HeartRome

My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

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5 years in Rome 

Last year I was interviewed by the lovely Enrica Barberis, an Italian journalism student at Rome’s John Cabot University. 5 years ago today, I moved to Rome and I couldn’t think of a more fitting post to mark the occasion. I hope you enjoy. Lots of love from Rome! Signing off from Trastevere Baci, Maria Going against the flow and feeling at home in Rome By Enrica Barberis Rome – Maria

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Quirinal Palace: 10 photos that will convince you add it to your Rome to-do list

I was recently invited on a behind-the-scenes visit of the Quirinale, the palace and home of the Italian President. A fun fact that will give you an indication of its size: it’s the 9th largest palace in the world and 20 times bigger than the White House! Located right in the heart of Rome, on the Quirinal Hill (one of the 7 hills of Rome), the palace has been home

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The “Italian” food you won’t find in Italy

Anyone who lives in Italy, has travelled through it extensively or taken slight notice of menus from region to region can tell you, that for the most part, the cuisine has been bastardised the world over. (Which, mind you, to a certain extent, is ok! In most countries where Italian migrants landed, they made do with whatever local produce was available.) Yes – things like pizza and pasta are fair

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10 things you should know about Italian wine

This week, I was a guest of Eating Italy Food Tours at their new, Italian Food and Wine Journey. This new and exciting venture brings together a certified Roman sommelier, a cozy little restaurant tucked right away from the tourist hordes, a lot of wine and up to 8 food and wine enthusiasts with an appetite (or should I say, thirst!) to learn. Marco Lori, our consummate host and Eating

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Sicilian Wine and the Small Businesses that Make Italy Tick 

All businesses have their place in their world, but small businesses are the ones I love the most. The ones that are family-run, by passionate people who are committed to producing and selling quality products in a responsible way. And after years, still love what they do! Pietro Morreale is in his 60s and has been running Casa Vinicola Morreale in the Province of Agrigento, in south-west Sicily for around

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20 Reasons You Know You’re Living in Rome

(But wouldn’t change it for the world!) 1. You walk in to a shop and upon hearing only English speaking tourists, shout over them in Italian to get served before them. 2. You buy your cheese from a cheese shop and a cheese shop only. 3. No seat on a toilet bowl doesn’t surprise you. 4. In fact seeing a seat on a toilet bowl is what surprises you! 5.

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10 Rome Restaurants to Try

My list of restaurants to try in Rome keeps growing. I tick one or two off and then add another five! And with new openings all the time, it’s hard to keep up around here. I don’t always get around to writing a dedicated post on all of my dining experiences. So here are another 10 places I’ve tried recently and recommend (or have frequented for quite some time but

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Italian Lesson

I love the Italian language. It’s one of the romantic Latin languages like Spanish and French and obviously in my opinion it’s the most beautiful in the world. Even though I speak the language (and as I keep being told by my roman friends, with una bella pronuncia! – good pronunciation or accent), as it’s not my mother-tongue, I am still completely mesmerised by it. I confess, that when socialising

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How to ‘Rome’ in Melbourne: Restaurants

Food is life in Italy. And food and Italy are life for me! Sadly I even dream about Italian and regional cuisine when I’m not in Italy! I’m not there at the moment because I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy a (typically erratic) Melbourne summer (you pick your battles hey!) but while away from Rome where do I go to enjoy an Italian meal? Firstly it’s not exactly in the

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