As far as most tourists are concerned, the Riviera mainly consists of mountains and beaches. But that does not mean that mountains and beaches are all there is.
In many places, admittedly, the transition from one to the other is rather sudden and immediate.
On the French side of the Riviera (in particular), the mountains can descend fairly steeply into the sea, so one minute on your trip you may hear
… Don’t Cry for Me Hiking the Steep Bordighera Hills
The island of Capri – just off the Italian coast near the southern city of Naples – is a truly dazzling spectacle.
You could be forgiven for thinking that a theme park operator had carefully assembled all the familiar Mediterranean motives – azure skies and the turquoise sea, rocks, trees, hills, a marina, caves – to create a fanciful paradise landscape.
On our travels, we have seen many parts
… Take this Easy Hike to See the Best of Capri
We continue with our tips on how to get most out of your short trip to Nice
In contrast to the mountainside, the Riviera’s other great area of wilderness, the Mediterranean Sea, does not require its prospective visitors to embark on a long and protracted journey: it is always there, at most a few hundred metres from where you are. Well, that is the theory.
In practice, however, what you find
… Take This Neat Little Hiking Package to Cap Nice
Holidays would be different if we had unlimited amounts of time for them, but we do not. So they are what they are, which largely means: always too short.
As a rule of thumb, the more affluent people are, the more often they will go on a vacation, but – since the time available for holidays has not increased – they will spend less and less time at any of their destinations. Time
… Some Tips on How to Get the Most Out of Your Short Trip to Nice
I don’t know about you, but whenever we come across a town that has been labeled a City of the Arts, I get a queasy feeling in my stomach. From experience I know that all too often, this means grim medieval palazzi and stuffy churches that have been packed with dark, baffling and impenetrable paintings of minor biblical anecdotes or scenes from the life of the local saint.
The art historian and TV
… How Graffiti is Celebrated in City of Arts Dozza
Today, we will start our second set of walks in Emilia-Romagna. In contrast to the first group of hikes that we posted a few weeks ago – which were full day trips – the shorter walks from this second group require less of a commitment and take a much smaller chunk out of your holiday schedule. The principal objectives, however, remain the same: our walks in Emilia-Romagna are meant to provide some diversion, to drag
… Our Second Set of Walks in Emilia-Romagna
Hiking in Italy, like so much else in this sweet and lovely country, is by turns an exasperating and wonderful experience.
Whether you are getting one or the other is largely determined by the kind of people who are in charge of the town or municipal district you are visiting.
Some towns could clearly not care less about hiking, to the extent where one can almost physically feel the
… We Took a Wondrous Easy Hike in Noli Italy
Two scenic train rides from Nice into its alpine back country are on the itinerary of most Riviera visits: the Train des Merveilles (to Tende near the Italian frontier) and the Train des Pignes (to Digne-les-Bains in the northwest). Ticking off the Train des Merveilles from our own travel schedule was one of the first things we did on the Riviera – we had not even moved for good in the area yet
… In Nice? Take the Train des Pignes to Entrevaux!
Of all the major European countries, Italy has always appeared to me the most culturally uniform. There is little that connects the baroque splendours of Catholic Bavaria with the Protestant restraint of Germany’s Hanseatic North and little common ground between Strasbourg and Nice, but there is an “Italianate-ness” of streets and buildings that is immediately recognizable.
Buildings from the Riviera to Sicily use the same colour schemes of ochre and terracotta, they move
… The Valli di Comacchio Sophia Loren Made Famous
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
… How to Go Easy Hiking in the Italian Riviera Backcountry