I'm thrilled to be here at the PHS to celebrate the release of my 50th M&B, The Hidden Heart of Rico Rossi, with a 'behind the book' slot about the setting.
I was lucky enough to visit Rome with my husband and children last year, and I loved the city so much that I knew I wanted to set a book there. And, because we tend to explore on foot, I can honestly say that I've walked every inch of the Rome sections of the book (with the exception of Rico's hotel and roof garden, which are all my imagination!).
Like Ella, I'd always wanted to see the Coliseum, so that was the first place we visited (and somehow I managed to direct us past it every single day, too - loved, loved, loved the building, and I will confess that I bought a Coliseum-shaped bead for my Pandora bracelet from a little jeweller's in Rome).
The Trevi Fountain was also on my list, and lived up to expectations. The colour of the water was incredible.
The Pantheon was also a real thrill – it’s incredible that such a huge dome was built nearly 2,000 years ago. It’s a real engineering feat.
And we ended up having a flop afternoon (aka chilling out) in the Borghese gardens, which were very pretty.
(I still get teased about trying to steer the Riscio with the steering wheel that wasn't connected, i.e. on the right - because, being a Brit, I'm used to driving on the left and my car's steering wheel being on the right. My husband has Rico's role here in doing the driving!)
And finally, the Mouth of Truth - we did indeed go to see it in the porch of the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, and put our hands through the Mouth to be tested...
To celebrate the release of my 50th book, I’m giving away a copy :o)
To be in the draw with a chance to win, just tell me about a place you’d love to visit, or a place that you visited and it really blew you away.