HeartRome

My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

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Women, the Rome food sector and the new Pianostrada (Pianoalto)

Lately it gives me great pleasure talking to people – foreigners, visitors, experts, friends – about the roman food scene. You’ve always been able to eat well in this city. But lately it’s taken some turns and with a nod to cities like New York and London, it would seem that Rome is becoming more international than ever. Rooftop bars, quality hotel dining, fusion cuisine, contemporary design fit outs, cutting

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Why it’s so important to visit Sarajevo

Sarajevo – I will leave a piece of my heart here. Its eclectic mix of faiths and cultures can be seen and heard on every corner. While we were in town, it was especially heartwarming to see families of all faiths living in harmony as the end of Ramadan was marked (Eid Mubarak). But I felt such an overwhelming sense of sadness during my time there as I saw first-hand

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15 photos that will convince you to visit Riga

Having travelled quite extensively through southern, western and Mediterranean Europe, this summer my sister and I decided to visit some Eastern European capitals. This part of the world has a rich and fascinating history that spans various wars and political upheaval – the impact of which can be felt today. From art nouveau to Russian cuisine to contemporary Latvian dining and rooftop cocktails. Passionfruit eclairs to colourful buildings to a

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Perpetual. Modern fine dining in the shadow of the Colosseum

You might think the Colosseum area is too touristy for a good meal. But the Celio and even Monti neighbourhoods have a great selection of casual and fine dining eateries and excellent bars – you just need to know where to look for them. Opened late in 2017, I hadn’t had a chance to try Perpetual. But I finally got around to it this week. Together with places like Spazio

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See Naples and Die: A day trip from Rome with Casa Mia Food & Wine

Here are just some of the ways you could spend an hour in Rome: Lining up to enter St Peter’s Basilica or the Vatican Museums Walking through the lush green of Villa Borghese Shopping along Via del Corso Or… you could simply hop on a fast train and be drinking a coffee straight up in the famous Caffe Mexico, amidst the bustling chaotic beauty that is Napoli. That’s right, in

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Laudemio & Tordomatto: an EVO match made in heaven

I just want to say upfront that up until what seems like only a little while ago it was fine to refer to extra virgin olive oil as – extra virgin olive oil. But now – like most things – it has been abbreviated to an acronym: EVO. Because, let’s face it: who has time to pronounce three words anyway! And now on the topic of EVO – meet Laudemio.

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A Quick Guide on where to eat, drink & be happy in Rome’s Testaccio

Touted the “heart of Rome” when Romans talk about food (and they do a lot!), Testaccio is a gentrified, old working-class neighbourhood situated literally just outside of the historical centre. Located on the banks of the Tiber, right by what was Rome’s Port of the Ripa Grande, it’s no accident that this quartiere knows how to eat. Historically, this is where much of the food used to arrive into town

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FishHub: Casual seafood dining in the heart of the city

Tonight I was chatting to my girlfriends about crudi (raw seafood from tartare to carpaccio and beyond) and how outside of Italy, it’s not the first thing that comes to mind when one things of cuisine on the boot-shaped peninsula. While fishing towns and coastal regions from Campania to Puglia in south Italy have had a long history of eating fresh, raw seafood in a variety of ways, this recent

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Rome Rooftops – La Grande Bellezza: Hotel Eitch Borromini and More

Until recently, views from above from Piazza Navona could only be taken in from private residences or special palazzo viewings in the area. Then came the Eitch Borromini Hotel. It’s located on the street parallel to the western side of Piazza Navona. The restaurant on the 4th floor has breathtaking views but the food is (not bad, but) nothing to write home about (well at least that was the case

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Happy 2771st Birthday Rome!

Founded on 21 April in 753 BC, today is Rome’s 2771st birthday. Known in Italian as, ‘Il natale di Roma’. To mark her birthday, I wanted to publish an excerpt from my book I Heart Rome. I wrote it with love, from the heart and with a lump in my throat. Because I’m one of those hopeless romantics. One of those people who cries at the end of a romantic

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