So, you’re heading to Italy. Maybe you want to relish in our country’s holidays. Or, maybe you want to avoid them (and the crowds they can bring). Here’s a listing of both local and national holidays to help you out. NATIONAL HOLIDAYS January 1st: New Year’s Day January 6th: Epiphany … Continue reading Local and national holidays in Italy
Perhaps you’ve been online trying to find accommodations for your stay in the Cinque Terre and you’ve noticed that people are mentioning a new tax for those staying in the area. Like many popular Italian cities (Rome, Florence, Venice, etc.), the Cinque Terre villages are following suit and imposing a city tax on visitors staying here. Before you … Continue reading Tasso di soggiorno: Cinque Terre’s new “city tax”
Riomaggiore. Manarola. Corniglia. Vernazza. Monterosso. Five villages. Five choices. Let me help you decide which village in the Cinque Terre would be best for you. Take my quiz to find out. Keep in mind that the villages of the Cinque Terre are VERY close to one another (from the 1st to 5th village it’s just … Continue reading Where to stay in the Cinque Terre? Take my quiz to find out!
UPDATED JUNE 2017 I’m saddened to report that with the introduction of the new Cinque Terre Express light rail (and the increased ticket prices that came with it), TrenItalia has done away with the weekly pass for the Cinque Terre trains*. For those than plan to visit the Cinque Terre for just one or two … Continue reading Insider Tip: The pass they won’t tell you about…
Photos of laundry hanging out to dry in Italy are plentiful and quite popular. Shirts, pants, underwear and sheets all wave in the breeze on a backdrop of colorful buildings; it’s as if they are begging to be photographed. I’ve heard some people refer to these photos as cliché. I prefer the term quintessential. Hanging clothes out to … Continue reading It’s not cliché, it’s Italian life
One of my favorite things about Italy is that every single region has its own specialty foods on the menu. If you’re traveling all the way to Italy, you’ll want to try the foods that are unique to each area you’ll be visiting. I don’t recommend asking for a bistecca alla fiorentina if you’re in Rome or pasta alla carbonara … Continue reading Local specialties in the Cinque Terre
One of the most common questions I hear is, “When is the best time to visit the Cinque Terre?” That’s a tough question because it’s incredibly subjective. Are you a beach bum? An avid hiker? Or, are you looking to experience the Cinque Terre when you’ll have it (mostly) to yourself? Here are the pros … Continue reading Seasons in the Cinque Terre