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Christmas in Italy

Christmas in Italy

September 22, 2021

The Christmas season in Italy starts on December 8th (Immaculate Conception) and ends on January 6th (Ephiphany). Christmas in Italy is festive, with markets, lights, Christmas trees, and music in the streets. And the best part is that the Christmas…

Off the beaten path in Italy

Off the beaten path in Italy

October 23, 2014

Because of the name of my company, I get regular requests for itineraries that are at least partly off the beaten track. The definition of off the beaten path in Italy differs depending on how well you know the country….

Cinque Terre Hiking

Cinque Terre Hiking

February 19, 2014

The Cinque Terre are five towns that appear to cling to the rocks along a small section of northern Italy’s Mediterranean coastline, and are famous for the mule trails that connect them: paths which attract thousands of hikers each year. I worked as a hiking guide in and around the Cinque Terre, and if you’ve seen photos of the area and are thinking about hiking the trails, here are the things you should know.

Hiking near Cinque Terre : 4 trails to avoid the crowds

Hiking near Cinque Terre : 4 trails to avoid the crowds

October 24, 2013

When I worked as a hiking guide in the Cinque Terre more than a decade ago, we pretty much had the trails to ourselves. Surrounded by lemon trees and fig trees (a wonderful snack), we’d walk the now-famous paths that link the…

Brainstorming Italy itineraries: Oh, the places you’ll go!

Brainstorming Italy itineraries: Oh, the places you’ll go!

April 26, 2013

New clients requested: “We will be in Italy for 9 days in June before heading to Cannes and we would like you to design our itinerary. We’ve been to Italy in the past: the Tuscan countryside, the Veneto, the Cinque…

Diving off the Italian Riviera: Christ of the Abyss

Diving off the Italian Riviera: Christ of the Abyss

July 29, 2009

  Diving off the Italian Riviera Submerged and then cemented to the sea floor of the Mediterranean over 50 years ago, the underwater statue of Christ of the Abyss (Cristo degli Abissi) is one of the most famous dive destinations in…

Hiking the Italian Riviera: Camogli

Hiking the Italian Riviera: Camogli

July 27, 2009

The Amalfi Coast and the Cinque Terre may be the most well-known spots in Italy for walking trails with incredible views of the Mediterranean coastline; but here’s an equally spectacular, more off-the-beaten track suggestion: spend a few days in the fishing village of Camogli (photo…

Genoa Italy

Genoa Italy

January 29, 2009

Rarely if ever have I seen this gorgeous city – Genoa in English, Genova in Italian – included on tourist itineraries to Italy, unless the itinerary also involved a cruise ship. Located on the Mediterranean sea, and near the Alps…

Farinata

Farinata

January 06, 2009

Farinata could be described a sort of dense savory pancake; or maybe as a thin chick pea pizza crust; or maybe as a heavy, thick tortilla.  In any case it's a batter of chick pea flour with water and olive oil,…

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