HeartRome

My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

March 2016

Seasonal dining. A Rome Review: Zest Bar & Restaurant, Radisson Blu Es.

Food in Italy is dictated by seasons. Whatever is fresh and in season is generally what you see on menus. In Rome, you don’t even have to know what month it is to easily work it out by walking past your local trattoria and seeing what’s on the board. For instance, I know it’s winter when I see puntarelle (locally grown endive) and spring and summer when I see eggplants

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Easter in Abruzzo: 72 hours of food

This weekend I spent Easter with my extended relatives in Abruzzo. My parents were both born in the small town of Prezza in the province of L’Aquila, located about a 2 hours drive from Rome. The town has a population of approximately 800 and is perched prettily against a mountain backdrop, surrounded by the national treasures of the Parco Nazionale d’Abruzzo, Gran Sasso and Parco della Majella. I usually hop

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Rome Tours: Look Down. Rome’s Precious Cosmatesque History

Rome isn’t short of a church. Around 900 (of all denominations) to be precise. I’m not a devout Catholic but I do love walking into churches in Rome. Many of which feature beautiful architecture, interesting relics, stunning mosaics and frescoes. A while back, I took some visiting friends into my local Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere and whilst I pointed out the resplendent gold work and mosaics on the

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Paris. Is always a good idea.

Paris is always a good idea. The city of lights has been rocked to its core over the past couple of years with a series of horrific terrorist attacks, the latest in November 2015, killing approximately 130 people.Predictably, this has taken a heavy toll on tourism and speaking to some tour operators, hotel staff and taxi drivers while I was in town this weekend, was told that in the two

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