Disclaimer: This is not a collaboration post nor paid one. Just sharing what I love and appreciate with you.
Know Rome By Its Language
I’ve been following her since I started my Italian language course in Rome. She uses her feeds to introduce the unique Rome slangs and special words, and in a very easy-to-understand and hilarious way.
I’m from China, speak mandarin. If you have traveled in China or know Chinese culture, you won’t feel weird that I spent 9 months to master Cantonese (without having a course or learn from someone intentionally)! Plus, I am a native Shanghai dialect speaker. Rome is the same!
Italy is a very young country (Don’t mistake the Roman Empire as Italy) and before its union, it is “deeply” divided into many different micro kingdoms or republics. The Italians always ironically make a joke to themselves that, “The Italians don’t speak Italian.” The reason is because of the dialect. Rome has its dialect too, and it has so many slangs which are difficult to learn but meanwhile, very interesting and almost fascinating! Those slangs are created with the specific setting of the using condition or environment. It is exactly opening the door for us to the Roman local culture and life.
Let me show you one example from Rome Is More:
“giro de peppe”
giro = have a tour, tour around, walk around…
de = of
peppe = pepper (mostly means black pepper)
Here’s her interpretation:
“When you live in Roma sud (South of Rome) but during quarantena (quarantine) you go to Roma nord (North of Rome) to throw your trash, you are doing a giro de peppe.
Know Rome By Its History And Art
There are many ways to know history and art, for example, books, documentaries, visiting museums and art galleries, etc. Thanks to the digital life we have now, the free resources online is more than we expect! In Rome, it is the same.
My first saved photo of Rome on Instagram is from them. Yes, they are running tours in Rome commercially, but I respect their hard work of sharing the history and art knowledge about Rome for free, and in a very professional way. If you’ve remembered my 3-day Rome Itinerary, I’ve mentioned that Piazza Navona was once flooded for two months in the medieval time, for the Roman people to enjoy the cool water in the summers and to have fun in the square? That piece of secret knowledge was exactly inspired by Rome Guides.
They are writing in bilingual languages and I’m having a mini-history class with them almost every day.
If you are specifically interested in Art, @milestonerome is a nice one to follow. They have a focus on promoting arts and museums of Rome. Recently, they had a small campaign to show the empty museums of Rome in quarantine, which reminds me of so many beautiful and important museums which I haven’t visited.
Here is one for Terme di Diocleziano. The museum under Museo Nazionale Romano and the heritage of the biggest bath of the Roman Empire.
Their sharing is not only inspiring but sometimes, also informative. When we visit a museum, we often overlook many details and masterpieces for whatever reason I don’t know. Exactly with their posts, I can fill up that “gap”.
Rome is not lack of big and small museums. Many of them are under Musei in Comune Roma. Before the quarantine in Rome, I’ve just caught the last chance to visit the exhibition “Cavona, Eterna Bellezza” in Museo di Roma. And where I got the news of this great exhibition? You know it.
Currently, they are also offering Virtual Tour on the website, and short video tour on their Instagram. The latest one is about Mercati di Traiano. Unfortunately, they often write in Italian for their Instagram account. Well, luckily we can use the “Translate” function from our phone app. Just scroll down to the end, and you will see that button.
Talking about museum accounts, the one that you cannot miss is Galleria Borghese. The museum is already famous enough to draw a long line in the normal days, and if you’ve visited, you must know their 2-hour visiting rule. So, I think it’s a great idea to see those stunning artworks with their professional photography on the Instagram feed wall. Plus, they share the latest notice and museum information which I think is super important if you want to visit this high-demand museum in Rome.
They don’t write many details in their captions, so I suggest to take it as an inspiration for what artwork to be googled in-depth or to be visited closely in your next museum trip.
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