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Weather Alert Cinque Terre Style

I’ll be honest. Before moving to Liguria I had never spent more than a few seconds thinking about problems related to the weather. A rain storm meant just more water coming out of the sky and a snow day was, after the first 10 minutes, just a pain in the […]


Off the beaten path in the Cinque Terre   Recently updated !

Mass tourism is that flow of people and ideas that melt into one big inconsistent swarm. It is not that they are doing the wrong thing, just that they are all doing the same thing at the same time. This can be said for the hikes through the Cinque Terre […]


Portofino Hiking

It’s a bit off the beaten path from our usual tours, but in preparation for a group, I was recently on the trail from Portofino to Camogli, stopping midway at the magical Abbey of San Fruttuoso, a place you can only get to by foot or by boat.  It was […]


Going on a berry hunt

At first it seems a great idea. One of the best you had in weeks. A simple way to keep everybody happy: your husband, yourself and the three kids. Going on a hike, on a wonderful autumn sunny day, looking for Myrtle berries that you would later transform into a digestif. […]


The Cinque Terre trails can be unforgiving

The Ligurian countryside, especially in the area near the Cinque Terre, is not just farming land. It is known and defined by the authorities as a land of “heroic agriculture”, and you should keep that first word well in mind when you want to attempt to conquer it. We know by […]


Touring Cinque Terre with the Nobility

We’ve had our share of clients with impressive resumes — former CEOs of Big Three automakers, members of the Federal Reserve Board — but recently we found ourselves with an unexpected type of VIP: real, honest-to-goodness Italian nobility.  We certainly didn’t know this ahead of time, though if we had […]


Sunset Boat Tours in Levanto

This year, we are teaming up with Marco Scaramuccia of Pequod Boat Tours in Levanto to offer daily sunset boat tours of the stupendous Levanto coastline.  This summer season, the Pequod will sail every evening for a once-in-a-lifetime boat tour.  The coastline around Levanto is unmatchable and pristine, the waters crystal clear, […]


FAI – Recuperating lost lands in Cinque Terre

We’re doing some reconnaissance work this January, checking on the conditions of the lesser-used trails in the Cinque Terre, and yesterday we were on the glorious Levanto-Monterosso trail, a real gem of the Cinque Terre National Park (and free to boot!).  [This post is not about the trail, but FYI, […]


How to ride a train in the Cinque Terre

Some essential advice about what to do if you are taking a train in the Cinque Terre: Use the entire platform.  If everyone spread out the entire length of the platform, the clog of people getting on and off at peak hours would be lessened.  This means standing well into […]