The Unsung Heroes of the Cinque Terre

Riomaggiore Mural

A Homage to the Unsung Heroes of Cinque Terre: In the centre of the Riomaggiore village, in front of the very modern Tourist Information Office, is a huge colourful mural by Silvio Benedetto. The mural tells the story of the men and women who over several generations and thousands of years built and maintained more […]

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 […]

Getting Around the Cinque Terre

Trenitalia Cinque Terre tickets

Getting Around Cinque Terre is relatively easy: By Train: The regional train that serves the five villages runs between La Spezia Centrale and Sestri Levanti or Genoa.  Fares are cheap at Euro 1.80 one-way, and the difference between a 5 km trip and a 10 km trip is only Euro 20 cents. The tickets are […]

Tour Routes in Italy

Map of Italy with major cities

Suggested Tour Routes to make the best of your holiday in Italy A Suggested Route around Italy A comprehensive tour of Italy would take a long time, and if limited to the usually visited sights would omit many interesting experiences. However, here is my offering, and I’d say this was a 24 day minimum (excluding […]