HeartRome

My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

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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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Melbourne… it’s Goodbye Again

I’ve said it before. I’ll say it again. Nobody ever said living in two countries would be easy. It’s by no stretch, the worst thing that could happen to you either! As I prepare to fly out of the city I was born and bred in, I can’t help but feel sad. Like for many of us, family is important to me. I come from a close-knit Italian family and

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3 Years in Rome

It’s just about 3 years to the day that I moved to Rome people! And what a ride it’s been! In this short time, I have met so many amazing people, made genuine friendships and worked extremely hard to establish myself in a field I am passionate about. Deciding to move to another country isn’t just something you wake up and decide. In fact it took me years. It takes

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Rome Food Institutions: Er Buchetto & Dar Sorchettaro

There are plenty of places to eat in Rome. Hell, there ain’t no shortage. Great places, snack places, fine dining places and crap places. But historic, family run, local institutions are my favourite. And while I do get around on the food front, my list of places still to try in Rome just gets longer and longer. And then your Roman friends take you a place that wasn’t even on

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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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Easter in Abruzzo

For weeks now I’ve been telling friends in Rome that I was looking forward to coming to Abruzzo for Easter so I could feast on arrosticini (flame cooked lamb skewers) among other treats. At this very moment, I can’t wait to get back to Rome to detox! I arrived in town on Thursday night – I have been staying in Pratola Peligna but my parents were actually born in nearby

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HeartRome In Melbourne

Quick apologies for the blogging hiatus! I’ve been busy becoming an aunty while back in my home city of Melbourne (it’s really busy becoming one and being one!) And not to mention working, enjoying an Australian summer at our family beach house on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, mini-break-ing in Queensland, catching up with family and friends for dinner, lunch, coffee, brunch, drinks, you name it! It’s been a whirlwind, frenetic, emotional

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