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Erica Firpo
Rome-based travel journalist. Contributing editor to Fathom, contributing writer to Discovery Magazine, Yahoo Travel, Travel + Leisure, BBC Travel, Fodors, ANSA English, Rome Editor for Luxe Guides, Author of Rome Select.

Entries by Erica Firpo

Happy Birthday, Rome From the Rank and File

(2) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 12:32 PM

It's that time of the year again. The third week of April, and Rome commemorates yet another year of its April 21, 753 BC founding. Though going on 2768 years, the Eternal City's birthday is never a bore, thanks to Gruppo Storico Romano, an Ancient Rome cultural association...

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Truffle Hunting in Alba

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 11:07 AM


A few weeks ago, I headed up to Alba in search of the ​tartufo bianco​, that coveted white truffle so hidden in the hard dirt of the Langhe region that finding even a small one is like striking gold, the edible kind. In...

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Colosseum for Days

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 11:09 AM

Close the doors, you don't live in the Colosseum...

When I was a little girl, my parents would take us to the Colosseum with much the same vibe as when I take my daughter to the local park. We'd be set free to jump, climb and play, but instead of...

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5 Quick Getaways During Milan Fashion Week

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 4:21 PM

Hanging out in Milan during Fashion Week is like being thrown into the pages of Vogue magazine's September issue. Streets are overflowing with style and the very stylish-chic models dripping in gorgeous attire, avant-garde editors chatting with dapper actors and actresses, fashion forward writers and photographers, and ever present gangs...

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Sicily at a Glance

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 2:17 PM

In the middle of the Mediterranean, there is a lush utopia of chaos and charm that I like to call my secret escape. Realistically, it is too large to be a secret, and much too larger than life for you not to know about it with its active volcano, hard-earned...

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Back Fom the Biennale, Venice 2013

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 12:28 PM

Venice. Floating city, contemporary art contradiction. In 1998 and 1999, I lived bi-coastalish between Venice, Italy and Los Angeles. I spent most of my time with my head in modern and contemporary art and my feet in unattractive, waterproof shoes. I had a love/hate relationship with the city. It was...

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Isla Holbox, Paradise Found

(1) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 7:28 PM

Island. Oasis. Hallucination. Somewhere on the north coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, I have found my perfect recharge of sun and sand, and ceviche and margaritas. Isla Holbox, whose name translates to Black Hole, is a blue oasis. Quite possibly only 100 km from Cancun (in our case, it was...

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5 Museums In Rome To Visit While The Sistine Chapel Is Closed

(8) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 7:00 AM

All eyes are on Rome as 115 cardinals decide who will be the next pope. With the Sistine Chapel closed to the public as we wait to hear habemus papam, many have asked what do when you can't look up at the world's most famous ceiling. Even during the frenzy...

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Emilia-Romagna, a Revelation

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 9:37 AM

Not long ago, I find myself on a journey in search of art in towns with charming names like Ferrara, Parma, Forlì and Ravenna but as soon as I arrive in Bologna's Stazione Centrale, the train station that is to become my primary radial point, I know that my adventures...

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Even Uniforms Are Cuter in Italy

(9) Comments | Posted January 26, 2013 | 8:30 AM

In a country where presentation is primary, a uniform is not simply clothing. In Italy, the fabric, color and line are often equally as important as the job itself.

Whether it is austere policemen in combat gear, aproned waiters in the local bar or weather-prepared waste removalists, Italy's array...

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Friday Night Lights: Eataly Rome

(1) Comments | Posted November 17, 2012 | 10:00 AM

I have always been a market girl in search of the freshest and finest, but to be honest, part of my enjoyment is in the verbal slap and tickle that happens when discussing the perfect melon or vying for position at my favorite fish vendor. It's all about spontaneous conversations....

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Montezemolo's Revenge: The Other Side Of The Tracks In Italy (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2012 | 8:30 AM

Paoli local, Northeast Regional, Pacific Surfliner, Conca d'Oro, Palatino Express and even Orient Express. Thanks to days of commuting and nights with Agatha Christie, Billy Wilder and Ayn Rand, there is no doubt that I love trains. More comfortable than a car and far more elegant than an airplane, trains...

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A Roman Getaway To Terracina

(4) Comments | Posted July 30, 2012 | 7:00 AM

When I was studying abroad in Rome during my university years, I dormed with a barely five-foot fire cracker named MariaGrace. Like me, she was Italian-American, and together we had enough cousins in and around Rome that we never had to worry about dinner nor finding something to do. When...

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Top Apps For Rome

(2) Comments | Posted June 29, 2012 | 2:00 AM

It's getting hot in Rome and I really don't have time to think. To be honest, my brain has been fried for ages. And I blame the internet. I am practically IV'd to my computer, iPhone, iPad or any other device that can give me information on demand.

Lately my...

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Traveling Via Instagram (PHOTOS)

(3) Comments | Posted June 14, 2012 | 7:00 AM

I usually avoid revealing my secret shortcuts -- preferring to inspire a certain mystique or whim -- but when I need to get out of my current hometown of Rome, I go to Instagram. Like everyone else, my original feed was a rag tag line up of cocktail shots, playground...

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A Historic Race From Brescia To Rome And Back (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2012 | 9:38 AM

Blame it on Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Genevieve and Two for the Road, but I have always loved cars. As a little girl, I lugged around a box of die-cast Matchbox classics and as a shy teenager, the only body I wanted to check...

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A Segway Happened On The Way To The Forum (PHOTOS)

(3) Comments | Posted May 11, 2012 | 7:00 AM

A few weeks ago, while walking my dog to her preferred corner -- strategically located next to my favorite enocteca L'Angolo Divino -- I noticed a brand new Segway tour company had set up shop across the alley. Inside were two happy-go-lucky guys. Since I can't resist a...

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Postcard From Hadrian's Villa (PHOTOS)

(5) Comments | Posted March 22, 2012 | 7:00 AM

Long ago, in the latter part of the last century, my childhood games revolved around an imaginary playground of pyramids, gangs of cats and wide, empty fields with broken columns. I called it Rome, an amalgamation of left-over memories from our summer visits when my parents would let us run...

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Milan In 50 Seconds

(21) Comments | Posted March 6, 2012 | 6:00 AM

The grand omission in the typical Italian Grand Tour
is Milan, the so-called "Moral Capital" of Italy. Whether or not its virtue is in question, Milan never seems to make it as a Must-See for vacationers in Italy. Is it because the city sits landlocked in Italy's...

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Roman Snow Day (PHOTOS)

(8) Comments | Posted February 13, 2012 | 6:00 AM

It is a rare treat when snow flurries powder the Eternal City, normally known for picture perfect panoramas of palm trees and glowing hot sunsets. Even rarer still is an actual nevicata, a snow storm or any kind of accumulation. Over the past two weeks, Rome has been received a...

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