Dolce Vita Blogger Series – A Hidden Gem


Grazie to Kelly from , Jasmine from and Kristie from for initiating the #DolceVitaBloggers group, a collective community of like minded Italophiles who share their passion and stories of Il Bel Paese (Italia). Stay tuned for the 7th of every month where I’ll take part in the #DolceVitaBlogger series.

 A Chance Meeting with a Dame in the Eternal City

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Acclaimed stage and screen Actress, Dame Judi Dench with my exchange group and I.

Ever since Audrey Hepburn’s Princess Ann, was swept off her feet on a Vespa by Gregory Peck’s Joe Bradley in A Roman Holiday, we too have become enamoured with the idea of being swept up in a chance encounter in the Eternal City of Rome. Perhaps because an Ancient City like Rome is the home of countless myths and legends, or because we have seen these chance encounters in this Historic City played out again and again on the big screen. From Anita Ekberg’s sizzling rendezvous with Marcello Mastroianni in La Dolce Vita, to Lizzie McGuire’s chance encounter with Paolo Valisari in The Lizzie McGuire Movie (yes, I’m a 90’s baby and as a tween, that Vespa sequence was cinematography at its finest) – it just seems that if you’re ever going to meet “the somebody” or “a somebody” by chance, it will most likely happen in Roma. As Dean Martin famously crooned “the beginning has just begun when the sun goes down…on an evening in Roma”.

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WIN: Lavazza Italian Film Festival Tickets

TOP 5 Lavazza Italian Film Festival Picks


If you’re suffering Post-Holiday Italian Summer Blues, or didn’t get a chance to visit Italy at all, then head to the Lavazza Italian Film Festival and experience La Dolce Vita right here in Perth. This year’s line-up has something for everyone from tear jerking biopics, to endearing documentaries, hilarious romantic comedies and offers a rare chance to see Italian classic, La Vita E’ Bella on the big screen. As this year’s WA Youth Ambassador, I’ve been lucky enough to see most of this year’s films and with much difficulty, narrowed down a list of my top 5. And for your chance to win a double in-season pass to this year’s festival email me at with your postal address and tell me what you love most about Italy.

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