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?
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”
*sigh* We are, once again, on a level 2 storm warning. ARPAL (which stands for “Agenzia Regionale per la Protezione dell’Ambiente Ligure“) currently has two levels of alert: level 1 (think of it as a yellow “proceed with caution” light) and level 2 (the highest level of alert, a so-called red light where everything comes to … Continue reading Déjà vu: Here we go again…
***UPDATE*** The level 2 alert has been extended until 3pm today. We’ve had lots of rain and gusty winds but as far as the Cinque Terre is concerned so far, so good. However, the storm has caused extensive flooding just to the south of us in Marina di Carrara. Fingers crossed that the alert is soon … Continue reading Cinque Terre back on alert
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…