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My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

Category Life in Rome

I Porchettoni: An indoor Roman picnic!

Last night I ate at a picnic table indoors. I sat on a long wooden bench stool. Had cold meats and porchetta served to me on brown paper. There was no menu. I drank wine and water out of the same glass and food was eaten on a paper plate. Then waiters and customers broke out into Roman folk songs. The food was fantastic and I could have just about

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Rome Markets: Update

I blogged a little while ago about top markets in Rome and today I have another to add to the list. The market of Piazza Vittorio (also known as Esquilino market) is no longer located in the Piazza itself but just a few streets over in a permanent market structure. My roommate introduced me to the place and for a second on arrival, I was transported to my early travelling

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Easter in Rome

Lots of friends and family back home have been asking about what Easter is like in Rome and importantly what I’ll be doing to celebrate. Now I’m not really the religious type but I grew up in an Italian household ok! Which basically means that Easter has been marked by family and food for as long as I can remember. This will be my first Easter away from Melbourne and

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Starting again in the eternal city

I landed in Rome tonight and the feeling of excitement and pure happiness I get when the plane hits the tarmac at Fiumicino never seems to wane. Like I’ve said before ti allarga il cuore – it makes your heart sing. That is until: 1) The guy at customs doesn’t even look me in the eye and just scans my passport without stamping it (my heart actually sank – this

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Rome Markets: My Top 5 Picks

Nothing screams life more than visiting a market in Rome! Lively and colorful I love walking through a mercato in Rome and getting lost in the sights, smells and sounds. They provide a snapshot into the life of local Roman traders. In fact, nothing is more entertaining than watching the sometimes explosive interaction between stall holders, butchers or fish mongers (all in a tirade of beautiful Roman dialect or Romanaccio)

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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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