HeartRome

My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

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Happy 2771st Birthday Rome!

Founded on 21 April in 753 BC, today is Rome’s 2771st birthday. Known in Italian as, ‘Il natale di Roma’. To mark her birthday, I wanted to publish an excerpt from my book I Heart Rome. I wrote it with love, from the heart and with a lump in my throat. Because I’m one of those hopeless romantics. One of those people who cries at the end of a romantic

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5 Secret Rome tips you’ll find in the Le Guide Repubblica’s: Maxima (English edition)

I am extremely happy to see Le Guide Repubblica – Italy’s premiere city and food guides by national news outlet, La Repubblica – move into the English market. The release of their first English-language guide, Maxima demonstrates that Rome is becoming more and more cosmopolitan and international by nature and La Repubblica is leading the way in being responsive to this.Group photo by the talented Rowena Dumlao-Giardina, The Chosen TableAt

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Where to buy I Heart Rome – the book

Excited doesn’t even begin to describe it! I have my debut book, I Heart Rome (published by Smith Street Books) in my hot hands and I’ll let you in on a little secret. It’s gorgeous (if I say so myself!) Here are some more sneak peak pictures and the book description: “Rome begs to be uncovered at every turn. Through authentic local stories, recipes and glorious photos, I Heart Rome takes

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I Heart Rome: The Book

Today was a big day. No I mean, really big! I submitted the manuscript for I Heart Rome the book. All 40,000 words, over 300 photos (some of which you can preview here), interviews, stories and 70 recipes that together share my Rome with you. The book is scheduled for worldwide release in October this year which means from now until then, there’s still a LOT to be done. But

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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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