HeartRome

My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

Category Travel: Beyond Rome

Why it’s so important to visit Sarajevo

Sarajevo – I will leave a piece of my heart here. Its eclectic mix of faiths and cultures can be seen and heard on every corner. While we were in town, it was especially heartwarming to see families of all faiths living in harmony as the end of Ramadan was marked (Eid Mubarak). But I felt such an overwhelming sense of sadness during my time there as I saw first-hand

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15 photos that will convince you to visit Riga

Having travelled quite extensively through southern, western and Mediterranean Europe, this summer my sister and I decided to visit some Eastern European capitals. This part of the world has a rich and fascinating history that spans various wars and political upheaval – the impact of which can be felt today. From art nouveau to Russian cuisine to contemporary Latvian dining and rooftop cocktails. Passionfruit eclairs to colourful buildings to a

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See Naples and Die: A day trip from Rome with Casa Mia Food & Wine

Here are just some of the ways you could spend an hour in Rome: Lining up to enter St Peter’s Basilica or the Vatican Museums Walking through the lush green of Villa Borghese Shopping along Via del Corso Or… you could simply hop on a fast train and be drinking a coffee straight up in the famous Caffe Mexico, amidst the bustling chaotic beauty that is Napoli. That’s right, in

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Abruzzo Food & Travel: Cooking with Rosy

Stories like Rosy’s warm my heart. Maybe because we are both Abruzzese. Or because we are both very tied to our families. Perhaps it’s because we grew up in a household where gatherings around the table were the norm. Or even because we have a passion for food. For traditions. And for storytelling. Maybe because we both had the courage in life to say “This is what I love doing,

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Easter in Abruzzo & La Madonna che Scappa

If you don’t follow me anywhere on social media, haven’t read this blog before or have been living under a rock – newsflash: my Italian family heritage is Abruzzese. And not my great great grandparents or my grandparents (even though surprise surprise – they are from Abruzzo too!) I’m talking: my parents – both of them, born in Abruzzo. In a tiny town called Prezza in the mountains of L’Aquila

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HeartRome: Food & travel tips service for Rome, Italy and beyond

I have some real exciting news for you. I’ll start off by saying this: Traveling through a city when you know someone who lives there or being guided with tips and advice by someone truly in the know really makes for the best holiday experience. Wouldn’t you agree? So I am now making my services and time available to you. I remember the time a good friend took me around

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Capri: A Guide to Italy’s VIP Island

The island made famous decades ago by icons and celebrities like Bridget Bardot and Jackie O certainly hasn’t lost its VIP feel and style. Capri is truly the playground of Italy and the world’s rich and famous. Here, taxis take the form of luxury convertibles, days are spent aboard private boats and luxury yachts and evenings in the Piazzetta are made for people watching. As you sip on a cocktail,

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What you really should know if you call yourself a “foodie”

I don’t love the word foodie. But only because it’s used so liberally nowadays that sometimes it makes even me cringe a little. Yet for the purposes of this article, here it is and quite frankly, if you either work in the food sector, in social media or write about food it’s a term very hard not to use. Because everyone nowadays is a foodie. But what does that mean.

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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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