Italian Media in Milan

This weekend, I had the privilege of learning about Italian broadcast media in Milan. The trip was a field study for a course I am taking in Rome called Communication and Social Transformation. One of my professors works in Italian media, so she was able to get us into the public TV and radio station, Rai and the private radio station, Radio Populare. We were given tours of these stations and were able to sit in on a taping of a TV show and a live radio show. Of course, both of these shows were in Italian, but the excitement that exists in media is universal—we could all feel it.

The trip focused on Italian media, but we also tried to take in as much of Milan as we could. We embraced the city as a fashion capital of the world by visiting the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, braved danger by climbing up to the roof of the Duomo in the rain, and awed at the gorgeous interior of the cathedral. The churches in Italy will never cease to blow me away…their beauty is untouched and unbelievable.

I loved the couple of days I spent in Milan, but upon arriving back in Rome, I realized how much it already feels like home. Now, if I could only get that whole Italian language thing down… 😉

Milan | The Pace

Duomo di Milano

Milan | The Pace

Piazza del Duomo

Milan | The Pace

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele

Milan | The Pace

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele

Milan | The Pace

Taping of “TV Talk” at Rai Tv Studio

Milan | The Pace

Live show (“Caterpillar”) at Rai Radio 2

Milan | The Pace

Live show (“Caterpillar”) at Rai Radio 2

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Roof of Duomo di Milano

Milan | The Pace

Roof of Duomo di Milano

As always, thank you for reading! Baci Baci (kisses, kisses),

Tatum

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Florence

Last weekend was a pretty exciting one for me, because it was my first time traveling since arriving in Europe! Florence was a great destination for my first venture out of Rome…small, easy to navigate, and totally adorable.

I think we maintained a good balance between doing ‘touristy’ things and creating our own experience in a new city. We saw Michelangelo’s David along with many other beautiful sculptures and artwork, climbed the bell tower (#tbt to 400+steps and major claustrophobia), and visited the Duomo. Other than that, we spent time wandering around the city, seeing what it has to offer beyond the tourist attractions. These journeys brought us to some amazing food (including a panino literally the size of my face), a chocolate festival with free samples (amen!), and good times exploring the city’s nightlife.

If you are in Italy or anywhere in Europe, I definitely recommend visiting Florence. Everything is walk-able so getting around is easy and not overwhelming, the food is wonderful, and the scenery is gorgeous.

After this amazing weekend, I am even more exciting to continue traveling around Italy and Europe. Next stop…Milan!

Florence | The Pace

The Duomo

Florence | The Pace

View from the top of the bell tower

Florence | The Pace

Waiting in line to see Michelangelo’s David

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Panino as big as my face

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View from the top of the bell tower

 

Baci baci (kisses, kisses!),

Tatum

Week 2 Check In

I have been in Rome for two weeks…part of me feels like the time has flown, while another part thinks back to getting off the bus at my apartment for the first time as being forever ago. Obviously, I want to share the exciting things I do and see during my time in Europe, but I also want to share the smaller things that make up my daily life here. So here is a short list of things I have learned, ways I have changed, and realizations I have had during my first two weeks in Rome.

  1. Italians operate on a totally different schedule than I am used to, and I am adapting to it. The biggest changes are late dinners (breaking out the pots and pans at 7 PM instead of 5), late nights out (AKA early mornings out), and naps (lifesavers).
  2. I eat pasta. Unfortunately like a lot of girls, I used to look at pasta like it was toxic, eat it rarely, and feel a little guilty when I did. Now, I eat pasta with no shame because honestly, I need the energy. In Rome, people walk everywhere, and walking gets exhausting. Fueling up with a bowl of pasta for dinner now feels normal, not sinful.
    Pasta | The Pace

    Pasta with mussels from cooking class in Rome

    Pasta | The Pace

    Carbonara Zucchine from Cento Lab

  3. If I don’t feel exhausted at the end of the day, I probably did something wrong. Rome is a huge city, and there is so much to do, see, and experience here. Of course, there are times when my warm bed sounds more appealing than another several hours on my feet, but that’s when I remind myself about my limited time in this incredible place. This weekend, we saw the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain. The Spanish Steps were amazing, and the Trinità dei Monti at the top of the steps was stunning. The Trevi Fountain is under construction so that was a bit of a let down…but I guess it’s just an excuse to make another trip back to Rome when it’s complete!
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    View from the top of the Spanish Steps

    IMG_9456_Fotor Spanish Steps | The Pace

    Spanish Steps | The Pace

    Trinità dei Monti

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  4. Two of my favorite things in the entire world—produce and wine—are some of the cheapest things you can buy in Rome. I walk away from the open-air produce market with a bag of fresh, delicious produce for just a couple euro. And wine here is cheaper than water (can I get an “amen”?)
  5. I am the world’s worst bargainer. We visited the Porta Portese Flea Market, a giant flea market open every Sunday in Rome, and I spotted an AS Roma scarf that I wanted. Long story short…could have gotten that thing for about 20% less if I had even a little bit of skill in bargaining.
  6. It is incredibly thrilling to successfully communicate in a foreign language. I never imagined being so excited just to tell someone where I am from and what I am doing in Rome. Learning a foreign language and trying to use it is challenging, humbling, and rewarding all at the same time.

In short, from the big sightseeing moments to the time I spend with my roommates in our apartment, I am having the time of my life in Rome right now. I can’t wait to see what the rest of this semester will bring.

xo,

Tatum

Not Just a Tourist

My internship at the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Communication starts in just under two weeks, and I am so excited. Today, the other interns and I did a trial run on the metro to our offices to make sure we weren’t totally lost on the first day. As we walked toward the Vatican, we were stopped a dozen times by men and women trying to sell us umbrellas and ‘fast passes’ into all the Vatican has to offer. I guess my blonde hair and my friends’ bright raincoats and American brand backpacks are dead giveaways of our origin. Today, as I stood staring in awe at St. Peter’s Basilica, taking pictures, and brainstorming Instagram captions (can’t help myself, sorry…), I did feel like a tourist. But this stunning view isn’t just something I will see once and only remember from the pictures—this is my commute to work every day. So I think that qualifies me as something a little more than just a tourist 🙂

Speaking of being a tourist, I have been in Rome for a week now, which means, it’s time to start planning trips!! I have ideas of places I want to travel to, but there is so much to see and too little time (and moola) to do it all. What cities would you recommend I visit during my semester in Europe? Help a girl narrow this continent down to a few amazing destinations (if that is even possible!)

The Vatican | The Pace

My morning commute

The Vatican | The Pace

View from right outside our office

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Vatican interns!! (can you tell we are excited?)

 

Baci baci (kisses, kisses!),

Tatum

 

Welcome to Rome!

Ciao! Well, I am finally here…in Rome! Despite Winter Storm Juno’s threats of delaying my flight, I made it to Italy all in one piece, without any lost luggage, and on time! These first several days have been filled with so much that I can hardly believe it hasn’t even been a week yet! I’ve had my first tastes of real Italian food, got my first glimpse of the Coliseum (after spending an hour and a half getting totally lost), and had about five freak outs over how cheap, fresh, and delicious fruits and vegetables are from the open-air produce markets that are found on what seems like every corner. These experiences have been made even better with the company of the other students on this program. It’s only been a few days, but already I feel close to my new friends on this trip.

My apartment is located in Garbatella, which is south of the center of Rome and about a twenty-minute walk away. My five roommates and I (along with everyone else on the program) live among local Italian people, which really helps us in our goal to immerse ourselves as much as we can into the new culture around us.

I thought the “Ah! I’m actually living in Rome” moment would happen when I was eating my first plate of pasta or taking my first steps on the cobblestones of the city, but the moment happened when I didn’t even expect it. On Friday, a group of us were on the hunt for gelato when we ‘stumbled’ upon the Basilica di San Paolo. We walked inside, hoping to catch a quick glimpse of it, but we had no idea what we were in for. The basilica was breath taking and stunning. As I walked around, finding more and more to look at around every corner, I finally felt it…I am in Rome—A place of history, culture, and beauty. I am so excited about where the rest of the journey will take me.

Check out some photos from my first several days in Rome and follow me on Instagram for even more!

 

Italian Pasta | The Pace

First meal in Rome!!

Coliseum | The Pace

The Coliseum

The Roommates | The Pace

My lovely roommates on our first night out in Rome!

Gelato | The Pace

The first of many cups of gelato…Nutella flavored 🙂

Basilica di San Paolo | The Pace

Basilica di San Paolo (these photos do not do this justice!)

Basilica di San Paolo | The Pace

Basilica di San Paolo (the photos do not do this justice!)

Basilica di San Paolo | The Pace

Basilica di San Paolo (the photos do not do this justice!)

Basilica di San Paolo | The Pace

Basilica di San Paolo (the photos do not do this justice!)

 Until next time! xo,

Tatum