Read your way through Rome

I love the different villages of the Castelli Romani, just a few minutes from the city. I advise you to follow in the footsteps of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who immersed himself in the peace of Castel Gandolfo, or Hans Christian Andersen, who immersed himself in the flowers of Genzano. In Nemi, you will find the famous fragolin (wild strawberries) and the jam that is made with them, which is really delicious! You will find them in all the restaurants, farms and cafes in Nemi. At the Castelli, do what Stanley Tucci does on his TV food tours: savor it all.

“Global Rome: Changing Faces of the Eternal City,” Edited by Isabella Clough Marinaro and Bjorn Thomassen, it is a collection of essays that breaks all the clichés and shows us a globalized, plural, polyglot and peripheral Rome. That’s the Rome you find in the beautiful strangers i know,” by Claudia Durastanti and in “Little mother,” by Cristina Ali Farah.

Zero quality! A young cartoonist—his real name is Michele Rech—has transformed contemporary Rome, dialect included, into a universal experience. From his base in the suburb of Rebibbia he speaks to the world and about the world, from Iraqi Kurdistan to underemployed youth and the pandemic. He recently landed on Netflix with an animated series, “Tear along the dotted line,” which go on life of a somewhat clumsy cartoonist, a substitute for Rech himself, with an armadillo for conscience.

If you pass through Rome, a visit to the poets John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley, buried in the city’s Non-Catholic Cemetery, is a categorical imperative. The cemetery is an oasis of peace in the midst of the traffic that imprisons the Ostiense area. While you’re there, you can also visit the grave of Antonio Gramsci, the Italian philosopher, writer, and founder of the Italian Communist Party, who was jailed to near death for opposing fascism. Somewhere there is also the spirit of Sarah Parker Remondan African-American abolitionist activist and suffragist who, in recent years, a plaque was dedicated near of the entrance. If you visit, bring good thoughts and a rose.

Tuba is a special place: a feminist bookstore in the heart of the pedestrian oasis of the Pigneto neighborhood, where you will find not only books, but also original snacks and many female writers to chat with. Also not to be missed is the Griot bookstore in Trastevere, which specializes in African literature and offers a wide selection of books in English. And before you leave, be sure to dive into Borri Books, inside Termini Station, a nearly endless treasure trove of books.

Rome is the city of cats. In Largo di Torre Argentina, a feline colony can be found napping between the Corinthian columns. In Eleanor Estes “Miranda the Great” Two cats, Miranda and her daughter Punka, try to save themselves from the invasions of the Huns and Visigoths by taking refuge in the Colosseum. These ancient Roman cats are the progenitors of the cats we see today.

  • “Life and Times of Frederick Douglass”, fredrick douglas

  • “Termini: cornerstone of modern Rome”, Arthur Weststeijn and Frederick Whitling

  • “SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome”, maria beard

  • “Portrait of a Lady” Henry James

  • “The Marble Faun” Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • “Roman fever and other stories”, Edith Warton

  • “The Ragazzis” (either “Street children”), Pier Paolo Pasolini

  • “This is what I live for” Amir Isaac

  • “In other words,” Jhumpa Lahiri

  • “Clash of civilizations by an elevator in Piazza Vittorio”, Amara Lakhous

  • “Travel to Italia”, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  • “The Improviser” Hans Christian Anderson

  • “Global Rome: Changing Faces of the Eternal City,” Isabella Clough Marinaro and Bjorn Thomassen

  • “Strangers I Know” claudia durantanti

  • “Little mother,” Cristina Ali Farah

  • “Miranda the Great” Eleanor Estes

Igiaba Scego has written nonfiction and fiction for adults and young adults. his memories “My home is where I am” won Italy’s Mondello Prize, and his latest novel, “the colored line”, won the Italian Napoli Award.

Translation of Gregory Conti