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Let's rewind to a few years ago. Back to when I started implementing more and more organic and natural skincare into my daily routine. One day, after attending a seminar on chemicals used in beauty products, I found myself sitting in front of my laptop in my little student flat - doing research. The seminar was part of a course in the Environmental Science program I attended at uni, and those few hours it lasted made such a huge impact on me.

I came home after the seminar and spent hours and hours frantically reading up on all the information and reports I could find - doing endless Google searches, trying so desperately to make sense of all the ingredients I couldn't even begin to pronounce, but found listed on the back of my bottles and jars I had in my bathroom.

As a result, I quickly realised that I wanted to change things up - and that I wanted to make "better" choices when buying beauty products. With that being said, looking back - I'm surprised by the fact that I didn't really think about how odd it was that I was super picky about the skincare I used, only to a few minutes after having applied my carefully picked out lotions & potions, slap on a foundation containing "whatever" ingredients. Yikes.

Fast forward to now, I'm just as picky with my base makeup as I am with my skincare. I now have my few carefully picked out faves that I tend to stick to and the foundations mentioned in this post are two of them.


silicone free foundations idun minerals norrsken bare minerals complexion rescue
silicone free foundations idun minerals norrsken bare minerals complexion rescue


COMPLEXION RESCUE, BARE MINERALS. This light base is marketed as a gel, but in my opinion the product comes out kind of like a mousse. The coverage is very subtle and light, but it evens out your skin really nicely and adds moisture to dry skin - it also has built in SPF, yay! A great product for those days when you don't want to wear any other makeup, but still feel like having something on your skin. Or, if you're one of those people who doesn't like the feeling of having face makeup sit on your skin - this doesn't feel like you're wearing anything. I find this applies best with a stippling brush or melted into your skin with the warmth of your fingers.


silicone free foundations idun minerals norrsken bare minerals complexion rescue


NORRSKEN, IDUN MINERALS. I've been a fan of the brand since I first tried their mineral powder a few years back. I like that their makeup is especially made for sensitive and allergy prone skin, and since I like supporting local brands - the fact that this brand is Swedish is also a big plus. When Idun Minerals finally launched their liquid foundation, this gal was very pleased - because even though I like their powder foundation, I have dry skin and therefore always prefer liquid foundations, as they sit better on my skin throughout the day.

I thought the price tag for this little glass bottle was quite hefty when I saw it, especially since I was a uni student at the time. But, having read all of those glowing reviews online, how could it not be worth it? It was truly great, wasn't it?

Well, I splurged, tried it and hated it. I thought it was dry, applied terribly and cringed to my dry patches. I set it aside, not wanting to waste time on such a bad product, yet I couldn't really toss it. But then I bought a Beauty Blender and things changed. You know, that overly expensive makeup sponge that you wet, squeeze the water out of until it's damp, and then apply foundation with? Putting it shortly; together with a damp Beauty Blender sponge, this little bottle is pretty awesome. And yes, the Beauty Blender is worth the money, too. 

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Apple pie smoothie


Yes, you read that right. I did just write the words "apple pie" and "smoothie" in the same sentence, and no - I haven't lost my mind (I think). I just have a thing for smoothies and apple pies, and found the perfect way to make those two great things into one awesome smoothie. And with apple season being here and all, what better fruit to use?


Apple pie smoothie
Apple pie smoothie


INGREDIENTS:
1 red apple
2 dl oats milk (or any other milk you have around)
1/2 dl rolled oats
1 Digestive biscuit
A pinch of cinnamon
A pinch of cardamum
A pinch of vanilla powder
Granola to sprinkle on top

HOW TO:
Cut the apple into pieces and remove the core. Toss everything into a blender and run until smooth. Pour into a glass and sprinkle some granola on top. Enjoy!


Apple pie smoothie

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I had some random thoughts, floating around in that head of mine, on things I wanted to sit down and write posts about. And then I thought, why not just gather all my rather random things in one structured blogpost? So I did. Here are five great things from my life lately, that I felt like sharing with you.

I'M FEELING EXCITEMENT FOR AUTUMN. While others sit and mope about the fact the summer is coming to an end, here I am - quite happy about it. Since we don't really get "proper" summers here in Sweden, I don't mind when it's actually over (harsh truth). Autumn is my favourite time of year. I love the crisp air, the changing colours in nature and the warm sunlight. We have a few weeks of this beautifulness every year before the darkness of winter comes rolling around, unwanted. I'm planning to enjoy these few weeks to the max.

PLANNING FUTURE TRAVELS. I love exploring, and on my travel wish list right now are Budapest, Prague, Copenhagen and Dublin. I feel like I want to travel more within Europe in the near future, there is so much that I yet have to see and explore on our lovely little continent. We have so much history, beautiful architecture and even more amazing food here - that I cannot wait to experience. *hittng up Skyscanner*


Summer's over, bare legs & summer dresses are now a distant memory - but I'm feeling excited for autumn!


DECLUTTERING. I am one stuff owning human (first world problems, I am very aware of that), and that's something I'm trying to change. Not that I won't allow myself to own things, just that I tend to cling onto things that can more be referred to as "stuff". Starting the process of owning less isn't easy though. Emptying all of your drawers and cupboards makes a terrible mess. I tried that method and realised that well... not even the most "let's do this" Spotify playlist gave me the energy to handle all of it at once. Instead, I tried to go through my belongings in sections and to scale down. Separating what I think I need to what I actually need, has totally made a difference in how I feel in my own space. Just knowing I'm, bit by bit, minimising the random "stuff" I have shoved down my drawers and never ever use but feel like I "might find a use for some day" is such a relief. A tip on where to get started? The book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. And, speaking of books...

I'M BACK INTO READING MODE. In the beginning of 2017 I set some goals. One of them being to read more throughout the year. And, actually, I haven't really gotten around to doing so until this summer (shocker...). I have a rather massive stack of books I want to read this fall, from beauty books to classics like Brontë & Dickens. A good mix! I'm all set for those cozy autumn nights, drinking tea, curled up in the sofa - reading.
ALSO, I'M BACK ON THE HEALTH TRAIN. I'm back into my everyday routine again after summer, and I'm also back to eating well. I try my hardest to only eat sugar on weekends and I've stepped back into the gym again after a summer of doing nothing even remotely close to exercise. I had a lot of "treat yourself" moments over summer, and I could really feel how my body took a toll after all that sugar and lazying around. Feels good to "be back".

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📍 - Tredje Långgatan 7, Göteborg

I've gone out to eat yet again, and I took my camera with me. This time, I went with my pizza loving friend, and we wanted to celebrate something special, and we wanted to do so while eating a "proper" Italian pizza. So, what better place to go to, than one of the most hyped pizza spots in town? Okay, sure - Taverna Averna primarily have other things on their menu, but I'd heard most good things about the pizzas so that's what initially drew me in. Also, the decor was something I had both seen (yep, stalking the restaurant's geotag on Instagram) and heard about.

I wasn't disappointed one bit, stepping into the restaurant I couldn't help but to think about how amazing the interior was. With dark furniture, high ceilings, windows that let the light stream into the rooms beautifully and dreamy gallery walls - what's not to like?



We were greeted very well when we entered the restaurant, and even though the place had just about opened and we were only a few people in there - it still felt warming and welcoming. A little special shout-out to our waitress, who made us feel comfortable, yet not stressed or pushed by any means, when she came up to our table a few times and asked if the food tasted well, or if we wanted something more to drink - we just felt taken cared of, and not pushed to order more. Simply put; we couldn't have been happier with the service.

Let's talk about what we ate, shall we? We had the pizza with roasted pine nuts and pesto, nom nom. It definitely lived up to the hype, and we felt like we were back in Italy for a few minutes. I don't have any photos to prove this, but I can tell you they both looked and tasted amazingly. And we paired the pizzas with a sneaky glass of Prosecco. That wasn't half bad.



I would recommend this restaurant to anyone really, but especially to those who might feel like they need a break from all the industrial vibed, red brick wall:ed, sweet potato fries & truffle mayo:ed burger joints found around every corner in Gothenburg right now. Sure, I like those, but actually, if you're in the mood for pizza, I like this even more.


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I love a beach town. And this little gem that you see above, is no exception. In fact, I was completely amazed with how stunning it was. Falkenberg - a little town I've heard so much about and always wanted to visit, but never had the chance to before now.

As some of you might know, and others might not, I work full time at this very blogging platform that I write my blog on - Nouw. I just got back from the annual kick off with the entire Nouw team, this year it was held at a spa resort along the coast: Falkenberg Strandbad. The moment we stepped into our room, my face lit up and I was just shocked at what we saw - isn't this just breathtaking?

Well, if this isn't picture perfect, I don't really know what is.


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We're already a few days into September and I, like always, cannot believe where time has gone. Seriously, where? Let's rewind a little bit though, back to July. I was on holiday for most of the month - glorious, I know. It made me into a slow functioning, late sleeping human. Since I spent a lot of time in the holiday house and didn't set my foot in the city for a long time - I mostly had my face make-up free and my hair up on my head in a rather messy bun. And you know what? I was nice and all, but now I'm back in the city since mid August, spending my days at the office, wearing make-up again and dressing in proper clothes (read: I jumped out of my sweats). It's all back to normal, and just like having time off - being back into my routine feels very good, too. But now, let's chat about my favourites things & beauty products from July & August!



NUXE FACE & EYE MASK. I'm almost at the very end of this tube of goodness. I went on the hunt for a new tube of this a while back, and was told it was discontinued. Oh, the horror. So, I used this very sparingly, only under my eyes and not on the rest of my face. You know how it says on most face masks that you should avoid the eye area? Well, the great thing about this is that it's formulated to go under the eyes, too. One of the main reasons to why I love this so much. Good news, though, as I can see that is's being sold again! It does wonders for when my the skin feels tight and dry underneath my eyes. And on the rest of the face, too.

NUXE HULIE PRODIGIEUSE OIL. Continuing with the same brand, I understand the Nuxe oil hype now. This is the perfect product to use on your décolletage for a night out, just to add that little bit of something extra. This is a little sample size I have, but I'm sure it will last me ages, since the product is very concentrated and you only need a tiny amount. Summer might technically be over, but we still want that glow, don't we?



INSTAGRAM SAVE. As you might know by now, Instagram have a very Pinterest inspired function that they've added to their app. You can pin/save photos in folders in your profile. I know I'm so late to the party with this one, but I've "saved away" lately and finally I can scroll through all my faves directly in the Instagram app, instead of clogging up my phone with all those print screens I was previously taking. More room for food pics, yass.

ELLE FOOD & WINE. Finding inspiration in blogs and on the web in general is gold, but flicking through a glossy magazine will always be what I love the most. Food, interior & travel magazines are some of the magazines I enjoy the most, because I love reading all the travel guides and articles on local culture & cuisine, see stunning homes and get ideas for new things to cook. ELLE Food & Wine is my new favourite magazine, I've loved both the ones I've bought so far. Note to self: don't flicker through when your tummy is rumbling.

LINNEN SHEETS. Again with the late to the party thing, but how have I lived without linnen sheets in my life before? They are textured, yet amazingly soft and also gives that perfect, messily un-done look when you've made your bed. If that weird description made as much sense to you as it does for me, raise you hand!


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Back when I worked Saturdays at my local McDonald’s, during my senior year of high school, one of my favourite things to treat myself to after lunch was a vanilla milkshake and an espresso - combined. I would pour the espresso into my milkshake and stir until it was all blended and smooth. Needless to say, the sugar and caffeine gave me an extra kick after eating, and I was running (and sliding sideways on the floor to save seconds per order, all you other McD workers will know exactly what that means) around in my sugar & caffeine high until my shift ended. It worked like a charm every time, and tasted amazing, too.

Fast forward to now and I cannot remember the last time I ordered a milkshake or when I last made one myself. So, when I got some serious coffee milkshake cravings the other day - I went all in.



And when I say that I went all in, I mean it - as you can probably see. This over-the-top milkshake is clearly not the version you end up making on a Tuesday night at 23.04, when you crave something sweet before bed. But if you want to feel extra fancy - or if your goal is to impress someone with Pinterest worthy creations, going all in with the extras will totally be worth your time and effort.

INGREDIENTS:
Vanilla ice-cream (the fancy kind with real vanilla)
Milk
A splash of strong, cold coffee
Whipped cream
Meringues
Caramel sauce
Cocoa powder

HOW TO:
1. Start by chilling the glasses in the fridge.
2. When the glasses are cold, line the insides with caramel sauce, and put them back into the frige.
3. Mix ice-cream, coffee & milk until you have a consistency you're happy with. How much of each to add? It totally depends on your own taste buds!
4. Lastly, the most fun part - decorating! Decorate by spritzing whipped cream on top, adding a meringue or two and topp off with a dust of cacao powder (easy to do dust over with a teastrainer). And take Instagrams! Ofc.

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The Swedish West Coast is grey again today. But, actually - I don't always mind the "bad" weather, as I find it so very beautiful up here when it's a bit dull and the colour of the sky & sea seamlessly float together - as one perfect shade of grey.

I'm such a Swede, I know. Many of us complain when it's not sunny, but also secretly love muggy weather. The West Coast is something special, come rain or shine. It doesn't matter how many paradise beaches or places I visit around the globe - the Swedish Bohuslän coast will always (to me) be of the most beautiful places on planet Earth. I'm so lucky to be able to call this place my second home.


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Rome and I have history. I spent some of my time at uni living in the city - sipping on endless cappuccinos and having a diet consisting mostly of pizza, pasta & gelato. And all that €2 vino my roommate and I consumed during our months living there...

We would sit in our sweatpants, with all the battered windows in our apartment as widely open as possible, desperate for a slight breeze to cool us down in that boiling Roman heat - drinking red wine and eating our own body weight in olives, prosciutto and cheese. We would talk about life and all that came to mind, while overlooking our bright coloured walls in our tiny kitchen. Our voices were drowned every few minutes from the sound of sirens or someone screaming their loungs out outside our building. Ah, memories! Haha.

Anyway, a few weeks ago, I went back to The Eternal City - this time as a proper tourist. All my tips and tricks were once again tested and favourite restaurants were re-visited (and many carbs were eaten, like one shall when in Italy). I'm no means an expert on Rome, but hey - I do know a thing or two by now.

So, I've sat down, typed away on my keyboard and the result is this; a guide to one of the most beautiful cities I've ever been. Where the best gelato, pizza and pasta can be found? I have the answer, of course. Go and grab a cup of whatever you fancy and find someplace comfy to sit - you'll be here a while. Happy reading!

How to get there

I recommend flying into FCO (Fiumincino Airport) and then to book a car to your hotel. Taking the airport train into the city center is pricey and if you’re two people or more - it’s usually cheeper to hire a car to come and pick you up. And, let's be honest, it's very convenient to have someone waiting for you when you exit bagage claim.

A Google search later, my friend and I found this car service back when we lived in Rome and were flying home to Sweden for Christmas. We had so many bags with us, we couldn't even bare the thought of dragging them onto public transport - at the ungodly hour we needed to leave our apartment that day. So, a few days before we were leaving, we sat down and Googled down a car service.

We found Fiumicino Taxi. Their website may look sketchy, but the service is great and the cars they come and pick you up in are clean, new and with very polite (but very sparingly worded) drivers. You pay cash directly to the driver when you're at your final destination, and nothing in advance. I've used their service a few times now and it's been five stars every time! Book a car here.


Where to stay

This is of course totally dependent on your budget. In Rome, standards aren’t high and to be frank, most hotels in a reasonable price range are worn down and semi-clean. If you're like me, and you would rather spend less money on accommodation and more on exploring, I would look into the places that are central and cost around €100 - €120 a night.

If your budget is slightly higher than that, I would check out Hotel Ponte Sisto as it has one of the best (read: prettiest) locations in the city, if you ask me. I haven’t stayed at the hotel myself, but I know someone who has and she said it was rather swell. The next time I go back to Rome, I hope this will be where I end up staying.

If you have more money to spend, there are some stunning options, of course. However, I cannot tell you much about these myself. But, The Telegraph did an article on luxury hotels in Rome earlier this year, worth checking out if you have the budget for it - here.

Regardless of your budget, most importantly I would say; try to book something central. If you do, you can walk back to the hotel for mid-day naps (win!) and take a break before heading out again at night. Public transport isn't the most reliable thing ever, so if you can walk back - you're good.


Morning views in Prati & an afternoon Aperol Spritz - a must when in Italy!


Where to stroll & shop

Rome is one of those cities where the best thing really is to just start walking, since around every corner there is something new and amazing to see. Try to walk as much as you can, as this is how I think Rome should be explored - by foot.

Here I've written down a few words on some my fave areas:

TRASTEVERE. One of my favourite areas is Trastevere, with its warm light, cobbled streets and narrow alley-ways - it's an easy and enjoyable place to get lost. It's busy in a charming way, and not in the stressful big-city-way that I often feel when I walk along via del Corso.

PRATI. Another great area to stroll is Prati. One of few areas in the city with trees and greenery - which is why I think so many expat Swedes tend to live in the area. It's also one of the cleaner areas, which is a huge plus. If you're over the intense gatherings of tourists after a while - this is where I would go. You'll be bumping into locals here, and this is a great place to come and experience how Roman everyday life looks like. Here is where I went to school, for example. The area is also home to a restaurant which serves (according to me) the best pasta in Rome. Big statement, truly amazing pasta. More on that later!

ALONG THE RIVER. I love to stroll alongside the water - weather it is along a tropical beach, or like in Rome; a rather filthy river, there is something special about it. By strolling along river Tiber you'll see a lot of jaw-dropping architecture and views.


From inside the amazing Colosseo


What to see & what to skip

Rome is an ancient city, meaning the amount of things to see, places to take in and streets to stroll are endless. However, as with all cities, some things are more jaw dropping than others. Of course, I recommend strolling along the Forum Romanum, the Spanish steps, walk into Pantheon, toss a coin or two into Fontana di Trevi... - yep, all the classics that you walk by are a must. Then there are things that take up a day's worth of your precious vacay time - that might actually not all be worth your time and effort. Here I'm giving you my two cents on what you must see and what you actually might want to skip.

SOMETHING YOU ABSOLUTELY NEED TO SEE. Colosseo. Make sure to buy your tickets online beforehand (don't remember the exact site we used, but just google!), and pick up your pre-bought tickets first thing when the Colosseo opens. That way, you don't have to wait in line later either to buy nor to pick up tickets later on around mid morning when everyone else arrive. Tip: add the extra € to get a guided tour with access to the cellar of the Colosseo. It's quite the experience, I'm telling you.

SOMETHING YOU CAN TOTALLY SKIP. The Vatican museum. Okay, so this might be a somewhat controversial thing to say, but I actually wasn't that impressed by it all. Let me explain why; I don't like being pushed around together with hundreds of other tourists, being told by guards thirty times every second to "keep on moving". So if you're in Rome for a weekend trip, I would take those hours it takes to explore other parts of the city instead. If you're in the city for a good few days, however, I still would recommend doing this, as I believe that this is something we all should see once in our lives.


A picture of the best pasta ever & wine on a warm evening


Where to eat

We've come to the best and yummiest of points in this guide. It may be important, but let's keep it short. There are a lot of places to eat in Rome. And my best tip is a classic one, that can be applied to most cities around the world; wander off on the side streets, you'll get better food for a better price. And you'll run into more locals, too.

THE BEST PIZZA. Pizzería Ai Marmi, Viale Trastevere 53.
Un-impressive interiors, long cues, incredibly rude waiters - yet the most amazing pizza ever. My landlord Lorenzo took my friend and I here and it was an experience. Word on the street is that it's the best pizza in town. But if the line is a mile too long for your patience and your tummies are rumbling, don't worry. Pizzas all over Rome are great and you'll be fine sitting down at most places. Just that this place, well... it's something extra.

THE BEST GELATO. Gelateria del Teatro, Via dei Coronari 65.
Not many words needed - the best thing is just to go there and have a taste and you'll understand why I label this as the best. I recommend this place to literally everyone I know who are going to Rome, and to this day everyone has been blown away by their amazing gelato. Fun fact: you can sometimes spot them making the gelato, though the windows.

THE BEST PASTA. Mama Ristrotbistrot, Via Sforza Pallavicini 19.
No joke, you'll love their pasta. My fave is their amazing one with saffron and spinach. Again, I recommend this place to everyone, because yes; it's that good.

UNIQUE PLACE FOR COFFEE & COCKTAILS. Bar del Fico, Piazza del Fico, 34.
A café on Piazza del Fico with (you guessed it) - a fig tree standing a just outside. A more raw and genuine Roman bar - with a touch of hipster. Here you'll see a lot of locals and a few old men sitting outside, playing chess under the fig tree.

COFFEE WITH A VIEW. Vittorio Emanuele monument rooftop bar.
On top of the Vittorio Emanuele monument, there is a terrasse with a bar, where you can have coffee or wine with a spectacular view over the Foro Romano. Tourist trap? Yes. Still a great experience? Yes to that, too.


Coffee with a view, overlooking the Foro Romano


When to go

How well can your body handle the scoarching heat? That might be a question to ask youself before you go. My friend and I just went on a long weekend in end of June. If I were to describe our stay with just one word I would say: hot. In fact, it was so hot we had trouble sleeping. I would prefer to visit the city during April or May and then again in October or November. But the great thing about Rome is that even the winter works, it's still beautiful and the temperatures don't go that low. The only time of year I would say "no, don't go" is around August. Why? It's very hot in the city and many Romans leave town and restaurants and stores close.


Where to shop

VIA DEL CORSO. If you're all into the big high street brands, then this is where to go. It's the big shopping street in the city, starting just behind the Foro Romano and ending at Piazza del Popolo and the metro stop Flaminio.

SPAGNA. If you have money burning a hole in your pocket, I suggest you walk the streets around Piazza di Spagna. All the luxe brands can be found here and like most people, I walk those streets just to window shop. If you want to actually buy things, keep in mind that you need to dress "appropriately" if you want to have a look around the shops in this area. Spelling it out short; dress fancy and leave the Havaianas and mini shorts at the hotel.

PRATI. As mentioned above, this is the area I went to school and with its greenery and authentic Italian feel - it's one of my favourite parts of the city. Nice little shops, a slower tempo and more locals than in other more central parts of town. Cannot recommend enough.

BUYING LEATHER GOODS. T-Nobile on Via dei Pettinari, 47
If you didn't already know, Italy is known for their leather goods. And a great place to get just that is in this little shop in Trastevere called T-Nobile. At a great price, great service (read: chatty Italians) and the couple who run the shop have a cute dog that's slowly walking around the shop or sleeping in the middle of the entrance. Adorable!


The oh-so-charming area Trastevere & one of many bridges along river Tiber


Other things worth knowing

RUSH HOUR AND THE METRO DON'T MATCH. If your life is dear to you, skip the metro during rush hour. Jokes aside, it's insane. With close to 3 million people and two metro lines, things are a little bit sweaty and not a good idea at all if you have anything even remotely close to claustrophobia. Try to bring comfy shoes and walk in the mornings, and take the metro during the day and early afternoon when it's less crowded.

DON'T OVERPAY FOR COFFEE. I’ve said it somewhere before, but if you’re paying more than €2 on a cappuccino, you’re paying too much. Around where we lived, and were we went to school, €1 was the price for a cappuccino and they were always amazing. Making it very sad to think about the fact that we have to pay around €4 for a very mediocre cup here in Sweden. Yeikes!

TAKE PORTRAITS. Make sure the make the most of your beautiful surroundings and take photos of your friends and loved ones. One night on my visit a few weeks back, my friend and I walked passed this spot at the end of Largo Corrado Ricci, as we had done so many times before. But this time, I realised how stunning the evening light was at that very spot. As usual I forced my friend Josefine to act as my model, found the perfect light and snapped a few pictures. And, didn’t they turn out stunning? The Roman evening light makes the entire city look like an awesome Instagram filter and the pastel buildings make the perfect photo backdrop. Rome is filled with narrow alleyways, making the light hard to catch and to photograph, so wide open piazzas and streets full of light are your solution.


Found the perfect light for photographing portraits at the end of Largo Corrado Ricci, one early evening in June


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