HeartRome

My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

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HeartRome Wins! 2016 Italy Magazine Travel Blog of the Year! 

Thank you, thank you, thank you! For every person who voted for HeartRome in the 2016 Italy Magazine Blog Awards.  Thanks to every one of your votes, your likes, comments and shares on social media, this moment was possible. Congratulations to all the other winners and finalists – as always, I’m in wonderful company and you can check out who they are right here.  Taking out the title of Best

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Where to eat & drink in Gallipoli (in Italy!)

Many of my Australian followers, upon hearing I was traveling to Gallipoli, thought of the Turkey one (Australia and Gallipoli, Turkey have a long and quite emotional history and connection). I did the same thing about 10 years ago when a friend first told me about it. She said to me: it’s all white buildings and amazing beaches. It’s the south of the south; where all the Italians spend their

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The three things I’d go back to Lecce for

Ok, so truth is, of course there are more than three.  It’s a beautiful, baroque-style architecture filled city in one of my favourite regions in Italy (for those of you who were about to leave my site for a quick Google search, I’m talking about Puglia). With a cool bar and restaurant scene, great shopping and strategically located to explore the broader region as you please, Lecce should be on

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The beaches in Italy that only Italians know about

…until now! Before moving to Italy in 2011, I’d been enjoying an Italian summer almost every year for about 10 years. I’ve lived the waves of tourist movements through the Amalfi Coast, Cinque Terre and parts of Sicily. But after travelling extensively around these areas, I felt the need to continue exploring and wanted to beach with the locals. So Puglia and Sardegna and even Lazio started making my love

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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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Picture Perfect Puglia

I’ve been to south Puglia (Gallipoli, Salento area) and north Puglia (Vieste and Tremiti islands in Gargano area) so it was only fair that this year I give central Puglia a go! Polignano al Mare has been voted one of the most beautiful beaches in Italy and has recently become a household name after American soap opera Bold & the Beautiful (known as Beautiful in Italy) filmed a few episodes

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Summer: It’s that time again

If I’m out of blog touch for a little while it’s because it’s going to be another one of those summers! I will complete something like 65 hours of flight time by the end of it – all including a zip in and zip out of Melbourne to baptise my beautiful nephew and a mini side trip to Hawaii to be a bridesmaid in my close friend’s wedding. It’s going

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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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Puglia: Orrechiette & the Tremiti Islands

As you would have gathered by now, my summer is being spent mainly in southern Italy. A tris of the southern regions of Puglia, Calabria and Sicily. We are two thirds of the way through having just spent four amazing days in Vieste, Puglia and five in Tropea, Calabria. I first visited the beautifully diverse region of Puglia two years ago. That time I explored the southern part, namely the

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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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