HeartRome

My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

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Happy 2771st Birthday Rome!

Founded on 21 April in 753 BC, today is Rome’s 2771st birthday. Known in Italian as, ‘Il natale di Roma’. To mark her birthday, I wanted to publish an excerpt from my book I Heart Rome. I wrote it with love, from the heart and with a lump in my throat. Because I’m one of those hopeless romantics. One of those people who cries at the end of a romantic

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10 photos that keep me falling in love with Rome over & over again

I get so many comments and messages from friends and followers complimenting my photos of the eternal city. My reply is always – “Rome is not all that hard to photograph!” This city has history, monuments and beauty at every turn and here are some of my favourites. The ones I feel that capture her magic, essence and colour in the best possible way. The ones that remind me why

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Caffe` Propaganda V 2.0

I always liked Caffe` Propaganda. Quite simply, it’s centrally located, cool and fun and has a great vibe. I’ve eaten and drank here many times and it really hasn’t ever disappointed. Owned by entrepreneurs Maurizio Bistocchi, Daniele Quattrini and Edoardo Caracciolo, the place has just had a revamp. According to them, the philosophy behind their new format is avant-garde; in fact they’ve created an entire menu named Hotel Avantguardia which

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I Heart Rome: The Book

Today was a big day. No I mean, really big! I submitted the manuscript for I Heart Rome the book. All 40,000 words, over 300 photos (some of which you can preview here), interviews, stories and 70 recipes that together share my Rome with you. The book is scheduled for worldwide release in October this year which means from now until then, there’s still a LOT to be done. But

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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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