Intro: Andiamo a Roma

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Allie and I are calling this blog “Made in Rome” because we were. We met in Rome back in 2008 when we were both on study abroad…. By day we saw art and ruins, browsed markets, wandered, and hung out with our crew of friends. By night we carved up the city. There was a spark or two, and then that first electric week in Rome was over.

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[Allie in her element, Campo de’ Fiori, Rome]

After, we traveled to our base for the summer: Todi—a citadel town on a great oblong hill in Umbria. Allie lived on a farm and vineyard past town’s stone walls. I lived above the olive groves, vineyards, sunflower fields, and oceans of grain and in the Iron Age town. It was in Todi that we had class, art class—and neither of us are artists!

But it was in Rome that we had been set in motion. And it was to Rome we went back again and again, far more than any of the other places we hit in our wanderings up and down Italy from Venice to Vesuvius.

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[Allie shopping an open-air market, Florence, Tuscany]

It’s a long story. One that ends in Rome. We had a few days in the Eternal City before summer burned out and we flew back to the States.

But if you’ve read our “About” page, you know our story continued. Allie and I stayed together and got married at the end of 2014, more than seven summers after the one we met in Rome. You’ll notice traces of the city (and also of Italy) in our posts. It was and is our favorite city. It was where our tastes and styles started to develop together. It is where these posts have their hidden source, because it was where we were made.   -Chris

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[Chris self portrait, below Sorrento, Gulf of Naples]


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[Allie planning our last run in Rome, Autostrada A1]

9 thoughts on “Intro: Andiamo a Roma

  1. maristravels

    Loved your story. I love Rome, this was my third visit and even though it rained incessantly and was bitingly cold I still managed to do all the things I wanted to do – especially eat! Artichokes were available everywhere and I’m afraid I rather OD’d on them. Enjoy your life.


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