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The day it snowed in Rome

26 February 2018. It will be a day I’ll remember forever. One I’ll look back at fondly in years to come. Not only because it was my sister’s birthday but because it will go down in my history as the first time I experienced a real snowfall. Yes, is the answer to the question I most commonly get asked: “Doesn’t it snow in Australia?”, “You’ve never seen snow before?”. Yes

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Battle of the Chefs: the 2018 SINA Italian Chefs’ Cup Contest

This week I attended the Rome leg of the Italian Chefs’ Cup Contest. The event is held within restaurants of Sina Hotels across Italy and Rome is one of the 10 cities to participate. To date, the initiative has seen 92 Michelin Star chefs, 20 restaurants, 55 events in Italy and 5 around the world (San Francisco, New York, Tokyo and 2 in Thailand), 110 expert judges (of which 12

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Where to eat this Christmas at Rome’s luxury hotels

If you’re living in Rome or passing by for the holidays, here is a list of fine dining events for Christmas and New Years at some of the city’s top hotels. Many of the chefs and venues have Michelin stars and on request, the menu for each event is available through the restaurant / hotel. For further information and bookings, contact the hotels / restaurants directly (web contact is provided

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Arrivederci Roma 2017

2017. World. Universe. You have been so darn good to me. As you all know, I round up every year here on HeartRome and each time it gets harder and harder to pack a whole 365 days worth of experiences into a blog post. This year as you can guess, is no different. And on a year where a massive dream project has come to life, where does one begin?

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Welcome to the world I Heart Rome, the book

I recently unveiled I Heart Rome, the book at two special events in Rome to a combined audience of around 170 people. To think I only knew one person when I moved here! There are so many people around the world, especially my family and friends in Australia who couldn’t attend and so I have translated the speech I delivered to give you a taste of what went down at

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Rome’s secret garden & new summer hotspot 

I love summer in Rome. There is so much to do that it can even get slightly overwhelming! From outdoor cinema, live music in many parks, opera at the Baths of Caracalla, various festivals and events, the list goes on and on and on.  To kick off the season, last week in the Guido Reni district, an old industrial site by the MAXXI (Rome’s 21st century art museum) Hotel Butterfly

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Caffe` Propaganda V 2.0

I always liked Caffe` Propaganda. Quite simply, it’s centrally located, cool and fun and has a great vibe. I’ve eaten and drank here many times and it really hasn’t ever disappointed. Owned by entrepreneurs Maurizio Bistocchi, Daniele Quattrini and Edoardo Caracciolo, the place has just had a revamp. According to them, the philosophy behind their new format is avant-garde; in fact they’ve created an entire menu named Hotel Avantguardia which

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Want to know what the latest dining trend in Italy is? 

As an adopted Roman and Melbourne girl born and bred, it was impossible that I wouldn’t end up writing about food all day long. My hobby and passion – dining – has become my profession and I have no complaints! I have had the pleasure of dining in 1000s of restaurants. From cafes to pubs to bistros to tea rooms to hotel restaurants to multiple restaurants with Michelin stars in

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The Great Beauty: Piazza Navona 

I remember the very first time I walked into Piazza Navona. It was more than 15 years ago and my younger, curious travel mind and heart could not cope! I had never seen such beauty. The size of the square, life and laughter bursting out of the bars and restaurants that surrounded it, the Bernini fountain and the people. When Paolo Sorrentino’s, La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty) came out

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Help HeartRome Win: 2016 Italy Magazine Blogger Awards

Another year has just about gone, but not without another round of the Italy Magazine Blogger Awards. Among some amazing company, my blog has again been nominated for an Award – in two categories!  This time round, it’s for Best Travel Blog and Best Art and Culture Blog and I’d love your votes.  Here’s what to do:  1) Click on the image below – it will take you to the

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