HeartRome

My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

Category Life in Rome

Roman food… glorious food

A blog about my living experience in Rome really wouldn’t be complete without a post dedicated to food! So here it is…. To say that the food and produce in Italy is amazing, is just a gross understatement. Thankfully I don’t drive here so I get to burn off any excess calories by having to walk just about everywhere. Obviously Italian cuisine is revered worldwide and I’m living in the

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You know you’re living in Italy when #3

Your bus driver doesn’t know of the stop you need to get off at even though it’s on his route (and you’re on the right bus!). This is apparently because it’s his first day. But he says he ‘supposes’ he could drop you off there – as if he’s doing you a favour! You get into a cab or car & don’t put a seat belt on anymore! You can’t

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Being a tourist in my own city

There is just so much and see and do in Rome that you feel really spoilt for choice on a daily basis. I love seeing new things and learning and getting to know new parts of the city. So I’ve been pretty active since moving here, attempting to do at least a couple of new things each week. This Saturday morning when I woke up I decided to be a

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How we drink in Roma

While the Milanesi can certainly take credit for bringing the aperitivo to Italy, you definitely have to hand it to the Romans for transforming happy hour time into something chic. Aperitivo or the aperitif as it’s referred to in English, is literally an alcoholic beverage taken before dinner. But in Italy, it’s much much more than that! The concept is similar to happy hour but it’s not a two-for-one type

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On a long weekend in Roma

It’s the first time in a long time I haven’t been in Melbourne for the Melbourne Cup long weekend (for my international readers, the country pretty much closes down for a horse race on the 1st Tuesday in November and most people take the Monday off as well!) But I got to experience a long weekend in Rome too! Tuesday 1 November was All Saints Day and this religious day

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Some Roman hearsay

I personally never knew anyone who had “lived” in Rome… well not until a few years ago. And now I’m that someone’s friend, cousin, neighbour, sister who ‘lives in Rome’. I’m proud to take people around my city and experience all the sights, tastes and sounds.. I do need to brush up on my historical facts and art history (or perhaps channel that history major that I did many moons ago!)

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More of You know you’re living in Italy when…

You walk into the doctor’s surgery and there is no receptionist but just a queue managed by the people. But somehow it works. As soon as you walk in you must ask Chi e` l’ultimo? (Who is last in line?). Then you remember that face and go in as soon as they finish up. Then… you walk through a puff of cigarette smoke on entering the doctor’s office and he

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Roman Tea Party

You can imagine the comments and strange looks I get when I tell Italians that I don’t drink coffee. Well I have the occasional one with milk or a frappe / iced coffee in summer but for all intents and purposes, you could say I drink coffee like a kid – completely watered down & not too often! Given what I like to call my innate italian-ness, this has always

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Tiramisu… Roman style

Some of you may or may not find this interesting or of any real significance. However – those of you who know me well will appreciate the excitement I felt when tonight I finally visited Bar Pompi – Il Regno del Tiramisu (which literally means Tiramisu Kingdom or House of Tiramisu I guess). A life without dessert, for me, is pretty much a life not worth living! And as I

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Life… in Rome

Let’s just say it’s been an eye opener dealing with the transition of holidaying in Italy to living in Italy.  Firstly the change of pace (and season!)  Having to get used to NOT waking up every day and going to the beach! In fact, NOT waking up in a hotel! NOT going out for dinner every night! NOT going shopping (well, real shopping!) every single day! So in the space

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