HeartRome

My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

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Where to eat near Rome’s monuments

Nowadays food guides have one thing in common: encouraging visitors to explore areas away from the touristy city centre and get off the beaten track. Yet many travellers in Rome are in town for just 2-3 days, are staying in a central hotel or apartment and want to eat and explore within that radius. And despite perception, there are a lot of decent places to eat in the centre of

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Italian Lakes and spa day: Sirmione

Thousands of visitors descend on Lake Garda daily especially in the warmer months and it’s not at all hard to understand why. This is Italy’s largest lake and the district evokes a magical sense of Italian dolce vita that’s different from the coast. Located in the province of Brescia, half hours drive from Verona and less than 2 hours from Milan, Sirmione is all you’d want in a lake town and

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The photos that will make you want to visit Chieti Province, Abruzzo right now

You know my parents were born in Abruzzzo right? It’s in my blood; it’s in my heart. And slowly it’s becoming a destination of choice for travellers to Italy who are looking to explore Italy that bit further beneath the surface. From UNESCO heritage sites, lakes, mountains, beach, it really offers it all as a destination (and it’s much cheaper than say a Tuscany or Puglia).  I recently explored the

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Rome gelato review: Gunther Rohregger’s creations

Like me, Gunther Rohregger is an adopted Roman! He moved here for love from northern Italy’s Alto Adige (a region still on my bucket list). He is a gelato chef. A chef because he creates and honours produce in an innovative way that really makes your palate come alive. Not all gelato in Rome is equal and this is real gelato (by the way, not ice cream!) with real ingredients.

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Florence: Exploring the Santa Croce Neighbourhood

In a city busting at the seams with tourists, it can be hard in Florence to find an area that seems authentically Florentine. In the heart of the centro storico, the Santa Croce neighbourhood is probably one of the most genuine left in the centre.  Here, you can still see daily glimpses of local Florence life. From the steps of the Santa Croce church which stands tall and proud in the

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HeartRome’s Food & Travel Guide to Paris

A long weekend in the city of lights was just what the doctor ordered. Winter isn’t a bad time to visit Paris at all. It’s less crowded, you can zip in and out of the museums and cold, rainy days and nights just beg for you to sit indoors at a cozy bistro to stuff your face with cheese and sip wine. Thanks to a few tips from friends in

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Why Milan is cooler than ever

Writing this post, I gave myself the challenge of describing Milan in three words that justifiably contradict the three words that are often used (dull, grey and boring). So, I’d like to start off by describing Milan as sophisticated, sexy and stylish. Yes – this is Italy’s business HQ and in comparing it to the capital, Italians often say “Rome is Italy, Milan is Europe“, a direct reference to the

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HeartRome Review: Why Zuma belongs in Rome

I was recently speaking to some New York colleagues about the opening of Zuma Restaurant and Bar at Rome’s Fendi building. They spoke highly of the UK Japanese isakaya style dining chain (which is now in 12 cities), but were kinda incensed by the fact that a quintessential Roman brand like Fendi would choose a modern Japanese restaurant to sit in its Rome flagship store; wouldn’t it make sense having

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The beaches in Italy that only Italians know about

…until now! Before moving to Italy in 2011, I’d been enjoying an Italian summer almost every year for about 10 years. I’ve lived the waves of tourist movements through the Amalfi Coast, Cinque Terre and parts of Sicily. But after travelling extensively around these areas, I felt the need to continue exploring and wanted to beach with the locals. So Puglia and Sardegna and even Lazio started making my love

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Quirinal Palace: 10 photos that will convince you add it to your Rome to-do list

I was recently invited on a behind-the-scenes visit of the Quirinale, the palace and home of the Italian President. A fun fact that will give you an indication of its size: it’s the 9th largest palace in the world and 20 times bigger than the White House! Located right in the heart of Rome, on the Quirinal Hill (one of the 7 hills of Rome), the palace has been home

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