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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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Sombre Weekend in Italy: Bomb Attack & Earthquake

Italy’s southern and northern regions have this weekend been devastated by two separate tragic events – one man-made, one natural. From what I can tell, news of a bombing at a vocational school in Brindisi, in south Italy (region of Puglia) yesterday morning has not made many international headlines. So for those of you who may not have heard, 16 year old student Melissa Bassi was killed in an unprovoked

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The Future of Italy: Politics, Culture & the Economy

Some of you know that my background lies not in writing, food or travel as this blog would suggest, but in political science, history and policy development. My ‘nerdy side’ – as I like to refer to it – comes out every now and then and I was about as excited as I get when trying a new gelato when I saw the advertisement for the American Academy in Rome’s

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To Rome With Love

Woody Allen’s latest film, To Rome With Love fittingly had its world premiere in Rome on Friday night. The red carpet event was held at the Hotel Parco dei Principi, which is a five-star luxury hotel located near Villa Borghese with beautiful views of St Peter’s Basilica (www.parcodeiprincipi.com). The romantic comedy stars Penelope Cruz, Alec Baldwin, Jesse Eisenberg, Italian actor Roberto Begnini (of Life is Beautiful fame), Australia’s very own

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Italy and the football world in mourning

All football in Italy was suspended this weekend after the sudden the death of Livorno midfielder Piermario Morosini. Only 25 years old, he collapsed on the pitch during a Serie B game in Pescara and was later pronounced dead in hospital. He had been playing with Livorno on loan from Serie A side Udinese. As you know I don’t generally blog about sad things nor am I a news source.

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