Ciao Bella is digital magazine and podcast focused on keen insider insight on contemporary Italy.

Consider Ciao Bella to be the next embrace of Italian hospitality and passion, with thoughtful and meaningful features, interviews, reviews and podcast episodes on Italy, Italian culture and the people behind it all. Explore the Mediterranean through real time and authentic stories on travel, heritage, hospitality, art, design and cuisine, and then listen to these incredible stories with Ciao Bella podcast.

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Meet Erica Firpo

Erica Firpo is an experienced travel and lifestyle journalist, author, content strategist, and podcaster based in Rome. Italian and American, Erica gets to the heart of culture in Ciao Bella, as well as as Editor of Content of ISSIMO, Contributing Editor to Fathom and contributor to Washington Post, Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, BBC Travel, The Guardian, and more. Erica has penned over a dozen travel books including Fodor’s, Insight Guides and Lonely Planet. Find more visit

Erica is all about art, and prior to working full-time as a journalist, she was curator at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions and curatorial fellow Peggy Guggenheim Collection. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in History of Art, specializing in Critical Theory, and post-graduate from Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. She can shakerato with the best.

Journalist Erica Firpo teaches how to make Shakerato Italy's best cold coffee drink
Shakerato, not stirred

Travel Consulting

Ciao Bella founder and editor Erica Firpo has over two decades of deep dive journalism and travel consulting experience. Erica and archaeologist Darius Arya are the nerdy brains behind UnlockedRome, bespoke insider experiences in Italy and Empire capitals. Erica loves to help with behind-the-scenes travel planning and is available for one-on-one consulting sessions on travel. 

For more information, please visit UnlockedRome.