HeartRome

My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

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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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Arrivederci Roma 2015

2015. Another year in Rome said and done for me. As I sat down to write this post, like always, I felt a wave of emotion. It’s always sad to say goodbye to my adopted city, but what awaits in Melbourne very much outweighs the melancholy. It’s been a trying few months for me in Rome with some (not serious) health issues and a grueling work and travel schedule. So

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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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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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Exploring the Aventine

I’ve said it many times – and I’m sure those of you who have been to or know Rome will agree – there are so many things to see and do that sometimes it all just gets a little overwhelming. Call me crazy, but sometimes I worry that my growing list of places to explore will never end! But then again, that’s the true beauty of living here. It’s new

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San Giovanni… It got me thinking!

I’ll admit that as a tourist to this city for over 10 years and having lived here now for almost 18 months, I’m a little embarrassed to say that I only recently walked into the church of Saint John the Lateran Saint – la Basilica di San Giovanni, for the first time. But as my fellow Rome blogger friend Browsing Rome pointed out, there’s nothing to be embarrassed about really.

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