Baia Saracena – Vernazza

Baia Saracena Bar - Vernazza

The Location is Fantastic but the Food Quality is Wanting : This bar on the breakwater enjoys a splendid location. For parched, sunbathers this is a convenient place to get a drink. Baia Saracena is the first café/bar that visitors will see when they come off their boat from one of the other villages.  It […]

Trattoria da Sandro – Vernazza

Cozze at Trattoria da Sandro

Even the Slow Food Movement would Baulk at the Slow Service here: Maria, our landlady recommended this place and said that she and the locals would dine here. This trattoria is on the right-hand side of via Roma as you walk towards the train station. There is an inside restaurant, but even without any views, […]

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – Milan’s Living Room

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan

Il Salotto di Milano is Milan’s most Luxurious Shopping Arcade: Milan’s most luxurious shopping arcade is often referred to as “Il Salotto di Milano” or Milan’s Living Room … and wouldn’t we all love to live here. Designed by Giuseppe Mengoni in 1861 and completed in 1877, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is in Corso Vittorio […]

Ristorante Al Castello – Vernazza

Seafood in Vernazza

Ristorante Al Castello – a Restaurant with Incredible Views: For our final dinner in Vernazza we dine at Ristorante al Castello which is high above Vernazza’s main square, just below the castle. To ensure we got a cliff-side table overlooking the sea, we hiked up here earlier in the day to make a booking.   […]

Trattoria Gianni Franzi – Vernazza

Trattoria Gianni - Spaghetti Vongole

At Trattoria Gianni Franzi you’ll find typical Cuisine of the Cinque Terre: For standard of food, service and price of meals, Trattoria Gianni gets our vote for the best trattoria/restaurant in Piazza Marconi. This trattoria enjoys a full house most evenings, leaving the other restaurants salivating over its success. We also notice that when Trattoria […]

Dining Out in Vernazza – Cinque Terre

Restaurant Dining - Cinque Terre

Restaurant Dining in Vernazza: Vernazza has a nice square by the harbour that is filled with a range of restaurants, trattorias and cafés.  Along the main street, via Roma, there are more eateries. If you’re staying in this town during your Cinque Terre holidays, there are enough restaurants and trattorias here to keep you nicely […]

Via dell’Amore – Cinque Terre’s Pathway of Love

Via dell'Amore - Cinque Terre

Seal your Love with a Padlock at Via dell’Amore: Via dell’Amore is Cinque Terre’s most famous walk and one that most visitors to Cinque Terre are capable of doing. Apart from some steps up to the trail, it’s an easy 25 minutes walk on flat, paved walkway that stretches for some 850 metres. You would […]

Trofie al Pesto – a Ligurian Specialty

Trofie al Pesto - Ligurian specialty

A Typical Ligurian Pesto Pasta Dish: Trofie pasta is a Ligurian specialty and this is one dish that you’ll find on most restaurant menus. Trofie is often served with pesto (Trofie al Pesto) which is also a specialty of the Ligurian region. In fact, Liguria is the birthplace of pesto which uses basil as its […]

La Reggia Designer Outlet – Naples

Designer Outlet shopping

Naples has its own designer outlet: La Reggia Designer Outlet, the fifth of McArthurGlen’s Italian designer discount outlet malls opened in February 2010. This is Phase I, with Phase II to follow. The new Naples designer outlet is close to historic city of Caserta and the Amalfi Coast and is within easy reach of the A1 between […]

In Search of Montalbano – Ragusa, Sicily

Police Commissioner's Office - Inspector Montalbano

Tracing the footsteps of “Il Commissario Montalbano” – A Sicilian Adventure: A repeat of the Inspector Montalbano drama series brings back lots of great memories of our holiday in Sicily. After the first series of Inspector Montalbano, we became huge fans of this Sicilian detective drama as it is so different to NYPD Blue or […]