1. Avatar Anna Anagnostaki
    January 11, 2018 @ 5:36 am

    Happy 4th anniversary in the eternal city!!
    I am planning a 3rd short visit in Rome next month and your blog has been my number 1 guide, grazie mille!!


    • John Henderson John Henderson
      January 12, 2018 @ 5:43 am

      Thanks, Anna. If you have any questions about Rome, feel free to write me.


      • Avatar Anna Anagnostaki
        January 24, 2018 @ 10:17 am

        Hello John,
        Thank you very much for your willingness to help with my thorough planning 🙂

        I’d be very much obliged if you shared your local input regarding these two questions I have:

        1) We are coming for two nights in Roma, next month, on a Tuesday and Wednesday.
        Which areas, do you believe will be more vibrant at night? Preferably with more Italian speaking people around! We don;t mind dodgy looking areas.

        2) Since Roma is so superbly lit at night and all monuments look sublime, can you think of any specific monument/historical building/bridge that looks remarkably better from sunset on wards than in daylight? Apologies for sounding too vague, e.g: The exterior of the Colosseum was far more appealing to us at night time, each to their own, I guess.

        Thank you very much for you time and help!!
        If you ever happen to visit the island of Crete in Greece or, even, Lisbon / Portugal, I would love to share my views on both places.
        Wishing you the best 5th year in Roma!


  2. Avatar Virginia Mastroianni
    January 11, 2018 @ 5:39 am

    Hey John! I LOVE what you just wrote. I am feeling many of the same emotions as you and I have only lived in Roma for two months as of January 16! I renting temporarily in a tiny village of Gerano, but when I have taken my two overnight trips to Roma, my entire being shifted from complacent to PURE JOY, ANTICIPATION AND LOVE for the people locals on the street who are kind enough to give me directions, to the shopkeepers in the supermarkets who teach me how to weigh the fruit then print out the price ticket!!! Every cobble stone, every cloud, the banners announcing art exhibits such as Bernini and Picasso, coupled with the Vatican dome hovering over the city like a crown of Roman pride. I LOVE IT ALL AS WELL. And I want to thank you for your online advice during the year I made plans to move here. I am happy for you and Marina and once I get settled in, would love to swap stories and laugh!!! Virginia Mastroianni


    • John Henderson John Henderson
      January 12, 2018 @ 5:42 am

      Thanks, Virginia. Moving to Rome is like having the greatest weekend with the most beautiful woman in the world, then you search the world before you find her again and settle down. The honeymoon hasn’t died and I hope it never will. Although I write that while sitting in a freezing goddamn apartment.


  3. Avatar jordyjords
    January 11, 2018 @ 10:42 am

    This post brought butterflies to my stomach and a flutter in my heart! I am half italian and half brazilian living in the US, and it is literally a DREAM to imagine life in Rome. I have been there 3 times (loved it each and every visit) and will be coming again within a month with my 2 kids (it will be their first trip to Europe so it HAD to be Rome!!!!) I am more excited than I can say. I have read each and every word on your post and will take some good notes on some of your recommendations!!! I can only say that you a truly lucky and it is great to see how grateful you are for each and every little thing about living there. I was born and raised in Brazil with Italian grandparents so I have the “european culture” ingrained in me, so living in the US is not always easy – I feel like there is so much to be learned here in terms of ways of living and quality of life – and the Italians have gotten that down to an art!!! Anyway, grazie mille per il tuo post… sto veramente contenta dopo averlo letto! (I need to bruch up on my Italian as well! ahhaha)


    • John Henderson John Henderson
      January 12, 2018 @ 5:33 am

      Thanks, Jordy, so much for the kind comments. I will never take my life in Rome for granted. All I have to do is read what’s going on in America and I go find a 3rd century statue to kiss. But you’re also lucky to have Brazilian roots. It’s one of my favorite countries, too. It’s a country with problems, but one of its problems isn’t the people. I love the Brazilians — except for the bus station boss in Porto Allegre who charged me 50 percent more for a trip to Punta del Este just because I had no other option — and their way of life. It’s much like in Rome. I tell Americans all the time: In America, you learn to work; in Rome you learn to live. By the way, I love your blog. That’s one of the prettiest blogs I’ve seen. I’m changing my blog’s face this month and you gave me some ideas. If you have any questions about Rome before you come, let me know.


  4. Avatar jcamato
    January 13, 2018 @ 11:30 am

    And I loved reading this post! Birkenstocks – bwahahaha. And I have to agree that the reality of living in Italy (since we’re in Lucca) is better than the dream. So much better.


    • John Henderson John Henderson
      January 14, 2018 @ 2:54 am

      Thanks so much, jcamato. I love Rome but Lucca is on my wish list.


  5. Avatar Un po' di pepe
    January 13, 2018 @ 11:02 pm

    Auguri per tuo ‘Romaversario’! I loved reading all of your comments. Many of them had me nodding my head in agreement. The Birkenstock comment made me laugh-yuk! I look forward to my yearly few days in Roma on my way to Puglia, but one of these days I want to spend a whole month just in Roma. Ciao, Cristina


  6. John Henderson John Henderson
    January 14, 2018 @ 2:53 am

    Grazie mille, Cristina. The problem is, you spend a month in Rome you’ll never leave. Ciao, Puglia!


  7. Avatar Alisa
    April 5, 2018 @ 5:59 am

    John, I love this post! As a child my family lived outside of Naples so Italy and since that time Italy has been a huge part of me! 15 years ago my husband and I honeymooned in Radda in Chianti and Ravello, since we weren’t rushing off every second of the day to see everything everyone from the locals to the concierge at our amazing hotels questioned whether we were actually Americans. We will finally return this August with our 3 boys, so yes we will be quite touristy this go ’round but have hopefully planned enough balance that the boys truly experience the Italian way of living. We will arrive in Rome for just 3 nights and after reading this post I am so excited! It is one area we didn’t visit often while we lived there and not at all on our honeymoon but my children have made their wish lists of sights and now I feel confident I can balance those three days as well. I keep reminding the whole crew that Italy is not a one time trip… this trip is just for the kids to get their first taste. Thank you so much for your fantastic website, it will become our bible come August (I know it’s the very worst time to travel to Italy but with our good ol’ American schedules that’s the only time we can manage). 4 nights in Furore, 5 nights in San Ansano, 2 nights in Venice and 3 nights in Rome. Our Italian is terrible (I am hoping my language from 40 years ago magically returns while we are all trying to learn), our timing is terrible but we cannot wait!


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