Think Rome is the land of eternal sunshine? Think again.
The city can flicker from glorious blue skies to a ferocious storm in no time. Most Romans choose to stay indoors while the rain hammers down, often flooding streets (and occasionally the metro).
If you must go outside, arm yourself with a windproof umbrella and prepare to get drenched all the same.
Weather reports may help, but the best forecast comes from the umbrella sellers who take to the streets minutes before a downpour.
As a matter of general safety, it is best not to loiter around the Stazione Termini (Central Station) or in metro stations at night, and don’t walk alone at night in areas you don’t know or more deserted areas on the outskirts. Having said all this, moving to Rome is largely a safe decision, and you shouldn’t be afraid to discover this city yourself.
Now that we have a child of almost school age, we find ourselves constantly in search of new things to explore and discover with him. We were lucky enough to have Roman friends with a child of similar age in a extremely flexible daycare/school program that he is attending twice weekly
New York, in my mind, was just a city which existed in my favorite movies and TV shows. I couldn’t imagine that I’d actually cross Fifth avenue, East Village, and Brooklyn every morning. And Rome…Rome for me was the land of my ancestors, and the thought of walking on the same ground as them was just a sweet dream.
Before moving to Rome, I knew that I would be totally in love with the Eternal City for its beauty and culture. But I did not know that I would also absolutely hate it, periodically though.
Last year, I had a terrible first impression of Rome because I arrived in Rome during mid-August. It happens to be Ferragosto, which is basically the summer holiday of Romans. This means that public services are reduced, stores are closed, and locals are away on vacation. On top of that, Rome is boiling.
In August this year, I knew better and went on a long holiday to the mountainous countryside of France and the Scandinavian countries, where the temperatures were 10 to 15 degrees Celcius fewer than in Rome.
My insider tip for you: When in Rome, do as the Romans do, and get away from Rome during Ferragosto.
I’ve just returned from Roma and am also trying to figure out how to live there permanently!Finding a job appears to be the biggest challenge. Do I find a job with an American Company who has offices in Roma first? Do I enroll in an Intenational Studies graduate program to give me an edge? So many questions…
Rome is without doubt one of the most captivating and eclectic cities in the world. There are few places on earth where you find 2500-year-old ancient monuments sitting unchanged in the middle of a vibrant, modern capital city, making Rome utterly unique. The aptly named ‘Eternal City’ is one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world and the first thrilling sight of the Colloseum, the opulent Vatican and Michelangelo’s Sistine chapel masterpiece leaves visitors awe-struck.
Either if you are on holiday or especially if you are moving to Rome, I suggest you learn some Italian phrases. I’m lucky my wife speaks Italian, because not everyone here speaks English, especially in non-tourist areas. Obviously if you are here short-term you won’t be able to do a course, so learn some common words and sentences before coming, while if you are about to start your life in Italy, I do recommend you sign up for a course so you are able to live without the need of a translator and even take an Italian driving licence.
I don't live in Rome so I could answer only for English teaching. Try to reach a B1/B2 level of Italian, then you'll teach English as a freelance publishing an advertisement on websites like bakeca.it, subito.it or kijiji.it. About working in pubs, bars etc you should know that the workload (hours, effort) can be high depending on the owner.
First advice is: don't try to live close to WFP. It's in a God-forgotten awful suburb of Rome and you won't be able to enjoy the city if you live there. There are three main ways to get to WFP: driving, train and shuttle bus. If you're not driving make sure you stay near a place where you can get both the train and the metro line B so you can get to the place where the shuttle bus departs. Testaccio, Ostiense and Monti are my favourite neighbourhoods and nice areas to look for a house. :)
Hope this helps. PM me if there's anything else I can help with.
You should go to the Yellow Bar in front of FAO on Fridays if you haven't already. It's where all the Rome base agency people hang out
For many expats, moving to Rome sounds like a dream come true. Your forthcoming relocation may remind you of Hollywood’s vision of the Italian capital. It’s very tempting to imagine yourself as the dashing Gregory Peck romancing a doe-eyed Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday, or as Julia Roberts discovering Italian gourmet cuisine in Eat Pray Love.
As dreamy as these visions seem, in real life, moving to Rome is, in many ways, the same as a move to any other city. Life in Rome brings with it pollution, rising rents, petty crime, and an overstrained transport infrastructure.
In other respects, Rome is certainly not just “any other city”. After all, Ancient Rome was the capital of an empire that stretched from the Atlantic Ocean to the Black Sea, from Northern Africa to Northern England. As the center of Catholic Christianity, it has played a key role in European history.
I love discovering hidden sights in Rome — the places which most of the first-time tourists would miss. The off-the-beaten-path locations I like in Rome are essentially Roman, historical, and mystical.
Expats moving to Rome are likely to become entranced by the imagery of the living, breathing ancient city. Magnificent ruins and foundations built on the rich fabled history that was once the centre of the world are immediately invigorating, and expats would be hard-pressed not to allow themselves to fall for regal Rome and its noble roots.
However, many find that the initial love affair that accompanies arrival is short-lived. Rome has a reputation for being an amazing city to visit and an incredibly difficult city to live in.
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I wish to travel to Rome one day!💗 the archetecture and history is everything!!
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Omg it's beautiful and subbed