Rome, Italy
Francesca, 44
Freelance Photographer
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a bit about Francesca

What are you working on?

Learning to live, taking inspiration from my 9 months old baby and redesigning my website.

What drives you mad these days?

The distance that I have, as a citizen, from the decisions that determine so many things in my daily life in the city. Necessities are never fully met.

What makes you happy?

Hearing my son’s sweet noises and attempts at verbal communication.

When was the last time you cried?

Nine months ago when my son was born.

What is playing in your earphones nowadays?

Les pas du chat noir by Anouar Brahem

What was the last movie you went to?

The last movie I saw was Primo Amore by Matteo Garrone (on pay-per-view) which I found interesting but very depressive. Last time I went to the movies? I don’t remember! It was before my son was born.

When it’s time for a new wardrobe, where do you go?

I shop in small shops but more often in my mother’s wardrobe who was an actress in the 70’s and has incredible dresses.

What’s your go-to café in Rome?

Just a few steps from my apartment, I go to L’oasi della birra on Piazza Testaccio.

Where’s your favourite street or neighbourhood to wander in Rome?

I always loved Via Giulia and to get lost in the streets of the Trastevere neighbourhood. I find new treasures every time I’m there.

What do you LOVE to do in the city but never actually do?

Take a bicycle and roam the city spontaneously, watching people’s faces.

Who’s your hero and where would you take them out to eat or drink in Rome?

Martin Luther King Jr. I would take him to Felice restaurant to eat their famous Cacio e Pepe. He would love it!

What would make a perfect day in the sun for you?

I would buy slices of pizza bianca stuffed with mortadella at Farinando bakery shop and ask friends to join me for a picnic at Villa Pamphili.

It’s raining for days and you’re sick of staying at home – where would you go?

I would probably go see an exhibition at Palazzo delle Esposizioni or Museo in Trastevere.

What’s a place in Rome you feel like only you know about?

There is a magical toy store,Il Minotauro on Via del Pellegrino which I recently found roaming the streets of the centre. When I entered the small shop I felt like a little girl in a fairy tale.

If tomorrow was your last day in Rome before you left for good, how would you spend it?

I would invite friends to eat and drink with me at La Fraschetta di Mastro Giorgio under the vine pergola.

If you were given a choice, mayor of which neighborhood would you be?

Definitely mine! Testaccio.

What’s the place in Rome you’ll never be caught dead in?

I don’t particularly like the Balduina neighborhood.

What’s the thing you love doing that isn’t work, relationship or family related?

I love reading a good book while sitting on a bench with my face on the sun.

When you feel like going on a night out, what’s the first place you usually consider going to?

During the summer months in Rome there are many open arenas to watch movies, I love that! Otherwise I love going to the Greenwitch movie theatre, it always has a very interesting choices of d’essai movies.

You’ve just got the best news ever. Where would you go to celebrate and with whom?

I would ask my husband to take me to drink champagne at the roof garden restaurant at the Forum Hotel. It has one of the most amazing views over the Roman Forum and the Altar of the Fatherland.

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