15-16 May 2022 Standing in front of the kiosk at the train station, one must remember there are different ways to spell my destination – Genoa or Genova. Genoa is the English spelling and Genova is the Italian. If I want buy a ticket, I type in Genova. But no matter which way you spell […]
13-14 May 2022 Squeezed between the villages of Cinque Terre and jet-set Portofino, Sestri Levante is like a poor cousin one visits in the suburbs. A stroll takes me among the shabby and Art Nouveau chic. Walking the extensive waterfront, I feel a similarity with Santa Monica or Palm Beach. I don’t know whether to […]
12 May 2022 On a clear day, there is no panoramic point on the Cinque Terre that equals Punta Mesco, a promontory to the west dividing the village of Monterosso al mare from that of Levanto. From Monterosso, the promontory is very appealing, but hiking to this massive rock formation is daunting. I read that […]
11-12 May 2022 Learn from yesterday – Live for today – Hope for tomorrow I depart Vernazza by train destined for my fifth and final official Cinque Terre village of Monterosso al Mare. At over 50 miles per hour, the train covers the 2-3 miles of tunnel in under 3 minutes.
9-10 May 2022 Life on the Cinque Terre is made up of alternating periods of rest, strenuous trekking, and moving from one cafe to the next. Pace yourself.
10 May 2022 I would not want to disabuse anyone from hiking the national park trails of the Cinque Terre. However, I will be honest and say the trails can be challenging. I witnessed those clinging to the rock walls on narrow paths, those packing large backpacks and even babies, the elderly, and those with […]