HeartRome

My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

Category Travel Italy

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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Arrivederci Roma 2016

It’s that time of year again.  For weeks before my annual pilgrimage home to Melbourne for Christmas and summer holidays, I always put this post on numerous to-do lists. As though it’s a burden; another thing to do before I fly out. How will I find the time to write it and select photos? What if I run out of time?  And then somehow, it just comes together.  Because just

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Where to eat in Modena when you can’t get a reservation at Osteria Francescana

Ok so if you’re off to Modena and had your heart set on dining at the number one restaurant in the world, Massimo Bottura’s, Osteria Francescana but couldn’t get a reservation, you’re not alone. Bookings here are hard to come by and while Francescana has been famous for years now, the world’s eyes remain fixated on this place since the June announcement of the World’s 50 Best. I was lucky

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24 Hours in Turin

My sister has spent the year with me in Rome and I couldn’t let her leave without a visit to my favourite northern city.  Turin or Torino is the capital of Piemonte. And the long held common perception of this region as the “ugly, industrial north” is a load of crap. Well not technically because, yes – industry is a big deal and has been historically (a little thing called

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Osteria Francescana: The day I ate at the world’s number 1 restaurant (& interviewed the chef too!)

Modena is famous for many things. Pavarotti was born here. Its balsamic vinegar. It’s home to Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini. But I went to Modena for one thing – one thing alone, to dine at the current #1 restaurant in the world, Osteria Francescana. I’d been wanting to dine here for years and when in June this year, the restaurant jumped from #2 to #1 in the world (according to

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Where to eat & drink in Gallipoli (in Italy!)

Many of my Australian followers, upon hearing I was traveling to Gallipoli, thought of the Turkey one (Australia and Gallipoli, Turkey have a long and quite emotional history and connection). I did the same thing about 10 years ago when a friend first told me about it. She said to me: it’s all white buildings and amazing beaches. It’s the south of the south; where all the Italians spend their

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Travel stories, tips and hacks from 10 people who travel for a living

If given the chance, travel is one of the most rewarding and inspirational things you can do in life. It is the best education one could ever dream of, teaching you about people, lifestyles, culture and history.  I often get asked about what it’s like to travel for a living. And my honest answer to that question is: when passion and work combine, beautiful things can happen. It’s amazing, hard,

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The photos that show you another another side of Tuscany: Monte Argentario

Someone mentions Tuscany and what do you think ok? Renaissance and over crowded Florence. Rolling hills and scenes from Under the Tuscan Sun. Chianti wine.  But what if I told you there was such a thing as a Tuscan archipelago, quaint fishing villages and islands surrounded by waters that rival the Caribbean? And I’m not kidding!  Monte Argentario is a promontory that stretches out into the Tyrennian Sea. Connected to

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The three things I’d go back to Lecce for

Ok, so truth is, of course there are more than three.  It’s a beautiful, baroque-style architecture filled city in one of my favourite regions in Italy (for those of you who were about to leave my site for a quick Google search, I’m talking about Puglia). With a cool bar and restaurant scene, great shopping and strategically located to explore the broader region as you please, Lecce should be on

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