HeartRome

My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

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I had plans this year too

I had plans this year.  Big ones. Like many people. My family was set to celebrate a milestone birthday and was planning to holiday together in Italy. I had returned to Rome just 6 weeks before, preparing to kick into rehab to manage the fallout from 8 surgical procedures in an 18 month period.  It felt like I blinked and I was then back on a plane leaving a lockdown

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What Italy in lockdown has already taught the world about humanity

60 million people in lockdown. Italians don’t have a reputation for forming queues. Nor are they a race you’d think would be ok with social distancing. Touching, hugging, kissing, socialising, togetherness. All defining characteristics of the Italian DNA. And yet here we are. 60 million people told to stay at home, go out for essentials and keep a metre distance from one another. No more passeggiata. No more morning coffee

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Dear World, Please don’t abandon us. Love, Italy

Dear World, I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling like I want to take a time out. Even just for a minute. From terms like coronavirus and missiles and forest fires and climate change. Not because any or all of these aren’t matters of importance but because sometimes what we need is a little calm and a whole lot of perspective. And what Italy needs right now is for

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Arrivederci Roma 2019 (from Melbourne)

Call me cheesy. A dreamer. Nostalgic. But when those John Lennon notes of War is Over start hitting the airwaves, a big lump develops in my throat. “And so this is Christmas and what have you done? Another year over, a new one just begun.” Those loaded words – what have you done? They strike a chord. Something so seemingly unimportant as a song lyric and yet here we are.

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Where luxury and the Tuscan sea meet: Argentario Golf Resort and Spa

What if I told you that Tuscany wasn’t just Renaissance art and Florence? Or medieval towns like Sienna and San Gimignano? Or Chianti wine and rolling green hills? (Not that there’s anything wrong with the above.. actually, on the contrary!) But there’s a coastal part of this region that has slowly woven its way into my heart. The Maremma Coast is made up of the Monte Argentario promontory and peninsula,

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Arrivederci Roma 2018 (from Melbourne)

I can’t help but get nostalgic at this time of year. I’m sure I’m not alone. As the years pass and ‘another year older’ starts to set in, I feel this overwhelming sense of melancholy engulf me. Because somehow, some way, I sometimes wish I could make life stand still. Especially during the good moments, the happy ones, the ones where you want to pinch yourself. Christmas and the year’s end

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Christmas (lights) in Rome

I have lived in Rome for 7 years and visited as a tourist for over 20, but I have never spent Christmas in the city. It’s a special time of year reserved for family and so each year I make the voyage – a 20+ hour one – to Melbourne. But each year I get to enjoy the lead up and have been fortunate this time around to have special

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Drink Kong: Rome’s most exciting bar opening of the year

Rome isn’t London or Tokyo. It’s not New York or even my native Melbourne. Nor does it really want to be. Because Rome is Rome. And that doesn’t mean it can’t count contemporary or cosmopolitan in its nightlife repertoire! And boy has something big landed in this city; something that embodies the style and cool of all those above mentioned cities. Drink Kong is the brainchild of Patrick Pistolesi, locally

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Women, the Rome food sector and the new Pianostrada (Pianoalto)

Lately it gives me great pleasure talking to people – foreigners, visitors, experts, friends – about the roman food scene. You’ve always been able to eat well in this city. But lately it’s taken some turns and with a nod to cities like New York and London, it would seem that Rome is becoming more international than ever. Rooftop bars, quality hotel dining, fusion cuisine, contemporary design fit outs, cutting

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Happy 2771st Birthday Rome!

Founded on 21 April in 753 BC, today is Rome’s 2771st birthday. Known in Italian as, ‘Il natale di Roma’. To mark her birthday, I wanted to publish an excerpt from my book I Heart Rome. I wrote it with love, from the heart and with a lump in my throat. Because I’m one of those hopeless romantics. One of those people who cries at the end of a romantic

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