Friday, January 29, 2010

Travel Guide to Rome, Italy

A nice video that gives some interesting facts and history about Rome. Great if your planning a trip and want some ideas of places to visit during your stay.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Famous Italian: Francesco Totti

This weeks famous Italian is Francesco Totti, one of the most loved figures in Rome. Excellent football player and also a popular personality for adverts and sponsorship deals on a National and International level. He is also spokesman for UNICEF.

Francesco Totti, Cavaliere Ufficiale OMRI, (born 27 September 1976 in Rome) is an Italian World Cup-winning footballer who is the current captain of Serie A club Roma. His position is that of a striker or an attacking midfielder, though he is best known for playing as a second striker. He has spent his entire career at Roma, is the number-one goalscorer and the most capped player in the club's history. He is considered to be Roma's greatest player of all time. "Er Pupone," as he is commonly nicknamed, is universally considered as one of the greatest players of his generation and in the annals of European football.

Totti won several awards in Italy during his career including a record 5 times Italian Footballer of the Year and 2 times Serie A Footballer of the Year. He was named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers in March 2004.

Totti is currently the top active Serie A goalscorer, and eighth all-time in league history with 187 goals.

Totti intended to retire from the Azzurri after the end of the World Cup, but reneged on his decision and remained undecided on his future for over a year, and was never called up in the meantime. He made his retirement official on 20 July 2007, at the beginning of the 2007–08 Serie A season in order to focus solely on club play with Roma. Italy coach at that time Roberto Donadoni's attempts to get Totti to change his mind for the remaining Euro 2008 qualifiers proved futile. After the national team reunioned with Lippi, Totti announced that he would like to play in the 2010 World Cup Finals in South Africa if he gets called up.

You can find out more about Totti by visiting

Friday, January 22, 2010

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

B&B In the Center You Too

If you're looking for a place to stay in the heart of Rome, this is a Bed and Breakfast worth checking out.

B&B In the Center You Too
via Emanuele Filiberto, 50
Rome 00185

About the place:

"In the Center You Too" is the ideal bed and breakfast for your stay in the Eternal City. We are situated in a historical square on Via Emanuele Filiberto, just 800 metres from the Colosseum, surrounded by a typical Roman atmosphere. You can easily reach every part of Rome from our bed & breakfast: 700 metres from the Termini station (from where direct trains depart to Fiumicino Airport) and only 50 meters from two stops on Metro Line A. You can arrive to all major sightseeing spots in just a few minutes. Alternatively by public transport, our B&B is also well connected via night buses.

Our rooms are single, double, triple and possibly even quadruple.

A private bath is available for some rooms. Our guests can conveniently come in and out as they wish having available their room keys. Breakfast is offered at any time of the day in a cafe’-bar that is located in front of the building.

In addition, each room is well furnished, inspired to a different color: red, yellow, orange, or blue, and they are furnished with a single or double bed, linens, night table, desk, chairs, wardrobe, towels, hair-dryer, TV 19'', air conditioning and WiFi internet connection.

Each is dedicated to one of the most famous monuments of Rome: indulging on our comfortable beds you can admire the frescos by a local artist depicting the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon or St. Peter's Basilica.

See for more information.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Recipe for Panettone

During the festive period the Italian kitchen fills with delicious treats. One of the most popular is the Panettone.

250g of flour
2 spoons of raising agent in powder.
1 teaspoon of orange essence.
185g of raisins
100g of Olive Oil
150g of brown sugar
2 eggs
180ml of milk
A pinch of salt

Mix the flour, raising agent and salt. Add the raisins and mixture of sugar and oil. Beat the eggs, add milk and mix all together. Stir well for about 5 minutes and fill mould. Put in oven for 20 minutes at 180°. Leave to cool and serve.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

La Befana

January 6th is a significant day to Italians because it marks the end of the Christmas season and the day that the three Wise Men arrived at the manger of the Christ child. Over the years the Epiphany has been a more celebrated holiday for the children of Italy than even Christmas.

La Befana is a friendly character in Italian folklore. She is a witch like character who rides around on a broom. Unlike a witch though, she is often smiling and she has a sack or a basket filled with candy and/or gifts.

La Befana is one of Italy's oldest and most celebrated legends. Like many Italian traditions La Befana is a mixture of folklore and Christianity. The name Befana is derived from the word Epifania, the Italian name for the religious festival of the Epiphany.

Here is an Italian nursery rhyme that the children sing for “La Befana”
La Befana viene di notte
con le scarpe tutte rotte
col cappello alla romana
viva viva la Befana!
Rough Translation:
La Befana comes at night
with old broken shoes
and a Roman style hat
long live la Befana!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Welcome back! 2010

Welcome back and belated wishes for the New Year or as Italians say ‘Buon Anno’.

2009 was another eventful year for Italy. Here’s just a few of the things that happened:

o Economic crisis that hit most of the world this year also effected Italy, but the OCSE (Organisation for the cooperation and the economic growth) foresees Italy being the leader in Europe in 2010. Hard to believe considering that the first nine months of 2009 saw 100,000 companies close. Let’s hope they’re right and that the Italians can resist and come out on top in the New Year.
o In April 2009 a tragic earthquake hit Abruzzo with 370 deaths and over 1500 injured. Many were left homeless and much of Aquila (the main town hit) was destroyed. The population has pulled together and is now starting to rebuild their lives however many are still living in the tents supplied after the tragedy whilst they wait for new housing. Promises have been made that this will happen soon and that everyone will have a house in 2010. Let’s hope this is one promise that is kept.
o Attacks on public figures during the Christmas period. Both President Berlusconi and the Pope were victims of attacks. Berlusconi ended up in hospital for a few days with injuries to his face after being attacked by a man as he waved to crowds. The Pope was unharmed when a women, who wanting to touch him during the Christmas Mass, pulled him to the ground.
o Reality TV continued to be a success in Italy during 2009. Marco won the third edition of X-Factor and Big Brother celebrated it’s tenth edition and the housemates passed Christmas in the house for the first time.
o Lippi returned as the Italian Football teams coach. The last time he was in control of the team they won the World Cup. Will he be able to do it again in 2010?

If you would like to be involved with this site in 2010 please email with ‘As The Romans Do’ in the subject line. I’m looking for people to interview, book reviews, features on companies or services, etc… Obviously all should be related to or have a connection with Italy in some way ;)


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