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When in Rome

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  736 ratings  ·  78 reviews
A city of love, food, music and passion - this is a novel for anyone who fell in love with LA DOLCE VITA.

Rome in the 1950s, there's nowhere quite like it. The narrow stone streets, the fountains and piazzas full of life in the heat of the day, the cafes and bars full of music and desire by night...
This is where Serafina calls home. Having grown-up with her sisters in a tin
Paperback, 276 pages
Published 2012 by Orion
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Sep 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
When in Rome by Nicky Pellegrino takes us to the Eternal City in the 1950s and into the life of Serafina, a young girl trying to carve a different path for herself than the one her mother has in mind for her. Through sheer luck, Serafina finds herself working for Mario Lanza, a famous Italian-American tenor and movie star of that era.

Indeed, although the book is told from Serafina’s perspective, When in Rome is really Lanza’s story, which is a bit of a shame because Serafina and her family surel
Carla Soares
Seriam 3,5.

Gostei bastante deste livro, que me levou de regresso a um dos lugares mais bonitos que visitei, Roma, às suas ruas, monumentos, comida e a uma sensação de mansidão e alegria do Trastevere que, apesar dos muitos turistas, só tive lá.

Não faço ideia que parte desta história corresponde à realidade, que parte é apenas ficção, mas Mário Lanza existiu, bem como a mulher Betty e as crianças, as fotos, a Villa Badoglio onde se passa boa parte da acção... Teria mais estrelas se, a meio do li
Paula pccst
Os livros de Nicky Pellegrino são muito bem aceites cá em casa. Sei sempre que vou gostar e as imensas referências a Itália e à sua gastronomia encantam-me, em parte, por ser uma país que adoraria conhecer.
O seu mais recente romance "Aconteceu em Roma" aborda a vida de Serafina, a personagem principal e a sua adoração, juntamente com as irmãs, pelo cantor Mario Lanza.
Quando Serafina, uma jovem habituada a ter pouco na vida, se vê na casa de Mario Lanza e a privar com eles, sente-se a mulher ma
Vera Neves
Jul 10, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013

3,5 estrelas.

Uma autora que gosto muito mas este sem dúvida que é o livro mais fraquinho que li da Nicky Pellegrino.
Tem os ingredientes habituais mas quanto a mim, faltou qualquer coisa!
Sharah McConville
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story about Mario Lanza! Now I want to watch all of his movies. Another great book by Nicky Pellegrino.
Miki Jacobs
Apr 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Nice story, but it can across as a bit simplistic in places.
Sep 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Nicky Pellegrino is an author I only discovered in the latter months of last year and this is already the third book of hers I have read. Surely a good recommendation in itself, she writes novels that I always enjoy drifting off to another world with. So far always set in my beloved Italy but each novel has portrayed a different Italian world. This time she transports us back to the romantic era of 1950's Rome with a story woven around a real life singer from the period Mario Lanza, with a stor ...more
Jun 01, 2016 rated it liked it
So I am on page six or ten somewhere at the very beginning of this book and a patient rings me. Because of my small part in his story he tells me a journalist is interested in interviewing me. Long story short I'm getting interviewed by the women who wrote this book.........

Excited? Hell yeah.

Did I love the book meh.

According to reviews here on goodreads if this is your first Nicky Pellegrino - bad choice. Apparently there are others that are better, so I will keep an eye out, it was great fo
Aug 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book and I'm quite sad to have finished it so soon. I wasn't planning on reading this as it's not the usual storyline from the author, but it worked really well. I liked the main character and her struggles with trying to escape the poverty she lived in. I really enjoyed reading about Mario Lanza and his family too. As usual there was some mouth-watering descriptions of Italian food that made me hungry and want to do some cooking.
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've just finished reading this, and know my day is going to drag, I've been listening to Mario Lanza songs on iTunes as I read it ~ I'm now eager to read more about the man I remember my Grandmother raving about in the same way I do about David Beckham!
I haven't wanted to eat food as much as in Nicky's other books, but still the descriptions of taste and smells is incredible. My urge to return to Rome has got stronger!
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Transports you back to glamorous 1950's Rome. Lovely, easy read.
Liz Walsh
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story and have passed it round to friends and family. The setting and the characters are all so real and the addition of the Lanza family is a wonderful twist.
Maria Ana
Fico surpreendida pela segunda vez em gostar tanto de Itália, especialmente Roma e tudo o que a rodeia. Os romances desta autora têm me surpreendido pela sua naturalidade, pelo amor à Itália, cada cheiro, cada descrição mais gulosa dos pratos típicos deixa-me a salivar, de tão realista e deveras patrióticas que estas descrições conseguem ser.
Apesar de "A noiva italiana" me ter agradado mais , tanto a nível de história, como a nível gastronómico é delicioso ver como a autora, com uma simples hist
Last Melancholic
თუკი იტალიაში გიწევს მომავალი რამდენიმე თვის გატარება, მაშინ ისიც უნდა შეგეძლოს რომ შენი "კომფორტის ზონის" წიგნებს ხანდახან გვერდი აუარო და რაღაც ახალი დააგემოვნო. ვერ ვიტყვი რომ ამ წიგნმა აღმაფრთოვანა, მაგრამ ძალიან სასიამოვნო შეგრძნებაა როდესაც შეგიძლია ყველა ის მოედანი შადრევანი, მუზეუმი და ვიწრო ქუჩა დაათვალიერო სადაც მთავარი პერსონაჟები ცხოვრობდნენ. ჰომ, რასაკვირველია წიგნი შეცავს ბევრ გემრიელ გვერდს (პირდაპირი მნიშვნელობით) სადაც დეტალურადაა აღწერილი იტალიური სამზარეულო. ნაწარმოების მთავარ ...more
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was enchanting and sad. From the beginning I became entranced by Serafina's story that tells of the life inside the Lanza inner circle as well as her own very personal world. I knew the name Mario Lanza, but did not really know anything about him. I decided to google Mario Lanza around the halfway mark through the book. What I found out made me really sad and it set up a pensiveness when continuing to read the story. I cried when the time arrived for both Mario and for Betty. I cried f ...more
Veselina Bakalova-Mihaylovska
Приятна книжка, действието на която се развива в любимия Рим. Това беше и основната причина да я започна. Хареса ми, че в сюжета е залегнала историята на дейстивтелно живели хора. Все пак много ми се искаше Серафина и Пепе да си имат дечица и да го има..."и заживели щастливо" края. Сега приключи някак носталгично, сякаш най - важното в живота на Серафина е работата ѝ при семейство Ланца...
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
If not heard about Mario Lanza until this book and actually thought he was a fictitious character. The novel describes the last few years of his life through the eyes of one of his assistant. Nicely written
A lovely read, tinged with nostalgia for the Rome of the 1950s. It's la dolce vita from the inside looking out, the simple joys of life held in quiet, dignified contrast to the glitz, profligacy and brittle life of stardom.
Kat Ashworth
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Romance without the sex, love without the quest, a truly beautiful story of the lengths of sacrifice necessary to give off one's gift to the world.
Mar 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
Got the audio version of this and could’ve make it through the first disk. Didn’t hold my attention.
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
How I love Nicky’s books...thank you!!
Henry Jefferies
Jun 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
An indirect biography of Mario Lanza told through a woman who happens to have grown up in Rome.
Jan 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ik zag al vaker boeken liggen van deze auteur en om een of andere bizarre reden dacht ik altijd dat het om een man ging. Ik lees zelden of nooit werken van mannelijke auteurs. Niet omdat ik feministe ben of zo, maar gewoon omdat in het genre dat ik graag lees er bijna geen boeken zijn die door mannen werden geschreven.
Wat deed mij dan toch naar dit boek grijpen?
De cover sprak mij erg aan en daarom besloot ik het een kans te geven. Ik was natuurlijk aangenaam verrast toen ik zag dat het om een vr
Jacki (Julia Flyte)
Nicky Pellegrino writes charming, light books which generally centre around Italy or at least Italian families. Her books always transport you to a sunny and idyllic Italy and are full of the most mouth-watering descriptions of food imaginable. I always end up raiding the fridge about halfway through and invariably turn to my Italian cookbooks as soon as I'm done!

This story is a departure from her previous few books which have been linked with either the same characters or locations making an ap
Ruth Govaerts
Aug 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Verbazingwekkend genoeg een Engelstalig boek gevonden in de Italiaanse stad Orvieto. Italianen hebben de neiging om alles naar hun moedertaal te vertalen (of te behouden) en jammer genoeg spreek ik die taal niet ... Ik was dus erg gelukkig toen ik 'When in Rome' gisteren op de kop kon tikken.

Het was een boeiend maar treurig verhaal dat zich in het hart van (logisch rekening houdende met de titel) Rome afspeelde. Serafina, een19-jarige knappe hinde heeft een voorliefde voor Mario Lanza, een oper
Aromas de Cor (Helena Rodrigues)
Quando leio os livros desta autora sou sempre transportada a Itália, juro que por vezes sinto o cheiro a manjericão e a pasta acabada de fazer! Desta vez conhecemos a Itália dos anos 50, pelos olhos de Serafina. Esta filha de uma prostituta, que não conhece o pai e que passa as tardes com as irmãs a deambular pela piazza e a assistir a filme ou ver revistas para ler notícias de Mario Lanza, o sue ídolo.

Por um acaso de sorte Serafina é contratada para servir a família Lanza e narra-nos a vida de
Desta autora só li As Raparigas da Villa e foi livro de que gostei bastante. Digamos que foi motivo suficiente para querer ler mais livros da autora e este foi a oportunidade que se seguiu.

O que é que eu posso dizer?... Não era nada do que estava à espera, muito sinceramente. No cômputo geral, pode dizer-se que aborda a vida de Mario Lanza, actor e cantor de origem italiana. Através disso temos uns laivos da vida de uma menina, Serafina, que será assistente pessoal da sua mulher, com o intuito
Clare M.
Oct 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I started this book on Tuesday 15th or Wednesday 16th, whichever day I was in Croydon. It was in the 'Quick Reads' section of Croydon Library and it lived up to its categorisation by proving to be an original page-turner.

At its heart lies a love story: love based on friendship which eventually becomes marriage. Add to this the intrigue and romance of '50s Rome, fascination for the tenor Mario Lanza and the determination of the heroine not to follow in her mother's footsteps as a well-dressed 'w
Nov 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Neste livro, Nicky Pellegrino desviou-se um pouco da sua escrita habitual.
Em Aconteceu em Roma a autora descreve-nos a Itália dos anos 50 pelos olhos de uma jovem que vai viver o sonho de conhecer o seu ídolo, e ter a sorte de ir trabalhar e viver o dia a dia desta família famosa e que todos pensam viver uma vida feliz e harmoniosa.
O ídolo de Serafina é o grande tenor Mario Lanza, o cantor americano de descendencia Italiana, vai viver os seus últimos anos em Roma.E baseado nessa época da sua vid
Sep 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, i-own, chick-lit
i picked up this book because i just wanted to read some classic chick lit. however this is it definitely not!
growing up with two sisters and her mother in a rather poor environment, serafina will soon have to step into her mothers shoes whos a prostitute. she relents this much. so when she gets the chance to work in a famous singers household (an actor and singer she adores), she takes that chance. her life now evolves around the lifes of this family, accompanying them through their ups and do
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