Hypothetical situation: you could live in any neighborhood in Rome and have any job you want there. What would you do? What more would you explore?
If I could live in Rome long term, I think I would enjoy living in the Monti neighborhood. Rome is huge and very spread out, so there are really a lot of great places to live, but what I like about the Monti neighborhood is that it isn’t too close to the Vatican or the city center, which can get very crowded with tourists on a daily basis. And yet the neighborhood is still in a prime location, situated right next to some cool ancient Roman monuments like the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Capitoline Museum, and Trajan’s Column. It has a little more serenity than the busiest, most touristy parts of Rome, but it still has the classic ancient Roman feel which never seems to get old. You can also get to the city center a reasonable amount of time. And there is also a park in Monti which is a great way to escape the business of the city. There’s also two metro stops nearby and buses running in the area which is very convenient. If you need to go shopping, you can find some great shops and grocery stores nearby as well.
Situated not far from the Monti neighborhood are Sapienza Università di Roma, a local public university, and the Angelicum Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, the alma mater of Pope John Paul II. With these two schools closely situated, it would be a dream to be a professor at either or both of these schools. Though this is all hypothetical, it would be cool to teach English, theology, and business at these universities (let’s pretend I got my masters in those subjects and was qualified to teach them!)
It would be a completely different and immersive experience to live in Rome on my own. I would be forced to learn the language, which would be a cool yet humbling experience. I would also get to meet and befriend more Italians, which would be a great way to learn more about the culture. I think meeting local families and young people helps you get a really good feel not only for the country you’re living in, but also the region and city. Since the regions and cities of Italy are so diverse, Rome definitely has its own feel that you can’t get anywhere else. I would definitely get involved in a Catholic community and parish while there, and I would also love to go deeper into the art scene of Rome and see musicians and shows when possible. Learning the local wines and speciality dishes would also be a fun exploration too!
These were just a few ideas that came to mind. But since Rome has so much to offer, I’m sure there’s a ton of other ways I could happily live in the city!