HeartRome

My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

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Help HeartRome Win: 2016 Italy Magazine Blogger Awards

Another year has just about gone, but not without another round of the Italy Magazine Blogger Awards. Among some amazing company, my blog has again been nominated for an Award – in two categories!  This time round, it’s for Best Travel Blog and Best Art and Culture Blog and I’d love your votes.  Here’s what to do:  1) Click on the image below – it will take you to the

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Rome Tours: Look Down. Rome’s Precious Cosmatesque History

Rome isn’t short of a church. Around 900 (of all denominations) to be precise. I’m not a devout Catholic but I do love walking into churches in Rome. Many of which feature beautiful architecture, interesting relics, stunning mosaics and frescoes. A while back, I took some visiting friends into my local Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere and whilst I pointed out the resplendent gold work and mosaics on the

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Favara: Sicily’s Secret Cool

A lot about Italy in the international press of late is about doom and gloom; how the eurozone and broader global financial crisis has just about crippled this country’s economy and people. But there are also many community projects and people committed to culture, growth and community. These don’t generally make for good news stories though.  Speaking of myths and generic news stories – mention Sicily to anyone and you

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Palermo: the beautiful, thriving, beating heart of Sicily

I think I must’ve been Sicilian somewhere along the line. Otherwise it’s just too hard to explain the love I have for this island region. An impromptu 2 day mini break to Palermo was all it took to remind me that this eclectic, breathtakingly beautiful, culturally diverse and food rich part of the world just somehow speaks to my soul. Palermo is the capital city of Sicily and with a

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Arrivederci Roma for 2013. HeartRome is Melbourne-bound

Departures always make me reflect. And especially when I leave Rome it gets me thinking of the year gone by. What I’ve experienced. What I’ve achieved. Again for me it’s been another jam-packed year of work, travel, new life, cultural and dining experiences, love gained, love lost, learning and discovering new things, and sharing it all with some amazing people in the city I’ve come to call home. I fly

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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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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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More! You know you’re living in Italy when..

These lists usually have a little negative connotation or recount pure Italian absurdities… But here are some that just make me smile and bring me to a happy place 🙂 You can buy pizza by the slice (relatively cheaply) on just about every corner (and while all are not the best quality, even the mediocre pack a good punch) Gelato tastes like its been made by the gods. You can

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On an afternoon in Monti

Yesterday was Rome’s 2,765th Birthday. In fact celebrations will continue throughout today also. So yesterday I woke up and thought how do I want to spend Rome’s birthday? Well it started with a trip to my hairdressers (in Trastevere) and a walk around the neighborhood visiting old friends and neighbors. Then I headed to Monti. This characteristic rione (this means district, of which there are 12 in the city) of

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