HeartRome

My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

February 2012

Rome wasn’t built in a day!

Rome. The eternal city. Breathtakingly beautiful with the infuriating ability to make you love it one minute and hate it the next… and then love it all over again. As the famous old proverbs say: ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’, ‘When in Rome, do as Romans do’ or ‘All roads lead to Rome’. And another I came across recently, that rings true, “For someone who has never seen Rome,

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Italy says no to Rome’s 2020 Olympic bid

It was just announced by Italy’s Premier Mario Monti, that the Italian Government will not support the city of Rome’s bid for the 2020 Olympic Games – and for good reason. You may have noticed that the country is sort of in the midst of a little financial crisis! And with the bid estimated to set Italy back approximately €12.5 billion, the decision is obviously being hailed by many economists

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How to ‘Rome’ in Melbourne: Pizza

I’ve spent so much time in Italy over the past decade, that when I’m in Melbourne friends and family often ask where I go to experience a little of la dolce vita. And being home for the summer there’s no need to miss out on some authentic Italian experiences. So, I’ve put together some of my picks for pizza – the most recognised Italian dish in the world. You have

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Snow in the eternal city

As I sit outdoors in Melbourne at 1am and the temperature hovers around 20 degrees celsius (after peaking at almost 30 during the day), it’s hard to imagine that it is actually snowing in my other home town of Rome right now! Yes – snowing! And yes, this is strange! While this would not make news in any other northern hemisphere European capital, snow in Rome is about as rare

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