When in Rome…pulsate at the publicity

Lidl has, as you may know, an important part in our Roman story. Hardly a visit goes by when we don’t go there, each time regretting a Roman branch could not be transferred to London given the (sadly far too small) number of Italians who live in Londra.

On our most recent visit, we happened upon this. Being now banned from sharing The Roman’s thoughts on any form of social media will in and of itself tell you all you need to know about the commentary we heard. Yes, indeed.

Leaving the store, our eyes caught this. Joy!

As one of our friends, who happens to also follow us on Instagram, said, ”I want British fayre’ said no Italian Lidl customer ever’. Indeed.

As if that publicity were not enough to make our hearts skip a beat, there was also this. It was all over the city and only in Rome we thought could skin creams have such a back drop. Fabulous!

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When in Rome…survive Il Nubifragio

On the day that Andy Murray won Wimbledon for the first time, 7 July 2013, we were in Garbatella, trying – and failing – to survive La Tempesta. That rain is as memorable to us as the victory no doubt is to Sir Andy. We recently survived something similar, Il Nubifragio of 5 November 2017.
Picture it, on Via Prenestina, clouds ever blackening, and then breaking. The tram you want to get on doesn’t arrive. The tram that does arrive you don’t get on. Instead you sit in the tram shelter with your umbrella over your legs. The tram you didn’t get on pulls away and not far away grinds to a halt. It has broken down. It empties of the people who were on it, almost all of whom return to the tram shelter. Realising a broken down tram would prevent other trams running, you head for a bus stop.
From it, as the seconds turn to minutes, and the minutes turn to tens of minutes, and finally you’ve been there over an hour, pacing about, under the inadequate cover of a bus shelter, to get your steps up, thanking The Big Fella that you’re scared – you’re not, you’re really not scared – of thunder and lightening, you take some photographs.

No buses stopping that are going anywhere you want to go, you eventually head back to the tram stop as the broken down one has now seemingly miraculously started working again.

Your desired tram – 14 for Termini – eventually arrives. It passes through the localised flooding on Largo Preneste and the tram itself starts to take on water. This was a cue for, ‘un fiume proprio’ (‘a proper river’), ‘una bomba di acqua’ (‘a water bomb’), and the most joyous of all, ‘il mare – mamma mia, GUARDA’ (‘the sea – mamma mia, LOOK’).

As ever after any cloud burst, Rome compensates you with things in reflection and with other things, too. The aftermath of Il Nubifragio was no exception.

Beautiful, no? And surely worth any amount of soaking.

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When in Rome…revisit Santa Maria dell’Anima on Via di Santa Maria dell’Anima

Long-term readers may recall that as The Thirteen Months drew to their end, we found ourselves visiting Santa Maria dell’Anima. A few months ago, we found ourselves doing exactly the same thing again. Hurrah!!! This time there was more to see as the scaffolding had gone. You can study in depth here what we recorded on our latest visit. Those below encompass a craned neck and our ever favoured architectural detail. Enjoy!

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When in Rome…soak up Saturday scenes

As Saturday approaches, let’s turn our memory to a Saturday in the bright and recent past. On it, we undertook a couple of strolls around il centro storico. As ever with these passeggiate we saw much detail, some of it architectural, some of it not. Also as ever, we captured some of it to share with you.

We started with the lions on the building next to Babington’s.

At Piazza del Popolo, a manifestazione by one of the major trade unions.

In the afternoon, we were charmed by this fontanella near Via Giulia.

 And these colours.

And this scene so full of ‘stuff’.

And something ‘funkay’.

With another lion, this time in the Ghetto.

And these lights on Via della Tribuna dei Campitelli.

And a reminder that no passeggiata can ever take place without some form of poster being included. These we saw all over the historic centre.

And finally, an open door, through which we can see the open courtyard of Palazzo Massimo Lancelotti.

A beautiful walk, no?

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When in Rome…nip to San Nicola

On Sunday morning not many Sundays ago, we paid a quick visit to San Nicola. You can see the Castel di Palo in the distance that we so memorably experienced early in 2016. Note also the sea and the sky, to paraphrase Dame Shirley Bassey.

And note it here.

Then look just at the sky and wonder why Lazio makes us so ‘pazzo’.

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When in Rome…see (the exterior of) Santa Maria delle Grazie al Trionfale on Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie

Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie is a large(ish) square located near The Vatican and the metro stop Cipro. On it stands a church dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary under her title of Our Lady of Graces. Santa Maria delle Grazie was built in 1941 and although, as you can see, we’ve borne witness to the exterior, the interior is still on our Rome Bucket List.

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