HeartRome

My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

Category Travel: Beyond Rome

See Naples and Die!

Most people were surprised to hear that given my love of travel and of Italy I’d never been to Naples. Well I have stopped at the port and station countless times en route to Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast, Ischia and Capri, but never stayed on to see the actual city. So when friends (and one who is actually Neapolitan) invited me to go this weekend, I jumped at the opportunity.

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Reminiscing Hot Sicilian Days and Nights

And so daylight saving (ora legale) ended this weekend here in Italy. While it was nice to get that extra hour sleep on Sunday morning, it only signifies the winter that is to come. As the days get shorter and the nights colder, I can do nothing but reminisce of the beautiful summer just gone. After Lazio (home to the city I love and live in) and Abruzzo (the region

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Under the Calabrian Sun

You’ve probably been living under a rock if you don’t know where Calabria is. Think south of the south of Italy. It’s basically the toe of this beautiful and stylish boot. Infamously renowned worldwide for origins of organised crime, here the mafia is called the ndranghetta. But more importantly, the region has a rich and colorful history, a spectacular coastline and typical southern Mediterranean cuisine. I returned to Calabria for

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TBEX Conference – Girona, Costa Brava Spain

I just got back from Spain on my first official business trip while living in Rome! I was at the TBEX (Travel Bloggers Exchange) Conference in Girona (Costa Brava, Spain – right near Barcelona) proudly representing Rome Food Tours. It was a fantastic opportunity to meet the growing number of international travel bloggers on whom many operators in the tourism sector now rely on to help spread the word about

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My European Summer in a Nutshell

Please please please dont think I’ve been ignoring you.. I’ve had one of the most frenetic but fun filled summers of my life! As you know, my entire family from Australia came to visit me in my new home town this year and I got to travel with them for a few weeks. I’m truly blessed for this opportunity. It’s not everyday that this happens and I know that years

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Puglia: Orrechiette & the Tremiti Islands

As you would have gathered by now, my summer is being spent mainly in southern Italy. A tris of the southern regions of Puglia, Calabria and Sicily. We are two thirds of the way through having just spent four amazing days in Vieste, Puglia and five in Tropea, Calabria. I first visited the beautifully diverse region of Puglia two years ago. That time I explored the southern part, namely the

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An August of Italian Islands

I just got back from two amazing weeks in Greece and Turkey. I had been to both before but it’s always great going back to a destination years later and having new experiences. In Turkey our group did a Turkish Gulet (traditional wooden boat) cruise around the Aegean coast from Fethiye, spent a weekend in Bodrum and then 4 days in Istanbul. You would have read my Santorini tales and

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Santorini: How I Kicked Off My Summer

11 years Santorini. 11 years is a long time between drinks. I came to this island as a very young adult over a decade ago and was taken by her beauty. As (I’d like to say!) a much more mature and widely travelled adult I returned this month to kickoff my summer holidays and found Santorini to be more beautiful than I remember. You just become mesmerised by the sheer

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Gaeta: Pearl of Lazio’s coastline

Last weekend I finally made the trek down to Gaeta. This most beautiful seaside resort is in the Lazio province of Latina and is situated 120km south of Rome and only 80km north of Naples. My friend who lives in Rome is from the town and for months – almost a year even – we have been planning this weekend away and it finally happened! And with perfect timing. Rome

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Berlin: for the first – definitely not the last – time

This week I excitedly packed my bags and made the 1:45 hour trek from Rome to Berlin to spend a few days with my sister Lara and friend Tania who have just embarked on a 3 month tour of Europe. They are keeping a blog of their travels and in the spirit of story sharing, they are my guest bloggers for this post. All I have to say is that

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