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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