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
While the S word that all travelers in Italy should know is sciopero, the S word that all shoppers in Italy should know is saldi. Saldi are the end-of-season sales in Italy and they happen twice a year: starting in January after the holidays and again in July. The start and end dates of the … Continue reading A shopper’s delight, today marks the start of Italian “saldi”
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
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 to … Continue reading Follow my adventures on Instagram!
This year we’ve seen quite a few new ATM cash 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 … Continue reading Beware: Not all ATMs are created equal