In this day and age, everybody (myself included) seems to be an AirBnB host or guest (or both!). The Cinque Terre alone boasts 1,000+ AirBnB listings! My first experience with AirBnB was for a vacation to NYC in 2012. We rented a lovely one bedroom flat in a posh high rise in the FiDi (financial district) at … Continue reading How to be a great AirBnB guest
I’m not joking when I say it gave me goosebumps! What an awesome, awesome tribute to Cinque Terre winemakers, their passion, toil and fruits of their labor. And, I’m proud to say it was made by a fellow expat! Complimenti, Christine! Continue reading If there’s one thing you should do today, it’s watch this video on the Cinque Terre
…to take stunning photos. When the scenery is this gorgeous, taking amazing pictures is a snap. Oh, and fancy equipment? Not necessary either. All of these photos were taken by yours truly, with my trusty iPhone (which is not even the latest model). I am by no means pretending to be a professional photographer (I’m sure … Continue reading You don’t need to be a great photographer in the Cinque Terre…
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…