About

Ciao, Bella! These two little words have the power to make me smile, whenever, where ever, however.  And that's what CiaoBella aims to do. . . . give you a smile, a welcome and some tips from my insider's and outsider's take on Rome, Italy, and more  Looking for a hotel or restaurant in Rome? Want to meet a truffle dog in Alba? Hang out at an art space in Milan? Run away for the weekend in Lisbon?  Catch contemporary in ancient Athens? Eat your way around Bangkok?   Over the past years, my job (seriously) responsibilites include eating gastronomical delicaciesstaying in a clever places,  and learning new tricks and it's about time I share it all with you.

Who is CiaoBella?

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Behind the screen is me, Erica Firpo, journalist and digital media storyteller. My by-line appears on Fathom, Meridian, Forbes Travel, Travel + Leisure, The Guardian, The Telegraph, AFAR, plus others, and I have created projects for Italy's Ministry of Culture, Patrons of the Vatican Museums, MasterCard Italia and Alitalia, and more.  Fun Fact: newspaper La Repubblica cited me as one of the top eight Digital Media Influencers in Italy.

Heading to Rome or anywhere in Italy? Want me to take a peek at something? Send me an email. Golden rule: I research and review in depth and I reserve the right to how, when and what I publish.   xo Erica