a bit about Emiliano
What are you working on these days?
I am a journalist who writes about everyday life in Rome. With my editorial staff we are examining all the ideas of the next mayor of Rome to improve the city. I’m curious to know what he will do to increase the quality of public transport and to promote the artistic heritage of the city.
What drives you mad these days?
As always, the city traffic!
What makes you happy?
For about 13 months now: coming back home after a day’s work and hug my little son and his beautiful mom.
When was the last time you cried?
A month ago, when my dog died.
What’s your latest musical obsession?
The songs of a young Italian singer-songwriter. His stage name is Gnut. Its sound reminds me of some ballads by Damien Rice – slow, poetic and melancholic. I’m also listening to the new Radiohead album “A Moon Shaped Pool”. But if I want to cheer up I go back to the great classics of the 90’s: Nirvana and Oasis.
What was the last movie you watched? Was it any good?
In Italy it was presented recently “Nausicaa”, one of the first movies by the japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki’s. It tells the story of a girl who fights to save the planet from destruction of the ecosystem, in a medieval planet earth survived at the nuclear war. A cartoon for adults.
When it’s time for a new wardrobe, where do you go?
Usually I dress casual, with black or white t-shirt and jeans. When I want to buy something alternative or vintage I choose the Monti market, the reign of the Roman young independent designers in the heart of a charming neighborhood. For a nice jacket or quality shoes I go by Empresa. For a gift to my woman I choose the Abitart clothes, the shop of a Roman designer who makes colorful dresses and the extravagant lines or very provocative lingerie of Zou zou store. Usualy I take a walk in via del Babuino, recently freed from the parking of cars. A walk of 400 meters near piazza di Spagna full of boutique of clothes and antique dealers.
What’s your go-to café in Rome?
Me and my friends often meet at Fabrica, a tea room and a wine bar in Prati neighborhood. Its a bar inside a former factory with high ceilings, industrial red brick, exposed pipes and good red wine. But it is most famous for the quality of tea and herbal teas that you can buy or drink at the table.
What’s your favorite street or neighborhood to wander through?
Rome is full of neighborhoods where you can walk for hours! At Pigneto the gentrification has arrived a few years ago and today the neighborhood is full of alternative clubs. Monti, a district of designer markets and second-hand clothing stores. But my favorite is Trastevere, especially in the morning. Its the most traditional and oldest district of Rome, a maze of narrow alleys and small squares. There are restaurants that serve Roman cuisine, yoga schools, independent bookstores and wine bar. Year after year Trastevere has lost its popular spirit and some artists have changed address but others, writers, musicians and actors, still live here.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in Rome but never actually do?
In Rome there are hundreds of museums. In some, less known, even many Romans have never been or have recently visited them. I have no time to go back to see these museums such as the Museum Carlo Bilotti in the Villa Borghese park where there is a wonderful collection of paintings by De Chirico. I have seen the Galleria Borghese many times, in the same park, but would go back once a month to admire the statues of Bernini’s masterpiece, and the paintings of Caravaggio.
Who’s your hero (dead or alive) and where would you take them to show them a good time?
He is not alive and not dead, but an Italian comics hero, Dylan Dog. He is a nightmare investigator, a vegetarian detective with the heart of gold, which looks like Rupert Everett, who lives his adventures between parallel dimensions, ghosts, monsters, witches and murderers. Always on the side of the humble people.
If it’s been raining outside for days and you’re sick of staying in – where would you go?
I would go to see an exhibition of contemporary art at the MAXXI museum or listening to a concert at the nearby Auditorium built by Renzo Piano, where there is also a fantastic library, with an area for children’s books – very nice.
What’s that place in Rome you feel like only you know about?
Near Campo de Fiori there is a secret spot: Archetto degli Acetari. A medieval courtyard hidden by an archway where the clocks seem to have stopped. You can feel the true spirit of Rome a few centuries ago.
If tomorrow was your last day in Rome before you left for good, how and where would you spend it?
A walk to the Foro Romano with my woman and my son. The heart of ancient Rome of 2000 years ago.
Given the choice, mayor of which neighborhood would you be?
Of course the mayor of all of Rome! To remove all cars from the historical center.
What’s the spot in Rome you wouldn’t be caught dead in?
I do not like some of the snobby rich clubs in the Parioli district, or restaurants fake catches tourists in the city center. And I’ll never go into a gift shop as those close to the Trevi fountain!
You’ve just received the best news ever. Where would you go to celebrate and with whom?
Definitely Meridionale restaurant, in a not touristic alley of Trastevere, with my friends and my family. Gourmet starters, pasta and main courses typical “from Rome to the south Italy”. Vintage atmosphere. The two chefs are friends of mine.
What’s the thing you love doing that isn’t work, relationship or family related?
The photo reportage. I’m trying to make it my second job!
When you feel like a night out, what’s your go-to place and why?
One of the clubs where I go recently is the Ex Dogana. A huge former industrial area, inside the abandoned warehouses of a railway zone, turned into a DJ set and events space.