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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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HeartRome Review: Why Zuma belongs in Rome

I was recently speaking to some New York colleagues about the opening of Zuma Restaurant and Bar at Rome’s Fendi building. They spoke highly of the UK Japanese isakaya style dining chain (which is now in 12 cities), but were kinda incensed by the fact that a quintessential Roman brand like Fendi would choose a modern Japanese restaurant to sit in its Rome flagship store; wouldn’t it make sense having

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HeartRome Review: Marzapane

With its designer tones and clean wooden lines, sitting inside Rome’s Marzapane restaurants, you could be mistaken for thinking you’re dining somewhere else, perhaps in Scandinavia.  Alba Esteve Ruiz is a young Spanish chef. She trained in none other than El Celler de Can Roca, consistently named by many an illustrious guide, the best restaurant in the world. Her roman kitchen might not have been awarded accolades of the same

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Brunching in style at Rome’s Hotel de Russie

There are 5 star hotels in Rome; even the ultimate in high-end luxury. Then there’s Hotel De Russie, just about in a league of its own! Part of the exclusive Rocco Forte group of hotels, it is located in a prized position on the high end strip Via Del Babuino, between Piazza del Popolo and the Spanish Steps. With a secret garden that is like an oasis away from the loudness

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HeartRome Review: La Tavernaccia da Bruno in Trastevere

I’ll be the first to admit that Trastevere is packed full of tourist-trap restaurants. Places that are charging a fortune for less than mediocre food, mostly trying to pass it off for cucina romana. There are also some real gems in the neighbourhood. I should know! I’ve been living in this lively quartiere for over four years and spent most of my time trying to find them. In fact I

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Visiting Rome’s Wedding Cake 

No it’s not really called the wedding cake. Or the typewriter for that matter. Rome’s monument to Italy’s first king, Victor Emmanuell II and fallen service men is officially the Altare della Patria or Il Vittoriano. Given it is big (many say cumbersome and a bit too imposing) and white, it has often been nicknamed as such by foreigners and visitors to the city. Since living in Rome, the monument which

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The 25 HeartRome Dining Highlights of 2015 

To say I had some unforgettable dining experiences in 2015 would be an understatement. I work in food tourism, I blog about food and travel and eat for a living. I was also given the honour this year of reviewing around 40+ Rome restaurants (in less than 40 days) for a world renowned travel guide (due to be published in May 2016 and more to be announced in due course).

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Arrivederci Roma 2015

2015. Another year in Rome said and done for me. As I sat down to write this post, like always, I felt a wave of emotion. It’s always sad to say goodbye to my adopted city, but what awaits in Melbourne very much outweighs the melancholy. It’s been a trying few months for me in Rome with some (not serious) health issues and a grueling work and travel schedule. So

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4 years in Rome. Has living here changed me?

This week I celebrated my 4 year Rome anniversary.  These are the moments in life, the milestones, if you like, where you stop for a minute and reflect. Rome has changed me. Depending on perspective, in a very positive way. Yes, change is a part of life. As people, we constantly change, we grow, we evolve. Still, when family or friends back home jokingly say to me, “You’ve changed!” or

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Stazione di Posta: Where Rome’s Old and New Meld into One

Have you ever eaten in an old slaughterhouse? Well I did recently! And not just any old slaughterhouse. The ex-mattatoio in Testaccio site now houses the MACRO museum, the Citta dell’altra Economia and a Michelin star restaurant and is a place which played a most significant role in the birth of roman cuisine (read more about this in my post about cucina romana).   Stazione di Posta, the brainchild of young roman

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