DIS­COVER THE DE­LIGHTS OF LA PASSEGGIATA

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What other coun­try has the his­tory, the food, the wine, the ge­og­ra­phy, the abun­dance of dif­fer­ences in ev­ery­thing from north to south? Italy is the coun­try of the moment. Ev­ery­one’s go­ing there. It’s about the food, the lan­guage, the bal­ance of work, life and fam­ily. We spent eight months in Rome and two months trav­el­ling across the coun­try. Col­lette’s his­tory is in Paris and France and we wanted to try liv­ing some­where com­pletely dif­fer­ent that was neu­tral ground for both of us. We’ve al­ways loved Italy. We love Posi­tano. We were mar­ried there by the mayor, in Ital­ian, on a ter­race over­look­ing the ocean and I think our choice of place for a year away was deeply rooted in that. If Mi­lan is like a sym­phony then Rome is the rock con­cert. Italy’s cap­i­tal city is kind of lawless but it works. There’s a jovial re­spect, the Ro­mans are more flam­boy­ant than their north­ern Mi­lanese neigh­bours. One of the best things to ex­pe­ri­ence across Italy but par­tic­u­larly in Rome on Via del Corso is la passeggiata. It’s a walk, a kind of stroll that Ital­ians do post-work and pre-din­ner to go and show off their latest girlfriend or their new clothes or jewellery. It’s iconic all through­out Italy and great to watch with an aper­i­tivo. Sun­days are ded­i­cated to la passeggiata all day and the Corso in Rome is closed to traf­fic. It’s a big fam­ily day and a real buzz. You don’t see it on this scale in any other city. this page: Just moments from the fa­mous Span­ish Steps on a charm­ing pedes­trian-only pi­azza is the cafe Ci­ampini. A fam­ily-run busi­ness founded by Giuseppe Ci­ampini, his son An­gelo (pic­tured) has re­cently opened the Ci­ampini Bistrot just a short stroll away. It serves quite pos­si­bly the best tramezzini in the city — a grilled sand­wich with cheese, veg­eta­bles or meat, which peo­ple eat when they’re in a rush. It’s very Ro­man; ci­ampini.com. op­po­site page: a small, tra­di­tional trat­to­ria with a fresco ceil­ing, Da Gino al Par­la­mento serves up home cook­ing in style. They have daily spe­cials and two very colour­ful wait­ers. It’s not pre­ten­tious or touristy and quite hard to find; ris­toran­tepar­la­mento.roma.it

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