Writing in Rome

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So blogging about Rome – on this site, at least – didn’t happen so much. However, I’ve been busy in other ways, which you’ll know about if you follow me on Instagram or Twitter. Time for a very quick catch up.

I’ve been eating, drinking and exploring my way around Rome and beyond, writing for a number of publications along the way.

If you’ve never been to the Eternal City before, you’ll probably want to check out ‘The Smart Tourist’s Guide to Rome’, featured in Where Traveler magazine. This includes some insider tips to help you make the most of your time here. Likewise, Rome’s Top Shopping Streets is a helpful introduction to retail therapy in the Italian capital.

When travelling I usually let my stomach guide me. I’m all about eating well but I’m often on a budget too, so here’s 10 Places to Eat for Under €10 in Rome – featuring some great lunch spots! If, like 99% of tourists in Italy, you’re obsessed with gelato, check out this doc of the best gelato spots in Rome.

For those of you a little more familiar with Italy and all its crazy quirks, you might enjoy this tongue-in-cheek look at what tourists should never, ever, eat in Italy. More news, features and fun listicles can be found over on my author page at the Culture Trip.

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Colours of Alternative Rome

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Terracotta, shades of burnt orange and warm stone-beige might be your first thought when thinking of the colour palette of Rome, but there’s actually a lot more to say. Although the city is made up of travertine stone, rippled marble and grey Roman concrete, modern Rome lives with enthusiasm in the same streets.

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In the Ostiense district, where I live, Technicolor street art adorns walls, bridges and as I’ve mentioned before, entire buildings. This set of photos was taken by the awesome April Nicole during our day out wandering the nearby neighbourhood of Testaccio, which is likewise splattered with graffiti and street art.

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We began at the old mattatoio, or slaughterhouse of this once industrial part of Rome. Until the doors were closed for good in 1975, this was a busy complex of buildings all dedicated to the slaughter of animals and production of meat. Signs of its gruesome past are entirely evident today – atop the entrance stands a statue of a winged man grappling with a horned bull.  rome citta dell'economia
Workers’ salaries were supplemented with leftover offal (and other bits!) from the slaughterhouse known as the quinto quarto, the fifth quarter. As a result, the locals became experts in cooking with otherwise unwanted cheap cuts of meat. Visit any Testaccio trattoria and you’ll realise just how expert they became. Today, Testaccio is a foodie’s heaven and you’ll find coda alla vaccinara (oxtail stew), trippa (tripe) and pajata (suckling lamb intestines) still on many menus.
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Parts of the mattatoio have now been refurbished in order to house the Macro Museum of Contemporary Art and Città dell’Altra Economia, a space for all things sustainable. These photos come from the still unused grounds of the slaughterhouse which we thought would make a great, industrial background for some alternative snaps of Rome.
rome blogger rome ostiensemacro mercato 99102 Thanks again to April for catching some funny moments on camera, you can see more of her snaps by visiting her Facebook page. If you’re interested in finding out more about street art in Rome, you can read an article of mine about street art tours by Rovescio here.

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