About Erica F
Lives in Rome, Italy
Since Sep 2007
I am a travel and food writer based in Rome. For the past ten years, I have traveled up and down the Italian peninsula in search of great street art and even better food. I've traveled on my own, with my dog, with friends, with a boyfriend, and with a baby who is now a crazy six-year-old. Each time I see Italy differently. I keep returning to Sicily-- can't get enough of that island!
Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals
Religious Sites, Churches & Cathedrals
Architectural Buildings, Neighborhoods
A second-century bathing complex in the center of Ancient Rome, The Baths of Caracalla were once the heart of Roman social life and could accommodate approximately 10,000 people for exercise, baths and spa treatments.
Rome's favorite peep-hole is a nondescript keyhole on a green door in the walled Knights of Malta compound. Put your eye up to this spot, and you are treated to a view of the gardens of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (a conceptual, sovereign entity that has nothing to do with the country of Malta) with the dome of St. Peter's rising up in the background. Fun fact: you'll be standing on Italian territory, looking through a sovereign entity's gardens, over toward Vatican City - that's three countries in one!
Museo delle Mura was built into the ancient Roman walls (circa 3rd century), and walking through it gives you a great idea of how Rome fortified itself, as well as a strong grasp of the size and grandeur of the ancient city.
Santa Maria Sopra Minerva is Rome's only extant example of a Gothic church. Look up at the gorgeous lapis lazuli blue vaulted ceiling and peer into each of its chapels to admire the amazing artwork, including frescoes by Filippo Lippi.
The Church of San Luigi dei Francesi is home to the French churchgoing community and is just as lovely as Versailles. A treasure in itself, the church is also home to three beautiful paintings by Baroque artist, Caravaggio.
Housed in a side room of the Chiesa del Sacro Cuore del Suffragio, in Rome's Prati neighborhood, this century-old 'Museum of the Holy Souls in Purgatory' features an interesting collection of personal articles, said to have been singed by the hands of the condemned souls themselves.
The non-Catholic Cemetery for Foreigners - more commonly known as the Protestant Cemetery - in Rome's Testaccio neighborhood is home to several of Rome's famous non-Catholic residents, including John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley. The cemetery is not exclusively protestant, however - many Orthodox Christians, Jews, Muslims and other non-Christians are also buried here.
Tucked amid the Testaccio's 19th-century apartment buildings MACRO is everything a contemporary art museum should be. Its glossy steel-and-glass finish adds an air of modern sophistication, while the red-and-black interior maintains much of the original structure of the building (a former Peroni beer plant). The modern art exhibitions are impressive, but the building is equally so.
The Coppedé neighborhood is a breath of fresh air and a nice respite from Rome's plethora of Renaissance and Baroque palazzi. Designed at the turn of the 20th century by architect Gino Coppedè, the neighborhood is a vibrant collection of Art Nouveau-era buildings.
Under the Church of Santa Maria della Concezione is a crypt where more than 4,000 bones from dead Capuchin monks are used as wall decoration - a sober reminder that life is fleeting!