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What do you do and why do you do it?
Actually I... teach Cataloguing in a Library school. I am not joking, I have a PhD too! But definetely I am not the sad librarian prototype. I have studied as chef at the Gambero rosso (a famous organization dealing with food - guides, tv channel, classes, etc.) and I have worked in a very upscale restaurant for a while. I love the librarians' mission because it's all about helping people and be ready to satisfy their needs. This is the main reason I work in this field. Professional cooking is also great but believe me, it is veeery tough.
Were you born and raised in Rome? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Rome?
I was born and raised in Rome even if I have studied and worked in many other cities as Milan, Florence, Pavia, Udine. I do love Rome despite all its problems.
What’s your current hood in Rome and what’s the best/worst thing about it?
I live between Piazza Bologna and Tiburtina train station. This neighborhood is quite close to the La Sapienza university so it is full of young people. During last years piazza Bologna has become a gourmet area thank to the opening of many cool places to drink and eat. There are also many shops, groceries and farmers' markets. The worst is... crazy parking everywhere! Sometimes the sidewalks are literally closed by the cars. :-(
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
Culture club - Victims; Robbie Williams - Sexed up; Bonnie Tyler - Total eclipse of the heart; George Michael - Kissing a fool
Name some spots in Rome that are good for a Tinder date.
1) Maxxi museum (contemporary art): it is cool, there is a nice outdoor and it is close to a green area, if you want to... relax. 2) Eataly (a huge food store with food corners too): what's better than strolling among the shelves tasting and smelling delicious food? 3) Villa Ada: a park that looks as a forest to rest on the green and walk under big trees. Lots of privacy! ;-)
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
Oh my, this is a secret!! Come with me and I'll show you.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Wait the dawn on the Pincio terrace. I did it just once and it was amazing!
Where do you go in Rome for a casual night out?
Testaccio neighborhood. Dinner in a "trattoria" (a family restaurant) or in a pizzeria and then spending the night talking with friends sitting in the cozy Piazza Testaccio tasting an ice cream or sipping a beer. All around you the "Testaccini" (Testaccio people), children playing, old ladies enjoying the fresh air, teenagers flirting... the real Dolce Vita!
What’s your choice of transportation in Rome and why?
If possible, the bicycle, even if you must be careful. Taking advantage of the good weather of Rome, the bicycle allows you to move skipping the traffic, to be always on time and to choose unexpected routes! Obviously with a good bicycle you can arrive to your meetings as fresh as when you step out. And... I always ride my bicycle in high heels and gorgeous dresses!
What are the Rome spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
The Colosseum, the old Ghetto area (the Turtle fountain and Tiberina island), the amazing Galleria Borghese (by night if possible) and some great amatriciana (or artichoke, if vegetarian)
What are the Rome spots tourists should run from screaming?
The Altare della patria in piazza Venezia, the Campo de' Fiori market (most of the stands are just for tourists), the Vatican museums (even if are packed of masterpieces, you can easily find other works of art walking around avoiding lines and the crowd).
Tomorrow’s your last day in Rome. How do you spend it?
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
The next one I am going to visit! Seriously speaking, I have had a great time in NY (cool atmosphere, gorgeous people, a great food variety) but I would like to visit Las Vegas to enjoy its craziness!