A Town Walk in Turin

Meet two of modern Italy’s founding fathers, a two-faced royal mansion and the world’s tallest museum

In addition to the San Michele hike from our last post, we have prepared two more tours in Turin for you: one “town” walk and one “country” walk, both of them relatively short (with lengths of two to three hours) so you could do them, if you wanted to, back-to-back on the same day.

A Town Walk in Turin

An Easy Hike in the Italian Alps of Piemonte

Hiking in Turin The Sacra di San Michele near Turin is Northern Italy’s grandest and most sacred abbey Italy’s industrial heartland lies within a triangle formed by Genoa, Milan and Torino, but, this being Italy, these three great industrial towns are hardly the equivalent of Dortmund, Manchester or Cleveland and pack a powerful “triple punch” of beautiful architecture, atmosphere and history.

Of these great northern towns, Turin was the last we had the

An Easy Hike in the Italian Alps of Piemonte

The Grand Finale in Finale Ligure

If you want to accompany us on the last stage of our Ligurian hill walk, you’d better be ready for some serious climbing In our most recent post, (perhaps a little misguiding) headlined The Five Walks of Finale Ligure, we ultimately gave you only three: a beach promenade, a stroll through the historical centre, and a short hike to the fortress that looms over the Old Town.

Today, we are taking it further

The Grand Finale in Finale Ligure

The Five Walks of Finale Ligure

This small Riviera seaside town has something for every hiker: two legs, three legs or four This past winter, we have been exploring hiking trails on our local coast, on either side – French as well as Italian – of the Riviera, and what better place to end this series of walks, as the winter draws to a close, than in Finale Ligure: a town whose very name suggests closure.

The Five Walks of Finale Ligure

Want to See the Russian Churches on the Riviera?

Elsewhere in the world, the word may be that “the Russians are coming”; in the coastal region between Nice and Sanremo, they have arrived long ago and been part of the local communities for well over 150 years Once upon a time, before the advent of satellite TV dishes and the world-wide web, immigrants, even the very richest ones, felt the need to huddle together in the cold environment of an alien culture. What they

Want to See the Russian Churches on the Riviera?

The Queen of the Ligurian Hills

Apricale is not only picturesque but also a great base for hiking trips into the Riviera’s mountainous hinterland Apricale may well be the most beautiful but is certainly the most visually stunning of all the towns on the Ligurian hills. Growing out of the cliffside like something perhaps not altogether benign …

… the town has preserved much of its ancient, medieval atmosphere …

The Queen of the Ligurian Hills

It was Once a Wonderful Springtime for Napoleon

200 years after the event, we followed the Emperor and his army on the first stage of their walk back to Paris and to Waterloo On 1 March 1815, the recently deposed Emperor Napoleon landed with a small band of 1000 loyal soldiers in Golfe Juan near Cannes, arriving from his exile in Elba to reclaim the French throne. Exactly two hundred years later, the municipal administration of what is now a small but lively

It was Once a Wonderful Springtime for Napoleon

The Remains of the Romans in the Riviera

On the basis of the evidence, it feels safe to say that the Empire’s troops did not come here to enjoy the beautiful beaches The history of the Riviera, if we are honest, begins in the 17th century when its oldest towns were built, and it really picks up 200 years later with the invention of tourism.

Anything that happened before is irrelevant for the modern-day resort towns that are lining the coast.

The Remains of the Romans in the Riviera

The Nice of Henri Matisse You Want to See

The capital of the French Riviera was the great love in the life of one of the 20th century’s greatest artists The list of famous painters who have been claimed as the genius loci of one Riviera town or the other is long: Cagnes-sur-Mer has Renoir, St Paul de Vence has Chagall, Menton has Jean Cocteau, Vallauris and Antibes share Picasso (but there is a lot to share, Picasso being “vast and containing multitudes”). Even

The Nice of Henri Matisse You Want to See

What Made Sanremo Famous

The Riviera (T)railway Forbidden fruit: taste it and find out what made Sanremo famous

Coastal walks on the Italian Riviera, ideally, connect two seaside resorts that are well worth a visit in their own right. Whether or not these outings are successful, ultimately depends as much on these two resorts as on the walk itself – the more there is to see on either end, the more interesting the trip, even if the

What Made Sanremo Famous