HeartRome

My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

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Melbourne… it’s Goodbye Again

I’ve said it before. I’ll say it again. Nobody ever said living in two countries would be easy. It’s by no stretch, the worst thing that could happen to you either! As I prepare to fly out of the city I was born and bred in, I can’t help but feel sad. Like for many of us, family is important to me. I come from a close-knit Italian family and

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Melbourne dining: Vue de Monde

I first dined at Vue de Monde in Melbourne about 7 years ago. A little younger and less travelled, it was my very first real fine dining experience and I remember it vividly. Not because it was at that time – at around $250 – the most expensive meal I’d ever had, but because the 12 course degustation was a feast for the senses, palate and imagination. I still remember

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Ponza: Italy’s Best Kept Secret

My answer to the question, ‘What is Italy’s best kept secret?’, changes kind of often. Yes, I’m fortunate enough to know Italy quite well and have traveled extensively across the country over the past 15 years. I’ve seen many a beach, mountain, lake, UNESCO heritage site, church, monument and island. But then came, Ponza. One of the Pontine Islands, Ponza is located off the Lazio coast, just a 1-1.5 hour

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Palermo: the beautiful, thriving, beating heart of Sicily

I think I must’ve been Sicilian somewhere along the line. Otherwise it’s just too hard to explain the love I have for this island region. An impromptu 2 day mini break to Palermo was all it took to remind me that this eclectic, breathtakingly beautiful, culturally diverse and food rich part of the world just somehow speaks to my soul. Palermo is the capital city of Sicily and with a

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Formentera Fun & Food

I spent my ferragosto – the week in Italy, and many parts of Europe, that coincides with the religious holiday of 15 August – with my sister and dear friends in Formentera, Spain. One of the Balearic Islands, Formentera is the tranquil cousin island of party-central Ibiza. While it still packs a real punch if nightlife is your thing, it’s predominantly a haven of hippy markets and shops, quaint towns

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Sardegna in 10 Instagram Pics

The only thing I’ve done since leaving Sardegna is think about how I’m going to get back there! This beautiful island region of Italy has it all. A rich culture and history, unique cuisine and stunning coastline that on just about every corner, rivals Caribbean waters… And their own language – not dialect, but language! – to boot! The region and its people are beyond fascinating to me and I

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25 photos that will make you want to visit Tuscany right now

Last week I took part in a blog trip to highlight the rich art, history, wine, culture and gastronomy of towns in the famous Chianti wine region of Tuscany. Entitled “Chianti da Vivere”, our host was the commune of Tavarnelle val di Pesa and I can’t thank them enough for their warm and amazing hospitality. I will write more on my trip soon, but in the meantime – here are

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HeartRome In Melbourne

Quick apologies for the blogging hiatus! I’ve been busy becoming an aunty while back in my home city of Melbourne (it’s really busy becoming one and being one!) And not to mention working, enjoying an Australian summer at our family beach house on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, mini-break-ing in Queensland, catching up with family and friends for dinner, lunch, coffee, brunch, drinks, you name it! It’s been a whirlwind, frenetic, emotional

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Arrivederci Melbourne. Next stop Rome.

Tonight I depart my original hometown of Melbourne for my newly adopted home town of Rome. I have been in Melbourne a little longer than expected but I have loved almost every minute of a summer spent with family and close friends. I recently read another expats’ blog which attempted to debunk the myths about moving to a foreign country and encouraging those thinking about it to think twice. Well

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How to ‘Rome’ in Melbourne: Restaurants

Food is life in Italy. And food and Italy are life for me! Sadly I even dream about Italian and regional cuisine when I’m not in Italy! I’m not there at the moment because I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy a (typically erratic) Melbourne summer (you pick your battles hey!) but while away from Rome where do I go to enjoy an Italian meal? Firstly it’s not exactly in the

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