A big fat Italian wedding

After coming back to Rome, my first official act was to attend the wedding of a friend and classmate from uni.

It was both, the first wedding of a friend of mine (as in: not a cousin or aunt, but actually someone of my age) and the first Italian wedding I went to. And let me tell you, my Italian friends made sure I was prepared: “Si mangia!” You eat. A lot. – So I can’t actually say I haven’t been warned, but I was still surprised by the amount of food; it seems to be the quintessential part of an Italian wedding! 😀

But first things first: the bride looked stunning! Gessi wore a fabulous fairytale-like dress and she was absolutely beautiful! The church was just behind the Colosseum and it looked like right out of a fairytale too! The ceremony was lovely and Sara and me made good use of the tissues thoughtfully provided at the entrance 😉 Afterwards we threw rice and greeted the newlywed outside the church.
While the bride and the groom were off taking pictures, the guests were entertained with Aperitivo: buffets of sweet and savoury snacks in a very scenic garden party ambient. I was basically full after that, but that’s only where the fun began. When the bride and groom were back, we were all asked inside a glamorous Palazzo where lunch was served: seven courses including the cake!

 

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That’s us, pretending to be Ok, after Aperitivo, three dishes of anitipasti, a main course with four sides, dessert, cake and sweets buffet. And caffé.

Ok, that’s enough talk about food now! It was a beautiful wedding, I am so happy for them both and also: it was so amazing to see what I’v been thought in Italian class in real life! One of the priorities of my first Italian teacher was to teach us culture as well as language. So whenever we’ve learned a new tense or use of articles, we’d read texts and speak about Italian culture to put it to use. I remember reading about Italian celebrations, the custom of giving confetti to your guests and the importance of coffee even after a multi-course meal. And that’s exactly what happened. 🙂

At the end of the day we were bursting of food and our feet hurt – but it was beautiful!

Please excuse me now, I have to dream of my own wedding…
XX, Angie

Carnevale Romano

Since weeks now, little kids are throwing confetti in the streets for no obvious reasons and I love it because it looks like it’s been raining colourful paper! But apart from that, not much celebrating is going on. It’s the official carnival weekend! And while my friends and family keep sending me pictures of their costumes and parties they’d go to, I am having a hard time to find out what to do in Rome during carnevale.

Yesterday I read in the newspaper that the famous Roman Carnival parade is taking place at 3pm at Piazza del Popolo – so I had an early lunch, left house punctually and arrived there around 2:30 in order to get a spot with a good view – only to be told that it surely won’t start before 4:30. I should have guessed it.
Anyway, after coffee, window shopping and quite a long walk, I arrived back at the piazza, where a presenter started to give an introduction to the spectacle. It turned out that the “famoso carnevale romano” is a historic parade. In other words: several groups and individuals in historic costumes parade and ride through the streets and throw confetti and sweets to the crowd. It all makes kinda sense, as the anchor explained that in former days,  in carnival the rich families would present their fanciest clothes and carriages to the lower classes – But it just wasn’t what I was expecting. It was nice to watch the elaborate dresses and military uniforms of various centuries, but it wasn’t quite as entertaining. The nicest thing was the big firework that closed the evening! 😀

Today me and some friends went to a food truck festival in the Parco della Musica (what a lovely name!) and even though it was clearly not carnival-related I brought confetti and blow-outs and embarrassed us all. Needless to say we had a proper confetti fight in the end!

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But boh!, at least now I’ve seen the apparently veeery famous Roman carnival parade and threw confetti in the streets!

XX, Angie