HeartRome

My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

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Amarone nights in Rome 

Unless you’re an Italian wine aficionado, I will forgive you for not knowing Amarone. This red, rich and dry wine is produced in north Italy, mainly in the Valpolicella area, in the province of Verona (Veneto). In 1990 it gained DOC quality status (with many later promoted to DOCG), which kicked off its export as wine of choice around the world.  This week, I had the pleasure of sitting through

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5 things to add to your Verona to-do-list

I’m lucky enough to say that I’ve been to Verona three times in my life. But on the third time, it was (finally!) for more than just a day. Located in the Veneto region, it might not receive as much foot traffic as Venice but it certainly gets busy in high season and packs a punch with what it has to offer visitors.  People come to Verona to see and

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Verona: The City of Love

“For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo” – William Shakespeare Twice I have been to Verona and twice I have left with a sad face and heavy heart. Not because I didn’t like it. Quite the contrary. Both times – the first time about 12 years ago and the second time, a couple of months ago – I was only there for

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25 Things To Do in North Italy: Veneto & Lombardy

With Rome lying smack bang in the centre of Italy, it’s positioned perfectly for travel across the country. And while I have ventured up north and visited Venice and Milan many times, I had never really explored the broader regions within which they sit – Veneto and Lombardy. But now that I’ve had a taste, I only want more. These two regions border each other and lie in the very

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Regional delights in the heart of Rome: Part 1

Visiting Rome anytime soon? Or maybe – like me – you’re lucky enough to be living in the eternal city? This month I’m pleased to have a guest blogger Buzz in Rome to provide some recommendations for those of you who want to take an Italian regional culinary journey through Rome. Italian cuisine is so varied among the 20 regions of Italy that specialties can be different from one small

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How we drink in Roma

While the Milanesi can certainly take credit for bringing the aperitivo to Italy, you definitely have to hand it to the Romans for transforming happy hour time into something chic. Aperitivo or the aperitif as it’s referred to in English, is literally an alcoholic beverage taken before dinner. But in Italy, it’s much much more than that! The concept is similar to happy hour but it’s not a two-for-one type

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