December 02, 2022

Visiting Lerici, the insiders guide

by Lisa Tucci

Lerici is an easily accessible town just a stone’s throw from the Cinque Terre and La Spezia, the major hub for trains and boats of all kinds. You will often see mega-yachts parked in the tidy Bay of Poets, while cargo ships and ferries scuttle to and fro.
November 29, 2022

9 Favorite Christmas Destinations in Italy

Christmas in Italy is certainly a time for celebration, especially in this predominantly Catholic country. The Christmas holiday season in Italy officially kicks off in early December, when towns across the Boot start putting up their street decorations. It lasts straight through to the Epiphany, on January 6th, the day…
November 18, 2022

Marvelous Molise

by Lisa Tucci

I recently attended a theater performance where the protagonists travel from south to north across the Boot, and back again. Setting off on their journey, they plan their trip region by region, scratching their heads somewhere in the middle…Ah, yes. They would need to stop in Molise – Italy’s truffle-sized…
September 12, 2022

Lerici and the Bay of Poets

by Nelleke Pruijs

Lord Byron, a good swimmer had wound up on The Grand Tour, ultimately deciding to call Portovenere home. It was a short boat ride from Cinque Terre, and just across the bay from La Spezia and Lerici, where his good friends, the Shelley's lived in an old boathouse, locally known as the…
September 11, 2022

Visiting Cinque Terre? These are some things you need to know

by Elisabeth Bertrand

Cinque Terre, with the villages of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore, has become one of the busiest tourist attractions in recent years and is in great danger of being trampled by the mass of tourists. The damage done daily to this unique piece of land by the…
September 11, 2022

A Drive through the Vineyards of Cinque Terre

The Cinque Terre – or Five Lands – is home to one of Italy's most famous National Parks. It's one of the crown jewels of the Mediterranean, and anyone who hasn't been there should definitely plan a trip through the famed five fishing villages that make up the area. We decided to…
September 10, 2022

Free Gas for Residents of Italy's Basilicata Region

by Elisabeth Bertrand

Basilicata, with its capital city of Potenza,  has a population somewhat over half a million people dispersed across an area slightly smaller than the state of Connecticut. The region is little-known in Italy, but is becoming slowly more popular among tourists, particularly those interested in discovering its vast natural beauty. When I…
September 08, 2022

Staglieno Cimitero Monumentale - The splendor of death

by Elisabeth Bertrand

The Cimetario Monumentale of Genoa: Staglieno should really be one of the top tourist art attractions in the region, about 330,000 square meters in size with an English cemetery (where the grave of Oscar Wilde's wife Constance Lloyd is located), a Protestant cemetery and a Jewish cemetery. 

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