HeartRome

My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

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10 things I learnt in Rome’s Jewish Ghetto (with MasterCard’s Priceless program)

I recently took a tour through what used to be the old Jewish ghetto of Rome. Of course I’ve walked through this unique part of the city hundreds of time but walking through with a licensed guide and expert was a totally different experience. And not just any guide. My tour through the ghetto is one offered exclusively through the MasterCard Priceless Cities program. I’ve walked and I’ve toured this

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HeartRome Wins! 2016 Italy Magazine Travel Blog of the Year! 

Thank you, thank you, thank you! For every person who voted for HeartRome in the 2016 Italy Magazine Blog Awards.  Thanks to every one of your votes, your likes, comments and shares on social media, this moment was possible. Congratulations to all the other winners and finalists – as always, I’m in wonderful company and you can check out who they are right here.  Taking out the title of Best

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The HeartRome 50 dining highlights of 2016

This was one of the hardest pieces I’ve had to put together all year. How does one wrap up a year of dining experiences when it seems that whether it’s been for work or pleasure, food has been the one constant!  From Michelin stars in Paris, Rome, Capri, San Sebastián, Modena, Bilbao and Verona to trattorias, pizzerias, cafes, street food carts, pubs and gelaterias, here are the 50 highlights of

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Arrivederci Roma 2016

It’s that time of year again.  For weeks before my annual pilgrimage home to Melbourne for Christmas and summer holidays, I always put this post on numerous to-do lists. As though it’s a burden; another thing to do before I fly out. How will I find the time to write it and select photos? What if I run out of time?  And then somehow, it just comes together.  Because just

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Santo: Trastevere’s cool new Cocktail Bar & Bistrot

I always thought that the corner of Trastevere down the hill from Gianicolo, just off Piazza San Cosimato and right behind the basilica of Santa Maria was a bit of dead space. Not anymore.  You now turn on to this section of Via della Paglia and see Santo. Cocktail bar slash bistro, it’s the latest in stylish bars with a decent food offering to hit the Rome dining scene. The first

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15 things you learn and see on a Vatican tour

Recently I took a tour with Walks of Italy. They are one of my fave Rome and Italy tour operators because their philosophy is very small groups with extremely competent and knowledgeable guides. We chose The Complete Vatican Tour with Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica and Jowita our guide was just wonderful. When we saw the crowds and tourists snaking around the Vatican walls, I knew we’d

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Waraku & 6 other Japanese restaurants in Rome

Last week I had dinner in a yoga studio. As in, I didn’t go to yoga (I don’t do yoga!) and bring a sandwich in my backpack (I don’t really do backpacks either!).  I mean, I ate at Waraku – a Japanese cultural association that acts as a restaurant too and cooks up what is probably the most authentic cuisine outside of Tokyo on this side of the world.A couple

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Rome’s Secret Garden in Trastevere: the Botanical Gardens

There’s always something to do or see or experience in Rome. For when you’re looking to spend a morning or afternoon away from the crowds or the hustle and bustle of the city, head to the oasis that is, Rome’s Botanical Gardens.  You won’t believe you’re in the heart of Trastevere – it’s a really short walk from the bustling commercial part of the neighborhood. You’ll also be surprised at

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The new food & restaurant openings in Rome you’ll want to try

Another week, another restaurant opening. The Rome food scene is forever changing and it’s getting harder all the time to keep your finger on the pulse. Here are 5 places that have opened this year. Mercato Centrale (Termini)  I wouldn’t be caught dead around Termini station at night. There I said it. It’s where I go to catch my train to leave Rome. There are a select few places in

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Where to stay in Rome

While the centre of Rome isn’t as expansive as say a city like Paris or London, there are quite a few different areas and districts to choose from when planning your visit. In Rome, we call these districts or neighbourhoods, quartieri and there are 20 of them. To make it easy for you, I’ve outlined a select few areas of the city with a description to help you decide what

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