What do you do and why do you do it?
I am a journalist and a passionate storyteller. Words and travels is a perfect combination that feeds my soul. I can't see myself doing anything else.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
My heartbreak playlist means to listen some music in Portuguese, my mother tongue. No other language has a melancholic appeal or evokes a sense of loneliness like it. I love Dança da Solidão (Marisa Monte), Devolva-me (Adriana Calcanhoto), À Primeira Vista (Chico César), Oceano (Djavan), Sou Você (Caetano Veloso), Faz parte do meu show (Cazuza), Dona Cila (Maria Gadú), Olhos nos olhos (Chico Buarque), Eu sei que vou te amar (Tom Jobim).
What are the best TV shows of all time?
Friends, The Big Bang Theory, In Treatment
Name some spots in Rome that are good for a Tinder date.
Gianicolo Hill, the row boats in the little lake of Villa Borghese, along the Tiber river, the roof bar at Raphael Hotel, Ponte Sant´Angelo, the fountain of Piazza Mattei, in the Jewish ghetto, a happy hour at Piazza di Pietra, the charming street Via Margutta or in the gardens of Giardino degli Aranci (Garden of the Oranges), on the Aventine hill.
Who’s your hero and where in Rome would you take them out for a serious hang?
Actually I don't have heroes. I prefer the term “inspirational people” like the writers Amos Oz and David Grossman, the ex-president Barack Obama, the Italian fencer, Beatrice Vio, or the actress Sophia Loren. For a serious hang, I would take them to La Pergola, 3 Michelin Stars Restaurant with a glorious view of Rome.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
Vintage shops of Rione Monti
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
24 hours supermarkets.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Reading a newspaper early in the morning and drinking a big cup of cappuccino sited on a beautiful place like Piazza Navona.
What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Rome and where did you get it?
Pizza at Pizzeria ai Marmi in Trastevere. Marmi means marble but Romans are used to call this place as “the morgue” because of its vintage marble-slab tabletops Anyway, I'm still alive and it was not so bad…
Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Rome that you particularly like?
Yes, in the heart of Rome, in via del Babuino, the museum, atelier, bar and restaurant Canova Tadolini. There Antonio Canova, the sculptor of Italian Neoclassicism, established the studio he later left to his favorite apprentice, Adamo Tadolini.
What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Rome? How much did it cost and what did you get there?
Imagò at the Hassler Hotel. I was invited in a special romantic occasion.
What restaurant in Rome looks crap, but the food’s amazing?
In the Jewish ghetto there is a no-frills and hole in the wall called Sora Margherita (Piazza delle Cinque Scole, 30). They prepare great fried and crisped artichokes in a chaotic atmosphere. The tables are crammed together and guests like Bill Clinton have scrawled their signatures on the wall. Close to Piazza Navona, in Da Tonino (via del Governo Vecchio, 18/19), you can find a neighborhood trattoria and traditional dishes with simple ingredients.
Where can you get the best cocktail in Rome? Which one do you like?
If you are looking for an elegant place you should go to Bar Stravinskij, at Hotel de Russie. Anyways, I like Necci dal 1924 (Via Fanfulla da Lodi, 68), in the multicultural suburb of Pigneto, the famous bakery Panella and Salotto 42, in Piazza di Pietra. If you like beers, try Open Balladin, a cute place in the historical center.
Where would you take your partner in Rome if you wanted to really pamper them?
I would organize a private picnic in the green park of Villa Pamphilij with the best wine and food.
Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?
Roman Maritozzi, a typical breakfast brioche filled with sweet sour cream, Pizza bianca con la mortadella, slice of hot white pizza, simply sprinkled with coarse salt and filled with mortadella. Supplì, a ball of rice, generally risotto, with tomato sauce. Try also the crostata di ricotta e visciole, a pie that has its origins in the cuisine of Rome’s ancient Jewish community.
What’s the one place you think is overrated in Rome?
Shopping on Via del Corso. It is a great place for shopping if you are looking for international brands, but there are a lot of trend boutiques and artisans in other strets like Via del Boschetto, Via di Monserrato, Via dei Banchi Nuovi, Via dei Giubbonari, Via del Pellegrino...
What’s the one place you think is underrated in Rome?
Pigneto, a neighborhood away from Rome’s tourist herds and made famous by the Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini, who shot parts of his films there. It is a working class suburb where you can fin open-air bars and restaurants, affluent artists, music and tattoo shops.
What are the Rome spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Rome is one of the most spectacular destinations on Earth and there are many places to visit. In a firts-time visit you can't miss the highlights of Ancient Rome – Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine - Capitoline Museums, the Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, St Peter´s Basilica, The Vatican Museums, Castel Sant´Angelo, Galleria Borghese and Trastevere.
Tomorrow’s your last day in Rome. How do you spend it?
Eating Roman food in a family-run trattoria and having a bike ride at Via Appia Antica. Few places in Rome are as peaceful as this old road.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
I like Nazim Hikmet´s poem: The most beautiful sea hasn't been crossed yet.