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My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

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10 things I learnt in Rome’s Jewish Ghetto (with MasterCard’s Priceless program)

I recently took a tour through what used to be the old Jewish ghetto of Rome. Of course I’ve walked through this unique part of the city hundreds of time but walking through with a licensed guide and expert was a totally different experience. And not just any guide. My tour through the ghetto is one offered exclusively through the MasterCard Priceless Cities program. I’ve walked and I’ve toured this

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Why nobody is talking about Oslo but they should be

Oslo might not be on your ultimate must-visit city list for a European holiday, but it will be soon. This is a city that is going through dramatic urban and cultural transformation. According to some locals, by 2020 it will be a very different city. Natural resources, namely oil, are one of the country’s major cash generators will one day run out and so many planning and construction initiatives are

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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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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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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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The Future of Italy: Politics, Culture & the Economy

Some of you know that my background lies not in writing, food or travel as this blog would suggest, but in political science, history and policy development. My ‘nerdy side’ – as I like to refer to it – comes out every now and then and I was about as excited as I get when trying a new gelato when I saw the advertisement for the American Academy in Rome’s

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Being a tourist in my own city

There is just so much and see and do in Rome that you feel really spoilt for choice on a daily basis. I love seeing new things and learning and getting to know new parts of the city. So I’ve been pretty active since moving here, attempting to do at least a couple of new things each week. This Saturday morning when I woke up I decided to be a

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