HeartRome

My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

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HeartRome Nominated by Italy Magazine for the 2014 Best Travel Blog

So as I lay in the dark about to sleep and posted a pic to Instagram, one of my favorite Melbourne based Italy bloggers (Italy on My Mind) comments and says, “Congrats on your Italy Magazine blog nomination”. It was the first I’d heard of it. My heart beat a little faster and I went straight to the mag’s website to see if it was true! Well it is! And

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Things to do in Rome this Summer

As a Melbourne girl born and raised I am accustomed to unpredictable – or I guess the less diplomatic term would be, crap – weather. Because of this, I don’t think I’ll ever stop getting excited about Rome’s summer events program. While the weather here has also been a little ‘unpredictable’ of late, you can generally count on hot days and warm nights for about 3 months straight (cue shock

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HeartRome on TV

Many many years ago in Melbourne, an astrologer told me he saw my name in the stars. He said, “I see your name up in lights.” However ridiculous it sounded at the time, it has, in a sense – and more than a decade later – come true. On Friday night, the Rome episode of Dubai-produced social travel series Peeta Planet aired across the Middle East to about 50 million

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Rome Restaurants for Michelin Star Dining Week Announced

More than 40 restaurants have today been announced for a series of Michelin star dinners at restaurants across Italy as part of the Dining City Cene Stellate Week. The week will run from 21 to 30 March. Here are the three that will participate in Rome: Metamorfosi 1 Michelin Star Chef: Roy Caceres Cost: €55 www.metamorfosiroma.it Hotel Aldrovandi Palace 2 Michelin Stars Chef: Oliver Glowig Cost: €70 www.aldrovandi.com/en/13/welcome.aspx Pipero al

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Rome’s Michelin Star Dining Week

International leading restaurant guide DiningCity didn’t host a Restaurant Week in Rome in 2013. But they’ve sure made up for it with the announcement this week of their latest dining initiative. From 21 to 30 March they will host “Cene Stellate” or Dining with the Stars: Michelin Star Dinners across Italy including of course, Rome. The dinners will be hosted by 1, 2 and 3 Michelin starred dining establishments and

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I Cento di Roma: Launch of Rome’s Newest Culinary Guide

One of the perks of working in the food sector (apart from the blatantly obvious) is being invited to an industry event. And last night it was a special one. I’d read many reviews of Cesare al Casaletto– a roman trattoria in the neighbourhood of Monte Verde – so when the lovely Nerina Di Nunzio of Food Confidential invited me to the launch of I Cento di Roma (Top 100

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Live on 10Best: USA Today Travel – Roman Holiday for First Timers

“So it’s your first time in Rome? While exciting, it can also be a little daunting. This living, breathing museum of ancient history is packed full of things to do, but with a little planning you will get to experience the main sights – just enough to get a taste and plan your return trip.” – 10Best, USA Today Travel Click here to read my first article as the Rome

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Conclave made me a star

It’s not every day you’re in Rome and get to see a Pope resign, a Papal Conclave and a new Pope elected. Well that’s what I have been quoted saying in the three interviews I’ve conducted in Rome and Vatican City over the past couple of weeks. That’s right people. I am in demand by the foreign press here and it’s confirmed a feeling I’ve suppressed for a long time

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Last Angelus & Conclave

You may or may not be interested in the fact that there has been a sede vacante (vacant seat – basically no pope!) at the Vatican for a couple of weeks now. This has not really impacted my life one bit, but I appreciate that the first Pope to resign in centuries is of historic significance. Two weekends ago, Pope Benedict delivered his last Angelus in St Peter’s square and

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Republic Day in Rome – a Reduced Affair in 2012

Today is a national public holiday in Italy and marks the 66th anniversary of the declaration of the Italian republic. But with the country in economic (moral, political & social!) turmoil, recent mafia related bombing in Brindisi in the south and a devestating earthquake rocking Emilia Romagna in the north, there really doesn’t feel much to celebrate today. To that end, planned annual celebrations here in Rome have been significantly

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