HeartRome

My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

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Snow in the eternal city

As I sit outdoors in Melbourne at 1am and the temperature hovers around 20 degrees celsius (after peaking at almost 30 during the day), it’s hard to imagine that it is actually snowing in my other home town of Rome right now! Yes – snowing! And yes, this is strange! While this would not make news in any other northern hemisphere European capital, snow in Rome is about as rare

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Rome Markets: My Top 5 Picks

Nothing screams life more than visiting a market in Rome! Lively and colorful I love walking through a mercato in Rome and getting lost in the sights, smells and sounds. They provide a snapshot into the life of local Roman traders. In fact, nothing is more entertaining than watching the sometimes explosive interaction between stall holders, butchers or fish mongers (all in a tirade of beautiful Roman dialect or Romanaccio)

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You know you’re NOT in Italy when…

You know you’re NOT in Italy when… You can get a baggage trolley for free at the airport. The toilets are clean and there’s toilet paper, just about everywhere. On that note, you don’t have to pay to go to the toilet anywhere. You have your shopping bags packed for you at the supermarket. You can order without paying at the register “la cassa” Everyone wants to have dinner at

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Arrivederci Roma… For now

It’s hard to believe that I left Australia almost 6 months ago and have been living in Rome for just over 3 months. How time flies when you’re having fun! The past few months have been some of the proudest, most rewarding and happiest of my life. I’ve had so many new and exciting life experiences and created enough memories to last my lifetime. I’ve experienced the fulfilment as well

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Eating Italy Food Tour

Now I’ve visited Rome as a tourist probably more than 20 times in my life… and now I live here. So why, you might ask, would I even consider doing a food tour of the city? Well a friend of mine here runs Eating Italy Food Tours and after reading the rave reviews he has received, quite simply, I had to see what all the fuss was about (oh and

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A Roman in Budapest

Two weeks ago I left Rome for a mini break up north to Budapest. With its reputation as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, I’d been dying to visit for years. And it did not disappoint. Like most European capitals the cityscape is low rise. The Danube River divides the city centre with Pest on one side (the more commercial, political and financial centre) and Buda (kind of

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Buon Appetito! Roman Recipes – Ricette Romane

I’ve had some email and other requests recently to actually post the recipes of all these fantastic Roman dishes I’ve been blogging about… so by popular demand here they are. If however you prefer to follow the recipes in Italian, check out this fantastic site with recipes to almost every Roman plate you can think of: http://www.romaspqr.it/roma/Ricette_romane.htm Also regarding the cooking of the pasta, I presume most people know of

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Roman food… glorious food

A blog about my living experience in Rome really wouldn’t be complete without a post dedicated to food! So here it is…. To say that the food and produce in Italy is amazing, is just a gross understatement. Thankfully I don’t drive here so I get to burn off any excess calories by having to walk just about everywhere. Obviously Italian cuisine is revered worldwide and I’m living in the

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You know you’re living in Italy when #3

Your bus driver doesn’t know of the stop you need to get off at even though it’s on his route (and you’re on the right bus!). This is apparently because it’s his first day. But he says he ‘supposes’ he could drop you off there – as if he’s doing you a favour! You get into a cab or car & don’t put a seat belt on anymore! You can’t

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Rome in pictures

As the sayings go, ‘a picture tells a 1000 words’ or ‘every picture tells a story’. So here is a collection of some of my fave pictures of the past few months. Collectively they do tell a story – they tell my story of living in my Rome and I will cherish them always! Will keep adding as I go… Enjoy! ; ; Autumn has well and truly set in

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