Heads up: National train strike planned for 24 hours from 9pm on June 15, 2017

*TRAVEL ALERT* An Italian national train strike has been planned for 24 hours starting tomorrow, June 15th at 9pm, and ending June 16th at 9pm. The strike will affect all regions within Italy with the exception of Piemonte and Valle d’Aosta. Italy’s premier trains (the Freccia trains) will not be affected by the strike. For … Continue reading Heads up: National train strike planned for 24 hours from 9pm on June 15, 2017

Pentecost 2017: Check out the planned festivities for this weekend 

Pentecost in the Catholic Church is a festival celebrating the descent of the Holy Spirit on the disciples of Jesus after his ascension.  In simple terms, it’s like the church’s birthday.  The date for Pentecost varies each year as it is held on the seventh Sunday after Easter.  FYI: Pentecost is celebrated throughout Europe and … Continue reading Pentecost 2017: Check out the planned festivities for this weekend 

Cinque Terre National Park guided tours & excursions: May 2017

For those heading to the Cinque Terre and seeking a guided experience, look no further.  The Cinque Terre National Park offers a different guided option for each day of May.  The rates are exceptional (free to those that have purchased the Cinque Terre Card for that particular day, otherwise €2.50 per person).  Many of the … Continue reading Cinque Terre National Park guided tours & excursions: May 2017

Holy Week religious festivities (with schedule for Riomaggiore)

Many people think of Easter as being celebrated one day of the year: Easter Sunday. For Roman Catholics, preparation for Easter starts with the Quaresima (Lent) forty days prior. The week before Easter (known as Holy Week) is rich with events and special Masses culminating with the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ on … Continue reading Holy Week religious festivities (with schedule for Riomaggiore)