The street where I live
Saturday, April 21st, 2012
Well, it’s not really exactly the street where I live. My house is on a little side street. La casa “house” in Italy is the place that you call home rather than “house” as a structure. In fact most Italians, at least in the cities, live in apartments. Apartments are in a “palazzo”. Yes, the idea of living in a palace is very nice but actually a palazzo is simply an apartment building. The word for building “edificio” is reserved for office buildings and the like. So la casa mia is in a palazzo with 6 apartments in the area of the city called Saragozza. It is quite a lovely area and my palazzo is on a little side street 150 meters up the hill from via Saragozza so it’s very quiet, which I really appreciate. No traffic noise at all and there is a nice park right across the street. One advantage of apartment living is the same as in, say, New York or San Francisco. The population density is such that there are lots of services in the neighborhood. So I consider my street to be Saragozza. It has a bunch of bars (that’s a caffe to you), tabaccaie (tobacconists), trattorie, edicole (book and newspaper stores) , parrucchiere (beauty shops) and a number of specialty food shops for bread, meat, cheese wine and liquor, pastries and fish.
There are also a travel agencies and several real estate offices. All of these are within easy walking distance. There are probably others but those are all that I remember from my walks along the street.
As a side note, a tabaccaia of course sells tobacco products but much more. You can recharge your cell phone, buy bus tickets, stamps, envelopes, gum and mints, lottery tickets, tissues, send faxes and god knows what else. Yet another side note, most people pay for a certain number of minutes usage on their cell phone and when it is running low you go into a tabaccaia, give them your number and 10 euros and presto you’ve added a bunch of minutes (in my case about 50) to the minutes available for calls and messages on the phone. There must be 50 shops of various varieties within a kilometer walk (0.62 miles) from where I live so I took some pictures of just a few. They are roughly in order starting from the Porta. I’ve also included a map. Click on any image to be able to see a larger version.