Santa Severa: one of Rome’s prettiest beach

A beach close to Rome, with clear water, a medieval castle, and some Roman ruins: why not?

Santa Severa, even though is not really a destination widely considered by foreign tourists, is in my humble opinion, a proper hidden gem that’s worth to visit especially if travelling during the summer months. If you need a break from the heat of the City, you might be surprised to hear how easy and close is to slip into the clean Mediterranean waters.

Santa Severa, amongst other destinations by the sea, is only 50 km from Rome.

The beach that surrounds the Castle is free, which is quite rare given the fact that in Italy most of the beaches are taken over by private owners (Stabilimenti).

Santa Severa. Photo By Roman In London

Named after its homonymous martyr, is believed to have been an ancient Roman port under the name of Pyrgi. Like its bigger neighbour Santa Marinella, it was a popular summer resort for the Romans as well as a fishing settlement supplying fish to the mainland towns and Rome itself. The outline of the Roman settlement is still visible, if you walk around the borgo (walled village) you will notice that the Roman-era foundations are made of massive cyclopean masonry. On top of this, the medieval borgo walls were built, from smaller stones, covered in plaster. Inside the walls, there is a small museum, a church and some small artsy shops.

Santa Severa. Photo By Roman In London

Here is the castle’s official website, where you can also pre-purchase the entry ticket: http://www.regione.lazio.it/santasevera/

Santa Severa. Photo by Roman In London

How to get there from Rome: https://www.rome2rio.com/it/s/Roma/Santa-Severa

Santa Severa is about 45 minutes away by train from either Termini or Trastevere station. The train ticket costs about €5, but access to the beach is totally free.

 

 

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This is what an Italian Easter meal Looks like

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If you’ve ever wondered what a typical Italian Easter meal looks like, you are in the right place. This article will guide you through the best bits of the Roman Culinary tradition.

A carefully chosen, well-mixed types of starters, mains and second main courses will be on the menu from early in the morning to fill you up until you really don’t need anything else (aside from dozing off). Might worth to note that each Region has its own peculiarities in terms of traditions, but we will find out what these traditions are in Rome, my hometown.

Easter in Rome: breakfast

Breakfast has been linked to Italian culinary traditions for centuries, however, the Easter breakfast might actually surprise you. The day will start with a meal consisting of unusual ingredients, on the table on Easter Sunday in Rome, in fact, you will not find either a brioche nor a cappuccino, but boiled eggs, offal, quiches, dove, salami, pizza pasqualina (a type of sweet and sour cheese bread) the ubiquitous chocolate, Easter pizza and  finally a nice frittata with either artichokes or spinach.

It may sound as a “challenging” meal to start the day with, however, this reflects ancient Christian tradition of celebrating the end of the pre-Easter fasting with all kinds of good things.

Easter in Rome: Lunch

For those who survived the breakfast, a round of starters, mains and second mains will be there on the table for the second round of glorious tastiness. Pasta, quiche, asparagus and the irreplaceable lamb with roasted potatoes.

The Roasted Lamb belongs to the Lazio culinary tradition and is the typical dish of the Easter period.
As per tradition, this is cooked with rosemary, garlic and a glass of wine, however, lamb can be offered in three (and equally tasty) variants: agnello alla cacciatora, agnello alla romana (full browned in garlic, olive oil, chopped ham  and roasted potatoes), or lamb chops.

Note: Lamb should be eaten with your hands, you don’t want to spoil the taste!

After the meal, each one gets its own easter egg full of surprises.

 

Buona Pasqua!    from…

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Staycation this Easter? Here’s what London has to offer

As spring gets underway, this will guide you through

the best of the calendar this April

 

1. Art & Exhibitions

 

Watch Twelfth Night

In casting Tamsin Greig as “Malvolia”, director Simon Godwin refocuses Twelfth Night. Tamsin Greig stars in the National Theatre’s adaptation of this beloved Shakespearean classic where romance and gender collide with comedic flair.

Tickets from £15 at Nationaltheatre.com.

 

Master the art of the selfie

We all knew it: It was only a matter of time until someone decided that a selfie can be classified as a work of art. The Saatchi Gallery is –  as always – one step ahead of the curve with its pioneering exhibition: From Selfie to Self-Expression.

Free admission at Saatchigallery.com.

 

2. Easter Choccolate Treats

Try a chocolate scotch egg

Decadent cream egg-style fondant. covered in a brownie ganache and then rolled in crushed mini eggs. Is your mouth watering yet?

 

Photo Credits Channel4

3.Things to Do

“The Passion of Christ”

Participate in a mass religious-inspired performance of Jesus’ final days. As every year a re-enactment of Jesus’ final days, via a free performance from more than 100 actors, volunteers and performers. The 90-minute performances  are also projected onto big screens,

Friday 14th April; 12pm and 3.15pm, Trafalgar Square

The wildest egg hunt

An Easter egg hunt alongside entertainment and activities. This Easter Sunday you’ll be witnessing the  ‘the wildest egg hunt in South London’ – with lots of fun and “wild” activities such as magicians, craft activities, performers and face painters. This event is for all ages all day before Midnight Riot Records take over at nightfall for an epic adults-only after-party.

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Sunday 16th April  at Pop Brixton

Easter Light Show & 500th anniversary at Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace is celebrating its 500th anniversary this year over the Bank Holiday Weekend. This will involve a  live cooking event in the Tudor Style,  and the launch of TimePlays – a series of micro-plays telling the stories of the palace’s rich history.

There is also a spectacular Easter Light Show every evening. hcp500.hrp.org.uk

 

Southbank Easter Fun Fair

Workshops, family activities, dance schools and parties at Southbank Centre, easter Food Market, even a bunny. This is what you wouldn’t really want to miss out. FOMO is bad.

https://southbanklondon.com/our-guide-to-easter-on-south-bank

When 1-17 Apr

 

Tall Ships Regatta

More than 30 vessels sailing along the Greenwich and Woolwich riverfronts for you to enjoy river-themed activities and fireworks.

13-16 Apr

 

Photo credits VisitsLondon

 

Easter Opening Hours and Transport in London

Good Friday and Easter Monday are both public holidays.

Most attractions are open over the Easter bank holiday, but check with individual venues in advance; particularly to find what is open on Easter Sunday in London. Shops are closed on Easter Sunday, Public transport services, including the London Underground, may be reduced between Good Friday and Easter Monday, so plan your journey in advance.

 

 

 

 

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Top Spring 2017 Style Inspirations

We’re there, spring has started and we can almost feel the heat (Ehm, sometimes at least). Surely, you might be wondering what are the staples items that you’ll need in your wardrobe to stand out from the crowd,  well, then you should keep on reading!

1. Bralettes

This declares the end of an era: the push-up bra era, instead, the bralette is in.
bralette

2. Shine in Fuchsia

Pink is back! Very happy about this one since is, admittedly,  my favourite colour…

Emily Ratajkowski wearing pink.

 

3.Parisian Chic

Like Taylor loves a classic striped Bretton top,  we all know that a  cute Bretton top will never date, so it makes a smart addition to any wardrobe.

 

 

4.Cool Co-Ords

Co-ords are the number one alternative to a dress. For extra cool points, go for a culotte co-ord instead of a skirt or shorts.

 5.Kitten Heels

The low-stiletto hasn’t often had a great reputation in fashion, however, there are  so many positive sides in wearing it: comfortable, versatile and  now with many cool variations rather than the classic old version

Photo Credit Mango

6. The Eighties

You probably might have noticed that there’s been a resurrection of ’80s fashion trends both on the runway and the street lately. If you know how to interpret the style, it’s totally possible to pull it off even though is quite risky and not the easiest one.

The customised denim jacket. Photo credit SC

7. Tulle

I’m a big fan of SATC and had to buy a pink one myself. It suits for any occasion but I wore it primarily at ceremonies.Even though quite a few years have passed since that famous opening credit it’s still on trend wearing a tutu or a tulle skirt.

Photo: MATTHEW SPERZEL/GETTY IMAGES

 

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A day at the Museum of Modern Art in Rome | GNAM

GNAM is the acronym for Galleria Nazionale D’Arte Moderna (National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art of Rome) and is located in Via delle Belle Arti in Rome.

The Cesare Bazzani-designed neo-classical building is known as Palazzo delle Belle Arti (Palace of Fine Arts) and it was completed in 1915.

 

 

Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art “GNAM” Time is out of Joint Exhibitions. Photo by Roman in London

 

Amongst all the paintings and sculptures of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, you can also find artists of the likes of Antonio Canova, Giorgio de Chirico, Amedeo Modigliani, Giacomo Manzù. The museum also holds some works by foreign artists, among them Braque, Calder, Cézanne, Degas, Duchamp, Giacometti, Kandinsky, Mondrian, Monet, Jackson Pollock, Rodin, and Van Gogh.

 

Cafe’ at the Museum. Photo by Roman In London

 

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Details. Photo By Roman In London

 

Business suit
Details. Photo by Roman in London

 

Sneakers
Details. Shoes

 

 

Museum of modern and contemporary art in Rome
Details. Photo by Roman In London

 

I was very impressed by the exterior of the building and the dialogue between modern and classic also highlighted by the current exhibition theme Time Is Out Of Joint – that is displaying classical Roman statues with modern and contemporary pieces of art.

 

Photo by Andrea Castellani

This a  selection of some of the things I’ve seen that grabbed my attention.

Hall of the Museum. Photo by Roman in London

 

 

Sculpture
Photo by Roman In London

 

Joan Miro’. Photo by Roman in London

 

Photo by Roman in London

 

Self-portrait “suspended” Sam Taylor Wood #getaway #romaninrome #art #gnam #galleriaartemoderna #roma

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hall of the museum
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Door
Details. Photo by Roman In London

Hope you have enjoyed it, in case you’d like to visit it, here are the info.

Information:

Address: Viale delle Belle Arti, 131, 00197 Roma, Italy
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 8:30 am to 7:30 pm
Last admission 45 minutes before closing

Closures Every Monday, 1st of January, 1st of May, 25th of December

Phone: +39 06 322981
Founded: 1883

 

 

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Top Five Shoes For Spring and Summer

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Summer’s here, which means it’s time to put those boots to the back of the wardrobe! These five fab shoes will take you from beach to festival and beyond for a brilliantly well-heeled Summer season:

1 – The Jelly

Cute, sweet and super practical for the beach, the jelly shoe is a Summer essential. Forget the t-bar jellies of your childhood though – grown-up jellies are a whole lot more stylish. Ted Baker has a fantastic range of gorgeous jelly shoes, including the Black Layered Bow Jelly Sandals. Or for something a little different, the Ancient Greek label has amazing jellies with unique wing detail at the ankle.

 

2 – The Gladiator

Strappy gladiators never go out of style, and they’re a great way to jazz up a swimsuit to go from beach to bar on holiday. If you don’t want to have to deal with awkward tan lines though, go for a pair that just strap up to ankle height! This pair from Ancient Greek Sandals is a dream for Summer.

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3 – The Espadrille Wedge

A wedge is the perfect Summer shoe when you want a little bit of height but still want to rock a casual look. An espadrille-style wedge is a great look for the beach, and will add height and laid-back style to your holiday outfits. Wear with everything from swimwear on the sand to a playsuit for afterdark adventures.

 

4 – The Heeled Mule

The mule is the ultimate slip-on slip-off Summer shoe, and makes a great replacement for your Winter courts. Choose an open toe mule with a heel like the Wanda Welted Mule by DKNY and you’ve got a very versatile shoe that works as well for the office as it does for long Summer evenings out on the town.

5 – The Clog

A chunky clog-style heel is ideal when you want a comfy, casual shoe for sightseeing or festivals. Look effortlessly cool in the sunshine in clogs and a boho style dress or cold-shoulder top. Free People is an exciting label with loads of lovely clogs in its Summer collection

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Spring is here: get yourself multi-Coloured!

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Multi-Coloured Magic

Although Summer is here, unfortunately, that doesn’t always guarantee good weather. Chase away the clouds with a rainbow-coloured outfit that will put you in a bright, sunny mood, whatever the weatherman says! Here’s some magical multi-coloured inspiration:

The Chloe ‘Jamie’ Sandal

Chloe is one label loving the multi-coloured strap sandal this summer, with several variations on the Jamie available. These chunky-heeled sandals have knotted straps in all colours of the rainbow, for perfectly pretty, colourful feet that will pep up any outfit! White is fantastic as it lets the colourful straps really pop. Also available in a wedge and in black.

SANDAL

The Farragamo Sara Bucket Bag

The Farragamo Sara range has some super-sweet colourful arm candy that’s impossible to say no to. We love the Rainbow Bucket Bag, as it’s got a shoulder strap and a handle for extra versatility.

ferragamo bag

 

The Valentino 1973 Range

The 1973 range by Valentino is an explosion of colour, with rainbow-coloured everything from bags, sandals and shoes to dresses, tops, shorts and coats. Amal Clooney was recently seen rocking the rainbow in the 1973 Striped Dress, so you’ll be in very stylish company!

Jaded London Rainbow Mesh  swimwear 

There’s no need to go top to toe rainbow to rock the multi-coloured look. If you prefer a more subtle style, choose a piece with just a pop of primary colour magic. This swimwear with a rainbow stripe pattern is all what you need to hit the beaches!

MiH Jeans Multi-Colour Chevron Skirt

If you prefer your colours on the more muted side, this sweet little suede mini combines inky blue, mustard yellow, red, brown and black to give a colour pop that’s less in your face. Guaranteed to look amazing with any simple black top.

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A Weekend in Rome

When it comes to travelling to my hometown every excuse is a good excuse, really 🙂

A Weekend, a whole week or even a fortnight, regardless of the amount of time I spend there, every time never really seems to be enough. On the other hand, I can’t really complain, Italy is only a couple of hours flight away from London and offers a plethora of opportunities and places to go depending on the season.

My favourite, though, is…

Spending a Weekend in Rome

Sunset nearby Largo di Torre Argentina. Photo by Roman in London

Here remnants of the Empire meet Renaissance masterpieces, cobbled piazzas and wonderful churches, it’s all thrown in with an increasingly cool contemporary art, food and drinks scene.

But since you’d need an actual eternity to see everything in the Eternal City, I’ve shared with you some pictures I’ve taken while walking around Central. It took me a couple of hours (with something like 300 stops to take pictures) to walk from Piazza del Popolo to Largo Argentina.

During this short walk, you can see the major landmarks: Piazza del Popolo, via Del Corso, Piazza Di Spagna and the famous ‘steps’, Pantheon, Galleria Colonna, Fontana di Trevi, Piazza del Parlamento, Altare della Patria and Largo Argentina.

History is around every corner of Rome. From the Pantheon and the piazzas to Vatican City’s Sistine Chapel, the ‘Eternal City’ is one of the world’s most historically significant destinations.

In fact, in Rome, classical ruins and early Christian places of worship stand just next to Renaissance palazzos and Baroque fountains, but also to great – and contemporary – neighbourhood trattorias, quirky shops and a crowded aperitivo scene. Happy hour for us is a way to meet with friends, have a glass of wine (or two) and eat some starters from the buffet.

The city’s mild Mediterranean climate is another persuasive reason to visit (aside from December – February that can get a bit chilly there too).

Piazza del Popolo. Photo by Roman in London

 

 

A private Courtyard in central Rome. Photo by Roman In London

 

 

Via del Corso. Photo by Roman in London

 

 

Corner of Via di Gesu’ e Maria. Photo by Roman in London

 

 


 

 

Details of a post box. Photo by Roman In London

 

Bakery Sign. Photo by Roman In London

 

Private Courtyard. Photo by Roman in London

 

Old Metropolitan Cinema. Photo by Roman in London

 

 

Piazza Navona. Photo By Roman In London

 

“M’hai provocato e mo me te magno!” #hometime #romanholidays #romaninrome #getaway

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Some information:

Visitor passes

The Roma Pass (romapass.it) discount card, currently priced at €36 (three day) or €28 (two day) and available online or from tourist information offices, gives free entry to two museums of your choice and reductions for many others, plus unlimited use of citywide public transport.

International dialling codes

0039 06 for Rome numbers from abroad
06 from inside Italy
00 to get an international line

 

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How to Work Waterproof Footwear

There’s much more to waterproof shoes than just flip-flops for the beach, there’s actually a waterproof shoe for every occasion – and as they’re great for all weathers and look cool, there’s no reason not to jump on the jelly trend!

At a Festival

Protection from the mud is essential at a festival, as you know that rain is as good as guaranteed! Full-on wellies are a must in this occasion (as in the above iconic picture of Kate Moss at Glastonbury Festival).


Planning a winter break?

If you are planning a winter break for the beach you’d want a shoe that’s easy to slip on and off easily. If you want to go for something different to the flip-flops that you’ll see on everyone else’s feet, slip into a slider instead, like Gigi Hadid does below.

 

Gigi Hadid wearing Adidas Sliders. Image Credits WhoWhatWear

Spring Showers

Brit Boots that Celebrities love are –  of course –  the Chelsea Boots. These are the boots that I wear five days in a row in London, and that usually,  get me through Autumn/ Winter/ Spring and sometimes also – unfortunately – Summer…

 

Chelsea Boots

If it’s full-on throwing it down then waterproof booties will keep feet dry without spoiling your Spring style. Colours of California has an amazing selection of low booties in a wide range of colours, with biker buckles for extra style points. Will look just as good with a sundress or playsuit as with skinny jeans.

Out and About

A sweet jelly ballerina-style shoe is perfect for skipping about town in – and will even work for work! Ted Baker has some gorgeously grown-up jellies featuring a smart bow, and the fact that they wipe clean will keep them looking pristine forever.

 

Credits for the image WhoWhatWear

Afterdark

There’s absolutely no reason why a waterproof heel can’t work in the evenings – it certainly saves any worries about drinks being spilt on your shoes! If you want to be able to dance the night away in comfort, choose a high flatform style. Braver shoe lovers might want to go for a wedge heel instead.

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Top Trends: Underwear as Outerwear

Underwear as outerwear was a huge 2016 trend that’s still ongoing and perfect for the new season. We saw it on the catwalks at Givenchy, Celine, Calvin Klein, Balenciaga, Dior and more, but this trend isn’t just for supermodels. There are lots of ways to wear your underwear as outerwear – check out these lovely ones!

Bodysuits

The bodysuit is back! This 90s staple looks incredible with jeans, skirts, shorts – there’s nothing you can’t wear it with! Try a lingerie style body with ripped boyfriend jeans for a sexy, casual look.

credit for the image The Fashion Tag

The Slip Dress

Simple but stunning, the slip is another 90s favourite that’s making a comeback. This beautiful blue bias cut slip by Vince is very Jennifer Anniston and is the last word in elegant, zero effort dressing.

credit for the image: Modern Legacy

 

Lace Trim Tops

Incorporating lace into your wardrobe is an easy way to wear this trend. The Multicolour silk bellflower lace-trim slip by Rebecca Taylor ticks so many boxes with lace, silk, spaghetti straps and a scalloped neckline that it has to win the prize for the ultimate lingerie-look dress.

Credits for the image The Zoe Report

 Sheer Details

Sheer panels are super sexy and will give any piece a luxurious lingerie feel. If slip dresses aren’t your thing, pick up a playsuit with sheer detail for a young, fresh take on this trend.

Credits for the image Nicky Digital

 Silky Shorts

Silky shorts are surprisingly wearable, and a lightweight silk/cotton mix pair will keep you cool and comfortable, whatever you’re doing. Team with a vest top by day or a sexy body or sheer blouse after dark.

Credits for the image WhoWhatWear

Loose Pants

Large pants under a sheer skirt is a huge style trend at the moment, with Burberry Prorsum, Isabel Marant,  Dior and Balmain all sending models down the runway with their knickers on show.

Credits for the image Refinery29

Chic P-J Style

Credits for the image Harpers Bazaar

A sense of humour is the ultimate accessory for this look. Bold colours and patterns, as well as stripes, look perfect for this style.

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