HeartRome

My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

February 2016

Brunching in style at Rome’s Hotel de Russie

There are 5 star hotels in Rome; even the ultimate in high-end luxury. Then there’s Hotel De Russie, just about in a league of its own! Part of the exclusive Rocco Forte group of hotels, it is located in a prized position on the high end strip Via Del Babuino, between Piazza del Popolo and the Spanish Steps. With a secret garden that is like an oasis away from the loudness

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HeartRome Review: La Tavernaccia da Bruno in Trastevere

I’ll be the first to admit that Trastevere is packed full of tourist-trap restaurants. Places that are charging a fortune for less than mediocre food, mostly trying to pass it off for cucina romana. There are also some real gems in the neighbourhood. I should know! I’ve been living in this lively quartiere for over four years and spent most of my time trying to find them. In fact I

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Visiting Rome’s Wedding Cake 

No it’s not really called the wedding cake. Or the typewriter for that matter. Rome’s monument to Italy’s first king, Victor Emmanuell II and fallen service men is officially the Altare della Patria or Il Vittoriano. Given it is big (many say cumbersome and a bit too imposing) and white, it has often been nicknamed as such by foreigners and visitors to the city. Since living in Rome, the monument which

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15 Melbourne Dining Experiences

My first post for the year is not about Rome, but my home city, Melbourne. I had some outstanding dining experiences while I was in town – no surprises there, given it’s Australia’s culinary capital – and I wanted to share these 15 places to eat if you’re in town or headed there any time soon. From casual cafe style lunches to breakfasts (packed with avocado) to award-winning establishments, Melbourne

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