Rome, Italy
Alessia, 48
Architect & Chef
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I work as an architect for a Luxury Brand and I'm a chef in my free time; both are ways to express my creativity

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?

No job is the worst if you do it for a good reason

Were you born and raised in Rome? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Rome?

Yes, I was born in Rome and have lived here all my life

What’s your current hood in Rome and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

My hood is San Lorenzo, the best is the nightlife and the easy leaving attitude of the neighborhood, the worst is trash that people leave it lying around

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

I love jazz and pop music, I definitively hate heavy metal

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

The best of Anita Baker, Against All Odds (Phil Collins), Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (Cindy Lauper), What Is Love (Howard Jones)

Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?

David Letterman show - culture, fun, smart, everything you need if you decide to watch television

Name some spots in Rome that are good for a Tinder date.

Tiberina Island, public rose garden, Villa Medici, orange grove, sunset at Ostia Beach

Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).

Donald Trump

Who’s your hero and where in Rome would you take them out for a serious hang?

Obama. I would bring him to eat fried cod fish and a beer at Campo dei Fiori.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Wherever I see something I like; markets, second hand, luxury brands...I mix & match

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

A shopping mall

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Cycling on Sunday morning or Saturday night, see the sunset and eat a croissant.

Where do you go in Rome for a casual night out?

Piazza delle Coppelle for a drink and then a walk or San Lorenzo for a pizza and beer

Where would you go in Rome to celebrate some freaking good news?

Zuma restaurant terrace

What’s your choice of transportation in Rome and why?

Vespa, it's fast and cool. Bicycle when I'm not in rush

What are the Rome spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Castel Sant'angelo night view, sunset on the tiber river, the Vatican dome seen from the door key hole, Borromini perspective, Piazza Vittorio's market, Palazzo Taverna gardens, a drink at Villa Medici

What are the Rome spots tourists should run from screaming?

The underground, the restaurants close to fontana di Trevi and the Vatican, the Gladiators at the Colosseum and Fori Imperiali, the inflated ice cream bigger than a fridge bowl, the fixed price menu

Tomorrow’s your last day in Rome. How do you spend it?

Driving around my vespa and eating street food.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Once a year I would visit HK, London, NY and Tokyo as they are the cities where things happens.

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