Things I already miss from home and other ramblings about my first few weeks in Rome

I have officially been in Roma for a little over two weeks and am starting to finally get the hang of things. In these two short weeks I have learned a lot-

1) The 710 or 871 bus never comes but the 44, the 75 and just about every other bus I never need comes every five minutes.

2) You have to request stops on the tram or you will end up riding around on it for a while.

3) Italian men- at least all of the ones I have met- are just as creepy as people say they are.

4) The driving here is crazier than anything I have ever seen and I have never heard so many car horns or sirens.

5) Many Italians assume Americans don’t speak Italian, but for those of us who do (me), I understand what you are saying and even though sometimes it is funny- sometimes it is creepy/mean.

Despite completely being in love with the language, art, food, wine and culture of Italy there are a few things from home that I never thought I would miss so much.

1) Garbage disposals

2) Clothes dryers

3) I wouldn’t even really miss dryers if we had a washing machine that didn’t leave our clothes soaking wet resulting in a three-day drying time. Hence, I miss my washing machine.

4) Chipotle- I can’t wait to go to Paris to eat it

5) Veggie burgers

6) Reliable public transportation

Don’t get me wrong, yes I have complaints but I love much more than I hate.

Things I have fallen in love with-

1) art, architecture and anything of the sort.

2) pizza pizza pizza (I was and always will be addicted to pizza, especially authentic Italian pizza- I am going to Naples this weekend and am overcome with excitement to eat quite possibly the best pizza in the world).

3) Gelato

4) The Trevi Fountain

5) St. Peter’s Basilica

6) The language

7) Karaoke at Scholars every Tuesday

8) The Colosseum

9) Wine (although I was in love with this before I came to Italy, my affection has only  grown deeper)

10) Getting lost in an unknown place has never been more enjoyable.



“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”- Marcel Proust

Published by Alexa Lardieri

I am a reporter and digital producer for the Civic section of U.S. News & World Report, where I write about breaking news. I came to U.S. News in 2016 as a researcher and writer for the Rankings and Reviews section and in 2017, joined the news team, where I helped launch America 2020. I have previously worked for as a reporter and social media specialist and was an editor for several outlets at my alma mater. I am a graduate of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park. You can follow me on Twitter (@arlardieri) and Facebook (/AlexaRLardieri) or connect with me on LinkedIn (/in/alexa-lardieri).

2 thoughts on “Things I already miss from home and other ramblings about my first few weeks in Rome

  1. Don’t remind me! We lived in Rome for over 20 years. My daughter took the 75 to go to AUR (the American University of Rome) everyday and it was ALWAYS late!

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