I have been a fan of South African artist William Kentridge for a long time. His complicated works, so full of movement are both whimsical and provocative. Luckily for me Kentridge has a close relationship with Rome. His most recent project, which has been getting a lot of attention is an astonishing 550 meter long frieze that unfolds along the flood blanks of the Tevere river called Triumphs and Laments.
After a very mild winter and a surprisingly chilly spring it is time to think about summer. Our plans are slowly taking shape that are sure to include trips to my favorite islands and plenty of Italian beach lounging. In Capri my pal Holly has figured out a way to combine two of my favorite activities, lounging and eating.
There are a lot of new and exciting things happening in the food scene in Rome. Fancy sushi hot spots opening on rooftops and all day fine dining near the Pantheon are places I will eventually try. Once the buzz has subsided a bit. I am much more likely to stick to tradition when I go out in Rome, preferring an old school Roman spot with carbonara and scottaditto on the menu.
The other day I joined a gaggle of blogger pals for a spring afternoon of artichokes, pasta and wine. Once again Elyssa was the organizer and she led us to one of her favorites, Roberto e Loretta located a short walk from the Basilica San Giovanni e Laterano.
Murano is easy to each from Venice. You can take a private water taxi or a vaporetto from Fondamente Nove or Piazzale Roma. When you arrive on the island, particularly in summer, there will be plenty of people offering you free tours of factories and lunch. My advice to you is to politely decline and seek out some of the smaller workshops and artisans. Even better get in touch with Vivo Venetia and have them show you around.
Left to our own devices Mark and I are pretty dull. We do the same things over and over again. We eat at the same places over and over again. It usually takes a visitor to shake things up. A few weeks ago when Saskia was in Rome we took advantage of her exploring energy and tried the new cafe at Rome's Opera house.