The reason we're embarking on this voyage, is the same reason that brought this website to light...the need for a suggestion. You can be sure that anybody that we've been lucky to meet and stay in touch with over the years, but doesn't live in Rome, has asked for some type of travel advice. The what, when, where, why and how of Rome, those are the questions!
Everybody deserves to know a few tips that could turn his or her trip into a lasting memory. We've come to realize this fact when for the first time while visiting a friend in Jerez de la Frontera, in Andalucia, a small city located in the south of Spain. The reason we travelled to this city was because we were invited to a wedding. That very weekend coincided with a major holiday. If not, the best holiday that we could have experience in Jerez, La feria. Better know as "feria del caballo", the fair of the horse. A Spanish tradition during which the city's park hosts this festivity. The park is crossed by two main roads, along which "casetas" are set up. They are built with wood and turned into resturants with a bar and dancefloor, that can host music bands that play flamenco.
Prior to arrival, we did not know anything about this event. After we got there, our friend introduced us to the festivity. You first begin by walking around the feria and getting in different casetas, where you start sipping Fino, a local wine, and eating. You can either sit or stand, but as soon as the band starts playing everybody starts dancing sevillanas which is a traditional dance that comes from the Castillan tradition.
We spent 13 hours straight doing this, even if we had to be up by 10 in the morning the day after for the wedding. Well, besides the headache, the chance that we had to share and experience something so radically different from Italian traditions struck me. The vibe, the smiles and passion that we were lucky to witness, thanks to my friend, are the fruits of the advice that I had received.
The purpose of our current and upcoming writings is to share priceless advice on Rome. Exhibitions, bars and restaurants; how to move around the corners of the beloved capital of Italy. We were born and raised here in Rome, and over the past few years we have had so many friends coming to us for advice. I felt the need to share my thoughts and experiences with my friends and be able to reach out those who are not. During this journey I welcome suggestions and request over worthwhile happenings in Roma...the enchanting eternal city.
Ci sentiamo presto,(Talk to you soon)
The LivingRoma Team