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My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

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30 Places to Travel to in Italy in Summer

Ahh Italy in the summer time! Long hot days, the beach, cocktails under the warm night sky and it’s socially acceptable to eat more than one gelato a day. Sure, Italy can get quite crowded at this time of year, but I actually don’t care!  Growing up in Australia, I’ve always been a beach girl at heart and throughout the summer months in Italy, the smell of the sea and

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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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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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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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Regional delights in the heart of Rome: Part 3

This is the third and final instalment of Buzz in Rome’s post about where to find the best of Italian regional cuisine in the eternal city. If you haven’t been to the south of Italy or Sardegna, you really don’t know what you’re missing out on! I’ve had some of the best meals of my life in Italy’s south.  Ricotta cannoli in Taormina, Sicily; the best sword fish with capers

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You know you’re living in Italy when…

A taxi driver asks you if it’s ok to stop & grab a coffee with him & if he’s “your type”… Um awkward!! You get mugged blind without even noticing! You get asked out on a date walking out of a tabaccheria (smoke shop) Cops stop mid way through giving someone a fine to check you out & say “buongiorno signorina” You can buy a bottle of good wine at

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