I want to say something uncommon. Rome is a mess. OK! I love chaos and disorder! I like the anarchy that reigns in Rome
Annalisa:- People say “Rome is a mess” ??!! Well, I love this mess! -.
I decide to take pictures of Annalisa because she is non-stereotypical. She has pale white skin and big blue eyes and light brown hair. She could be taken for a nordic girl, but she is 100 % Roman.
The set of this photoshoot in the are between Valle Giulia and the Villa Borghese. It’s autumn. We all should visit Villa Borghese during this season, for the rich amount of colors. We walk to the Museum of Modern Art’s main entrance. There is a large terrace and from here we have the full vision of the entire area.
We walk down to cross the street and reach the stairs to access Villa Borghese. There’s a tram passing by. It’s the jazz-tram. People are dining inside and a band is playing music while it tours the city.
Annalisa:- Part of my family is 100% Roman. Maybe going back to the 1700s. My mother, born in Rome, has origin from Bologna because my grandfather is from there.
Alessandro: And do you ever visit Bologna ? -.
Annalisa:- Sure! Since I was a child. My cousins live there. And I want to tell you about their food. Food for me is that homemade prepared by my grandmother who cook “tortellini and tortelloni”.
Aless:- Wow! I love tortellini! -.
Anna:-Yeah but listen: there is a big difference between the inis and the onis. In fact tortellini is handmade ring-shaped pasta filled with minced meat but the tortelloni are much bigger. They also wrap the tortellone in a totally different way.-.
Aless:-I’ve never had the tortellone but I already know I like it!-.
We are on the stairs now, right on the side to access Villa Borghese. Many things happen here. There are boy scouts. I take some photographs. Annalisa is now seated by a monumental fountain. The foliage, the malincholy in Annalisa’s eye, her pale skin, all of that reminds me a pre-raphaelite paintings. Actually, this area is very much 1800s, “fin de siecle”.
As we enter the park, we see an explosion of colour. There are leaves on the ground and on the trees: they are brown, red, yellow, green, gold. Thre’s a lot of humidity, it’s quite cold. The light is gentle today, romantic. Here there are several statues donated by different Embassies in Rome. The greatest poets of all the times are represented. There is Puskin, of Russia. The Islamic Republic of Iran donated Omar Kayam. And there is also the glorious Nikolai Gogol, with his beat generation haircut.
Aless:- Tell me about Rome, Anna -.
Annalisa:- I want to say something uncommon. I love chaos and disorder! I like the anarchy that reigns in Rome I love the crazy traffic, I couldn’t live for example in a Northern European city because it is too perfect, silenced, ordered. I could enjoy this kind of city for a while but then I would need my beloved chaos and disorder of Rome. Here it is, so full of life!-.
Awesome, just awesome. This is what I wanted to hear! Disorder is interesting! Life is disorder!
We now approach the little lake. There is a giant tree laying on the ground. I convinced Anna to take off her jacket. She now has only a t-shirt and she is cold! Sitting on the tree, with her white vestment she resembles an ancient Roman vestal.
Annalisa:- I’m proud of my Roman origin as well. I could live only in Rome. When I’m abroad and people understand where I’m from, they get excited because of the story and the ancientness of my city.
I like people here, the Romans, we are loud and friendly. When I have friends visiting Rome I bring them to the Gianicolo in the Via Piccolomini to show them a unique phenomenon. Driving along the Via Piccolomini you can see San Peter’s Dome. The more you drive away from the Dome, the bigger it looks. The more you drive towards the Dome, the more it looks small. Can I wear my jacket back ? I’m cold! -.
We go back to the Museum and near the Cafè delle Arti, Annalisa countinues her Roman experience.
Annalisa:- I like going for a walk in Rome and that’s the best experience you can have here. For instance, there is a shop in Via Margutta which I often visit. In there they have old stamps and pictures of Rome dating back to the last two centuries.-.
I take notes.
Anna:- I also love Villa Ada, a park which looks very wild and and savage; it is like a real forest within the city. You can walk along different paths in Villa Ada and for one hour and a half never see anything but green, trees, flowers. You completely forget the city.-
I confirm this. Villa Ada is the best for go running.
Aless:- And what about us ? We, the modern Romans ? How would you describe us ? –
Annalisa:-As Romans, we are distinctive. We share common feelings, we love to stay outside in the piazzas, gather together. When it snowed last year the city got totally crazy. A chaos indeed, but you could see such happiness in all the people.
A Roman doesn’t like to stay home because we have such a nice climate. During hot, humid, summer nights I only love sitting on historical stairs in the city that you can find everywhere and talk with friends till late. I’m not into clubs, I enjoy this simple lifestyle. I also love to dine with friends and sit for hours in company. Rome is full of clubs and bars but as true Romans we must go for a walk and enjoy our beautiful city!-
I am not sure this is only a Roman lifestyle but, oh yes, in Rome you can do this and it’s the very best.