Fathomaway Compass

All posts by: Erica Firpo

In Praise of the Sicilian Tease

PALERMO, Sicily – Whether it's a sultry summer day or a bitter winter afternoon, the city is a tease, a three-dimensional split personality that will tell you one thing and do another.

Palermo: Best Day Ever

PALERMO, Sicily – This is the place to catch an avant garde concert in a deconsecrated church or see an installation in a shelled-out 17th century rococo palazzo.

Best Day Ever: Rome

ROME – That was fast. Now that the cardinals have picked a new pope, we suggest a walk from the Pantheon toward spaghetti alla carbonara, fried artichokes, and zabaglione with melted chocolate.

The World's Best Vintage Herm├Ęs Shop

PARMA, Italy – The designer names are (almost) overwhelming: Chanel, Cavalli, Balenciaga, Gucci, Vuitton. But I come for only one: Hermès. I don't know if I should curtsy or applaud.

Fathom Questionnaire: Erica Firpo

Everywhere I go, I check out the fish markets, pastry shops, and red pants. See it all or take it easy? Attempt to see it all and then take the afternoon off to test cocktails. 

Love Letter: Al Moro

ROME – Roman cuisine is basic, served by rightfully proud waiters. It is not mind-blowing and it is not rude. And it is definitely not Eat, Pray, Love, and even less Eat, Pay, Leave.  

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