All Roads Lead To Rome

Julia Kuzmenko High-End Retouching workshop in Italy

I am finally in Italy for the series of my Retouching and Studio Beauty Photography workshops. We have about 200 attendees in total for our Rome, Milan and Umbria (2-day Photography workshop, only a small group of 10) workshops, and I am so excited to meet all my Italian fellow-artists this weekend!

I arrived this morning and since I didn’t manage to get any sleep on my way from Los Angeles to NYC and then to Rome, I ended up sleeping most of the day and only walked around my hotel area in the evening. But I have taken a peek of the center of the city on my way to the hotel today, while the shuttle bus was taking other visitors to their hotels….

I must tell you – I WAS STUNNED! I can’t wait to go back to downtown and walk all over it to see those amazing Museo’s and ancient buildings and ruins tomorrow.

A few things I have noticed right away:

  • The streets of Rome look so unique. I have visited almost all continents and many countries and cities – Rome doesn’t look like anything I have seen before. However, after living in the United States for the past 3 years, Rome feels more like home to me, whose hometown is Moscow.
  • The cars on the streets are super tiny. It’s like they are competing for the “smallest car” awards: each one smaller than the next. The Italians from Rome would be shocked to see the humongous sedans and pick-up trucks on the roads of American Midwest!
  • Customer Service is just as bad as in Russia. And I’m not complaining, it’s just an observation. I guess nothing can beat the way Americans and Australian companies treat their customers, and I have been spoilt by that in the past 5 years since I left Moscow.
  • The Italians are beautiful and stylish people. Not many of them speak English, but I just loved communicating with every single one of them I have encountered so far. They just seem so lively, happy and kind! Oh, and I absolutely adore Italian accent. I am so fortunate I will be enjoying hearing it for the next couple of weeks :)

I just want to thank Marianna Santoni and her team for inviting me to Italy and taking such a good care of me. I hope our workshops go well and all our fellow-artists take a lot out of my classes. I came prepared and brought a ton of tricks and gifts for my Italian friends!

I am blessed to be here!

“The best way to see the city is to walk. The sights of London or Paris might be mapped out by a few select subway stops. But in Rome, where you can usually count on good weather and unreliable transportation, you’re best off doing as much as possible by foot. On the street is also where you’ll unearth those unexpected finds. The warm aroma of a bakery. The handmade leather of a local craftsman. The tucked-away piazza that seems stuck in the 16th century, with grandma hanging the clothes out the window and six-year-olds chasing each other across the cobblestones. Even if it doesn’t ever really change, Rome always has the power to surprise.”

Read more: “10 Must-Do Things In Rome




  • Marcol83

    See you on Saturday in Rome:-D
    I do not speak English very well but gesticulate great.
    I can not wait to learn from you ;-)

    • http://www.retouchingebooks.com/ Julia Kuzmenko McKim

      Haha, don’t worry, there will be a great local translator.. and I will gesticulate as much as I can! :D