ericafirpo Buongiorno! Photobombed by a cruise ship! I went for an early morning, rooftop swim and found myself eye to eye with this guy. (note: the @hiltonvenice is on the Guidecca, lagoon-side). Have to say, something about this moment reminded of The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)- didn't think you'd believe me unless I showed you #myhiltonstory #venice #venezia72 # 2h

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ericafirpo Art in action. Meet artist Marco Nereo Rotelli, his live drawing performance on the exterior walls was a great way to start my night at @hiltonvenice. What I didn't catch on tape was the incredible recitation by actors Sabrina Borelli and Anna Laura Penna. My bad. Next up: rooftop cocktails #myhiltonstory #venice #marconereorotelli 13h

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ericafirpo Oh, hello Venezia! For the next few days, I am enjoying La Serenissima with @hiltonvenice so feel free to join me as I share my #myhiltonstory #venice #venezia72 20h

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ericafirpo Rome sure is a sight for sore eyes. This is what the Rientro looks like, ie the return to the city after weeks away. Looking good, Rome, looking good. More about the Rientro (in Rome and Paris @kim_unlockparis l) on @bbc_travel #meetrome 2d

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ericafirpo Last day of August and I'm looking ahead to #Milan and the @excelsiorhotelgallia #ericaatthegallia 4d

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ericafirpo This rock and that salty water is my #whpmyoasis #sicily #ortigiaandme 5d

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ericafirpo Ortigia at night #ortigiaandme #sicily 6d

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ericafirpo There's nothing like traveling as a dynamic duo, an artform @saverome and I are still trying to master. We shared our take with @passionpassport which you can find by clicking the link in my bio. And you can join in by sharing your most memorable trip with #PassionPassort and @PayPal for the challenge #PPhoneymoon. Tag the photo, write caption and post- you have until 11.59pm EST. who knows? You might win the $2000 prize to head off on your own amazing adventure #ortigiaandme 7d

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ericafirpo Morning in Ortigia #ortigiaandme #sicily 1w

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ericafirpo Forte Vigliena. The solarium/rocks where we hang out, swim around and jump off. Aka my No Frills beach club #Ortigiaandme #sicily And, yes, this is a repost because i am very excited about @instagram's latest update that introduces landscape format! 1w

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ericafirpo "The best things in life are Italian or Chocolate"~ that's what was written on the tee-shirt my nonno gave me. And might as well add sense of humor too I spotted this pretty baby on the walk home.. there are no need for cars or even scooters on this small Sicilian island but I suppose if you do ride a Vespa, you should do it with style and fully accessorized #sicily #Ortigiaandme 1w

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ericafirpo The Rock. Here's the routine: walk off the morning panzerotto by heading to the Solarium, a bunch of rocks on Ortigia's coast. 930 am is just fine- water is calm and so is the 60s-and-over crowd. Some rock jumping and a few games of scopa, and you're golden #sicily #Ortigiaandme 1w

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ericafirpo Heads up...I love this moment when @Saverome is about to find the bag containing the plague hidden by the Medusa head in #Istanbul's ancient cistern. Oh, wait, that was Robert Langdon in Dan Brown's Inferno.... Darius and I love going back to Istanbul and we've shared it all with @passionpassport for their #PPhoneymoon challenge. You can too!

#PassionPassport has teamed up with @PayPal for you to win $2,000. Share your most memorable trip and tell who, what, or where inspires your next trip with tag #PPHoneymoon! Whether that is a honeymoon, a first-time adventure, or anything in-between, tell us specifically where you want to go and we will take a peek to find the winner.
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ericafirpo I suppose I could swing by tomorrow morning early early and take the perfect shot but why bother? Piazza Duomo is where I am right now, enjoying a casatine, a drink, an incredible Sicilian Baroque view , and a secret birthday celebration with @arleneantoinettegibbs plus the whole town. This is Ortigia #Sicily #Ortigiaandme 1w

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ericafirpo Trinacria. Symbol of Sicily. Way of life. Spotted this poster on the side streets of #Ortigia #Sicily #Ortigiaandme 1w

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ericafirpo Insalata di polpo ~ octopus freshly caught, boiled, chopped up, garnished with parsley, peperoncino, olive oil and lemon and served on the street. No frills. Exactly how I like to eat. Yep, I'm basically spending all day long at the outdoor market in Ortigia #Sicily ...and I like it like that. PS you can catch more #Ortigiaandme on @periscope_tv 1w

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ericafirpo Damn, I love the movement of a street market and Ortigia's fish-centric mercato has definitely got the best rhythm. Up ahead and around the corner is the signora grilling peppers (yep, that's what I was eating in the previous photo) while just to the right are some oysters on the half shell...#sicily FYI #redpants #Ortigiaandme 1w

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ericafirpo Peperoni ~ this is for you, if you can guess exactly where I am, what this is and what I am about to do. ️ dedicata a @dailybreakfast @finnanofenno @inanutshell @buddy_bradley @brahmino, tutti i Siciliani su @Instagram e tutti con #Sicilia nel cuore#Ortigiaandme 1w
  •   buddy_bradley @ericafirpo la meraviglia, sento l'odore. 1w
  •   hg_arquitecto Placer puro! 1w
  •   dailybreakfast @ericafirpo ahhhh! Peperoni arrosto 1w
  •   kislanykim yummmmmmm and must taste especially good there!!! 1w
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  •   annaalf One of my favorite childhood memories is walking through my childhood neighborhoods, filled with Italian immigrants from all over, but mostly Sicily, breathing in the sweet smell of peppers roasting on fires everywhere... Lemon, garlic, olive oil (smuggled in from the old country), salt and lotsa of pepper! Best ever!! 1w
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ericafirpo Istanbul- there is no doubt that is one of my and @saverome's favorite cities, and where we'd love to return to for a second honeymoon and more... Check out @passionpassport, where we've shared how we love to travel together for their #PPhoneymoon and then share your most memorable moment with us! Read all about in bio link... Here's the scoop: @PassionPassport has teamed up with @PayPal for #PPHoneymoon challenge to win $2,000. Share your most memorable trip and in your caption, tell who, what, or where inspires your next trip with tag #PPHoneymoon! Whether that is a honeymoon, a first-time adventure, or anything in-between, tell us specifically where you want to go and we, along with #PassionPassport, will take a peek. Choose carefully because Buon Viaggio to the winner who will head out on the trip they write about!#istanbul 1w

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