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Old 15th April 2010, 10:19 PM
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Thank you, I truly understand how difficult it is to make these decisions. I've been living in Rome exploring every part of the city and feel I understand it like a Roman would. So I am happy share what I've learned while living here.

I don't think I can post my blog address here (wordpress). But our place is called Hobo Artclub. Australian Gourmet traveller did a nice review on the area's restaurants, bars and nightlife (Pigneto) you may find interesting. If any of you are in the neighborhood, please do stop by and say hello!

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Hi,

I was asking this same question just over a year ago. We arrived 1 year ago to Rome straight from the UK so I do empathise with you. We too have 2 children (aged 7 and 5).
I would say in all honesty, location depends on your lifestyle. If a bustling city centre location and being near to the all thats happening is important then the areas you have named sound fine to me.
I personally find central Rome too noisy even coming from London. I would consider making your location to live to be near to where you/hubby work, as the traffic situation here in Rome is really bad, so reducing your commute maybe a wise choice. We opted to be a short commute from Fiumicino airport and an English school, as my husbands work involves a lot of travel abroad and we decided to stick with the English school system. There is an active expat community around the area of Casalpalocco with weekly meet ups for mums with babies and toddlers and monthly Mums night out (senza bambini) Your budget would even get you a 3/4 bedroom villa/villeta with a garden here and its only 20/30 minutes to circo massimo or 15 minutes to EUR. The other plus is its 10 minutes to the beach at Ostia for those long hot summer days. You are at a definite advantage to me as you already have mastered the lingo. Once again though it really does come down to your life style, there is another forum on website called pink Italy where there are several bloggers who reside in more central locations than me, so I am sure you would meet people. Also check out wanted in Rome, they list a weekly playgroup called ladybirds in their "Whats on" guide so you would surely make contacts there.

Good luck and drop me a line if you need any more info.

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hi, i'm a mom of two young children, ages 9 and 3. I'm married to an italian (who grew up in the trieste part of rome that you mentioned). We've been living in rome for 8 years. My advice is to avoid trastevere (and testaccio), it's a zoo of young tourists drinking and up all night. If you have children the noise will be a problem. The charm of that area is wearing off and many romans don't want anything to do with it.

Maybe you should check the monteverde-gianicolense area adjacent to trastevere. It's a very beautiful, residential neighborhood with places for the kids to play such as villa pamphili. There are two parts of monteverde - monteverde vecchio and monteverde nuovo. I prefer monteverdi vecchio, it's closer to the center and i consider it more beautiful. Schools should be good, public transporation is frequent and you will be able to find a 3-bedroom in your price range. The feeling is similar to trieste and you'll find other families/foreigners living there. I know the city well, feel free to ask me about other neighborhoods in question, i'll be glad to offer my opinion.
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my wife and i are considering moving to rome from nyc. We have a 6 and 3 yr old, and are considering the american school. Our plan is to spend one year in rome. Where's the best place to live, assuming we need some open space in which to play soccer and enjoy life in rome? Thank you so much for replying. We really have only spend a little time in rome but are considering it vs. Barcelona and think it might be a better place to have a family adventure for a year.

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One other question- do you know of a relocation consultant that might be able to help us find a place in monteverde vecchio and help with other high end areas? Thanks.

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Hi,

I was asking this same question just over a year ago. We arrived 1 year ago to Rome straight from the UK so I do empathise with you. We too have 2 children (aged 7 and 5).
I would say in all honesty, location depends on your lifestyle. If a bustling city centre location and being near to the all thats happening is important then the areas you have named sound fine to me.
I personally find central Rome too noisy even coming from London. I would consider making your location to live to be near to where you/hubby work, as the traffic situation here in Rome is really bad, so reducing your commute maybe a wise choice. We opted to be a short commute from Fiumicino airport and an English school, as my husbands work involves a lot of travel abroad and we decided to stick with the English school system. There is an active expat community around the area of Casalpalocco with weekly meet ups for mums with babies and toddlers and monthly Mums night out (senza bambini) Your budget would even get you a 3/4 bedroom villa/villeta with a garden here and its only 20/30 minutes to circo massimo or 15 minutes to EUR. The other plus is its 10 minutes to the beach at Ostia for those long hot summer days. You are at a definite advantage to me as you already have mastered the lingo. Once again though it really does come down to your life style, there is another forum on website called pink Italy where there are several bloggers who reside in more central locations than me, so I am sure you would meet people. Also check out wanted in Rome, they list a weekly playgroup called ladybirds in their "Whats on" guide so you would surely make contacts there.

Good luck and drop me a line if you need any more info.
Hi!
We lived in Pisa last year. Well actually we lived between Pisa and Lucca in the countryside for 2.5 years. It was lovely for the first 2 weeks and then the isolation and boredom hit me and I was desperate for city life again! We've lived in Melbourne and Amsterdam, in Palma de Mallorca and Den Haag, and now in Sydney... and I really love city life.

I know Rome is hectic in the centre but I don't want to be too far out. I'm not a suburb type person but I'm not sure if that's what you mean by the area where you live. Being from London I can't imagine you'd want suburbia either!

I think we're gonna initially try Trieste or Monteverde Vecchio as parklife and vicinity to the city seem to be boxes ticked in both cases! I'd love to meet some fellow foreigners but my hugest fear is to be with moany Brits. It sounds so rude to say but during our 10 years of travelling around I have to say the the most negative people I've ever met were my fellow countrymen. How rude am I?! But it's sad but true!! I now understand why Australians call us whinging Poms!!!

Anyway, I'll definitely get in touch as soon as we get to Rome. It'll be good to get in touch with some English speakers as well as be close to our Roman chums (but they don't have children yet so it'll also be good to bend your ear about kiddy stuff!!)

Love xxx

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Hi Kitoo

I am planning to migrate to Rome by end of this year.
I read about your son who has a cochlear implant. I work with people with HA and CI and am wondering how did you receive services from a qualified SLP for your son.

By the way, I am ASHA certified and for the last 3 weeks have been trying hard to look for a suitable job opening. I have two kids and my wife and I are planning to take up jobs if we move to Rome.

What is your take on this? Your advice/comment will be much appreciated.

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Our first apartment in Rome was in Piazza Vescovio (Trieste area), when we were looking into school for our son we visited Scuola Statale Primaria e dell'Infanzia "Contardo Ferrini". Via di Villa Chigi n.20/22 - tel.: 06.86212470 fax: 06.86212838. I understand it's a very reputable school from other parents. We ended up moving and so our son was never enrolled there. As for Monteverde I don't know any schools but I can ask around. I don't think you can go wrong in either neighborhood regarding good schools though.

We now live in Grottaferrata, in the Castelli Romani part of Rome. It's another beautiful area, but is probably not what you are looking for. It takes about 20 minutes to get to the center. It's still quite urban but has a great number of parks, a splendid view of Rome and the sea, but requires having a car. It was once a resort for Roman aristocratic families and many of their villa's are now open to the public as museums or parks. The pope has his sumer residence here in Castel Gandolfo which is located above Lago Albano, once the mouth of a volcano. It's a place I recommend visiting once you get settled in. Here you should stop by a Fraschetteria for some local wine and porchetta - it's famous!

We've had a great experience with school. There are several international schools in the area but with very expensive tuition fees. Our oldest son goes to a private catholic school walking distance from our house. We pay about €2,000 a year plus any extra-curricular classes. Our situation with him is diverse. He's a boy who was born profoundly deaf and with the help of a cochlear implant he now hears. Initially we didn't raise him bilingual, due to the suggestion of the professionals following him - it was thought to be too confusing (now, I disagree and am teaching him english). He also learns english at school and we found it more advanced than the public system. His younger brother age 3 is bilingual. Choosing a school, speech therapist and having his specialist nearby was a very important decision for us and we chose our location for a number of related reasons.

You asked why I ended up in Italy and that's a big question! We encountered one obstacle after the next with the healthcare of our son and in the end we felt he would have a better life here. My husband is Italian (lived in the US for 15 yrs) so residency wasn't a problem for us. I can only describe it as jumping with a bungie cord attached- but we made the right decision. With the move, we changed careers to some extent and opened a bookshop-cafe near the center. It's been a journey!

I wish you and your family all the best and please feel free to stay in touch!

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