Reopening of the Via dell’Amore? Don’t hold your breath

Spring 2021.  That’s the projected reopening date for the Via dell’Amore, the beloved and world-famous Lovers’ Lane connecting the Cinque Terre villages of Riomaggiore and Manarola.  The path has been closed to the public since September of 2012 when a rock slide overtook a portion of the path and injured three Australian tourists.  Since then, only … Continue reading Reopening of the Via dell’Amore? Don’t hold your breath

With the arrival of the Befana, the holidays are a wrap in Italy

In many places around the world, the holidays end with the passing of Christmas.  Not so in Italy, where the holiday period continues up until the Epiphany on January 6th.  The Epiphany is a Christian feast day (and national holiday in Italy) that celebrates the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus Christ. There’s an Italian proverb … Continue reading With the arrival of the Befana, the holidays are a wrap in Italy

Off-season opening and closing dates for Riomaggiore businesses

The off-season has arrived and many local businesses have already taken advantage of the slight lull and have closed for some much needed R&R.  It can be tricky for those planning to visit in the off-season to know which restaurants, bars & cafés will be open (heck, it’s even tricky for us locals to know … Continue reading Off-season opening and closing dates for Riomaggiore businesses