Cinque Terre

Earthy and Enamored in Cinque Terre

Earthy and Enamored in Cinque Terre

Why I went here? I wanted to experience “dolce far niente” and this was just the place to do that. I did not want the glamour that was the Amalfi or the somewhat surreal cousin towns north in the Italian Riviera. Here at the Cinque Terre, the villages were said to be like being transported back in time and if not for mobile phones and wifi spots, I would most definitely agree. It had just the right balance of charm, isolation, and beauty that I was looking for. Oh, and I wanted to hike. …

Tranquil and Indulgent in Florence, Italy

Tranquil and Indulgent in Florence, Italy

Why I went here? It is the birthplace of The Renaissance which makes it an obvious stop in any Italian tour, especially if coming from Rome. The two cities are a mere 90 minutes apart via rail. Beauty, art, and food were the main draws for coming here. Best time to visit? Spring for the wildflower blooms, the artichoke season, and nice weather. Summer is best, if you want to visit the countryside. The sunflowers are in bloom and the images of Tuscany we often see are taken during these periods. It can be very hot though. …