5 months post-storm, the SP-227 road between Santa Margherita Ligure and Portofino has reopened

In late October 2018, an especially forceful storm passed through Liguria (the region in which the Cinque Terre villages are located). Luckily for us, the five villages had minimal damage but just up the coast from us Portofino and Santa Margherita Ligure weren’t so lucky. The damage in the two seaside locales was quite extensive … Continue reading 5 months post-storm, the SP-227 road between Santa Margherita Ligure and Portofino has reopened

Newly appointed president of the Cinque Terre National Park

Yesterday news arrived that the vacancy for the position of president of the Cinque Terre National Park has finally been filled. The president’s seat has been empty since 2017 when President Vittorio Alessandro’s term ended. Since that time, the acting vice president (who also happens to be Vernazza’s mayor, Vincenzo Resasco) covered the duties but … Continue reading Newly appointed president of the Cinque Terre National Park

With the arrival of the Befana, the holidays are a wrap in Italy

In many places around the world, the holidays end with the passing of Christmas.  Not so in Italy, where the holiday period continues up until the Epiphany on January 6th.  The Epiphany is a Christian feast day (and national holiday in Italy) that celebrates the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus Christ. There’s an Italian proverb … Continue reading With the arrival of the Befana, the holidays are a wrap in Italy