The Telegraph, a great UK based newspaper often has some very good, interesting Travel articles – some ideas for Cinque Terre and the area surrounding La Spezia – should you happen to arrive by cruise ship are provided here – Cinque Terre and Surrounding areas (#cinqueterre)
Cinque Terre – sun umbrellas in Vernazza
What to do
The classic CinqueTerre activity – and the reason so many visitors come here, even out of season – is the walk along the coast path that connects the five villages (if you’re feeling ambitious, you can extend it as far as La Spezia to the east or Levanto to the west). Continue reading →
This article is worth a read – gives some great thoughts on tipping in Rome – below some key points directly from the article; Please also refer to our comments about tipping for a villa stay…next blog.
For the past 24 hours, European writers—apparently starved for stories about Italian restaurant etiquette—have been obsessing over allegations that Mark Zuckerberg failed to leave tips at two restaurants during his honeymoon in Rome with Priscilla Chan. Continue reading →
Trains in Italy – updates – new high speed trains connect main Italian towns
The regional and most of the Italian train service is managed by Trenitalia, a State company. Please note that regional and Intercity trains require that you stamp the ticket before boarding, otherwise you’ll be fined. Regional trains are very cheap and connect many Tuscan cites, while faster and more expensive Eurostar AV and Frecciarossa trains connect Florence to other Italian cities. Intercity trains are cheaper than Eurostar, but have there are few still running. Continue reading →
Just found this great bag! the Worton Weekender…I would highly recommend it to anyone not just as a carry on – but if you can travel light, I mean if you can travel with a carry on only, then this is a great find. Not only does it look great…black with leather straps and handles, it is amazingly useful. I tested it myself on a 2 week safari to Tanzania – imagine a woman traveling for two weeks with only a carry on! ( I know, I know – sounds sexist, but I am a woman and I tell you it’s a feat to pack everything in one bag for 2 weeks…feat really should be feet – as shoes are worst for women to take along… Everything fit, when rolled and tucked in… and the best is that the bag still looked good after being squished into the back of a jeep and crossing the very dusty Serengeti, sitting on the terrace of the beach house in Zanzibar or in the business class lounge… I can’t wait to take it to Italy soon – when I go on the next villa inspection trip to Tuscany
Best of all… I just received a notice that for the next 24 hours ( check date of posting) they are offering a great promotion … Continue reading →
Found a great article today about some lovely locations in Italy – are you looking for some romance during your trip to Italy, what about Juliet’s balcony in Verona? or a gondola ride in Venice, or standing at the edge of the Trevi fountain on a moonlit evening in Rome…that’s Amore! read more in this Lonely Planet article republished by Frommer’s – Alternatives to Italy’s romance hotspots
We have just launched our new website - take some time to browse our lovely properties; consider renting a villa in Italy this year, although summer dates are already quite booked, there are still some key weeks available in August and a few little pockets in July; Think about the fall, September and October are amongst my favourite times in Italy, the evenings offer golden shadows across the vineyards, great for photos, days are warm and although still a busy time, far fewer tourists than in summer.