I’m really excited to interview Erica Firpo of Ciao Bella about Rome, Italy. Erica’s tips for the best things to do in Rome are awesome because her family is from the city, so she grew up with Rome in her life. After working in Venice, she decided to move to Rome. She loves the art, history, and culture of the city.
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Getting around Rome
The local airport is Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO), which is a 30-minute drive to the city.
Erica says that, if you’re staying downtown, there’s no need to rent a car. For the best offers, visit Avis, Budget, or Hertz.
Uber and Lyft are excellent ways to get around.
Places we talked about on the podcast
Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Erica Firpo about Rome, Italy. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.
- Red dots = best places to eat in Rome, Italy
- Green dots = best things to do in Rome, Italy
- Yellow dots = best places to stay in Rome, Italy
Who is Erica Firpo?
Erica Firpo is a travel and lifestyle journalist contributing to By The Way for Washington Post, Fathom, CN Traveler, BBC Travel, The Guardian, Luxe City Guide Rome Expert, Meridian, Forbes Travel, Travel + Leisure, The Telegraph, WallPaper, Wine Enthusiast, AFAR, and more. She is the voice behind Ciao Bella and hosts the podcast Ciao Bella, which features conversations with 21st-century creators based in Italy.
She has also authored and/or contributed to the following books: Rome Select (Insight Guides), Little Black Book Rome, Little Black Copenhagen, and 10 Fodor’s travel books on Rome and Italy. She is the editor of ISSIMO, an e-commerce and Italian lifestyle platform.
Check out a few articles Erica has written and her podcast below:
- The legend of panettone, Italy’s mythical Christmas cake
- How to shop and cook like a Roman
- A secret shopping street in Rome
You can connect with Erica on her website and on Twitter and Instagram.
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