that most tourists don’t see.