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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A guide to Cefalù in Sicily

I’ve never met a part of Sicily I didn’t like!  Every city, region and country has a stereotype. Some characteristics for which they are just synonymous with – truth or not. When many people think or hear Sicily, some words that come to mind include arancino, cannolo siciliano, grantita & brioche, beach, mafia. In some way or another, each of these hold some of truth in the eclectic dynamic of Sicily..

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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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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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10 Things to Eat and Drink in Agrigento, Sicily

Sicily is one of my favourite regions in Italy for food. While so many regions have unique culinary traditions borne from rich local produce, there’s just something about Sicilian cuisine that makes my mouth water even just writing about it! Culturally diverse, the cuisine has Greek, Middle Eastern and African influences and changes from city to city, town to town.  On the island’s south-west coast, Agrigento’s cuisine is about as

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Agrigento: Where the very best of the Mediterranean collides

What’s not to love about Sicily? Throughout history, the largest island in the Mediterranean has been ruled by the Romans, the Greeks, the Arabs, the list goes on. It’s no wonder the place is an eclectic mix of cultures and this influence can not only be seen in its architecture, but tasted in its rich, diverse cuisine and felt in its truly unique identity. While the cities of Palermo and

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Favara: Sicily’s Secret Cool

A lot about Italy in the international press of late is about doom and gloom; how the eurozone and broader global financial crisis has just about crippled this country’s economy and people. But there are also many community projects and people committed to culture, growth and community. These don’t generally make for good news stories though.  Speaking of myths and generic news stories – mention Sicily to anyone and you

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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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Siracusa. Like I needed another reason to love Sicily!

The drive from Catania to Siracusa takes about an hour. Our driver picks us up in a Mercedes – but this isn’t the more affluent north Italy. This is the south. This car seems a little worse for wear with paint strewn on its side view mirrors and seats you just sink into. Off the freeway the number of potholes increase – the financial crisis which Italy has been now

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