Boccadasse – Well Hidden Fishing Village of Genoa

Genoa is a city with many faces: you know that already since we told you that in our last post. Still, I defy anybody turning the corner behind the church of Sant’Antonio on Genoa’s Corso Italia not to be surprised.

Boccadasse is a Cinque Terre idyll, neatly stacked boxes of pinks and bright yellows, transported more or less straight into the middle of a sober, modern big city district.

Boccadasse – Well Hidden Fishing Village of Genoa

Architecture Buff? Find Out What Genoa Gives You

The great thing about Genoa is that it keeps on giving. No matter how many times you have visited, there is always something new to discover.

In the Old Town, you never know what you will find when you turn the next corner in its dark and narrow maze: there is the multicultural mix of the harbour quarters, there are hidden gardens nestling on the hillsides and Renaissance palazzi downtown. Genoa has fewer

Architecture Buff? Find Out What Genoa Gives You

Take a Walk in the Eclectic Miramare Gardens

If you are looking for a short walk to round off your trip to Trieste that is not too long or too challenging, something that will not take more than a total of 3 hours out of your schedule – we recommend the eclectic Miramare Gardens.

These gardens were laid out in the north of Trieste around a villa built by Archduke Maximilian Ferdinand in the 1860s when Trieste was the Mediterranean outpost

Take a Walk in the Eclectic Miramare Gardens

What Sets Out Trieste as a Different Italian Town

No country in the world is entirely made of one piece: wherever you go, you will always find differences between individual regions. It is equally clear, however, that some countries are more homogeneous than others, and I have always found that the band of cultural variety is particularly narrow in Italy. There is a certain “Italianness” which is shared by most things that you can find everywhere in this lovely country: food, dress

What Sets Out Trieste as a Different Italian Town

Walking with Rainer Maria Rilke in Trieste

Whatever anyone will tell you, Rainer Maria Rilke is the greatest poet in the German language. If you do not speak German well enough to read Rilke in the original (or if you think, with Mark Twain, that life is too short to learn it), try – for flavour – a painting of Rilke’s near-contemporary and fellow Viennese artist Gustav Klimt.

Rilke’s language is decorative and opulent, and

Walking with Rainer Maria Rilke in Trieste

A Cemetery as One of the Wonders of the World?

There are three good reasons to visit the Cimitero Monumentale di Staglieno in Genoa, one of Italy’s (and Europe’s) most famous and important “cities of the dead”. (Hemingway called the Staglieno “one of the wonders of the world”, and writers as different as Friedrich Nietzsche and Mark Twain were among its admirers.)

First, architectural history. Archaeologists argue to what extent the (often surprisingly well-preserved) ancient cemeteries may have mirrored the

A Cemetery as One of the Wonders of the World?

The Easiest of Easy Hikes in the Back Country of the Italian Riviera

If you are a frequent guest of this blog, you may remember our “two towns for one day’s walk” series of short and easy hikes which connect two villages along the Riviera coast (like Ventimiglia to Bordighera or Bordighera to San Remo or from Alassio to Laigueglia).

In the mountainous back country, meanwhile, such a hike is a far more difficult proposition: nearly all of these walks would be a great

The Easiest of Easy Hikes in the Back Country of the Italian Riviera

Walking the Walk Along the Lucca Wall

In Tuscany, landscape and urbanity are so closely interwoven that they create one large tapestry of culture which is governed by consistent aesthetic, economic and historical principles. While the Renaissance town palazzi reflect the pride and the wealth of the landowning families (it is said that Florentine rulers never ate or served anything in their town homes that had not come from their own estates), the landscape – more than anywhere else in

Walking the Walk Along the Lucca Wall

Easy Hiking Experience and More in Cinque Terre

One of the best, perhaps the single best feature of the Cinque Terre’s signature trail – the Blue Path – is its variety of views: you see the villages from different angles, sometimes in isolation and sometimes several at a time, sometimes from the front and sometimes from behind, sometimes from far away and sometimes from close up.

As far as Vernazza is concerned, the good-bye is even more scenic than the welcome

Easy Hiking Experience and More in Cinque Terre

Easy Hiking Experience in Cinque Terre – How to Get the Most Out of Your Trip

Italy’s Cinque Terre National Park is home to the Mediterranean’s most famous network of hiking paths. So famous in fact that nearly all our acquaintances have, over the years, reacted with stunned disbelief when we told them that we – despite living so close to the Cinque Terre’s home region of Liguria – had never been. Imagine you meet an art historian from the Greater Paris region who confesses that,

Easy Hiking Experience in Cinque Terre – How to Get the Most Out of Your Trip