The space below spotlights the various real-life locations in Pieces of Tracy. The story takes place in two iconic and recognizable cities. To make Tracy's story identifiable, I wanted to set the story in as many actual locations as possible. Thankfully, New York and Rome have no shortage of places for Tracy (and Felicia) to explore. Grab your passport and let's go! (For those who have not read the book, I guarantee no spoilers.)
The Museum of Modern Art houses some of the world's finest modern art treasures including works by Picasso, Monet, Kahlo, Warhol, Lichtenstein, and, of course, Matisse. As a part time telemarketer for MoMa, one of Tracy's big perks is free access to the museum.
One of Europe's most recognizable landmarks, the Coliseum is rich in historic and literary value. Although it's also spelled Colosseum, I like the more modern Coliseum. Here, Tracy (as Felicia) spends time drawing some of its iconic spaces.
Central Park is 843 acres of landscaped heaven in the heart of Manhattan, providing all matter of color places and activities for New Yorkers and visitors. This is where Tracy takes bike-riding lessons from Bruce Babich.
The Met Opera
The Metropolitan Opera houses some of the finest opera talent in the world, performing close to 30 operas every year from September to May. Although Tracy is an opera neophyte, she is eager to see the Met's production of Puccini's Tosca.
Largo di Torre Argentina
Also known as the site where Julius Caesar was assassinated, the Largo di Torre Argentina is now a cat sanctuary. Mario Giordani takes Felicia here as part of their many excursions in Rome.
The Galleria Borghese and its surrounding gardens are rich in atmosphere and art masterpieces. From Titian to Caravaggio, there's no shortage of genius on display. Felicia particularly loves the Berninis, especially "Apollo and Daphne".
Part of the Boulud family of restaurants from mega-chef Daniel Boulud, Bar Boulud NYC is located on the Upper West Side opposite Lincoln Center, and offers progressive French fare. Bruce plans something special here for Tracy in one of the private spaces downstairs.
The Upper East Side
One of New York's most affluent and dynamic neighborhoods, the Upper East Side is home to tony shops, restaurants, and museums. Nestled between Park and Madison is Sophia Babich's extravagant apartment.
Another posh Lincoln Center-area restaurant, Picholine offers French-Mediterrenean cuisine. Here, Tracy and Bruce take on the chocolate sphere dessert.
Hotel Antica Locanda
Located on the Via Del Boschetto, this unassuming boutique hotel has suites named after famous artists and composers like Bernini, Beethoven, Picasso, Vivaldi, Caravaggio, and others. Felicia books the largest of these suites, the Verdi.
The Sistine Chapel
Where religion and art collide to stunning results, Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel features some of the most iconographic images in the art world. Felicia lingers beneath its ceiling and bursts into tears upon seeing it.
Sant’Andrea della Valle
Known for its lavishly decorated dome, Sant'Andrea della Valle is the first stop on Felicia and Mario's tour of the locations in Puccini's opera, Tosca.