My Experience in Rome

Rome view

Hello, My name is Berivan SALMAN. I am a university student in Turkey and came to Rome with Erasmus program. I will stay in  Rome for three months. I will briefly mention about my experiences.

Living in Rome has both advantages and disadvantages. In Rome, I am working as an intern at Accademia StudioItalia. Also, this school gave me an opportunity to take free Italian courses. I join italian courses every day until afternoon. I realized that it is easy to learn language in a country which speaks it because you hear the language everywhere; in streets, metro, school and etc. You can quickly improve your pronunciation and start to use it.

Italian accent sounds nice. Their meals; spaghetti, pizza, ice-cream and coffee are also very delicious. You can eat every day without getting bored. Moreover, Italians are very sincere and helpful. You can easily communicate with them using words or if necessary gestures. They are always positive. For instance, I went to Nemi, a village of Rome. To turn Rome, I waited for the bus along two hours but the bus did not come. A tradesman who has supermarket saw me while I was waiting for the bus. He felt sorry for me and drop off me Genzano”s bus station by his car.

As known, Rome has an important historical background. You can see everywhere the reflection of this background. While you are walking streets, you can feel yourself as if living in that old times. It is so beautiful in terms of historical buildings. Buildings” architectural structure is amazing. Rome gives importance to protect everything belonging old times. There are lots of tourists who come to see these architectures so it is a very vivid city. For touristic travel, it should be absolutely preferred, however; to live in Rome is a little bit difficult. For example, public transportation is not enough and troublesome. There are lots of passenger waiting in stations so we get stuck in public transportation. Especially using metro in working hours is too difficult. We can hardly get on it when metro come the third or fourth time. Moreover, buses do not come in time. It is like there is no time schedule. I am generally waiting for bus throughout one hour. To come
to school take two hours for me. I am happy to be in Rome. It is an opportunity for me to live in such a beautiful city.

Ostia: la città da scoprire

Ostia è un quartiere di Roma che si trova sul mare, alla foce del fiume Tevere, a circa 30 km dal centro. Oggi è conosciuta soprattutto per le sue spiagge dove i romani passano i weekend o i pomeriggi liberi, ma Ostia è anche una città molto antica con una ricca storia.

Ostia fu fondata, secondo la tradizione, nel 620 a.C. da Anco Marzio il quarto re di Roma e per molti anni fu il porto più importante della città. Nel Medioevo, quando i confini della linea costiera cambiarono, il Papa Gregorio IV ordinò di costruire una nuova città con il porto poco distante dal vecchio sito: questa prima fu chiamata Gregoriopoli, ma poi si tornò al vecchio nome, Ostia. Oggi, dopo tanti secoli il porto storico si è allontanato dal mare ed è a 7 km .

A Ostia il posto più importante da visitare sono gli scavi di Ostia Antica. I monumenti più interessanti sono  soprattutto la basilica, l’anfiteatro e alcune case private: la casa meglio conservata è la Casa di Diana con il suo cortile. Possiamo visitare anche le Terme imperiali o termopili e la Taverna antica con dipinti sule pareti.

Per arrivare a Ostia si deve prendere il trenino dalla stazione Porta S.Paolo (metro B- Piramide) direzione C. Colombo.

Scritto da Magdalena Nieśpiałowska

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Interesting events in Rome


One of the most interesting events in Rome these days takes place from 8th April to 2nd July. It is the exhibition dedicated to the human body and its organs, muscles and skeletal system.

The highlight of the 350 exhibits is the series of 12 entire bodies immortalized in a variety of sporting positions, such as running, jumping or dancing. They demonstrate how our muscles and tendons work. The exhibition provides also anatomical insights into the human reproduction process, as well as showing the impact of disease on internal organs. You can get in touch closely with each system of the body, knowing the nature, aging and disease.

During the visit you’ll be also able to revise Italian names of body parts!

One of the exhibits
One of the exhibits


Another appealing activity among recent events is accessible from 21 April to 18 June. The famous municipal rose garden located on the eastern side of the Aventine hill reopens on 21 April, and can be visited daily, from 08.30-19.30, until 18 June.

The Roseto Comunale is home to 1,000 different varieties of rose and is free of charge. It is a very beautiful and romantic place in Rome and attracts many tourists and couples. The public rose gardens date back to 1931 when the American countess Mary Gayley Senni succeeded in securing from the city authorities a site on the Oppian hill near the Colosseum, which contained about 300 plants. Two years later the countess’s efforts paid off again when the city established the Premio Roma competition.

The gardens will be closed to the public on Saturday 20 May, for one day, to allow for the 74th edition of this prestigious, international competition to select the most beautiful rose in the capital.

Roses in the garden
Roses in the garden
View from the rose's garden
View from the rose’s garden


Third noteworthy event amid other events is held from 13 April to 12 November. Two outdoor spectacles with music, light projections and historical commentary take place at the Forum of Caesar and the Forum of Augustus every night in the period of time written above.  The display of various aspects of the Roman world is done creatively by the usage of remains of the Forum to try to let the stones “speak” for themselves. Besides the faithful reconstruction of the area, with special effects of all kinds, the story focuses also on the figure of Augustus, whose giant statue, over 12 meters high, dominated the area next to the temple.

Through special audio systems with headphones the spectators listen to music, special effects and the story narrated by Piero Angela in 8 languages: Italian, English, French, Russian, Spanish and Japanese, German and Chinese.

The map displayed on one of the buildings
The map displayed on one of the buildings
Attractive light projections
Attractive light projections

Nothing remains but to wish you all a great time in Rome!

Why did I come to Italy? My experiences

Why did I come to Italy?I think there are not clear, simple reasons. I belive that our detination is not just a place but what we feel inside us. In fact we do not know where or when we will get there. The important thing is to be able to see it. To stop for a moment, look around and realize what really has the meaning. To find moments, these short moments which give a sense to our lives, which are much deeper and much more important than we can imagine, which are far away from this for what we run every single day. After losing almost all hope for happiness, I found these moments THERE, in Rome. Italy will never be an ordinary country because Italy is Italy. If it was the ordinary country, it wouldn’t have Rome. As an American writer, Anatole Broyard said: “Rome is a poem pressed into service as a city”. It is the magic which is spread in front of your eyes. It is a place where dreams come true. I love Rome. I love visiting this city. I love that incredible feeling when I go through the Roman streets. When I feel the wind in my face and hear “ciao” all around me. When all I want to repeat is “Come dolce è la mia vita”. Italians have certainly mastered the art of living filled with good food and good conversation each day. I like eating and Italian cuisine boasts its fresh fruits and vegetables, all bursting with flavour. I am able to eat Italian food over and over again, not forgetting to mention drinking italian wine which in my opinion is the best in the world.

Toasting with the red wine
Toasting with the red wine

I am fully in love with Italy, however there are also aspects which I didn’t expect before coming here. Having in mind some confidence taken from the movies I believed that Italy would be full of citizens who speak English, however at some places I found myself in the middle of nowhere when it comes to communicating in that language. Majority of Italians want us to speak italian. I thought that research and acquisition of basic italian was unnecessary, because I have already eaten at Italian restaurants before and I’ve already known what “ciao” means. Then I was shocked to find that those bread sticks on the table are for free and that after asking for a “latte” I would get a glass of cold milk instead of coffee with milk. Another thing any I learned is that here is time and then there is Italian time. Italian time is so elastic so you shouldn’t be surprised when your 4 p.m. tour around the city starts at 4:30. Many businesses shut down for lunch so double-checking of business hours is crucial. Public transportation is also often “out of order” or delayed, so give yourself time and relax. Getting angry is useless.

Buses out of order
Buses out of order

Five things you have to do in Italy:

1. Validate your ticket.

Whether you take train from one city to another or you travel within a city simple buying a ticket isn’t enough, you must validate it before you board. Most tickets are not date or time specific, so if you don’t validate it before boarding it is as if you haven’t paid for your ride. Sometimes the ticket validation machines are on platforms before you get on the train, sometimes they’re on the bus.

Machine which validates tickets at train stations
Machine which validates tickets at train stations

2. Eat at least two ice cream scoops daily.

Italian gelato is made with milk, not cream, so it is a lot less fattening than people think. It is a well-deserved treat after a day filled with sightseeing, studying or working. Eating ice cream really does make us happy. Scientists have found that a spoonful of ice cream lights up the same pleasure centre in the brain as winning money or listening to your favourite music.

Woman with ice cream in front of Trevi fountain
Eating ice cream in front of Trevi fountain

3. See an Italian soccer game

Regardless of the fact if you’re a soccer fan, or even a sports fan going to a game of calcio is unforgettable. Italian soccer can be considered a second religion in this country, and experiencing a game live lets you witness the passion Italians feel for their clubs.

AS Roma supporters during the match
AS Roma supporters during the match

4. Eat pizza

There’s nothing like eating something as universally well-known as pizza in the country where it was born, and for that you have to do it. The Margherita is still the most popular pizza today, perhaps because it’s simple, light and tasty. A good tomato sauce, a good mozzarella or a good extra virgin olive oil make a lot of difference. It’s not easy to have and find these ingredients all over the world. In Italy they are the best.

Pizza is the most famous italian dish
Pizza as the most famous Italian dish

5. Learn Italian at least at basic level

Learning italian is very usefull and beneficial especially when it comes to communicating with Italians and coping with daily activities properly. Italian has the highest number of words for describing food.
Whether you order food in a restaurant or do the grocery shopping at one of the street markets, having a knowledge of the language not only enriches your holiday experience, but also allows you to save a few euros.

Learn italian to be able to speak well
Learn Italian to be able to speak well

Good luck!

5 modi originali per mangiare il cocomero

1. Pizza di cocomero

Avete mai pensato di trasformare un cocomero in una pizza?

E magari di servirlo durante un aperitivo estivo per stupire i vostri ospiti? Ecco la ricetta che fa per voi:
a)Per prima cosa preparate una crema leggera mescolando in un recipiente yogurt greco con miele a vostro piacimento.
b) Tagliate una fetta di cocomero in modo trasversale.
c) Distribuite sul cocomero la crema che avete preparato.
d) Dividete il cerchio in 8 spicchi uguali e decorate la vostra pizza con frutta fresca di stagione e il gioco è fatto!
e) Servite in tavola e lasciate i vostri invitati a bocca aperta!

2. Stelline decorativestellina di cocomero

Il cocomero può essere utilizzato anche come golosa decorazione e il procedimento è semplicissimo!
Affettatelo e create delle stelline aiutandovi di una forma per biscotti. Infilzateli con uno stuzzicadenti.
E voilà ecco la vostra decorazione.
Potete sbizzarrirvi a creare delle decorazioni anche con il vostro frutto preferito!

spiedini di cocomero3. Spiedini di frutta

Gli spiedini di frutta possono essere un’alternativa divertente ai tradizionali spiedini di carne! In che modo?
Tagliate il cocomero e la feta a cubetti e il cetriolo a fettine.
Infilza su lunghi spiedini di legno i cubetti di anguria, le olive nere snocciolate, i dadini di feta e le fettine di cetriolo. Aggiungete dei crostini di pane croccante!

rosa di cocomero4. Rosa di cocomero

Se amate le decorazioni scenografiche, ecco un tutorial che fa per voi!

5. Gazpacho “falsi amici”

Gazpacho di bucce d'anguria, by FRAGOLE A MERENDA

A volte i falsi amici fanno pace, fondendosi in una ricetta buonissima!
Preparare il gazpacho di bucce d’anguria è estremamente semplice con i seguenti ingredienti: 1 kg di bucce d’anguria, 2 cetrioli, 10 pomodorini, una manciata di pinoli, un mazzetto di prezzemolo
Eliminate la scorza dalle bucce dell’anguria e poi frullate tutti gli altri ingredienti. Salate e pepate a vostro piacimento e poi lasciate raffreddare il gazpacho per un’ora in frigo!

Buon appetito!