Facing the charming Italian Riviera, the Cinque Terre (Five Lands) is a gorgeous cluster of five different port towns, fairly close to one another guarded by the impressive hills of Liguria’s vineyards. Featuring tiny fishing harbors, cobblestoned alleys winding up the hill, and enchanting pastel-colored tiny houses, the five little settlements mak...

Italy is a European nation with a 4,723-mile-long Mediterranean coastline that is lined with some of the world's most breathtaking beaches and seaside cities. It also has limestone cliffs, the purest, bluest waters travelers can imagine, and beautiful natural scenery. The beaches there range from secluded and wild to expansive sandy bays and idylli...

My hand hovered over the purchase button as I stared at the Rail Europe screen for the third time. Each time I tried to book overland train tickets from Turin, Italy to the coast, the little red warning about not much time to change trains in Genoa popped up and I chickened out. “Have you looked to see what Rick Steve says?” Tony looked up from his...

An Italian-designed robot has passed a non-verbal version of the Turing test. Researchers at IIT-Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (Italian Institute of Technology) in Genova’s iCub robot passed the test, which required the robot to respond to stimuli when controlled by a human and when being run by its AI programme. The research group, coordinated b...

Levanto is a laid-back town on the Italian Riviera near the tourist-packed Cinque Terre. While it’s a good base for visiting Cinque Terre by train or boat, the town is a great place to experience slow travel. In fact Levanto calls itself a citta slow. Levanto has an interesting medieval center, shops and restaurants, and a Blue Flag beach that’s a...

Genoa, a port city on Italy’s northwest coast, has many great points of interest but is often overlooked by tourists heading to beach resort towns along the Italian Riviera. Genoa’s port area has been renovated and has one of Europe’s top aquariums. Its medieval center, full of winding streets to wander, is a pleasure to explore. Several of the cit...

Wild beaches and pristine landscapes surrounded by the scents of Mediterranean vegetation, hidden coasts caressed by a turquoise sea that is just as good as any tropical paradise: from Liguria to Sardinia, from Veneto to Campania, Italy enshrines breathtaking beaches where you can enjoy the sea and feast your eyes with magnificent views. Here for y...

Vernazza’s strollable breakwater creates a little harbor, rare on this rugged Italian Riviera coastline. Grabbing a comfortable hollow in a boulder on the tip, I study the arrangement man and nature have carved out here over the last 1,000 years. Crumpled hills come with topographical lines: a terraced, green bouquet of cactus, grapevines and olive...

Let’s begin with the most basic question! What are the 5 towns of Cinque Terre? If you didn’t know, before you get into this article about the best things to do in Cinque Terre Italy, make sure you read through the next paragraphs carefully! Beyond the five towns, we’re discussing what is Cinque Terre known for, and why are so many people trying to...

Italy is such a wonderful and diverse country to visit; each region seems to have a personality all its own. For instance, Rome is an eclectic mix of ancient and modern, while Florence is a big city with a small-town feel. I have traveled all over Italy, visiting Capri, Rome, Florence, Venice, and more, but no place has captured my attention and st...