HeartRome

My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

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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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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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Reminiscing Hot Sicilian Days and Nights

And so daylight saving (ora legale) ended this weekend here in Italy. While it was nice to get that extra hour sleep on Sunday morning, it only signifies the winter that is to come. As the days get shorter and the nights colder, I can do nothing but reminisce of the beautiful summer just gone. After Lazio (home to the city I love and live in) and Abruzzo (the region

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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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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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Regional delights in the heart of Rome: Part 3

This is the third and final instalment of Buzz in Rome’s post about where to find the best of Italian regional cuisine in the eternal city. If you haven’t been to the south of Italy or Sardegna, you really don’t know what you’re missing out on! I’ve had some of the best meals of my life in Italy’s south.  Ricotta cannoli in Taormina, Sicily; the best sword fish with capers

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You know you’re living in Italy when…

A taxi driver asks you if it’s ok to stop & grab a coffee with him & if he’s “your type”… Um awkward!! You get mugged blind without even noticing! You get asked out on a date walking out of a tabaccheria (smoke shop) Cops stop mid way through giving someone a fine to check you out & say “buongiorno signorina” You can buy a bottle of good wine at

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