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Locked down but not out in Italy

Singing from the balconies! One nice thing about this crisis ... solidarity! “Guess you’re not living like a tourist anymore,” was the funny, truthful and somewhat gut-wrenching message of a friend the day the lockdown in Italy began. Today is day 6. My beloved Italia has been hit hard with the COVID19 epidemic. With the second largest elderly population in the world, the epidemic has meant a disproportionate amount of deaths in the country. So though I haven’t been worried about contracting it myself, this isn’t about me or someone like me who, if contracted it would probably have a sucky couple of weeks and then recover. It is about if someone like me contracted it and then spread it to a person with a complicated health history or an elderly person with a weakened immune system. Eerily orderly: Lines for the grocery store, each person one meter apart In a country with no concept (and no physical room really) for personal space, and in a city with reproachable hygie

Navigating Rome- Some Tips

I haven't traveled out of the country in about two months, which means I am getting itchy feet, and I am starting to pick up on talk of Rome like a radio picking up stray signals.

Luckily, I will be traveling tomorrow. However, I do not yet know when my next trip to Italia will be. In the meantime, I have amassed a couple different videos that I feel would be useful to potential travelers to Italy and to Rome in particular.

These videos go from very useful, to somewhat useful/somewhat funny, to not useful but funny.

Knowing full well how much I love Italy, with all its faults, issues, hang-ups and insanities, I hope that the last two videos do not offend any of my dear Italian friends. My philosophy, however, is that it is worthwhile and even healthy to laugh at oneself.

Useful: A Great Comprehensive Guide to Rome's Public Transportation System

Created by: Rome Walks and narrated by my friend, Jen!

Useful but Silly: A Guide to Parking in Rome: A funny take on it, but it has some truth. You have to be creative when looking for parking in the Eternal City.

Not Useful but Amusing: How Italy differs from the Rest of Europe in terms of driving, parking etc. You might have seen this in email forwards, but it is worth sharing, and like any form of satire, it does have some truth to it.

Italians vs. Europeans Bruno Bozzetto

Any other tips that you have found useful for navigating Rome?