Mid-October, and the temperatures continue to be decidedly un-friendly towards all those fall sweaters, tights and jackets I'd really like to be wearing by now. On the other hand, an extended outdoor-dining season is really nothing to complain about at all!
The colours and textures of an average Roman street corner.
Sure, online shopping might be more convenient, but I like getting odds and ends for my home from one of these classic, super-local casalinghi shops, where you can often find everything from shampoo to moka pots to paintbrushes – and absolutely everything in between – all packed into a very small space. What's not to like about a shop where you can find a display of glitter eyeshadow just steps away from a shelf full of condominium-sized garbage cans?
I'll never stop enjoying the way you can turn the corner in Rome and find yourself in a street that seems to be glowing from within. I don't know if Rome's warm colour palette was chosen purposefully to maximize the power of the morning and evening sunlight or if it was just a happy accident – but it's one of my favourite things about this city.
Roman details: Shutters and vines (very determined, invasive vines, always).
Every October, without fail, something strange happens around Rome: People start pulling their puffy winter coats out of storage and actually wearing them, despite temperatures that remain very much in the light jacket range. Here we are at October 6th, and I've already spotted a handful of Romans wearing their puffy coats around the city – in Rome, it's not really about dressing for the weather. It's about dressing for the season... and apparently some people's calendars are suggesting that it's winter already!