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

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

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

Don’t Cry for Me Hiking the Steep Bordighera Hills

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

Why Genoa is Like Audrey Hepburn to Me

MEDVIEDENKO Of all the cities you visited when you were abroad, Doctor, which one did you like the best?

DORN Genoa.

TREPLIEFF Why Genoa?

DORN Because there is such a splendid crowd in its streets. When you leave the hotel in the evening, and throw yourself into the heart of that throng, and move with it without aim or object, swept along, hither

Why Genoa is Like Audrey Hepburn to Me

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

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

More Rip Van Winkle Villages in the Italian Riviera

More places to discover on our walk through the land that time forgot In our last post, we took you down the Riviera memory lane from San Lorenzo to Santo Stefano. Today, we shall hike further down the coast, passing through more villages along the Italian Riviera that have become “unstuck in time”, in the direction of Sanremo (which has also seen better days, but that is a different story).

Before you set

More Rip Van Winkle Villages in the Italian Riviera

What are the Rip van Winkle Villages of the Italian Riviera?

From Imperia to Bordighera, there is a stretch of Italian Riviera villages that have become unstuck in time

All the small coastal towns between San Lorenzo al Mare and Santo Stefano look as though they had retreated into a time capsule, a little like the New England hamlet in M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Village”, with the main difference that the year written on the capsule is not 1870 but some date in

What are the Rip van Winkle Villages of the Italian Riviera?