Rome, Italy
Pier Paolo, 53
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm a photographer because I like to show other people how I see the world!

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

Once I was a dentist! Staying inside a room, the same room, for 8 hours per day! Not my job! Thanks!

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

Born and bred in Rome.

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

I live in the north side of Rome. Actually, it doesn't have a proper name. We indicate it with the name of the main street: Cortina D'Ampezzo (Not to be confused with the famous skying location in the Alps!). It's a residential neighborhood: this is the best and the worst thing about it.

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

Rock! Seattle is my city! I don't hate music. Let me just say that I don't listen to pop music!

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

Black and Foosteps by Pearl Jam, Hunger Strike by Temple Of The Dog, Sleeping By Myself and Guaranteed by Eddie Vedder, With Or Without You and One Tree Hill by U2...

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

Friends and Californication

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

My spots! Check my map!

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

I'm not a hater! But If I have to, I'm going with Mr. Trump!

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

I love music hence my hero is Eddie Vedder! And would bring him to his Italian friend's restaurant!

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

I mostly buy online. But I have a couple of stores here too.

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

The southern side of rome. "Eur" neighborhood. Too far.

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

I love cycling in Rome but too many slopes for my skinny legs.

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

In the city center for drinks and dinner.

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

Again in the city center for drinks and dinner.

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

There is only one choice: Vespa. Or anything moved by two wheels only!

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

Colosseum, Vatican City and its museum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, the city center, Trastevere neighborhood, ...

What are the Rome spots tourists should run from screaming?

I really think Roma is the most beautiful city in the world. But unfortunately some spots in high season are too crowded, too many tourists around...I suggest to run from crowded spots!

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

Riding my motorcycle to the city center, then having a walk, lunch in a good restaurant, talking with friends over an aperitivo, a delicious dinner and then some goodnight drinks.

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

New York has everything I like

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