Domenico Agostinelli's collection put on display for free. He has some things like Al Capone's car or a dinosaur egg, but the main attraction is... stuff. Lots and lots and lots and lots of stuff. Buttons, umbrellas, vases, busts, paintings, dolls, fake hands, helmets, globes... Old stuff everywhere, even on the ceilings! (there are some drawers with old newspapers and magazines too, I'm not sure if you're allowed to touch them however) The museum is quite small, so it's a crowded mess, in a good way. The only downside of this place is that it's in Dragona, which is not close to the center. Here's something Agostinelli said in an interview in I-forgot-which-magazine (cutted out the article :P), bad translation from Italian by me:
Now it's a mission for me, saving as many objects as possible from destruction. You can't notice it because you're young but there has been a fracture with the pre-50's civilization, in these last 70 years peasant and artisan civilization have been wiped out. Considering that 90% of people in Italy were peasants or artisians, it's as if a hurricane had passed and erased millennia of history.
Real human bones used to decorate the crypt!! Chock full of skulls!! There's also a couple of monks that look more like mummies than skeletons. Looks much bigger in photos, still really cool place. My only complaint is that they told us not to take pictures to respect the dead but they sold souvenirs with photos on them.
Lake Ex SNIA/Bullicante, the lake who defeated concrete
The story in short: a company wants to build a mall. They're authorized to do so (later a process finds out that they falsified the documents and couldn't build there). Shortly after starting the construction site, they dig a hole and water comes out nonstop. They pour the water in the sewers to hide the mistake but it fucking breaks the tubatures. They hitted an aquifer and gave birth to the lake! The site is closed. People fight to keep the lake, there are other attempts to build something else (even if it's not really allowed, it's supposed to be public green land) and the citizens barely make it in 2014! Ex Snia is now a Natural Monument, it's an oasis for many species of birds, and you can pic-nic near it :)
Assalti frontali & Il Muro del Canto dedicated a song to it called "IL LAGO CHE COMBATTE" (the lake who fights) youtube link
Non-Catholic Cemetery in Rome
It's a pretty nice cemetery. It's a quiet place in the middle of the city with lots of trees, and a cat colony is free to roam everywhere :3 The oldest part is like a tiny park, the newest looks a bit crowded but it's still nice. It’s often called “protestant” or “English” cemetery but it’s full of many other religions and nationalities (I’ve seen many Russian graves especially. Maybe they’re just easy to spot?). Some famous people are buried here (Antonio Gramsci, Percy Bysshe Shelley), but the coolest grave is William Wetmore Story and Emelyn Story's, the OG Angel of Grief. William Wetmore sculpted it to commemorate his wife, and then it was copied all around the world lol
The cemetery's website and the cat colony's one for more info
Ostia Antica Archeological Park
I've heard people call it Rome's Pompeii. It's easy to reach (take Roma-Lido train at the Magliana metro station, Ostia Antica station, short walk. around 30 minutes in total) and just, so cool. Look up photos! You can freely walk in the city's ruins and get lost in them, it's big! There's so much to see I don't even know where to begin. And every time I've been there it was never crowded. There's even an anphitheater that is still used sometimes. My words don't do it justice. I really don't understand why this place isn't more famous.
St. Mary of the Angels and of the Martyrs's Meridial Line
Kinda like a sundail but straight line on the floor, Wikipedia describes it better. Pretty neat!
Villa del Priorato di Malta's Keyhole
Literally a keyhole through which Saint Peter's Basilica can be viewed. Doesn't seem like much but it has its effect, it's worth the time spent in the queue. If you don't want to wait too much, there's less people when it's dark (the Basilica is artificially illuminated)
On the Web
Hanno sgomberato la sede di CasaPound?
Daily updates on the turtle-infested building in via Napoleone III in Rome twitter CasaPound is a neofascist movement who has been occupating a six floors public building in a pretty important street since 2003. These fuckers are using it as their headquarters, and while they declare that the people living there are in a housing emergency, they actually put there friends and families who can afford to live regularly (the Guardie di Finanza confirm it). I'm not agains occupied places, I just hate fascists.
This guy makes cool dioramas of Rome's streets with a particular attention to stickers, throw-ups, tags, posters... Only on Instagram :/
List of Rome's Legal Walls and Halls of Fame. link
A Legal Wall is a wall on which anyone can do graffitis legally. A Hall of Fame is a wall which is assigned to a writer for 90 days.
Amore Tossico - Toxic Love
Bianco, Rosso e Verdone - White, Red and Green*
(It's a wordplay. The main actor's surname is Verdone, Verde means Green in italian)
Febbre da Cavallo - Horse fever
Romanzo Criminale la serie - Criminal Novel the series
Strappare lungo i bordi - Tear along the dotted line
Birds I've seen here because I like birds
free wild birds only
Yellow-legged gulls. Not only near the sea! These lovely bastards make nests on rooftops and eat trash, rats, and pigeons. Loud assholes, I like to call them sky bullies. Screw the roman eagle, THIS is the iconic bird of Rome;
Barn owl. I've only seen one and for, like, 5 seconds, flying in a pine forest. I didn't know we had them!
Barn Swallows. Lovely birds, they come in spring and make cool nests :) ;
Black-headed gulls. They come in winter so they don't have a black head when here. Not assholes;
Black redstart. Only female ones, which are brown;
Common blackbirds. It took me way too long to realize that the beautiful melody I often heard came from them;
Common chiffchaff, probably. Only caught a glimpse of it;
Common starlings. Sometimes you can see huge flocks flying around like a big black cloud;
Eurasian Collared Doves. When I was 12 a kid told me that these where female pigeons and I believed him :/ ;
Eurasian Magpie. Sadly I've seen them only outside urban areas when travelling by car. The scientific name is Pica Pica lol;
European Robins. I haven't seen that many, hope they're not disappearing;
Grey herons. Big boys!;
Hooded Crows. Cool crows :) ;
Hoopoes. They're so cool, I love their colours and the crest!
Italian Sparrows. You can see quite a few of them around outdoor restaurant tables. Legends say that if you make them drink Uliveto water they'll learn how to talk;
Mallards. Quack! Don't feed them bread!;
Rose-ringed parakeets and Monk parakeets. Yes Rome has fucking parakeets now! I have no idea how they got here!!;
Pigeons. Do I even have to introduce them? They're everywhere! I've seen so many dead ones it's not even funny :( ;
Swans. I saw one swim near the seashore twice;
White wagtails. The name is very appropriate, they wag their tails a lot! In italian they're called "ballerine bianche" (white ballet dancers) which I think is also very appropriate;
I also found (and lost) what I'm pretty sure is an Eurasian jay's feather, but haven't seen the full bird. And there's a couple of birds which I can't identfy. One is black with a long neck, around the size of a yellow-legged gull. One looks like a tiny white heron
I've never seen a jackdaw :'(
The animals I associate Rome with the most are: wolf (Capitoline Wolf), boars, and seagullsdo yourself a favour and go eat pastries at the old jewish ghetto, especially the ones with ricotta in it
Yes I'm dedicating an entire section to Zerocalcare
Zerocalcare is an Italian cartoonist and "the last intellectual" [L'Espresso, lmao] His pen name means "zero limescale", one time he had to quickly join a discussion on an forum and took the name from a jingle playing on TV He's proudly from Rebibbia (an urban zone of Rome) and can't imagine to live anywhere else. He often mentions Rebibbia's Mammuth,"the other thing in Rebibbia besides the prison", and even put it in a mural in Rebibbia's Metro station
I don't think he's ever esplicitally said his political alignment, but if you know him a little bit (never hid his opinions and sympathies), and know that Gaetano Bresci is his hero... :)
He's famous for (or at least I know him for):
Comic books, duh (see below). Sometimes he also publishes stuff on magazines like L'Espresso, L'Internazionale or Wired;
The blog where he tells his daily misadventures and thoughts using a shitton of pop-culture references and hyperboles first entry;
Long ass meetings where he'll draw something for every. single. person. The queue lasts hours;