Phew! It’s getting hot around here. Luckily, the Cinque Terre villages sit right on the Ligurian Sea (which, in case you didn’t already know, is a part of the Mediterranean) so it’s easy to take a dip and cool off. Are you wondering where you should go to sunbathe and swim? Here’s a side-by-side comparison … Continue reading Side-by-side comparison of beaches in the Cinque Terre
Italy is one of the best connected countries by train. Many people travel the entire boot without even touching the seat of a car (including me, 15 years ago). Once you get the hang of it, traveling by train in Italy is pretty easy. However, when you consider that many travelers do not use public transport at … Continue reading Traveling by train in Italy? You’ll want to read this post first
I’ve been on Instagram for a while with a work account (riomaggiorereservations) but I just recently opened a new account for Cinque Terre Insider (cinqueterreinsider). I love that I can make this account more personable and narrative (versus a more professional approach on the work account). I’m including tips & advice so be sure … Continue reading Follow my adventures on Instagram!
This year we’ve seen quite a few new ATM machines pop up in central, high-traffic locations throughout the Cinque Terre. The convenience of these new machines is enticing as the traditional bank ATMs are usually a tad further away (or a bit harder to find). But be warned, you’ll pay a high price for the … Continue reading Beware: Not all ATMs are created equal
The Cinque Terre are remote villages connected by a narrow and winding provincial road. While the villages are easiest to reach by train (which is why I recommend booking a parking space beneath La Spezia Centrale and taking the train just a few minutes to reach the Cinque Terre), some visitors decide to try their luck … Continue reading Free parking options in Riomaggiore
Ponte is the Italian word for bridge (ponti is the same word but in plural form). Besides the literal meaning, there’s also a figurative one which refers to a long holiday weekend (where extra days extend or “bridge” the traditional weekend). A weekend di ponte happens when a national holiday lands on a Thursday, Friday, Monday or … Continue reading 2017: In Italy, it’s the year of the “ponti”
I love to hike. It’s ironic that I live in hikers’ paradise yet I don’t get out trekking nearly as much as I’d like. Luckily for me, my collaboration with Randonnée has pushed me to get back out on the trails to rediscover this place I love. I’ve oftentimes been asked what I recommend people … Continue reading 8 things you need to hike the Cinque Terre