When in Rome by Penelope Green

When in Rome

By Penelope Green

  • Release Date: 2010-07-01
  • Genre: Essays & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
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The first book in a much loved Italian travel memoir trilogy which also includes the delightful See Naples and Die and Girl by Sea.

Winner of the Grollo Ruzzene Foundation Prize in the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards.

We've all dreamed of a new exotic life in a European city, but who actually goes? When in Rome shows what can happen when you are courageous - and perhaps crazy - enough to chase this dream.

With her thirtieth birthday on the horizon and her safe and comfortable life in Sydney outside her front door, Penelope Green decided it was now or never. Undaunted by the fact she spoke absolutely no Italian, had no job, no friends and nowhere to live, and armed only with an Italian English dictionary, irresistible optimism and a fair dash of bravery, she was determined to carve out her own slice of la dolce vita.

Both frank and funny, Penny tells how she plunged into the deep end of Roman life from her first giddy Vespa ride to daily struggles with the language and culture (not to mention a few lecherous locals), to seeing in her birthday with a kiss from her lover under the floodlit Colosseum.

'Written engagingly and with great honesty, Penelope Green's experiences definitely do not include restoring any farmhouses... Funny and full of heart' - The Australian Women's Weekly

'Descriptions of Rome so vivid you can smell the coffee' - Sun-Herald

Author Biography

Penelope Green was born in Sydney and worked as a print journalist around Australia for a decade before moving to Rome in 2002. Her first book, When in Rome, recounts her early experiences in the Eternal City. In 2005 she moved to Naples to work for ANSAmed, a Mediterranean news service. She found an apartment in the city's colourful Spanish Quarter, worked hard at mastering the Neapolitan dialect, and writing her second travel memoir, See Naples and Die. Girl by Sea completes Penny's Italian experience as she moves to the idyllic island of Procida, across the bay from Capri, with her Italian partner, Alfonso. The couple have now returned to Australia, where they are making a new life for themselves back in the Southern hemisphere. For more information visit penelopegreen.com.au


  • Fabulous!

    By Az273q
    Absolutely loved this book, it is one of those books I will always keep in my library - a gem of a book!