HeartRome

My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

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HeartRome Makes its TV Debut

I probably would have incredulously laughed out loud if me today spoke to me 3 years ago and said, “You will move to Rome, start a blog, write about food and travel and have said blog featured on an award winning TV program”. Yet, it’s all true. 2 years and 6 months after having left my life, family, friends and career in Melbourne, Australia, I am having one of those

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Why I love Trastevere

You haven’t been reading my blog or following me on one of my social media platforms if by now you don’t know. I love Trastevere. Before I moved to Rome, despite having visiting probably more than 20 times it wasn’t really an area of the city I had explored much. In fact, I wanted to live somewhere in centro like Monti (near the Colosseum) or off one of the beautiful

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10 recent Rome dining experiences

Between social gatherings and friends being in town, as usual, I’ve had my fair share of eating out over the past few weeks. While returning to some old faves, I also checked out a few new places which is always nice. Here’s a round-up of 10 of my most recent experiences – all good, some downright amazing! (Of course La Pergola doesn’t make this list with a well deserved dedicated

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La Dolce Vita – One Year On!

A year ago today I was adopted by Rome… I moved into my Trastevere apartment with one suitcase. I’ve since negotiated rental agreements, made so many friends, started and continued my blog (which I am proud to report has over 2000 followers now – not bad for an initial ‘keep my family and friends posted site!) and am working in the field of food tourism – my absolute passion! (cheap

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Glass Hostaria – for absolute class in Rome

Last weekend I had the absolute pleasure of participating in an exclusive food event organised by Roman based bloggers and foodies Tavole Romane and finally ate at the famed and Michelin star rated restaurant Glass Hostaria. Putting it simply I had an amazing food day. And the pictures emulate just that. Actually it was an amazing Rome day, because unlike most things I do, it wasn’t all completely about food.

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A Swim in the Lake and Melting Gelato: Summer is coming!

Here in the northern hemisphere, June 20 will mark the summer solstice. Sounds fancy, but it basically means the official start of summer. But it seems as though estate is already just about here in Rome. And this is how I can tell. Dip in the lake! With temperatures hitting 30 degrees (I only do celsius people!) this weekend, swimming was not only an option, it became a necessity! So

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Rome’s I Parioli – No Trastevere for me!

On a warm sunny spring Sunday I ventured into what for me was the unknown… Unchartered territory… The famous residential elegance of Rome.. Melbourne people think Toorak. Sydney, Vaucluse. New York, Upper East Side. Londoners, think Mayfair! I visited – or should I say, experienced – I Parioli, for my personal trainer’s Memorial Day BBQ! Yep! You heard it here my followers… Somehow I ended up in Rome.. with an

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On an afternoon in Monti

Yesterday was Rome’s 2,765th Birthday. In fact celebrations will continue throughout today also. So yesterday I woke up and thought how do I want to spend Rome’s birthday? Well it started with a trip to my hairdressers (in Trastevere) and a walk around the neighborhood visiting old friends and neighbors. Then I headed to Monti. This characteristic rione (this means district, of which there are 12 in the city) of

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Rome Carbonara Club – Secret Business

When I posted a story of my love for the quintessential roman carbonara a couple of weeks ago I never anticipated being invited to join a Carbonara Club – or that there even was such a thing! The term Club is used in a light, informal sense and refers to a group of fellow Rome-homers (I don’t love using the word expat) and some local Romans who go out in search

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Carbonara means Rome

In my (food obsessed) opinion, telling someone that they must eat una carbonara in Rome at least once in their life is as natural as telling them that they have to visit the Eiffel Tower when in Paris, Big Ben in London or Statue of Liberty in New York city! For your visit to Rome, it’s just a must do alongside your list of tourist attractions like the Colloseum, Roman

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