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

Travel Tip: How to pick up a SIM card for your phone in Italy 

Once upon a time when you visited a foreign country you kept in touch with friends and family back home with postcards and sporadic (and expensive) phone calls. Not so anymore, mobile phone plans (the majority of which are pay-as-you go and not bound by contract) in Italy are incredibly affordable. There’s a lot of competition … Continue reading Travel Tip: How to pick up a SIM card for your phone in Italy 

5 things you need to be Cinque Terre beach ready

The Ligurian Sea (the portion of the Mediterranean that laps against the rugged Cinque Terre coastline) is breathtaking.  I remember the first time I laid eyes on it; being used to the Pacific Ocean I could hardly believe the turquoise jewel toned waters and the seemingly infinite transparency.  It really is that beautiful! If you haven’t … Continue reading 5 things you need to be Cinque Terre beach ready

Planning to use your drone in the Cinque Terre? You’d better think twice

A few years ago, seeing a drone pass through the village was a novelty. However, with their boom in popularity they have come to be seen as an annoyance (best case scenario) or a threat to public safety (worst case scenario) thanks to inexperienced and amateur pilots.  Just in the past few months I’ve seen … Continue reading Planning to use your drone in the Cinque Terre? You’d better think twice