As part of our MYrago profiles, we sit down with some of our locals to find out the most unique things about their country, what they think every traveler should be aware of and what is that one thing that makes them call their city home! This is our way of giving our readers and fellow travelers an insight into the daily lives of locals and also prepare them as they get ready to explore the unknown!
We sat down with Uliana who is a Mosaic artist based out of Rome, Italy. She is our local MYrago ambassador and has awesome experiences like: Create a Mosaic of Yourself, Make Jewelry from Hand-Blown tiles and Be an Eclectic Mosaic Maker for a Day
MYrago: How would you describe yourself?
Uliana: Well, I think I’m easygoing and I love talking to people, especially if they are keen on mosaics and design!
M: What is the most unique thing about your city that no one (including most locals) don’t know about?
U: Every stone in Rome has a millennial history. It is amazing to walk and think that underneath there is a buried city. Nor a lot of people know that there are fresh-water crabs in the Imperial Forum and that they have been there since the ancient times. At night they go out after food...They deserve it! After all they are the most ancient living inhabitants in the eternal city.
M: What is the most-touristy thing you have ever done in your city? Don’t be embarrassed, some of the touristy things are actually fun!
U: Once I paid dearly to see the Colosseum by night. I was walking towards the entrance under the complete spell of this unique building, my ticket in hand. I didn’t pay attention to the cobblestones. Few minutes afterwards I noticed that the high heels had gone.
M: What makes you call your current city home?
U: I am originally from Moscow, but having lived in Rome most part of my life, it has become my home now. Paradoxically, I have been running the traditional Italian family activities. The fact of having foreign origin helps me in my work. I ask myself time and again how I would feel if I were one of our students
M: What inspired you to come up with the idea for your experience?
U: Our studio is located in the centre of Rome and we are surrounded by many handicraft shops. So bypassers would stop to look at us and ask questions more than at other shops. They found it both interesting and entertaining to see how we restore ancient mosaics and make new ones of the highest mastery. So we opened our studio to the public in an attempt to illustrate and teach through direct experience the different historical periods of mosaic art. The recipe we feed our customers is: traditional art with the purity of Italian design accompanied by the friendliness and availability of our masters. It works!
M: What is that one thing that people should be aware of before visiting your city?
U: Buses can run late and before putting umbrellas in your backpack make sure it is really going to rain. You might find them heavy on a hot Roman day. The pickpockets, of course. You should be careful in the underground. Hold your bags tight!