About

Ciao! I’m Natalie.

I’m orginally from California, but I have been living in Rome full time since 2010.

That was never the plan.

You see, I moved to Rome to go to graduate school and I fell in love.

I actually didn’t like Rome that much. But I liked Jimmy, a lot.

So we adopted a little gray Roman cat (Bacon).

And I fell crazy mad in love with the city, in addition to the man.

Then we got married.

In short, that is how I wound up based in Rome, running around like this:

Juggling camera and iPhone

But I love to travel throughout Italy and beyond.  You may see some non-Italian posts on my worldwide adventures but you can filter to find Italy or Rome-specific posts from the menu at the top of every page.

Even with all the travel I have been lucky enough to undertake for work and for pleasure, Rome is still the most beautiful city I have ever seen. I love the unexpected corners of Rome, and the delicious Roman restaurants (naturally).

If this is your first time on the blog and you are thinking of moving to Italy, I would recommend starting with the posts on practical expat information.

Want to keep in touch? You can subscribe to posts by email to be notified whenever there is something new on the blog. More into monthly roundups? Join the newsletter mailing list.

You can also feel free to contact me anytime.  Finally, you will find interviews and more information about commissioning content development (did I mention I am a writer? no?) under the Press section of this site.

Happy travels,

Natalie

P.S. thanks to Sara for the photos of me. My selfie game is WEAK.

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50 Comments

  • Reply Donna October 14, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Loved reading your blog on whats up in your world. It looks like a good place to visit( hint::hint) 😉 Be careful. I didn’t see my picture on the things I’ll miss the most. love G

    • Reply Natalie November 21, 2016 at 10:50 pm

      A bit belated.. but thanks, Grammie 🙂

  • Reply georgette October 25, 2010 at 8:14 am

    love your blog, especially the metro police post ( happened to me ) , I still can’t believe they made you pay 50 euros! If your ever in Florence, let me know e prendiamo un caffe!

    • Reply Natalie October 26, 2010 at 3:33 am

      Georgette- it happened to you too?? Every time I see an ATAC officer, my heart beats a little faster. Florence is on my list of to-visits, so I’ll definitely let you know. Ditto if you’re ever in Roma!

  • Reply Mice Aliling October 26, 2010 at 7:08 am

    Natalie! I just stumbled upon your blog now! Congratulations on your writing and moving out! It feels liberating, huh? 🙂

  • Reply Beatriz October 26, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Fun blog! It took me back to our first year in Italy! Enjoy every second of it, it is such a wonderful place to live at. If you are back in southern CA, we could try and find a good BAR to meet at.
    Good luck

  • Reply liv December 21, 2010 at 3:54 am

    What a nice blog, yeap Rome is a special city isn’t it…

  • Reply Brittany January 25, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Hi, I really enjoy reading your blog! I just moved to Rome from New York City to pursue doctoral studies at Sapienza University of Rome. I’ll be here for at least 2 years so I’m looking to meet other young American expats living here. I’m still adjusting to the whole new lifestyle here in Italy. If you have any tips to offer for a new girl in Rome that would be great!
    Cheers,
    Brittany

    • Reply Ashton Marie July 5, 2012 at 2:25 pm

      Brittany,
      I am an american living in Florence, but my bf and I want to move to Rome and I want to enroll to La Sapienza and of course because its Sapienza its impossible to find any kind of assistance or real information on anything. If there any thing you tell me of your enrolling experience (as an american enrolling there) that could help me on my way it would be much appreciated!! My email is walters12@up.edu.

      Ashton

      P.S. I really love this blog! And I remember last summer when I moved to Italy the first time I thought it would be magic and gelato too. It was mostly just sweating, unhelpful rude people and almost getting run over a lot.

  • Reply Marco January 27, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Hi! I’m italian but unfortunately living in the cold baltic Europe for work, and I came to your site while googling around for some nice picture of Rome, where I was living before leaving.
    Then I saw and read about coffee, basil, olive oil, the picture of Rome, la pizza, i gelati, Trastevere, and every single word was a trip back to the Eternal City and every picture a stab in my heart …
    I love Rome, and I’m missing it so much. You are such a lucky girl to be there …
    I also enjoyed your comments about ATMs and italian men asking about cooking skills – LOL! I’m not of that kind but I know a lot of my friends that are like this.
    Thanks a lot for your site and keep it growing up!
    Greetings from Tallinn.

    Marco

    P.S.: if you have time go to Caffè S.Eustachio (just in front of the Pantheon) for having probably the best coffee in Rome. A bit expensive but it’s worth the price, you have to try it at least once in life. And greet for me Piazza Navona e la Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, they are so close. Ciao!

    • Reply Natalie January 28, 2011 at 12:42 am

      Marco! Thank you so much for the nice note, and for the tip! I will definitely try Caffe S. Eustachio as soon as I can.

      Stay warm and come back to Rome!

  • Reply Bailey February 24, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Hey I really love your blog! I too am an American 20 something girl living in Rome. And I have a very pressing question: where did you find quinoa here???? I’m a vegetarian and occasional vegan and I would love some helpful hints to make finding food easier (like where was the Hippy House?)
    Thanks!
    Bailey

  • Reply Mary Louise Tucker March 31, 2011 at 2:06 am

    Hello, I have come to your blog via Bagni di Lucca’s blog! Small world.

    I agree with Marco above that Caffè S.Eustachio is a great experience, and being near the Pantheon (my favourite building in Roma) is a bonus.

    Well done for getting out there and doing it. You won’t regret having made the break. I have spent plenty of time in Italy over the years and I know it’s not perfect, but there are so many amazing things to see. Enjoy every pannini (or pizza, or gelato, or caffe…)!

    I’ve linked to my recent 10 week trip and my “regular” irregular blog below.

    Mary Louise Tucker

    http://mltucker.wordpress.com/
    http://tenweeksinitaly.wordpress.com/

  • Reply Fragolina April 5, 2011 at 7:15 am

    I love your blog, I’m enjoying it alot as I said before. I always wanted to go live in Italy for a year or two, and I keep asking my husband if it’s gonna be possible for us to do someday… my dream is to explore every city in Italy form North to South and taste every italian specialty… and maybe work at some restaurant or a pasticceria. A friend told me also to visit Bracciano, I wasn’t sure of it, but now after seeing your pictures, I love it… we might go there…. Nice blog.

  • Reply Naila April 28, 2011 at 7:20 am

    Hi,

    I came across your blog and I thought I’d write to you to ask you some advice. I’m from Edinburgh, Scotland and I’m going to Rome in 12 days for the first time for a week on holiday and have been toying with the idea of staying there. I thought I would do it later in the year but I have no obligations in Edinburgh tying me down and I’ve wanted to live in Italy since I was a teenager. I’m 29 now. I’m learning Italian and I don’t know if this is a really crazy idea, well it is a crazy idea but I don’t know if it’s viable, moneywise. I’ve been looking for a room on easystanza and have found various options but I would have to view properties when I visit before I made any decision. Do you have any advice you can give me? Did moving involve some months of planning etc. for you as you’re American?

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Kind Regards

    Naila

  • Reply Michelle James May 10, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Hi Natalie,

    I hope you don’t mind me getting in touch. I found your details on your website and I hope you might be able to help me with my strange request…

    I am a Producer working on a television show called House Hunters International which follows English speaking expats in their quest to purchase a house abroad. I wonder if you or any of your expat contacts might be interested in getting involved?! Please find a little blurb about the show below:

    House Hunters International is a half-hour program currently airing on the Home and Garden Television Network (HGTV) in America.
    The series is designed to de-mystify the international home-buying process by going behind the scenes of a house hunt where buyers and their real estate agents tour 3 homes.

    At its core, House Hunters International is a travel show concentrating on the idiosyncrasies of the locales and what makes them special and different.

    You can watch some examples of the show here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kh0Q6DYe3QM – London from South Africa (1600 series) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLmhKEzm5kg – Dubai from Illinois (2000 series)

    Please get in touch if you have any more questions about the show. I look forward to hearing from you!

    Best wishes and many thanks,

    Michelle

    Michelle James
    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER LEOPARD FILMS
    1-3 St Peter’s Street, London N1 8JD – +44 20 7704 3300
    michelle.james@leopardfilms.com
    http://www.leopardfilms.com

  • Reply Tori July 28, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Love your blog! I ran across it planning my honeymoon to Italy. I laugh… I just told my husband last week that if I didn’t know him, I would have packed my bags, my mom and moved to Rome to freelance. Then I found your blog. Sounds so wonderful. I’m a Graphic Artist/Illustrator… how’s the job situation over there. Do you have clients here and there?

    Oh… maybe one day… in the meantime have my honeymoon in September. So, from reading your blog, I need long dresses and comfortable walking sandals.

    Tori

  • Reply sharon August 12, 2011 at 5:11 am

    Hello,

    I’m a ‘romana de roma’ who moved to Bruxelles 4 years ago. I’m miss my born city, but thanks to your blog, I feel like I was in Italy everthing I read your post… I’m fond of your blog, you make beatiful photos, and I don’t know how, but in my opinion you understand italian culture better that the Italians…

    Continua cosi’!!

    Best wishes and many thanks,

    Sherly

    • Reply Natalie August 13, 2011 at 7:18 am

      Hi Sherly,

      How is Bruxelles? I’m glad if I can provide any reminder of Rome from an outsider’s perspective. Thanks so much for the nice note and encouragement 🙂

      -Natalie

  • Reply Sara September 21, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Hi Natalie!

    Really enjoying your blog, I moved to Rome in June from Seattle for an internship and I am always looking for expats to hang out with since I left my whole social life behind and Italians are nearly impossible to befriend 🙂 Let me know if you ever want to get aperitivo!

    -Sara

  • Reply Justine October 23, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Can’t believe you’ve already been for here for a year- doesn’t it seem like yesterday when you arrived?! Adding you to my blogroll! Keep having fun <3

  • Reply Mike in St. Louis November 11, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Love Rome and love your blog! I’ve vacationed there many times and I keep going back. Wish I could live there myself.

    Mike in St. Louis

  • Reply Sara White May 21, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Just wanted to let you know that I discovered your blog recently and now I’m completely addicted to it. I’m moving to Rome from Canada in September (for no reason other than feeling that I need to do something big to make my life more interesting), and I have to admit that I’ve been sifting through and enjoying your archives, all the while getting more and more excited for my own big move. Keep up the great writing, I’m looking forward to reading more!

    • Reply Kaitlan May 11, 2016 at 6:03 am

      Hi Sara
      You have no idea how happy it makes me to see a post like yours. I really want to know if you made the move!!! And if you are still there? I’m also Canadian and considering the move. I’m almost 24 and unattached to things here so I figure there is no better time. Would love to hear from you – shoot me an email if you have the chance, I’d be so appreciative.
      Katie (Vancouver Island)

  • Reply Javier May 22, 2012 at 8:44 am

    May i (and all of us) follow you one day.
    Will be in Rome in a few months, ten years after i first landed there on a september morning as student. I have been back a few times but i can only say my being and emotianal temperature are at its center in that great place.
    Congratulations and it was a pleasure discovering your blog.
    Good luck!

  • Reply Kirsty July 8, 2012 at 5:01 am

    Hey,
    I stumbled across your blog whilst searching the web to see if anyone else had gone through the nightmare of sorting their Dichiarazione di Valore! I plan to move to Trieste in September to start a Masters in Neuroscience hopefully, but it’s so nice to see someone else who has moved to Italy and to see a well documented take on the new life that you have embraced! Looking forward to the many more interesting stories to come :).

    Ciao!

    • Reply Natalie July 17, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      That sounds awesome, Kirsty! Good luck! (and pack warm)

    • Reply Michael October 17, 2012 at 1:14 pm

      Hey Kirsty!

      Just found out about this blog because of excactly the same thing! Kinda like it so far 🙂

      It was fun reading the way to get it because I’m in the thick of it at the moment and can’t tell any good about it too 🙁

      I’m also planning to move to Trieste to begin studying languages next year.

      So did you start?

      I have been in Trieste before because friends live nearby but tell me how is it to really live and study there?

      Ciao
      Michael

  • Reply Angela July 28, 2012 at 5:33 am

    Hi,
    How do suggest going about getting a work visa? I have visited Rome several times and have finally decided to make the move. I am also finding it challenging to find an apartment via email. Any suggestions?

    • Reply L'americana July 28, 2012 at 8:40 am

      Hi Angela,
      It is really difficult to get a lease without being here. I lucked out because I know my landlord personally. If you are thinking about longterm, then it might be worth (/necessary) to make a trip here BEFORE you get your visa, arrange everything, and then go back to get the visa with your lease in hand. A pain, I know. Sorry!

  • Reply Joanna Reese August 12, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Hi!

    I am really enjoying your blog and your pictures are beautiful! I am getting very excited about my upcoming trip to Rome! I have a favor/question and wondered if you could help. My husband and I are coming to Rome in October and actually get there on a Friday, which is our 10 yr anniversary! I would like to plan a dinner and was wondering if you could recommend a nice restaurant. I would love to go to a local favorite with great food and not too stuffy. We are staying near the Colosseum. Your suggestions would be so appreciated!!

    Thank you,
    Joanna

  • Reply Tyler November 15, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    I did this very thing in 2006. Sold all my stuff, stored the rest and bought a one-way ticket to Rome. Since I came back to the States I haven’t stopped scheming how to move back… For now, I will live vicariously through you. Thanks…or rather, gracie.

    Tanti auguri!

    Tyler

  • Reply Lorenzo January 16, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Hi Natalie! I’m Italian and I live in Rome since I was about one year old. Now I’m 20 years old. How long have you been living here? Do you like it? Which neighbourhood did you choose to find an apartment? It would be interesting to start a conversation about it 😛

    It’s always pretty funny to read about living in your city from a foreigner’s perspective and I’m enjoying your blog right now.
    Bye!

    Lorenzo

  • Reply Anne March 6, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Hello I am an American student (also from southern California) in Rome at the moment and I just wanted to thank you for this blog. It is so inspiring and helpful when I am out and about in the city. You seem like a pretty cool person and this blog is fantastic! Please keep posting such wonderful little tidbits and I wish you well!

    • Reply Natalie March 9, 2013 at 1:25 pm

      Thanks so much, Anne! I hope you are having a fabulous time in Rome!

  • Reply Rebecca March 10, 2013 at 7:26 am

    So happy to find your fun Rome expat blog… I love Rome and often seeing myself running away to live there. I’ve had to settle for 9 visits and counting… two of them last year and one in a couple months I think. I am loving your particular experience of every day life in Rome as an American and all your local flavor tips are treasures!!! I’ve been keeping a tumblr photoblog of my time in and obsession with Rome (and Naples) but recently began a more traditional writing/photo travel experience blog on WP of my adventures of being a ‘tourist’ in rome who loves the off the beaten path spots of rome and is trying to get to know the eternal city in a local sense when I steal away to it. Not the same as living there every day – but I am trying! And I realized I was silly to not put down my memories and favorite spots for others to read about and for my own sense of nostalgia. Thanks for creating a great guide and an interesting food centric – yay – rome site. Bookmarking you!!!

    • Reply Natalie March 10, 2013 at 3:46 pm

      Hi Rebecca! Your photographs are lovely. Thanks so much for the note– really looking forward to your next posts!

      • Reply Rebecca March 13, 2013 at 10:16 pm

        Thank you! I CAN’T WAIT TO pour over your inspiring archives this weekend…

  • Reply Erika February 20, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Hello! My name is Erika – I am 35 years old and thinking of selling many of my things, giving up my apartment in the U.S. and heading to Rome for a job opportunity over there for an undefined amount of time. I am exhilarated but terrified. Was wondering if you were still there and if you would mind becoming FB friends so I have American contacts there. If so, let me know and I can provide you with my info. Thank you! Cheers! 🙂

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    tout est dans le titre

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  • Reply Joanne C March 10, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    Hi Nathalie, dopo aver seguito il tuo blog da un pò, e che adoro, mi permetto di farti una domanda. Avrei voluto scriverti in privato ma non trovo il tuo indirizzo email. Ecco la mia domanda : vorrei approfondire la mia conoscenza della lingua italiana e seguire corsi a Roma in una scuola per stranieri (parlo francese). Una scuola che offre anche attività come visitare luoghi o musei. Sono alla mia pensione e ho tanto tempo ! Mi stavo domandando se tu avessi conoscenza di queste scuole. Sto cercando sul web comunque. Grazie per leggermi. Mi puoi scrivere in privato se vuoi. Scommetto che parli bene l’italiano ? 😀

  • Reply Ilene Modica March 22, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    Just happened across your blog. Love it. We will be moving to Italy shortly (approved as dual citizens). Will be watching your posts. Can’t wait for our adventure!!! ouritalianjourney.com

    • Reply Natalie March 22, 2016 at 11:13 pm

      I’m so glad!! When does your adventure start? Will you be based in Rome?

  • Reply Kaitlan May 11, 2016 at 6:06 am

    Hello!
    I am so eager (read: desperate) to connect with someone who is currently living in Rome. I’m a 24-year old Western Candian girl who has just decided that next year is the year I am going to move to Italy. For the most part I have decided where I’m going to be staying, but would love to chat with someone about the actual logistics and possible beaurocratic nightmares that await me. I was in Italy years ago as a child for just a short trip with family, but I am 100% certain I am going to make the move and make this happen for myself. I would be so thrilled to have ANY feedback/advice from someone who has done it themselves.
    Really hope to hear from you – I’m assuming my email address does get sent to you when I post here?
    Thanks so much
    Katie

  • Reply Holly May 25, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    So glad I came across your blog – it’s so heart-warming to see such wonderful pictures and posts about my favourite city. I moved to Rome in 2008 at the age of 22 – I was only meant to stay for 3 months of au-pairing but completely fell in love with the city, found a proper job and ended up staying 3.5 years. Best experience of my life! I’m so glad I made the leap. Leaving (in 2011) was tough, but necessary for my career/life to move forwards… I’m currently living in south Wales and now happily loved up with a fellow Brit. However, I still miss Rome more than any other place I’ve lived, and going back to visit feels like arriving home. I’m so glad I can treasure my memories of that time….

    To anyone debating whether to take the risk and go for it, I say just do it! I was absolutely terrified on the day I flew out to meet my au-pair family (I would have backed out I think if I didn’t feel bound to honour my deal with them) – SOOooo glad I went. I have no regrets about that time of my life. I do know some who found Rome tougher than others – the trick I think is to really go for it; speak Italian asap, even if it’s full of mistakes and hesitations (you’ll be amazed how quickly you progress if you just forget to be self-conscious!); try to make Italian friends and go to the bars/dingy clubs/dodgy looking (but AMAZING) pizzerias/trattorias that the tourists never see; shop in your local grocery store and stop by your local bar for a macchiato as often as possible… ENJOY! 🙂

    • Reply Natalie May 26, 2016 at 7:30 am

      LOVE this advice to just go for it. Totally agree that Rome is worth it. I always say that the worst case scenario is that you go home… which is not so terrifying in the end.

      Thanks so much for the note– so glad that you feel the same way about Roma.

  • Reply Maddie January 2, 2017 at 10:05 am

    My roommate introduced me to your blog this past August when we started our freshman year abroad at John Cabot. Your information about Rome really helped us transition from high school, to college, to living on our own in a foreign country. I am are currently back in CA for winter break and I’ve found myself constantly coming back to your page in anticipation for my return later this month. Can’t wait to see what you post about next!

    • Reply Natalie January 2, 2017 at 9:32 pm

      Hi Maddie! Thanks so so much! I hope that you are enjoying your time home!

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