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My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

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My Rome anniversary away from Rome and when I’ll return

I’ve always celebrated the anniversary of the day I moved into my first apartment in Rome in Rome . Makes sense. Every year I make peace with and reflect on another year gone by in the Eternal City. The city I fell in love with decades ago and the city I’ve called home since 2011. This year nothing makes sense. Nothing at all. As we all try to process and manage life

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Food lover? Can’t get to Italy this year? Here’s the next best thing

We all had hopes and plans this year. A global pandemic callously crushed them for many. For most of the world, leisure travel has been cancelled indefinitely with borders shut and a range of other restrictions. Even with much of the world slowly coming out of lockdown, sadly so many Italophiles won’t get to Italy this year. We know it’s not the same but businesses across the boot have mobilized

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500 year anniversary of Raphael’s death in Rome

Rome was set to celebrate one of the art world’s biggest anniversary years. But like many plans for 2020, the pause button has been hit. Read on for how you can still enjoy the occasion. First things first though. What’s the link between Rome and Raphael? Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino wasn’t born in Rome but the city became his home and his muse at a very young age. He spent

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I had plans this year too

I had plans this year.  Big ones. Like many people. My family was set to celebrate a milestone birthday and was planning to holiday together in Italy. I had returned to Rome just 6 weeks before, preparing to kick into rehab to manage the fallout from 8 surgical procedures in an 18 month period.  It felt like I blinked and I was then back on a plane leaving a lockdown

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What Italy in lockdown has already taught the world about humanity

60 million people in lockdown. Italians don’t have a reputation for forming queues. Nor are they a race you’d think would be ok with social distancing. Touching, hugging, kissing, socialising, togetherness. All defining characteristics of the Italian DNA. And yet here we are. 60 million people told to stay at home, go out for essentials and keep a metre distance from one another. No more passeggiata. No more morning coffee

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Dear World, Please don’t abandon us. Love, Italy

Dear World, I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling like I want to take a time out. Even just for a minute. From terms like coronavirus and missiles and forest fires and climate change. Not because any or all of these aren’t matters of importance but because sometimes what we need is a little calm and a whole lot of perspective. And what Italy needs right now is for

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Food lover? Can’t get to Italy this year? Here’s the next best thing

We all had hopes and plans this year. A global pandemic callously crushed them for many. For most of the world, leisure travel has been…

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When a trattoria just won’t do. 15 contemporary dining spots in Rome

When you’ve had your fill of traditional roman style carbonara and oxtail (coda alla vaccinara), head to one of these outstanding contemporary dining establishments. The…

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Where to find the best pizza in Rome

From pizza al taglio (by the slice) to the classic roman style to the latest installments of the gourmet type, Rome certainly isn't short of…

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Dear World, Please don’t abandon us. Love, Italy

Dear World, I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling like I want to take a time out. Even just for a minute. From terms…

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Where to find the best pizza in Rome

From pizza al taglio (by the slice) to the classic roman style to the latest installments of the gourmet type, Rome certainly isn't short of…

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Salina – the mountainous green heart of Sicily’s Aeolian Islands

There’s Italy, then there’s Sicily. And there’s Sicily and then there are the Aeolian islands (le isole Eolie). I’ve spent more than 5 summers on…

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