photography by alessandro ciapanna

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GIOLITTI – rome’s best gelateria

the narrow alley is packed solid with kids of all ages happily slurping away. getting a cone at giolitti’s gelateria is a true roman tradition well over 100 years old.






the most difficult part is choosing the ideal combination of flavors






scooping it up. you can get your gelato on a cone or in a paper cup.






a whipped cream topping is another option. loved this guy’s expression






the annoying part is you got to stand in line twice: once to pay for your ticket, and then to exchange your ticket for your ice cream. obviously, complications sometimes ensue






sitting indoors is a classy experience that comes at a premium price. free wifi, though






most people eat their gelato on the street, standing, sitting, or walking






many people just get their cones and then plunk themselves down on the little tables outside, but the waiters don’t like this







it’s probably impossible to lick a cone and preserve a dignified expression at the same time… and she doesn’t seem too happy about this






young romans have no qualms about sitting on the sidewalk for a gelato-fortified chat






artsy doorknobs and gilded g’s on giolitti’s glass door reflecting the crowds of kids slurping their cones in the alley outside






happiness is a couple of good friends and a gelato di giolitti






oh, man. that was unforgettable!






few would argue that italy has some of the world’s best gelato. and rome being rome, it has attracted italy’s most talented over thousands of years. so it is fair to say that rome offers some of the best that italy has to show off. today’s photo essay was taken in rome’s most celebrated gelateria, giolitti, smack dab in the heart of ancient rome.

alessandro ciapanna

ROLLING ROME – a city on wheels

you know what happens when you give an italian a set of wheels.

and tourists are just as quick to imitate them…






wheelies require concentration: note the tongue sticking out of his mouth. villa borghese, rome






this kid was trying his hardest to flip over – to no avail. piazza del popolo, rome






this would have made a funny speeded-up video. the lady was trying out a segway, going around in circles, and the little girl chased her the whole time. piazza del popolo, rome






no, he actually didn’t fall… villa borghese, rome






the pair on the right were obviously on their very first rollerblade experience. the thingy in the background is a water-driven public clock (which never tells the right time) villa borghese, rome






tourists just lovin’ that italian-style cruising. villa borghese, rome






german kid getting hooked on a nasty habit at an early age. villa borghese, rome






these kids were racing, and nothing would have stopped them. villa borghese, rome






wait, no. one pilot losing his shoe, that’s what stopped them, but only temporarily. villa borghese, rome






the stylish guy on the mountain bike looks like he’s struggling. little does he know that the statue in the background is dedicated to enrico toti, who became a cyclist although he was missing one leg. villa borghese, rome






photographs captured in april 2012 in rome

alessandro ciapanna

LOST in ROME – and trying to get home

o, tourist. you come to enjoy my city. just to thank you, i think i’ll shoot you






kick off those shoes. now plug your nose. piazza san silvestro, rome






for some reason, these ladies had two maps each. trinita’ dei monti, roma






this man is holding the smallest map of rome i have ever seen. trinita’ dei monti, rome






ok, we’ve done that, that and that. now to do that, that and the other. piazza barberini, rome






these are the same people from the photo above. took them the longest time trying to get their bearings. piazza barberini, rome






lady in white got them lost. lady in black not happy about it. piazza barberini, rome






so, we’ve got our miniature pinocchios. now where to? piazza di spagna, rome






had to shoot fast here. the cop in the car was giving me the hairy eyeball. piazza colonna, rome






one of the few who had the dignity of getting lost all by himself. piazza colonna, rome






ok – these guys weren’t really lost. more like reading the guidebook. but then again, none of the others were actually lost. piazza colonna, rome






what do you mean you’re already tired? we’ve only walked about two inches on the map… piazza di pietra, rome






i’d like to ask someone for directions, but the only italian in the whole piazza is the horse, and he won’t speak. piazza della rotonda (in local lingo: piazza del pantheon), rome






i have absolutely no idea where i am or where i’m going, so i’ll be the one to lead the group! pantheon, rome






hm… he’s young, he’s cute and he’s obviously lost. interesting. extremely interesting… pantheon, rome






photo essay shot on may 1st 2012 in the streets of rome.

alessandro ciapanna