HeartRome

My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

Category Travel Rome

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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Molo10: Seafood and beach clubbing in Rome

So I found a cure for Monday-itis and you should try it. It’s called: an 8 course seafood lunch at Rome’s Molo10. I swear, not only was I blown away by freshness and creativeness of the plates, the friendly attentiveness of the staff, the casual nautical boat house kinda beach club feel, but it put me in a top mood to face the rest of the week. If you’re not from

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7 Things I love about Summer in Rome

As I walked home this week to Trastevere along the Lungotevere following an event on Tiber Island, I noticed the outdoor summer stands had been just about all packed up. It’s still stifling hot in Rome and the warm weather is far from over, but most Romans have taken their holidays and are back at work, the shops and restaurants that closed for an August break have reopened and schools

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The 5 best spas in Rome

By now you would’ve guessed I’m quite partial to a spa day! I’ve been fortunate enough to have massages, body treatments and facials in some of the best day spas in the world from New York to Melbourne, in the thermal springs of Bath, at a beach spa in San Sebastián, Turkish hamam on the western coast of Turkey to Dubai and Hong Kong. If I have a few free

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Where to eat near Rome’s monuments

Nowadays food guides have one thing in common: encouraging visitors to explore areas away from the touristy city centre and get off the beaten track. Yet many travellers in Rome are in town for just 2-3 days, are staying in a central hotel or apartment and want to eat and explore within that radius. And despite perception, there are a lot of decent places to eat in the centre of

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Quirinal Palace: 10 photos that will convince you add it to your Rome to-do list

I was recently invited on a behind-the-scenes visit of the Quirinale, the palace and home of the Italian President. A fun fact that will give you an indication of its size: it’s the 9th largest palace in the world and 20 times bigger than the White House! Located right in the heart of Rome, on the Quirinal Hill (one of the 7 hills of Rome), the palace has been home

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Living La Dolce Vita: What to do around Rome’s Via Veneto

It’s only natural that if you’re in the market for a little old-school and decadent dolce vita for your Roman Holiday, you’ll want to stay along the famed Via Veneto. While this area of town is often touted by locals as one to be avoided for various reasons, it’s where the majority of the eternal city’s 5 star hotels are located. The area might not be buzzing at night like

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HeartRome Review: Marzapane

With its designer tones and clean wooden lines, sitting inside Rome’s Marzapane restaurants, you could be mistaken for thinking you’re dining somewhere else, perhaps in Scandinavia.  Alba Esteve Ruiz is a young Spanish chef. She trained in none other than El Celler de Can Roca, consistently named by many an illustrious guide, the best restaurant in the world. Her roman kitchen might not have been awarded accolades of the same

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Rome Tours: Look Down. Rome’s Precious Cosmatesque History

Rome isn’t short of a church. Around 900 (of all denominations) to be precise. I’m not a devout Catholic but I do love walking into churches in Rome. Many of which feature beautiful architecture, interesting relics, stunning mosaics and frescoes. A while back, I took some visiting friends into my local Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere and whilst I pointed out the resplendent gold work and mosaics on the

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Visiting Rome’s Wedding Cake 

No it’s not really called the wedding cake. Or the typewriter for that matter. Rome’s monument to Italy’s first king, Victor Emmanuell II and fallen service men is officially the Altare della Patria or Il Vittoriano. Given it is big (many say cumbersome and a bit too imposing) and white, it has often been nicknamed as such by foreigners and visitors to the city. Since living in Rome, the monument which

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