Photos of Caffe Ciampini, Rome, taken by Liani Solari


  1. Oh, beautiful Sicily …Liani, you have summed it up so well. I have to return before I die!

    Nice to be able to name drop, eating shoulder to shoulder with the rich and famous -but I can’t believe that the nonna didn’t have the ‘Girls Own’ picture up on the wall. Surely your reputations preceded you?

    Enjoy the last days of your wonderful sojourn and have a Campari spritz for me.

    • Thanks Jenny. Always love receiving your comments. I know you’re a traveller, too, so let me know if you ever want to post a guest blog… Cheers, Liani

  2. I miss Rome… this place looks really interesting Liani. I must check it out next time in Rome

    • When in Rome… say hello to the turtles from me. LOL

  3. On reading the notes on a historic walking tour of Newtown I saw mentioned that the John Putland headstone was moved from the Devonshire Street Cemetery and placed in this one as the first headstone in the new cemetery. That makes sense as his wife had allowed the cemetery to be created by selling her land for it. I am a descendant of John Roote Andrews – he is my GGG grandfather.

    • Hi Jenny

      How lovely to be a descendent of stonemason John Roote Andrews. Do you ever have the chance to wander around Camperdown Cemetery? As you know, your GGG grandfather had a stonemason’s workshop just across the street, so the cemetery is full of his work. I love how he personalised the headstones and was something of a storyteller in stone.

      Though the headstone of John Putland (Mary Bligh’s first husband) wasn’t made by your GGG grandfather, as you say it was believed to have been in the Devonshire Street Cemetery for a time. And I’ve heard that Putland may have been buried in the grounds of Sydney’s first church, St Phillip’s, before his headstone was moved to Devonshire Street. But no-one is certain. It’s little wonder considering he died at a chaotic time for Mary and her father, Governor William Bligh, who were soon after put under house arrest (Rum Rebellion).

      Interestingly, Mary’s second husband, Maurice O’Connell, is buried in Camperdown Cemetery. He died just before the cemetery opened and was later moved there. A man by the name of John Holden Michie was technically the first burial, but his headstone says ‘No 2′. O’Connell was considered so important (Newtown was called O’Connelltown at one stage) that he had to be ‘numero uno’.

      Isn’t it amazing what these stones can tell you?!



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