HeartRome

My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

Category Life in Rome

Rome Food Institutions: Er Buchetto & Dar Sorchettaro

There are plenty of places to eat in Rome. Hell, there ain’t no shortage. Great places, snack places, fine dining places and crap places. But historic, family run, local institutions are my favourite. And while I do get around on the food front, my list of places still to try in Rome just gets longer and longer. And then your Roman friends take you a place that wasn’t even on

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HeartRome Makes its TV Debut

I probably would have incredulously laughed out loud if me today spoke to me 3 years ago and said, “You will move to Rome, start a blog, write about food and travel and have said blog featured on an award winning TV program”. Yet, it’s all true. 2 years and 6 months after having left my life, family, friends and career in Melbourne, Australia, I am having one of those

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Ponte Milvio: Food & Eternal Love in Rome

This weekend I spent twilight and an evening in an area of Rome I’m not all that familiar with. Ponte Milvio, just north of the city centre is right by the Stadio Olimpico (stadium where mostly soccer is played) and is quite the affluent little cul de sac . The area sits on the banks of the Tiber River and its centrepiece is the bridge Ponte Milvio (hence the name!),

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Co.So – Enter Rome Cocktail Heaven

I’ve just experienced one of Rome’s newest bars in Pigneto – Co.So: Cocktails and Social. It’s a Thursday night – a school night – and when it was time to go home, I really didn’t want to leave. And now I’m sitting here planning when to go back! Walking in, the first thing you see are some colourful bean bags that line the floor and a modern looking bar decked

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La Dolce Vita: Spa & Wellbeing in Rome

I have been known to like a little pamper here and there and I do treat this vizio (habit) whenever possible here in Rome. Recently however my favourite Thai massage centre in Trastevere closed. It was cheap, convenient and the massages were divine. So I’ve been left in search of a new place. (If anyone knows of a good Thai massage place, please leave a note in the comments!) I’ve

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Arrivederci Roma for 2013. HeartRome is Melbourne-bound

Departures always make me reflect. And especially when I leave Rome it gets me thinking of the year gone by. What I’ve experienced. What I’ve achieved. Again for me it’s been another jam-packed year of work, travel, new life, cultural and dining experiences, love gained, love lost, learning and discovering new things, and sharing it all with some amazing people in the city I’ve come to call home. I fly

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Published firsts: Rome & Civitavecchia

As you all know I recently started writing for 10 Best, a subsidiary of USA Today travel. I will publish the links to pieces that I’ve written so stay tuned. My first article was a suggested itinerary for first time Rome visitors. I had a lot if fun putting this together and it got me thinking about my first visit to the eternal city which was around 12 years ago

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Italy Food Roots take you to the real foodies

I use olive oil or consume it just about every day. In fact, I’m sure most of you do. But after my recent Italy Food Roots tour I will never think about it in the same way. Last weekend I attended their Olive Oil Grove & Mill Tour in north east Lazio. Founded by friends Louise and Adam earlier this year, the aim of the initiative is to promote the

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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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HeartRome takes on the world

If you asked me about 20 years ago what I wanted to be when I grew up , I would’ve confidently answered: “I want to be a journalist”. I was about 15 years old. I spent the next 20 years (not growing up, but) getting 2 degrees and building a career in Melbourne. I achieved quite a lot in a short time, working as a policy adviser for the Victorian

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