Rome, Italy
Corrado, 53
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I try to do my best as a father, as a worker and as an husband. In a bad, bad world. Beauty will save the world.

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

Generally speaking, I'm an anonymous white collar. I'd like to be a forest guard. My passion for the beauty saves me somehow.

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

I was born in the Rome's province. I moved to Rome when I was 23 because of my first job. Since then, I've been living in Rome: I moved many time from a district to another and this helped me to know my city pretty well.

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

Rome is a mess. A treasure covered by litters, a miracle managed by people full of self esteem. A sort of dead, wonderful man walking. That is why it is relevant to know where the jewels are still alive and shining: I'll help you to discover them all. Regardless such mess, Rome remains one of the world's wonders.

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

I'm a rock man, with a psicadelic temper. Should I hate a genre, pop songs are the chosen ones.

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

David Sylvian to heal the wounds and The Cult to renew my soul.

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

TV is not my favourite media. I love football matches, rugby and waterpolo matches, news magazines, art programmes and programmes dedicated to history and art

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

First kiss at Fontana di Trevi, then a dinner at Open Baladin, a walk to the Pantheon and then make love (wherever it happens, in private rooms hopefully) ;-)

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

Oh, there is a wide range of options to choose among. Mr. Berlusconi, Mr. Renzi, Mr. TRUMP, Mr. Putin, Mr. MADURO, Mr Pyongiang, Mrs. Raggi, and all the crazy governors in Africa and Mid East.

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

I'm my Hero, provided all the mess I've been facing so far. In Rome I would take myself at Galleria Borghese and then to Open Baladin

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Ok, my favourite shop in Rome is... AMAZON!!! Fashion is not my favourite topic (and if you are in Rome just for shopping I guess there is a misunderstanding in your mind)

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

Colosseo : too much mess for those like me. Not to mention all the restaurants in the heart of Rome: full of visitors and full of bad food. I know: if you are in Rome you must see the Colosseo but I see its mess every day (twice a day)...be aware of it!

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

Sit down on the chairs of Piazza di Spagna and look around, all alone. But you will never find Piazza di Spagna without tons of people, screaming, eating, drinking, shopping, littering. The beauty deserves the silence (most of the times) .

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

Eur is in the outskirts of Rome. Even if it was designed and built under the fascist period, it is far from the mess of down town and it offers you good restaurants, bars and, first of all, many remarcable architectures

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

No doubt about it: Open Baladin, to make my stomach full and get drunk with Italian beers. Or in Galleria Borghese to satisfay my need of beauty.

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

The transportation system in Rome is really, really bad. The underground wins the match, but it is like choosing in a loose_loose combo.

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

Galleria Borghese; San Pietro; Colosseo and Francesco Totti

What are the Rome spots tourists should run from screaming?

Colosseo (it is always crowded)

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

Having party with my friends in the Open Baladin restaurant and in Galleria Borghese. The first one for my stomach, the second one for my heart.

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

Paris because it is a perfect city

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Pier Paolo Campo