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Cimitero Acattolico di Roma

When Mary Lou and yours truly went to Rome in November (yes, I am still writing about this 2 day trip), visiting the non-catholic cemetery was one of our priorities. Well, Mary-Lou threatened to drag me there whether I wanted or not, but thankfully I am one of those people who are pretentious enough to include graveyards in their to-do list whenever they visit somewhere. 
As its name subtly indicates, the non-catholic cemetery is one where no catholics are buried. Wow, this was a great explanation. As you can imagine, Italy has a Catholic majority, so the cemetery is almost exclusively for foreigners. Among the (many) famous people buried there there were two that, being English majors, we couldn’t really miss. Shelley and Keats. Apparently when Shelley visited he said:

“It might make one in love with death, to think that one should be buried in so sweet a place”

Little did he know that he would end up there after drowning in a storm.  
Goethe’s only son is also buried there
Shelley’s tomb
Gregory Corso

Some Romans mourning

the young English poet is Keats

Here lies One Whose Name was writ in Water

Keats’ name doesn’t appear in his grave, but it does on his friend’s

This is more or less like kissing a dead man, right?

Mary-Lou on her way to Egypt

Rome obviously has a lot of world famous sights that shouldn’t be missed, but if you have a morning to spare or you’re a literature lover, this is a morning well spent. You can read more about the cimitero acattolico here

Amazing Bookshops Around the World: Libreria del Cinema (Rome)

Libreria del Cinema (Rome, Italy)

Via dei Fienaroli 31/d
Monday – Friday 10:00-21:00
Saturday 11:00-23:00
libreria del cinema, roma


Rome has a lot of bookshops that are worth writing about. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the independent bookshop scene is alive and thriving in the city, and that bookshops are not merely a place where one goes to buy a book, but rather a place where one can drink some coffee, listen to a lecture, watch a film, have some beers, see a band, have lunch and find likeminded people.
libreria del cinema, roma
La Libreria del Cinema, as its name implies, is a bookshop devoted to books about films, which translates as heaven in my eyes. Sadly it doesn’t have a great selection of books in English, but it has other things that can be enjoyed by someone who doesn’t understand Italian. It is a little charming place decorated with old armchairs and a piano. The store is divided into three different spaces; the bookshop itself, the café and the DVD shop. Numbers 2 and 3 are what make this shop interesting for someone who can’t actually buy any books there. Their DVD section is very extensive and, from what I could see, fairly priced, and in the adjacent café you can enjoy a (really nice, as is normal in Rome) coffee, a cup of tea, or even a glass of wine and some food. Plus the waitress there is so nice that she made us some coffee even though the café part of the store was closed when we visited.
libreria del cinema, roma
I would say this is a required stop for any film buff visiting the Italian capital, if only to find that places like this do exist. And if that isn’t enough to convince you, it’s right next to another bookshop that I will be writing about soon and located in  charming little alley in the Trastevere area.

Amazing bookshops around the world: Libreria Acqua Alta

Organising some photos the other day I realised that there are two types of shop that end up in my memories of every single holiday; record shops and bookshops. Shocked at the fact that this amazing bookshop wasn’t included in my guide to Venice, I decided to start a blog series about nice bookshops that I’ve encountered in my travels. Once I have enough, I’ll make a zine about them.
Libreria Acqua Alta, Venezia
Calle Longa Santa Maria Formosa (Corte Senza Nome),
5176 – Castello 30122 Venezia
9:30am – 7:30pm
I was drawn into this bookshop by two old maps of Venice and a cute cat sleeping on top of a pile of books. Always a good sign. Speaking about signs, I thought this would be a mere lie, but you know what? It must be one of the most beautiful bookshops in the world, for real.
I clearly have a thing for books, so I was standing there open-mouthed browsing through boxes and boxes of pretty vintage prints when the owner told us to follow the yellow signs. Feeling a bit like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, I followed and came to this:


Isn’t it wonderful? I was extremely intrigued by buildings with doors to the canals and now I could stand in one! But that wasn’t the only amazing thing in the place. For those who, like us, don’t have a proper job and can’t afford to eat AND rent a gondola, you can see a gondola up close in this bookshop. And what’s better than a gondola? A gondola full of books!


There are books EVERYWHERE. In boats:

And baths:

Most books are second hand, although there are also some new ones. And a good selection of books about Venice too.


They have a selection of second hand books (antique and not so old) in lots of foreign languages, which is useful if you forgot to take holiday reads.


Along with the more common ones (English, Spanish, French, German) they also had books in Russian, Greek and even Romanian!

An amazing find and a nice visit for booklovers and company (the building alone is worth it). Oh, and the owner also rents rooms!


Trip to Italy: The Highlights

I’ve just come back from Italy. We spent 5 days there visiting Milan, Verona, Padova, Venice and Bergamo. It was an amazing trip. Here are some of the highlights.

* Berlusconi hate

* This note someone left at Juliet’s house in Verona.

* I need to do a fat poo.

* A gondolier screaming “Venezia di merda” really loud while he was giving a couple a romantic and expensive gondola ride. Imagine paying 80 euros for that. No wonder it’s been listed as the most disappointing tourist attraction in Europe.

* An old man in Bergamo, listening to military anthems while reading La Gazzetta Dello Sport in a café.


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