Cinque Terre Insider, my little blog which I started back in September of 2014, has blown me away. I remember my tech guy encouraging me to start a blog and me laughing and saying, “The last thing I have time for is a blog.” But here I am, five years later with a blog with 150+ posts, hundreds of comments and well over a million views. To put it lightly, I am shocked. And flattered. And excited. The future seems wide open.
It wasn’t until 2017 that I realized that I could (and should!) shift my attention away from our family business (more about what that is and my story can be found here) and onto the blog instead. Up until that point, Cinque Terre Insider had been a labor of love with just a few bucks brought in through Amazon Associate links to help cover its hosting (grazie mille to those of you who have made purchases through the links). I came to realize what people had been telling me for quite some time: the blog had the potential to be my actual job.
If so many people are contacting me and seeking help online for details on the Cinque Terre obviously there’s a hole in the market for practical tips, expert advice and insight (and no, simply visiting the area a time or two does not constitute an expert). It still surprises me how many travelers entrust their trip planning to people who have never even set foot here. Only a local will know the ins and outs, where to find the best hospitality & experiences as well as how to get off the beaten path to discover the best of the Cinque Terre.
Those who know me personally know that I’m a planner, almost to a maniacal degree. I love to think things through, including every teeny-tiny and minute detail. I hate to be taken by surprise and you’ll never catch me without a Plan B. I love to organize things (whether it be a vacation, a village festival, my closet, or just a get-together with friends). I also have a love of information (in case you haven’t already noticed from the posts on the blog). The driving force behind creating Cinque Terre Insider was my frustration and exasperation with the lack of current and correct information on the Cinque Terre out there on the web. Being bilingual and living here has major advantages. Every single day I’m reading articles and press releases in Italian and processing them to see if it’s something of interest to those planning to visit the Cinque Terre.
So this is my next big (ad)venture… I’m flanking Cinque Terre Insider with consultation & trip design services. My goal is to help you make the most of your trip to the Cinque Terre, to make your precious time here seamless so you can stress less and enjoy more. We all know that Cinque Terre is a slice of paradiso, I want you to make the most of it while you’re here. You can do that with a personalized, tailor-made itinerary that includes insider info as well as tips & advice from yours truly.
Here’s a breakdown of what I offer:
Consultation Services + Trip Design
Do you have questions about our area and you’re not sure who to ask? Are you suffering from information overload and need some expert advice to help you hone down the best of the best? Whether you’ve already put together your own itinerary (and want some input and polishing) or need help mapping out logistics and details, I’m happy to lend a hand. I offer phone consultations so we can talk through all the details and you can rest assured that you’ve made the best decisions regarding your trip design.
I adore helping to set the scene for clients who want to pop the question here in the Cinque Terre. If you’re needing help orchestrating that special moment down to the tiniest detail, I’m your girl. Whether you’re wanting low-key and natural or if you prefer to pull out all the stops, I can make it happen. I work with a professional photographer so you’ll not only have unforgettable memories but also tangible ones to cherish for a lifetime.
Is your interest piqued? Want to know more? Shoot me a message, I’d be happy to chat.
Ciao for now,
P.S. Please don’t forget that I’m on Italian time (GST+1) and I’m a mom of two (the blog is my side gig). I will do my very best to get back to email queries ASAP. Grazie mille!