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Life doesn't have a script. At least, it doesn't have to. Hosts Katy Sewall and Tiffany Parks explore the challenges and joys of moving abroad and moving home. Whether you’re living overseas, or not — or not yet — join us weekly for unadulterated conversation. Get to know Rome. Laugh at our embarrassments and insights. Most of all, imagine the possibilities for your own life (and meet some famous authors along the way).

The Bittersweet Life Expat, Repat, Travel, Rome, Seattle, Books, Art, Italy, Wonder

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 12 Ratings

Life doesn't have a script. At least, it doesn't have to. Hosts Katy Sewall and Tiffany Parks explore the challenges and joys of moving abroad and moving home. Whether you’re living overseas, or not — or not yet — join us weekly for unadulterated conversation. Get to know Rome. Laugh at our embarrassments and insights. Most of all, imagine the possibilities for your own life (and meet some famous authors along the way).

    Bittersweet Moment #168: Moving to Rome Because of the Pandemic (with Kate Wheeler)

    Bittersweet Moment #168: Moving to Rome Because of the Pandemic (with Kate Wheeler)

    During the long lonely months of Covid lockdown and beyond, Seattlite cartoonist Kate Wheeler dreamed of moving to Rome. This winter, she made that dream a reality.
    She sits down with Katy to talk about how she made it happen, the challenges she has faced, the biggest rewaards, and how Rome is now inspiring her art.
    Check out her Washington Post article here.
    Find Kate's art on Instagram, or follow her adventures in Rome on her personal Instagram page. Visit her website here.





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    NEW TO THE SHOW? Don't be afraid to start with Episode 1: OUTSET
    BOOK: Want to read Tiffany's book, Midnight in the Piazza? Learn more here or order on Amazon.
    TOUR ROME: If you're traveling to Rome, don't miss the chance to tour the city with Tiffany as your guide!

    • 17 min
    Episode 441 [Summer in Rome]: The Oldest Cafe in Rome

    Episode 441 [Summer in Rome]: The Oldest Cafe in Rome

    Where did Lord Byron and Percy Shelley come to scribble down their verses? Where did Bizet and Berlioz go to discuss their work? Where could Casanova be found trying to pick up girls?
    Caffè Greco, where else?
    Having opened in 1760, Antico Caffè Greco is the oldest café in Rome and the second-oldest in all of Italy! And you can still go there and sit where Hawthorne, Ibsen, Gogol, Goethe, Canova, and many many other literary, art, and musical greats rubbed elbows and drank coffee.
    On this episode, we visit the famous café, grab some espresso ourselves, and discuss what it feels like to drink coffee in the same place so many brilliant thinkers over the generations did the same.
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    BOOK: Want to read Tiffany's book, Midnight in the Piazza? Learn more here or order on Amazon.
    TOUR ROME: If you're traveling to Rome, don't miss the chance to tour the city with Tiffany as your guide!

    • 24 min
    Bittersweet Moment #167: Actually Not Italian

    Bittersweet Moment #167: Actually Not Italian

    Accordion music... red and white checkered table clothes... spaghetti and meatballs...
    All wonderful things but... actually, they are NOT Italian!
    On this mini-episode, Tiffany debunks some myths about what's authentically Italian and what isn't, particularly when it comes to what many tourists think is Italian cuisine.
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    BOOK: Want to read Tiffany's book, Midnight in the Piazza? Learn more here or order on Amazon.
    TOUR ROME: If you're traveling to Rome, don't miss the chance to tour the city with Tiffany as your guide!

    • 12 min
    Episode 440 [Summer in Rome]: Where Are All the Accordions?

    Episode 440 [Summer in Rome]: Where Are All the Accordions?

    When you come back after several years to a city where you used to live, what do you notice? What has change? What has stayed the same? What have you forgotten about in your time away?
    Arriving in Rome after four years away, Katy notices something that—once ubiquitous on the streets of Rome—is now missing: accordionists. This sparks a conversation about what we notice, what we take for granted as being an eternal aspect of the city, and how a city can change before your very eyes.
    The famous song that Katy plays (and Tiffany recognizes but fails to recognize) is Ma il Cielo è Sempre Più Blù by Rino Gaetano.
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    BOOK: Want to read Tiffany's book, Midnight in the Piazza? Learn more here or order on Amazon.
    TOUR ROME: If you're traveling to Rome, don't miss the chance to tour the city with Tiffany as your guide!

    • 17 min
    Bittersweet Moment #166: Exploring Villa Aurora with Princess Rita

    Bittersweet Moment #166: Exploring Villa Aurora with Princess Rita

    Following our exclusive interview with Princess Rita Boncompagni Ludovisi, we explore the spectacular and art-filled Rome in a private tour, led by the owner herself!
    Casino Boncompagni Ludovisi, lovingly referred to as Villa Aurora, boasts an optical illusion by Guercino, four painters trying to outdo each other on the same ceiling for further commissions, a Michelangelo sculpture in the garden (is it??), ancient statuary everywhere you look, and most significantly, a original Caravaggio... and not just any Caravaggio: his only ceiling painting in the world!
    Discover this singular (and for sale!) home with us.
    (You only heard it here: the Princess sometimes does yoga under Caravaggio's ceiling mural!)
    In case you missed it, be sure to go back and listen to the exclusive interview with Princess Rita, taped the same day she showed us around her magnificent home. 
    To hear more about Villa Aurora and its fascinating history and the art it possesses, listen to Episode 412: The Auction of a Lifetime: The Villa, the Princess, and the Caravaggio; and Bittersweet Moment #30: VILLA AURORA. 
    Adore Caravaggio (like we do)? Check out Episode 42: CARAVAGGIO, Part 1; and Episode 43: CARAVAGGIO, Part 2.
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    BOOK: Want to read Tiffany's book, Midnight in the Piazza? Learn more here or order on Amazon.
    TOUR ROME: If you're traveling to Rome, don't miss the chance to tour the city with Tiffany as your guide!

    • 12 min
    Episode 439 [Summer in Rome]: Princess Rita and the Fight over Villa Aurora

    Episode 439 [Summer in Rome]: Princess Rita and the Fight over Villa Aurora

    In this EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with Princess Rita Boncompagni Ludovisi, the elusive American princess opens up about her relationship with the late Prince Nicolò, the unpleasant inheritance fight she's currently embroiled in with her stepsons, how she feels about the prospect of being forced from her home, and—perhaps most intriguingly—what it's like to live at Villa Aurora, a five-hundred-year-old home decorated with paintings by Guercino, Pomerancio, and even Caravaggio, with its gardens full of ancient statuary.
    Listen to more about Villa Aurora on Bittersweet Moment #30: Villa Aurora and Episode 412 The Auction of a Lifetime: The Villa, the Princess, and the Caravaggio.
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    BOOK: Want to read Tiffany's book, Midnight in the Piazza? Learn more here or order on Amazon.
    TOUR ROME: If you're traveling to Rome, don't miss the chance to tour the city with Tiffany as your guide!

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

edelay ,

Another fantastic episode

Thanks for another interesting and useful episode. Always a pleasure to hear what the creative minds of Tiffany and Katy have in store as I drift off to sleep each night. It could be some language learning advice, a murder mystery or perhaps someone throwing an orange through an transom window.

Cramycramy ,

LOVE ❤️LOVE❤️LOVE

I recently just found this podcast by listening to another podcast and they were advertising for you. I have binge the whole series within a very short period of time and just love ❤️ love ❤️love❤️ listening to you both. I am not a very diverse traveler, I feel that I have traveled to all the wonderful places that you share. I am looking forward to being up to date with your Podcasts

mmancuso87 ,

Fantastic podcast

This podcast has quickly risen to my favourite among the 30+ podcasts I keep up with. Even though I am not someone who has moved abroad (nor really plan to), I am someone who loves to travel when I can and have many friends who have moved internationally, so I am able to enjoy the content from that angle, but I feel like just about anyone could enjoy this podcast. The hosts strike the balance between causal conversation and interesting ideas, whereas many other podcasts seem to veer too far off in one of those directions for my liking. This is the first review I have ever posted for a podcast, but I felt that this one deserved it.

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