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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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Arrivederci Roma for 2012

Today is my last day in Rome for 2012 and I must say, leaving this city never gets easier for me. But I am so excited to be going home for Christmas and to become an aunt for the first time! In times of travel, change or departure you look back and reflect. And doing so on the last year in Rome, I can really only smile. Of course there

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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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Under the Calabrian Sun

You’ve probably been living under a rock if you don’t know where Calabria is. Think south of the south of Italy. It’s basically the toe of this beautiful and stylish boot. Infamously renowned worldwide for origins of organised crime, here the mafia is called the ndranghetta. But more importantly, the region has a rich and colorful history, a spectacular coastline and typical southern Mediterranean cuisine. I returned to Calabria for

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TBEX Conference – Girona, Costa Brava Spain

I just got back from Spain on my first official business trip while living in Rome! I was at the TBEX (Travel Bloggers Exchange) Conference in Girona (Costa Brava, Spain – right near Barcelona) proudly representing Rome Food Tours. It was a fantastic opportunity to meet the growing number of international travel bloggers on whom many operators in the tourism sector now rely on to help spread the word about

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Puglia: Orrechiette & the Tremiti Islands

As you would have gathered by now, my summer is being spent mainly in southern Italy. A tris of the southern regions of Puglia, Calabria and Sicily. We are two thirds of the way through having just spent four amazing days in Vieste, Puglia and five in Tropea, Calabria. I first visited the beautifully diverse region of Puglia two years ago. That time I explored the southern part, namely the

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Santorini: How I Kicked Off My Summer

11 years Santorini. 11 years is a long time between drinks. I came to this island as a very young adult over a decade ago and was taken by her beauty. As (I’d like to say!) a much more mature and widely travelled adult I returned this month to kickoff my summer holidays and found Santorini to be more beautiful than I remember. You just become mesmerised by the sheer

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Gaeta: Pearl of Lazio’s coastline

Last weekend I finally made the trek down to Gaeta. This most beautiful seaside resort is in the Lazio province of Latina and is situated 120km south of Rome and only 80km north of Naples. My friend who lives in Rome is from the town and for months – almost a year even – we have been planning this weekend away and it finally happened! And with perfect timing. Rome

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Berlin: for the first – definitely not the last – time

This week I excitedly packed my bags and made the 1:45 hour trek from Rome to Berlin to spend a few days with my sister Lara and friend Tania who have just embarked on a 3 month tour of Europe. They are keeping a blog of their travels and in the spirit of story sharing, they are my guest bloggers for this post. All I have to say is that

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Rome Underground: Catacombs, Crypts & Bones!

Over the past 10-ish years you could say I’ve spent a lot of time in Rome. And now I live in the city. Many things will spring to mind when you think of the eternal city, but perhaps not crypts, bones and catacombs? Last week I attended the Walks of Italy Crypts, Bones and Catacombs tour on my first official Rome blogger appointment. And it was a hard day at

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