Mark your calendar… Sciacchetrail, the Cinque Terre’s very own ultra trail race, is back for the 4th edition on Saturday, March 24th. The ultra trail begins and ends in Monterosso (the fifth village of the Cinque Terre) and this year it’s a grueling 49.9 kilometers with an elevation change of 2,229 meters (*gulp*). Needless to … Continue reading Sciacchetrail is back, and better than ever!
In the Cinque Terre this weekend? I recommend joining a guided excursion through Monterosso’s fragrant lemon groves and beautiful vineyards on Saturday, February 3rd. The cost is €5 per person (or free if you have a Cinque Terre Card for the day). As this is a hiking excursion (not simply a walking tour) appropriate footwear … Continue reading Guided excursion in Monterosso tomorrow
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
My little blog, which I started back in September of 2014, has blown me away. I remember my tech guy (Ciao Francesco!) encouraging me to start a blog and me laughing and telling him, “The last thing I have time for is a blog.” But here I am, a little over three years later with … Continue reading My next big (ad)venture…
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
The off-season in the Cinque Terre typically spans from the beginning of November through the week before Easter. However, things pick back up a bit for the holidays between Christmas and New Year’s. Here’s a running list of happenings over the 2017 holiday period in the Cinque Terre (keep checking back as I will update … Continue reading Holiday happenings in the Cinque Terre
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