Cinque Terre’s fame has brought Italy’s southern Riviera new attention, with travelers seeking out neighboring villages in search of extra helpings of rustic coastal charm. Portovenere, although an outstanding destination in its own right, has sometimes been dubbed the “sixth” of the five famed hamlets because of its proximity to the southernmost C...

Dear friends, even in August, ciao from a Rome full of American tourists and empty of us Romans!   In early August a dear friend traveling to Liguria sent me a photo, taken by him. While driving he had seen a sign that had attracted his curiosity, and he knew well that it would interest me as well. The photo is the one you see here: Cogoleto, the s...

There are plenty of adorable medieval villages nestled in the hills of Liguria’s entroterra, a remote inland countryside oft overlooked by travelers. I have explored many of them and, while each has something to offer the curious visitor, there is one dynamic, brightly-colored town that especially caught my attention. Varese Ligure boasts an immacu...

Renowned for the popular and highly visited Cinque Terre and the maritime capital Genova, the Liguria region has a lot to offer the millions of tourists and beauty seekers. But there is so much more to Liguria than these spots.   Characterized by a crystalline and peaceful coastline, albeit dotted with lidos and public beaches, Liguria remains an o...

With its sun-drenched olive groves, sparkling waters and vivid bursts of colour, the Italian Riviera has cast its spell on tourists, painters and authors since the 19th century. Lying in the northwestern corner of Italy, the Riviera stretches along the Ligurian sea and has inspired the likes of the painter Monet and the writers Percy Bysshe Shelley...

Dramatic coastal settings, richly colored houses perched with stage-set perfection by snug harbors, rustic seaside cuisine and a seductive dolce far niente ambiance are just some of the reasons spots like Portofino and Cinque Terre have long been among the most sought-after destinations in the world. (And sought after they are; pre-Covid some 2.5 m...

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...