Collected by Ginny Fitzgerald
Via L. Cadorna, 7, 25058 Sulzano BS, Italy
Skip Lake Garda, overpriced and filled with too many tourists and head directly to Lake Iseo instead. Lesser known, it's peaceful, serene and just as beautiful! Plus, you can get a room at Hotel Rivalago with a lake view like this ...
Via Repubblica, 128, 25080 Manerba del Garda BS, Italy
Renting a boat is easy! You can discover the entire magnificence of the world’s most beautiful lake Garda with its breathtaking scenery, unspoilt bays, picturesque marinas and charming towns rich in history ready to surprise and delight with their...
Riomaggiore SP, Italy
Hiking the Cinque Terre is an extraordinary way to explore the Ligurian Coast. Five villages connected only by hiking trail and rail with breathtaking coastal views and colorfully quaint villages. The trails can be challenging at times and it is...
19017 Riomaggiore, SP, Italy
Having been to Italy before, I knew I would likely enjoy my maiden visit to Cinque Terre; I had no idea however, just how much. Riomaggiore is one of five picturesque villages that sit perched high above the Lingurain sea and make up what is...
Piazza Rio Finale, 8, 19017 Riomaggiore SP, Italy
One of the highlights of my trip to Italy was walking Cinque Terre. I would travel back to Italy just to do this walk again. My favorite part was the Via dell'Amore, or Walk of Love that went from Riomaggiore to Manarola. This is a picture of one...
55047 Malbacco LU, Italy
Halfway between tourist hot spots Cinque Terre and Pisa, Malbacco's freshwater ponds are Tuscany's best-kept secret. Shaded by towering pines and refreshed by cool mountain stream waters, this series of ponds is a welcome respite from the hottest...
16034 Portofino, Metropolitan City of Genoa, Italy
Getting to Portofino from Genoa is quite easy. Take the train from Genoa's Brignole Station to Santa Margherita Ligure, and then catch the 82 bus to Portofino (a 12-minute trip around the bay). While I'm not a huge bus person, this is one of the...
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...
16032 San Fruttuoso GE, Italy
The tiny Abbey of San Fruttuoso is nestled in a cove between Camogli and Portofino, and accessible solely by foot or boat. If you want to hike it, find the trail at the far end of Camogli, and be ready for a steep, but gorgeous, two hour hike up...
19032 Lerici, SP, Italy
After 2 weeks exploring the Ligurian Coast, we ended our trip with a few nights in Lerici. It wasn't on our original agenda like all the well known areas of Portofino and Cinque Terre but it Lerici was recommended by a travel agent that used to...
Via delle Belle Arti, 17/A, 40126 Bologna BO, Italy
Bologna is well known for its culinary expertise, and one of the best restaurants in town to taste authentic Bolognese cuisine is at the Trattoria Anna Maria. This little restaurant serves only the best food from the Emilia-Romagna region of...
Via degli Orefici, 19, 40126 Bologna BO, Italy
A Restaurant, a Bistro and a Coffeeshop integrated into a bookshop, integrated into an old church - its as interesting as it sounds! The "Motherhouse" still is in Torino, some brothers and sisters are in Italy and Japan, the youngest in New York....
Via di San Luca, 36, 40135 Bologna BO, Italy
The Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca has a commanding presence in the landscape overlooking Bologna. We arrived knowing that it was connected to town by a 2.5 mile portico some say can be seen from space. We dropped our bags at the hotel,...
Via Ugo Bassi, 12/R, 40123 Bologna BO, Italy
Gamberini is a "must to do", doesnt matter if you go for Cappucino or for Aperitivo. Its one of the most traditional places in town, wood casing, mirrors and candelabra, the staff is very professional and outstanding friendly, a wide selection of...
Via Santa Caterina, 51, 40123 Bologna BO, Italy
Once step in ask for Signor Daniele, host and owner of this foodie heaven. His home made pasta and Tortellini in Brodo are memorable, and the "Culatecca" at the main wall with different vintages of Parma Culatello it made a memorable place to be....
Bologna, Metropolitan City of Bologna, Italy
November 2011 ::: Meeting Alessandro Martini for the first time at 7.30 in the morning is like having a double espresso, twice in one go. He is as animated and bright as his jacket (in the photos). Only one other guest, an American lady by the...
Via S. Petronio Vecchio, 15, 40125 Bologna BO, Italy
I feel lucky for the Bologna rain that led me to hide under one of the city's many porticoes and run across Lestofante. This little bar is full of color, charm, warmth, and food that is true. The young owners, Nicola and Giulia, use seasonal...
Bologna, Metropolitan City of Bologna, Italy
The historic and central district of Bologna is a medieval masterpiece filled with amazing architecture, landmarks and attractions. Here's a nice overview and highlights of a visit to this beautiful city in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy...
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