To socialize or talk informally preferably over a drink. Word forms: 3rd person singular present tense hobnobs, present participle hobnobbing, past tense, past participle hobnobbed.
But honestly. Hobnob is a safe space for women who prefer iced coffee over a perfectly curated wardrobe. It’s a daycare center for women who are intrigued by trends, but also don’t care. It is an open bar for those who swear on vintage Chanel and whose pension funds hang in their closets.
Rome, the city of great ancient history and even greater pasta. I recently spent 48 hours of watching art, architecture and the bottom of many plates and glasses and this is what I learned.
Soho House Rome
The newly opened Soho House Rome will not be a stranger to the Soho House member. The iconic ambiance and interior is familiar, yet the Rome house really fill a gap in the very classic offer of hotel in the city
Speaking of classics, it does not get any classier than Palazzo Dama. Modern design meets ancient Roman history in a hotel.
Fontana di Trevi
If tourist jam is not your thing, maybe skip Fontana di Trevi. But if you’ve never been, a visit or even just a walk-by is time well spent, I think. The magnificent fountain is the mother to a lot of iconic moments like the 90th anniversary show of Roman fashion house Fendi in 2016 and not to forget the movie La Dolce Vita starring fellow Scandinavian Anita Ekberg.
Scalinata della Trinità dei Monti also know as Spanish Steps.
If you are a Roman first time tourist, take the shopping street that leads up to the Spanish Steps. Walk the steps like people have done for 300 years before you and enjoy the view from the top.
Villa Borghese Garden
Villa Borghese’s garden is like the Central Park of Rome. People come here for picnics, to read under a tree or just take a short break from the busy city. If you want to get around the garden in a fun and fast way (well) you rent one of the many electric bike cars! For 12€ an hour you get a crash course in Italian driving and a good view of the gorgeous park.
The Villa Farnesina, built in the early sixteenth century for banker Agostino Chigi but now owned by the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, is the essence of Italian Renaissance. Besides from being one of the many renaissance landmarks of Rome, the Villa is serving as a museum. If you only choose one museum in Rome (which would be a shame) this is the one.
A classic roman restaurant with all the classic dishes. An Italian place in the way Scandinavians picture Italian places if you know what I mean. Well worth a visit for a calm lunch or a busy dinner.
Da Gino al Parlamento
Da Gino on the other hand is way more casual. Tight tables, tacky ancient roman wall paintings and very very good pasta. The restaurant is pretty hidden from the Main Street which makes for very cosy small alley tables outside. But book the under bare sky tables in advance, they are popular.
Founded by the Piperno family in the early 60s, the Piperno restaurant is still family owned and one of the cosiest in town.
Fanny Ekstrand is a writer, creative consultant and founder of Hobnob. She says she is the master of vintage shopping and knows all the pasta dishes in the world.
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