Glenys' Rome & Beyond

Follow her adventures wherever she goes…

Welcome to my world…


Living in Rome always sounds like such a romantic dream…

A glorious dream that you unfortunately wake up from when you nod off at the office and are violently jerked back to the fluorescent lights and flickering computer screen…darn Windows Vista. Other times, you dream about drinking a deep dark blood-like glass of Barolo red as you bite into warm crusty fresh-baked bread topped with juicy Sorrento tomatoes and plump olives. Perhaps you imagine strolling down the flowering Spanish Steps and weaving in and out of chic Italian boutiques as you shop Via Condotti and flirt with the tall, dark and exotic gentlemen whose musical notes of their never-tiring ‘Ciao bella‘  melody caress your ear. Unless, of course, you have overlooked the odd mix of macho-metrosexuals and find yourself drawn to rich raven curls bouncing on top of a stiletto-heeled beauty who coquettishly smiles your way.

If this is your dream, it is time to wake up, not only because your boss is nearing your desk but because you are replaying a scene from a Fellini movie. Rome, in the real world, grows in contrast to what you have imagined. However, that Italy does exist, at times, but only in rare glimpses, which can be experienced more frequently once you learn how to see.

There are three ways to view the Italy of your dreams, rent any Italian film from the 50s and it will remain forever accessible; close your eyes again and freely imagine as you wish; or open your eyes and tantalize all of your senses by acquiring a new approach, which will enhance your love affair with Rome and entice you to an encore performance.

Rome is a city of oxymora which fool you and twist you, then leave you lost and out of breath. Deciphering it all has given me an exciting journey; one that I will share with you until I am successful at luring you here. That should be easy. The reality of the eternal city, as I see it, will be revealed, slowly; it may not draw you hither in haste, but you will love la bella Roma more, for it is real and not just a dream.

Beyond Rome lie Europe, Asia, Africa and places I can only imagine going to, but once I have experienced its wonders, so will you, for I will take you there as well; vicariously at first, but one has to start somewhere.

Glenys Vargas is a New York City Jazz singer/songwriter who currently lives in Rome. She is a world-class triple-threat performer who has graced the stages of hundreds of cities, spanning over fifteen countries among three continents. While in NYC, she primarily performed as an actress/singer/dancer in many musicals. She has appeared in films, TV, commercials and has even modelled for Versace and Gaultier. Although she currently concentrates on Jazz, she also sings House, Pop and R&B. Glenys’ music may be heard by visiting her links. A creative person has many outlets. Writing is merely one more.


  Rose from FineCraftGuild dot com wrote @

Hai Glenys,

Welcome to the world of blogging! It is nice to find other North Americans here in Rome, blogging.

Looking forward hearing about the Roman world of jazz here…

  Glenys Vargas wrote @

Hi Rose, I’m glad you are enjoying it. I hope to live up to your expectations.

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  Glenys Vargas wrote @

Thanks! I really appreciate your feedback. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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  Glenys Vargas wrote @

Thank you, I’m glad you enjoy my writing.

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  tangelo65 wrote @

I’ve enjoyed your blog–are you still in Rome? We are planning a family trip this June with our four kids and your insight has been helpful. I am very worried about pickpockets on the train–two neighbors here in Virginia had their wallets/cameras taken. yikes! But, we are not letting that stop us from visiting Italy!!

  Glenys Vargas wrote @

Yes, I am still in Rome. Yes, there are pickpockets. But, I’ve never had my pocket picked while in Rome. In fact, the only time my purse was stolen was not by gypsies nor in Naples but in Parioli, Rome’s chicest neighborhood. I was at a private party in someone’s home where everyone had left their purses on the bed. When I went to get mine, it was gone. So you always have to be craeful and aware no matter where you are. Don’t leave bags unattended and always keep your hands on them. Read my post ‘Avoiding Scams‘ and ‘Mangiare Bene – How to pick a top restaurant in Italy‘. Remember, if you believe you are being ripped off at a restaurant or shop, call the police or Carabinieri by dialing either 112 or 113. Check Trip Advisor before eating anywhere and make sure it isn’t a place known to scam tourists. Once you are aware, you can enjoy the beauty this country has to offer. Enjoy!

  tangelo65 wrote @

That story is crazy, but I do believe things like that can happen anywhere. I did read another interesting story about the Italian mafia and the environment it creates among the Italians, that they don’t see thievery so much as wrong, but as a way of life…

I’ve got a question, if you wouldn’t mind? As I’ve said, we have four kids (boys aged18,16,13, and a girl 11) and I want them to experience a typical Italian department store (if it exists?). Can you point me to a particular one that might have items that natives buy?
We have reservations at a Marriott near the Vatican so if there is one on that side of town? Or a neat market to visit? I’d love to find a reasonable Italian leather purse or scarf.

I lived in Paris for three years back in the late 80s (showing my age…) and look forward to taking my children to Printemps or BHV during our few days there at the end of our trip.

So envious,
Angela :)

  Glenys Vargas wrote @

Department stores are more common in the states. While they do have a couple here, they pale in comparison to Saks 5th Ave or Bloomies. The two you’ll find in Rome are Rinascente (Piazza Fiume) and Coin (Via Cola di Rienzo), which is a 10 minute walk from the Vatican. You’ll find the natives along Via Cola di Rienzo and Via del Corso, but you’ll also find plenty of tourists as well.

If you really want to hang were the natives hang, try having a picnic lunch at Vivi Bistro, which is inside Villa Pamphili. Sundays are the days when the park is most crowded with Italians. You could also just make your own sandwiches yourself and save some money. Vivi Bistro is a little restaurant inside the park. It’s near the Via Leone XIII entrance.

Then take a stroll to feed the ducks in the lake and count the turtles or spot the jumping giant carp and try to figure out what kind of species the strange-looking bird is. Personally, I call it a turducken.

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