Let Us Tempt You with a Sedate Walk on Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi

Last week, we told you about hikes – easy ones and not so easy ones – in the rugged Regional Nature Reserve between Camogli and Portofino.

Today, we will stay in the Riviera di Levante (the coast east of Genoa), but for a much more civilized contrast programme. You can bring your lazy old dog, small children, even wheel out granny, because we are not intending to break sweat while enjoying

Let Us Tempt You with a Sedate Walk on Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi

In Camogli on the Enticing East End of the Italian Riviera

It actually pains me to write it down, being a “local patriot” who considers the Italian Riviera west of Genoa as his playground and friendly neighbour. But here it goes: in the highlight reel of the Italian Riviera, the East End has all the good bits.

A trip to the east of Genoa feels very much like a theme park ride (Disneyworld’s take on coastal Italy), with ocker-and-terracotta-coloured sceneries tumbling down

In Camogli on the Enticing East End of the Italian Riviera

Finding Three Ancient Ruins in Ventimiglia

It was Mrs. Easy Hiker who drew my attention to the site. I wonder what these ruins are, she mused: not once, not twice, but repeatedly, and in the end – when that had failed to stir me into action or at least a bout of in-depth research – almost every time we passed the site in the train during our weekly shopping trips to Ventimiglia. That’s when I realized: I had no

Finding Three Ancient Ruins in Ventimiglia

Now You Can Discover More of Diano

If you have ever visited the Italian Riviera, one of the things you will fondly remember is the train that connects the various small resort towns along the coast. This train is not one of those fancy high-speed bullet numbers that dash through the countryside. Instead, it takes its time – this is Italy, after all, where all the good things in life demand that you take the time to enjoy them.

Now You Can Discover More of Diano

This Fascinating Hike in Sasso of Bordighera

Hiking trails on the Riviera generally fall into one of two categories: mountain hikes and coastal walks. Today, we will be offering you an alternative in this fascinating hike in Sasso.

The Sasso is a small river, but it nevertheless comes with its own valley and its own patch of wetland. The Sasso’s waters flow down from the Maritime Alps, but when they arrive in the lowlands, they have dwindled

This Fascinating Hike in Sasso of Bordighera

Team Eze Hiker Conquering the Peak in the Sequel

Several years ago, when we had already established our base on the Riviera but not yet turned it into a proper home, we decided one day to walk from Eze-sur-mer all the way up to Eze village.

This turned out to be a fairly tough hike, particularly for that half of the easy hiking team (aka “my other half”) who was not wearing the right shoes because

Team Eze Hiker Conquering the Peak in the Sequel

The Challenge of a Hike to the Summit of Tete de Chien

Granted: nobody would mistake the Alpes Maritimes for the Himalaya. After all, the mountains which line the coast of the French and Italian Riviera are easily measured in the hundreds of metres rather than the thousands.

They can, however, look intimidatingly high when seen from the ground up. When you stand by the sea – as most people do when they look at these mountains – 500 metres

The Challenge of a Hike to the Summit of Tete de Chien

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

Hiking the Voltaire Trail in the Lower Rhine Valley

Last week, we enjoyed the baroque splendour of the landscaped gardens around the Prinz Moritz trail.

Today, we stay in the same area and (roughly) the same period of German history, moving only a few kilometres up the Lower Rhine Valley and a few decades down the line to the time of the friendship between Prussia’s most flamboyant monarch, Frederick the Great, and the French philosopher Voltaire.

Voltaire

Hiking the Voltaire Trail in the Lower Rhine Valley

Lower Rhine Valley Hiking Routes in Germany

Germany is Europe’s premier hiking country: nowhere else on the “old continent” will you be able to find a similarly large number and variety of well-designed and diligently maintained trails.

Few hikers outside of Germany, however, will be able to name a trail that does not run either through the Black Forest or along the central section of the Rhine (the one with all the castles and vineyards).

Fewer people still

Lower Rhine Valley Hiking Routes in Germany