A Walk in Ferrara During a Car Journey Through Emilia Romagna

For our recent journey through Emilia Romagna, a region in northern and central Italy, we decided to hire a car – something we had not done for several years, generally preferring to make our way on public transport and, of course, on foot. After so many years of not using a car for our journeys, I had forgotten how profound the difference between driving and walking trips can be. When you walk, you see little

A Walk in Ferrara During a Car Journey Through Emilia Romagna

Recommended Brief Visit to Italy From the French Riviera

I must have advised you several times already that, if you take a trip to the French Riviera, you should combine this with a brief visit to Italy. On my list of suggestions, this is one of the top “Things To Do on the French Riviera” (right behind gate-crashing Brad Pitt’s yacht-warming party at the film festival in Cannes and bankrupting the Monte Carlo Casino).

Ideally, you would go further

Recommended Brief Visit to Italy From the French Riviera

How to Go Easy Hiking in the Italian Riviera Backcountry

Organized bus trips, for all their benefits, have one major drawback: they are not purpose-made for hiking, and any opportunity they may offer for a walk is purely coincidental At best, you can find the space for a brief excursion, but at worst, you are virtually stuck in the bus for the whole day.

You will see a lot, but mainly through the windows of your vehicle. This is something

How to Go Easy Hiking in the Italian Riviera Backcountry

Get to the Greatest of All Riviera Gardens

Riviera gardens are, in a number of ways, like London City churches: there are so many of them that only the truly obsessive can name them all There are enough differences between them for you to visit more than just a single one, while, on the other hand, they are sufficiently similar to invite informed comparisons. And just as the power and the majestic glory of St Paul’s tower above all of the other post-Great-Fire

Get to the Greatest of All Riviera Gardens

Professional Cycling: Is it Just All Sweat and Lycra?

A Walk in Sanremo Professional cycling. Don’t you just love it?

Sprinter Alessandro Petacchi winning Milan-San Remo in 2005

You don’t? Too much lycra, too much sweat running down contorted faces, too much time-where-not-very-much-appears-to-be-happening-at-all?

Races remind you of those depression era dance marathons where the last guy standing wins? Of who-can-hold-his-breath-the-longest contests?

Oh well. That is certainly one way of seeing it. But there is another way, too. Plenty of

Professional Cycling: Is it Just All Sweat and Lycra?

The Surprise Package of the Italian Riviera

Savona All beautiful landscapes and areas have one ugly spot: one place where they concentrate all those warehouses, tyre vendors and utilities that they need – like everybody else – but prefer to keep out of sight.

And so, while the glittering towns and beauty spots get themselves ready for the ball (aka the annual tourist season): freshly painted and bejewelled with ancient sites and historic architecture, Cinderella quietly goes about the business

The Surprise Package of the Italian Riviera

The Funiculaire of San Romolo is No More

Sanremo and San Romolo: Once Conjoined Twins

Once upon a time, the remote hillside village of San Romolo was one of the Italian Riviera’s most popular daytrip destinations.

Mention its name to natives from Sanremo of a certain age only if you are ready to be showered with story after story about happy family outings, sun-drenched Sunday afternoons and long walks in the forest.

The Story of

The Funiculaire of San Romolo is No More

Discover Picturesque Wine Presses and More On Via Tappia

Why it may be a good idea to call on local assistance for your trips around the Ossola Valley For our final walk in the Ossola valley, we hiked a small piece of the Via dei torchi e dei mulini – the “trail of wine presses and mills”.

We started in a village called Tappia …

… which is small, sweet and has a lovely

Discover Picturesque Wine Presses and More On Via Tappia

A Penitent’s Walk On the Sacred Mountain of Domodossola

Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the 15 sculpted stations of the cross on the Sacred Mountain of Domodossola provide a fascinating experience, even in the rain – or, perhaps, particularly so One thing you have to say for the Alps, they don’t do much by halves there. Europe’s highest mountain range has proper snow in winter, while in summer, when the sun is out, trees and skies and flowers radiate in the crispest,

A Penitent’s Walk On the Sacred Mountain of Domodossola

The Sparkling Diamond of the Ossola Valley

How to brighten up a cold, wet and miserable day in the Italian Alps In the unlikely event that an extraterrestrial were to land in front of my house, driven by the need to find out what earthlings found so recreational by walking from one place to another and demanding the briefest possible explanation of this mystery from me, I would tell him to fly his UFO straight to Lake Antrona.

The Sparkling Diamond of the Ossola Valley