HeartRome

My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

Category Travel Rome

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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Rome Underground: Catacombs, Crypts & Bones!

Over the past 10-ish years you could say I’ve spent a lot of time in Rome. And now I live in the city. Many things will spring to mind when you think of the eternal city, but perhaps not crypts, bones and catacombs? Last week I attended the Walks of Italy Crypts, Bones and Catacombs tour on my first official Rome blogger appointment. And it was a hard day at

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Rome Monuments: My Top 5

Rome means many things to me. And while living in one of the most beautiful cities in the world carries some perceived glamour, it’s not all about pizza, the Trevi Fountain and gelato. The city has evolved even as a tourist destination over the past decade, offering a more international vibe and the opportunity for travellers to experience so much more than the cliché. And this is because it has

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Being a tourist in my own city

There is just so much and see and do in Rome that you feel really spoilt for choice on a daily basis. I love seeing new things and learning and getting to know new parts of the city. So I’ve been pretty active since moving here, attempting to do at least a couple of new things each week. This Saturday morning when I woke up I decided to be a

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