The latest Nick Cave, by Luciana Carlucci

It was a mid-September night. A friend was waiting for me. The weather in Rome was still quite warm despite some rain. I jumped out of the bus and decided to continue on foot. I put my earphones on and pressed play. I knew it was not the best time to do this. My friend…

Reading: a pleasure also on the Internet, by Leda Isabella Fianchi

It’s funny how often I talk about reading and it’s even funnier what my friends think about this. They always say: “C’mon, it takes up a lot of time, you have to concentrate, and you need to be alone and in total silence”. But, wait a second, is that really true? People use the Internet…

4 haunted places in Rome, by Sara Lilliu

Ahhh Rome! La Città Eterna, the magnificent city with its romantic atmosphere and historical background. You’d never get tired visiting its ancient places, monuments and museums. But if you do, I think this blog post might do the trick. What about taking part in a new mysterious adventure? The otherworldly and goose bumping kind of…

Sex work: why it should be legalized, by Carmine Landolfi

It’s Tuesday and nothing special has happened since the start of the week. What about shaking it with a provocative post about prostitution? It’s known as the “world’s oldest profession”, as there is evidence of its existence since the dawn of time and civilization, right up until today. However, sex work is no longer seen as…

Secret business, by Giulia Luciani

“Share this post!”, “I’ll buy it online”, “Google it!”. The Internet and mobile apps help us to solve daily problems and save time: what better advantage could we ask for?! But don’t forget that nothing comes free, so this easy way of life comes with a price and it’s quite expensive. Everything we so readily…

The dark side of the Internet, by Ilaria Cicione

In today’s internet era, social media are the most common means of communication. Social networks and apps like WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook are used by countless numbers of people to chat and share things. Unfortunately, these means are often used by young people also to threaten and mock their classmates. This phenomenon is called cyberbullying…

Vegans: animal lovers or a fanatical sect? by Maria Bilyk

From the very beginning of human evolution, from the time of Homo sapiens or maybe even earlier, all human beings have eaten meat and animals have been part of their food chain. To tell the truth, various myths exist also about this: for example, it is said that some of our predecessors didn’t eat meat…

An unexpected treasure in Rome, by Lorenzo Iocco

One evening about six months ago I was struck by some news I heard on TV: a 16th century building of incredible value situated in the center of Rome, just a few steps from the Coliseum, was seeking funds for an intensive restoration to save it from ruin. Living in Rome, I had passed along…

Pizza & Pallone: an Italian stereotype, by Giuseppe Gesualdi

Italy is so famous worldwide that everyone knows about its ethereal beauty, whether they’ve been there or not. It has a great history and strong traditions. All these elements lead to a positive, loving and exciting image of Italy, but what do people really think of this country? Veronica D’Amico, from the blog italiani.lu, the…

All roads lead to Rome’s drinking fountains, by Elena Damaschin

While wandering around Rome, it’s easy to get lost, although this is part of the city’s charm. But after strolling around and seeing a large number of places, you may start wondering where to buy a bottle of water. Happily, the Eternal City is famous not only for its beautiful monuments, art galleries and marvellous…

The Magliana Gang: then and now, by Marta Lucatelli

During the 1970s-80s, Rome was in a really tough spot when a gang called Banda Della Magliana (Magliana gang) committed all sorts of crimes, including theft, solicitation of prostitution and cigarette smuggling. They basically had control of the entire city. The gang members, all young men aged 27-33, and all with their own nickname according to personal…

Ordinary guys writing bestsellers. Italian YouTubers, by Emanuele Carletti

YouTubers are the new celebrities. Their videos have captured teenagers’ attention and recently also adults have been starting to notice them. A YouTuber – as of 2016 a word officially added to the OED – is  a person involved in shooting and uploading videos on YouTube, and now a well-known phenomenon also in Italy. Generally…