It’s funny, because I get a lot of people asking me about the weekly outdoor markets in Vernazza (on Tuesdays), Monterosso (on Thursdays), and La Spezia (on Fridays). Maybe it’s because they are mentioned in some of the guidebooks? People seem really excited to go see these markets and I hate to rain on their parade. But … Continue reading Local outdoor markets
I wasn’t always a mom. And to be honest, I think lots of things you really and truly don’t understand until you are one. Like traveling with a baby/toddler/small child. It’s not a matter of bending your child to fit your itinerary so much as bending your itinerary to fit your child. So this is my … Continue reading Traveling with kids? How best to enjoy the Cinque Terre
I was just asked today what the customs are in Italy regarding mancie (tips) and it inspired this blog post. So, here I am to give you a crash course on tipping in Italy. Here’s the deal: We don’t tip in Italy. Wait, I take that back. We tip only if we’ve had what we consider excellent … Continue reading Tipping in Italy 101
You may or may not know that arrival by car to the Cinque Terre can be a bit hairy and anything but convenient. The roads are very narrow and winding, parking is extremely limited (due to the unique geography) and also quite expensive, and the historical centers of the villages are pedestrian-only. My advice? Ditch … Continue reading PARKING: A great alternative for those driving to the Cinque Terre
Here in the Cinque Terre we have a *big* thorn in our side: pickpockets that ride the trains and circulate amongst passengers at the railway stations. As toursim in our area has dramatically increased in recent years, so have the thieves that have come to prey on said tourists. It’s incredibly frustrating and infuriating (not only for visitors but … Continue reading The PSA I wish I didn’t have to make
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
Update 2017: The works on the Via dell’Amore are at a complete standstill. The local city hall is waiting on national public funds to be released to pay for the extensive repair costs. It sounds like it could be a very, very long wait. *sigh* The Via dell’Amore (Lovers’ Lane) connects the villages of Riomaggiore and Manarola and … Continue reading What’s going on with the Via dell’Amore?