Rome, Italy
Lorenzo, 28
Musician
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a bit about Lorenzo

What are you working on these days?

I’m teaching piano and playing around with my band.

What drives you mad these days?

I’m pretty shocked by ISIS’ attacks in Paris. I’m afraid they’ll get to Rome someday.

What makes you happy?

Spending time with friends and with my band.

When was the last time you cried?

It was 2 years ago, because a friend of mine died.

What’s your latest musical obsession?

Plastic Beach, the album by Gorillaz.

What was the last movie you watched? Was it any good?

007 – Spectre. It was awful.

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

I usually go to Colby’s or a second-hand market.

What’s your go-to café in Rome – to meet a friend or use as your base for all your meetings?

The Comò bistro.

What’s your favorite street or neighborhood to wander through?

Rione Monti, all of it.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in Rome but never actually do?

Spend some time at the park with friends and guitars.

Who’s your hero (dead or alive) and where would you take them to show them a good time?

My hero is Nick Drake, I’d take him to Charity Café in Rione Monti for an open mic show, have a drink with him and ask him to play some of his beautiful songs.

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

Have a walk in Garbatella, a neighbour in the south of the city.

If it’s been raining outside for days and you’re sick of staying at home – where would you go?

I’d visit a museum of contemporary art, like the MACRO Pelanda, the GNAM or the MAXXI.

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

It’s the Tempio di Flora, a neoclassical and abandoned structure in villa Ada, hidden by the trees. I love the view of the spreading nature all over the white marble. I find it poetic.

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

I’d probably have a walk all over the city, from dawn to sunset. I’d reach piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta and watch the sun setting behind San Pietro.

Given the choice, mayor of which neighborhood would you be?

I’d like to be San Saba’s mayor, a very nice and beautiful neighborhood.

What’s the spot in Rome you wouldn’t be caught dead in?

I’d never get to viale Parioli and the surrounding neighborhood, it’s the most snobby place you’d find.

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

I’d have a toast with my friends and family in some of the old town’s squares, like piazza Farnese.

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

I love playing the piano and cooking.

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

The Comò Bistrot, it’s the nearest and the coolest place in my neighborhood.