Collected by Joan Preston
Calata Cattaneo, 15, 16128 Genova GE, Italy
There are but few 'grocery stores' that live up to the title 'eatery'. Eataly, the Italian food market concept (headed up by Oscar Farinetti and Slow Food founder Carlo Petrini), certainly deserves all accolades poured upon it. With outposts...
Vico degli Indoratori, 45r, 16123 Genova GE, Italy
Tucked just a few steps away from the towering Cathedral of San Lorenzo, Al Giardino degli Indoratori is a lovely small restaurant with a delicious wine list, serving locally-sourced Genovese specialities (their menu is very balanced though -...
Via delle Coppelle, 10, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
Tucked behind the Rolli Palaces, the Vico del Ferro was the sole area of the 15th and 16th century butchers in Genoa—in fact, the alley itself was originally a small river in which the butchers would throw the skin and offal of the cows when they...
Via Arsenale di Terra, 5, 16126 Genova GE, Italy
She sits overlooking the harbor, and the train station; from her rooftop, the view of Genoa at sunrise or sunset, both, please the viewer immensely. Inside, she gleams with not modernity but a traditional elegance that hasn't lost its shimmer to...
Piazza Giacomo Matteotti, 9, 16123 Genova GE, Italy
Set in front of the beautiful fountain in Piazza Ferrari, the first pieces of the Palazzo Ducale were built in the mid 1250's. Buried deep under the original flooring, massive receptacles still remain that originally stored water, oil, and hay -...
Vico a Destra di S. Pancrazio, 3, 16124 Genova GE, Italy
Let yourself get lost wandering the ancient tiny alleys that make up the oldest section of Genova. Laundry floating above. Cobblestone streets below. Shoe repair shops and cell phone stores and abundant foccacerias all lie hidden in these...
Vico del Campanile delle Vigne, 5, 16123 Genova GE, Italy
One of the most highly decorated churches in Genoa, Santa Maria della Vigne is hauntingly beautiful. Originating in the 10th century (when monks tended wine-producing grapevines in the courtyard, hence the name), the Basilica was not completed...
Via Garibaldi, 18, 16124 Genova GE, Italy
Built in the mid-1670's, Palazzo Rosso was the private home of the Brignole Sale family until 1874, when Maria (disenchanted with her only remaining son) donated it to the City of Genoa on her deathbed. Although devastatingly damaged during the...
Via XX Settembre Mercato Orientale, Box 98-100, 16121, 16121 Genova GE, Italy
Octopus? Anchovies? Orata and Mupa and the deep red gamberi? If you are looking for fish for your cook-at-home meal, pop by the Pescheria la Perla along the Via XX Settembre (in the Oriental Market) for endless options. If nothing else, their...
Calata Molo Vecchio, 15, 16128 Genova GE, Italy
Board a boat in the bustling harbor of Porto Antico for a day of whale watching, or a quick trip up the Ligurian coast to the tiny enclave of San Fruttoso, an abandoned Monastery standing guard over the sunken statue of Christ of the Abyss. Bring...
Boccadasse, Genoa, Metropolitan City of Genoa, Italy
If you have a gorgeously sunny afternoon, walk the Corso Italia to the small fishing village of Boccadasse, still considered to be part of Genoa. About an hour's walk from central town, this seaside stroll will take you past black stone beaches,...
16032 Camogli GE, Italy
When people think of the Ligurian Coast, Portofino and Cinque Terre come to mind. But go north and explore the little town of Camogli. You won't be sorry. We were staying in Rapallo and we got there on a short train ride followed by a bus ride and...
16036 Recco, Metropolitan City of Genoa, Italy
If you love warm bread as much as I do, Liguria will delight you --- especially with their divine focaccia. In Recco, sample the regional specialty - Focaccia con Formaggio (incredibly thin focaccia baked with oozy cheese right inside). With a cup...
16036 Recco, Metropolitan City of Genoa, Italy
Rental apartments abound along the northern coast of Italy. Snag one for the night, or the week, and make an evening of cooking in! Peruse the local fruit/vegetable market for seasonal produce, and gather the freshest of fish from a local...
16034 Portofino, Metropolitan City of Genoa, Italy
Portofino, the romantic and glamorous stomping ground of the rich and famous including Grace Kelly, the Duke and Douchess of Windsor, Clark Gable, Ingrid Bergman, and where Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton got engaged. This colorful and post...
16039 Sestri Levante, Metropolitan City of Genoa, Italy
After travelling through the bustling cities of Rome and Venice, Sestri Levante was quite a relaxation destination. A gem hidden of the Cinque Terre, Sestri Levante is home to two bays that provide equally outstanding views and warm water. A...
Via Cappuccini, 16039 Sestri Levante GE, Italy
If you are looking for a place to escape from it all, pack your overnight bag and follow the Capuchin monks to the Bay of Silence in Sestri Levante. With their long brown robes, you can easily spot the monks from this 17th century monastery...
Via S. Cesareo, 85, 80067 Sorrento NA, Italy
The art of marquetry--inlaid wood--is beautifully expressed in this shop that has been in the Gargiulo family for 35 years, following a Sorrento tradition that began in the 19th century. There is everything from elaborate jewelry boxes with velvet...
Traversa Punta Capo, 80067 Sorrento NA, Italy
About 2 km outside of the town center of Sorrento, Italy is a natural pool set behind the bluffs that characterize the Amalfi coast. You can only reach it on foot (or Vespa) by turning right off of Via Capo at the sign on a red building that...
300 Calle San Francisco, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico
The mallorca (“my-your-cuh”) is the iconic Puerto Rican sandwich that’s typically eaten at breakfast, washed down with a cup of coffee. When I was in Old San Juan, I had more than my fair share at Cafeteria Mallorca. The mallorca is a soft,...
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