A different way to meet each other in Rome

WHO: My name is Federica, I am a teacher of italiano as a foreign language and a tour leader. I was born and raised in Rome but lived in the Netherlands and Greece for more than a few years. I speak English and Dutch as an Italian and I’m able to listen to Spanish, Greek, German, French. I can also say “I like it!” in Japanese!

WHAT: As far as I’m concerned, there’s nothing I like more than walking around Rome. Before the virus, I went around with tourists and after the quarantine, I decided I’ll keep on going around telling you about this city the way I see and live it because this is what I really like to do.

I will let you know better the people who live here, those of my circle, the places, the stories, the italian language, the restaurants, the rooftops, the work of my husband and other Romans who have their shops in the city center, so when you will come, you will already know some of us.

WHERE: I live in a small apartment full of plants on the roofs of the historic center of Rome with my husband, Vincenzo, goldsmith and painter. His shop and studio are a stone’s throw from the Pantheon. That’s why we are always around here! We both love plants but if he takes care of them, they seem to apreciate more.

WHY: I told you, to get to know better Rome, the Romans and the italiano language! The truth is that I miss the people around me and I want to keep telling the history and stories of this city.

WHEN: whenever you want to read my posts.

And finally, what does “Singularis” mean?

This adjective comes from Latin and means “singular”, “exceptional”, “unique”. Singularis not only wants to emphasize the extraordinary character of a city like Rome, but also create a strong bond with the ancient world. The Equites (Knights) Singulares was the particular guard of the emperor and, during the battle for the throne between Constantine and Maxentius, they decided to fight on the side of the latter. Precisely because the winners write the history, after the victory of Ponte Milvio in 312 A.D., on the ruins of one of the rebel knights’ barrak, Constantine built the first basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano.