This month we caught up with Magalie Lamarre, a lovely French girl, who’s lived here for over a decade and knows where to eat, drink and the joys of falling for an Italian boy…
When did you move to Rome?
I moved first to Milan in 2001 to practice there as I was a tennis player at the time. Then I quit tennis and move to Rome in 2004.
Where do you work and live in Rome and why?
I am in charge of a fantastic SPA in the centre of Rome next to the Pantheon: Acanto Day SPA. The opportunity came up last year and I immediatly took the chance. You should pass by and have a look because for sure you won’t see every day real roman columns inside of a spa… and why not relax after a long walk with a massage or hammam.
Can you tell us where you would go for the perfect breakfast, the perfect lunch and the perfect dinner in Rome?
For breakfast I would go for sure to Eden Caffè (via Cornelio Magni, zona garbatella/montagnola). They have excellent cappuccino but especially they do real French croissants (sorry, I am still very french!).
For lunch I would go (and I go!) to the restaurant Le volte, which is right in front of the spa or also to this very Roman trattoria Cavalier Gino (Montecitorio area).
For dinner I would go to the elegant Caffè Universale (Pantheon area) or to this very nice little place Passaguai (Vatican area).
Have you been into the dating scene here much? Have you fallen in love yet? How do Italian boys compare with French boys?
I have been… and I fell… in love yeah… but fell down more times I guess ;-)!!! French vs Italians… two differents ways but both lovely ;-)!!!
Where do you go out at night for aperitivo or dancing or just a good time?
For aperitivo there’s a place at Circo Massimo called 075 which is nice or also in general little wine bars in the centre. I like a lot this place called Micca where you can do happy hour, have a drink, or dance and they organise theme parties every night. Really nice place.
Have you found it easy to integrate and make friends with Italians or do you find it easier to gravitate towards fellow expats?
After the initial process of adapting to Roman life (they are often late!) I found it quite easy to integrate maybe also because I am an easy living person!