HeartRome

My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

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Secondo Tradizione: Where Michelin meets Salumeria  

Before I start, don’t let the title mislead you. Secondo Tradizione is not a Michelin star joint.  But chefs Piero & Jacopo -who are the stars of the show here – are of Rome’s Il Pagliaccio (two Michelin stars) fame. They both worked under Anthony Genovese at Il Pagliaccio for three years and he played a heavy hand in consulting on the menu.  The restaurant is an outpost of the

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Chinappi: Seafood feasting in the heart of Rome 

Recently I had a very special seafood feast. I wasn’t at beach or holidaying on the coast. I was right by Piazza Fiume in central north Rome at Chinappi; a local family-run institution for many years – one I hadn’t come across in my food adventures across the eternal city! With a restaurant and fish supply from the coastal town of Lazio’s Formia and beyond, owners, Stefano and Elena make you feel

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10 things I learnt in Rome’s Jewish Ghetto (with MasterCard’s Priceless program)

I recently took a tour through what used to be the old Jewish ghetto of Rome. Of course I’ve walked through this unique part of the city hundreds of time but walking through with a licensed guide and expert was a totally different experience. And not just any guide. My tour through the ghetto is one offered exclusively through the MasterCard Priceless Cities program. I’ve walked and I’ve toured this

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HeartRome Wins! 2016 Italy Magazine Travel Blog of the Year! 

Thank you, thank you, thank you! For every person who voted for HeartRome in the 2016 Italy Magazine Blog Awards.  Thanks to every one of your votes, your likes, comments and shares on social media, this moment was possible. Congratulations to all the other winners and finalists – as always, I’m in wonderful company and you can check out who they are right here.  Taking out the title of Best

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The HeartRome 50 dining highlights of 2016

This was one of the hardest pieces I’ve had to put together all year. How does one wrap up a year of dining experiences when it seems that whether it’s been for work or pleasure, food has been the one constant!  From Michelin stars in Paris, Rome, Capri, San Sebastián, Modena, Bilbao and Verona to trattorias, pizzerias, cafes, street food carts, pubs and gelaterias, here are the 50 highlights of

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Arrivederci Roma 2016

It’s that time of year again.  For weeks before my annual pilgrimage home to Melbourne for Christmas and summer holidays, I always put this post on numerous to-do lists. As though it’s a burden; another thing to do before I fly out. How will I find the time to write it and select photos? What if I run out of time?  And then somehow, it just comes together.  Because just

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Santo: Trastevere’s cool new Cocktail Bar & Bistrot

I always thought that the corner of Trastevere down the hill from Gianicolo, just off Piazza San Cosimato and right behind the basilica of Santa Maria was a bit of dead space. Not anymore.  You now turn on to this section of Via della Paglia and see Santo. Cocktail bar slash bistro, it’s the latest in stylish bars with a decent food offering to hit the Rome dining scene. The first

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15 things you learn and see on a Vatican tour

Recently I took a tour with Walks of Italy. They are one of my fave Rome and Italy tour operators because their philosophy is very small groups with extremely competent and knowledgeable guides. We chose The Complete Vatican Tour with Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica and Jowita our guide was just wonderful. When we saw the crowds and tourists snaking around the Vatican walls, I knew we’d

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Waraku & 6 other Japanese restaurants in Rome

Last week I had dinner in a yoga studio. As in, I didn’t go to yoga (I don’t do yoga!) and bring a sandwich in my backpack (I don’t really do backpacks either!).  I mean, I ate at Waraku – a Japanese cultural association that acts as a restaurant too and cooks up what is probably the most authentic cuisine outside of Tokyo on this side of the world.A couple

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Rome’s Secret Garden in Trastevere: the Botanical Gardens

There’s always something to do or see or experience in Rome. For when you’re looking to spend a morning or afternoon away from the crowds or the hustle and bustle of the city, head to the oasis that is, Rome’s Botanical Gardens.  You won’t believe you’re in the heart of Trastevere – it’s a really short walk from the bustling commercial part of the neighborhood. You’ll also be surprised at

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