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My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

My European Summer in a Nutshell

Please please please dont think I’ve been ignoring you..

I’ve had one of the most frenetic but fun filled summers of my life!

As you know, my entire family from
Australia came to visit me in my new home town this year and I got to travel with them for a few weeks.

I’m truly blessed for this opportunity.

It’s not everyday that this happens and I know that years from now I will look back on these moments as some of the happiest of my life…

I’ll probably blog about some of the individual travel and food experiences soon but in the meantime, here are my top highlights of the weeks just gone.

And I’m thrilled to report that as I write, rain finally falls on the eternal city!!! Hallelujah for some cooler temps!

In no particular order:

Visiting Italian islands galore: the Tremiti Islands, the Aeolian Island and the Egadi Islands…

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Swimming in the waters of San Vito Lo Capo in Sicily – voted the most beautiful beach in Italy…

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Eating busiate with Pesto Trapanese in Trapani…

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Having a brioche filled with gelato in Lipari…

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Arrosticini in Abruzzo…

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Seeing the Berlin Wall…

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Visiting beautiful Gaeta and eating spectacular seafood…

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Watching the fireworks and then dancing while the sun came up on Ferragosto at White Beach in Lipari…

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Eating the most amazing yoghurt in Greece…

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The spices of Turkey…

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Dining with my sister at the 3 x Michelin star restaurant La Pergola in Rome…

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Sweets in Turkey…

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Welcoming & then sitting on my rooftop terrace with my sister, brother & mum-to-be sister-in-law…

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Visiting the characteristic town of Erice in Sicily by funicular…

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Cruising on a pedalo around the coves of Capo Vaticano in Calabria…

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Sleeping under the stars on a gulet boat off the coast of Turkey…

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Eating the most amazing orrechiette and Cacioricotta in Puglia…

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Swimming in Comino’s Blue Lagoon in Malta…

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Showing my family my ‘office’ & taking them on an Eating Italy Food Tour of Rome…

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Spreading ‘nduja on toasted bread in Tropea, Calabria…

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Bringing my parents into my Rome apartment for the first time…

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Having ricotta cannoli filled fresh on the spot for me in Sicily…

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Swimming in the pool at Hotel Boscolo Exedra in Piazza della Repubblica in Rome with my sister…

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Smoking sheesha in Turkey…

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Having a pampering girls day with my mum in Rome…

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Devouring spaghetti with lobster in Santorini…

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Swimming in the lake at Castel Gandolfo…

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Experiencing Ramadan in Turkey…

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Seeing Calvin Harris perform in Malta…

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Summer party at Villa Massimo, Rome…

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Pool days at OS Beach Club in Rome…

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Dining and dancing at Reina on the Bosphorus in Istanbul…

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Walking down the street where our dad grew up in Abruzzo…

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Relaxing in the most amazing infinity pool in Santorini with a view of the whole caldera…

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I could go on, but I wouldn’t want to bore you now!

More to come 🙂

Signing off from (a much cooler) Trastevere,
Baci Maria

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