HeartRome

My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

Category Life in Rome

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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Rome Rooftops – La Grande Bellezza: Hotel Eitch Borromini and More

Until recently, views from above from Piazza Navona could only be taken in from private residences or special palazzo viewings in the area. Then came the Eitch Borromini Hotel. It’s located on the street parallel to the western side of Piazza Navona. The restaurant on the 4th floor has breathtaking views but the food is (not bad, but) nothing to write home about (well at least that was the case

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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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Why Rome is the most instagrammable city (monuments aside!)

Very often I am asked what my favourite thing about Rome is. ‘Easy’, you think: the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon. Well yes of course, these are beyond spectacular and I love them all (not equally, but close enough!). But my answer is always, ‘the colours of Rome.’ Those ochre gold and worn orange walls. The magical light at golden hour, the blazing sky sunsets, the hanging green ivy

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The day it snowed in Rome

26 February 2018. It will be a day I’ll remember forever. One I’ll look back at fondly in years to come. Not only because it was my sister’s birthday but because it will go down in my history as the first time I experienced a real snowfall. Yes, is the answer to the question I most commonly get asked: “Doesn’t it snow in Australia?”, “You’ve never seen snow before?”. Yes

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10 photos that keep me falling in love with Rome over & over again

I get so many comments and messages from friends and followers complimenting my photos of the eternal city. My reply is always – “Rome is not all that hard to photograph!” This city has history, monuments and beauty at every turn and here are some of my favourites. The ones I feel that capture her magic, essence and colour in the best possible way. The ones that remind me why

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I Heart Rome: The Book

Today was a big day. No I mean, really big! I submitted the manuscript for I Heart Rome the book. All 40,000 words, over 300 photos (some of which you can preview here), interviews, stories and 70 recipes that together share my Rome with you. The book is scheduled for worldwide release in October this year which means from now until then, there’s still a LOT to be done. But

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Arrivederci Roma 2016

It’s that time of year again.  For weeks before my annual pilgrimage home to Melbourne for Christmas and summer holidays, I always put this post on numerous to-do lists. As though it’s a burden; another thing to do before I fly out. How will I find the time to write it and select photos? What if I run out of time?  And then somehow, it just comes together.  Because just

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Why everyone in Rome thinks only they know where to eat 

This is not meant to be a cheeky post or one that offends, but just a collection of thoughts and some of my reflections of late. It’s just that recently I feel bombarded in Rome by commentary about ‘this place’ and ‘that place’ being the only good place to get x dish. And if it was only the commentary that’d be fine, but I’ve witnessed cases of public shaming too.What

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The 5 best spas in Rome

By now you would’ve guessed I’m quite partial to a spa day! I’ve been fortunate enough to have massages, body treatments and facials in some of the best day spas in the world from New York to Melbourne, in the thermal springs of Bath, at a beach spa in San Sebastián, Turkish hamam on the western coast of Turkey to Dubai and Hong Kong. If I have a few free

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