HeartRome

My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

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Where luxury and the Tuscan sea meet: Argentario Golf Resort and Spa

What if I told you that Tuscany wasn’t just Renaissance art and Florence? Or medieval towns like Sienna and San Gimignano? Or Chianti wine and rolling green hills? (Not that there’s anything wrong with the above.. actually, on the contrary!) But there’s a coastal part of this region that has slowly woven its way into my heart. The Maremma Coast is made up of the Monte Argentario promontory and peninsula,

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When a trattoria just won’t do. 15 contemporary dining spots in Rome

When you’ve had your fill of traditional roman style carbonara and oxtail (coda alla vaccinara), head to one of these outstanding contemporary dining establishments. The city really has taken a more cosmopolitan turn over the last 3-4 years and venues boasting stylish contemporary design coupled with innovative, creative and refreshing menus are on the up. Here are my pics for contemporary dining in Rome. 1) Retrobottega Stylish, creative, sleek and

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Arrivederci Roma 2018 (from Melbourne)

I can’t help but get nostalgic at this time of year. I’m sure I’m not alone. As the years pass and ‘another year older’ starts to set in, I feel this overwhelming sense of melancholy engulf me. Because somehow, some way, I sometimes wish I could make life stand still. Especially during the good moments, the happy ones, the ones where you want to pinch yourself. Christmas and the year’s end

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Christmas (lights) in Rome

I have lived in Rome for 7 years and visited as a tourist for over 20, but I have never spent Christmas in the city. It’s a special time of year reserved for family and so each year I make the voyage – a 20+ hour one – to Melbourne. But each year I get to enjoy the lead up and have been fortunate this time around to have special

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Where to find the best pizza in Rome

From pizza al taglio (by the slice) to the classic roman style to the latest installments of the gourmet type, Rome certainly isn’t short of options if you’re looking to feast on pizza. What you should also know is that there are a few ‘rules’ you should stick to when seated at a pizzeria in the eternal city. As I always say – when you’re on holiday, the main rule

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Drink Kong: Rome’s most exciting bar opening of the year

Rome isn’t London or Tokyo. It’s not New York or even my native Melbourne. Nor does it really want to be. Because Rome is Rome. And that doesn’t mean it can’t count contemporary or cosmopolitan in its nightlife repertoire! And boy has something big landed in this city; something that embodies the style and cool of all those above mentioned cities. Drink Kong is the brainchild of Patrick Pistolesi, locally

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HeartRome Radio coming to you live

A new era is dawning. A new and thrilling chapter for HeartRome. I’m talking radio. Digital radio. I’m talking about broadcasting to the world and I’m taking you with me! I’m so honoured to announce my weekly radio spot – Heart Rome Radio – on Radio Food Live – Italy’s first ever digital radio network dedicated solely to food and the brainchild of my super talented press colleagues Andrea Febo

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Salina – the mountainous green heart of Sicily’s Aeolian Islands

There’s Italy, then there’s Sicily. And there’s Sicily and then there are the Aeolian islands (le isole Eolie). I’ve spent more than 5 summers on the islands and dozens more on the Sicilian ‘mainland’ and I just can’t get enough. The fusion of cultures, the architecture, the people, the landscape, the food. And the desserts. Almonds, pistacchio, ricotta, lemon. I could go on. I’d been to Salina before (hell I

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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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