Local folklore has it that the elite population of Pietrasanta has always spent their summer mornings luxuriating on the golden beaches of Marina di Pietrasanta (on Italy’s west coast near Viareggio) and their afternoons steeped in culture in the town of Pietrasanta (located 3 km inland in the last foothills of the marble-rich Apuan Alps)….
Clean mountain air and stunning vistas out over the Imagna Valley are two of the best things about a visit to Hotel Miramonte in Rota D’imagna. The wonderful restaurant and fantastic spa don’t hurt either! We spent 3 glorious nights at this family-run hotel and can highly recommend it.
The upper city of Bergamo, Città Alta is a UNESCO world heritage site located in the foothills of the Alps northeast of Milan. It’s surrounded by 16th century Venetian Walls and beautiful views beyond that. Well worth a visit!
Our Remembrance Day visit to the Milan War Cemetary was beautiful and included a pleasant surprise – the wonderful Parco di Trenno surrounding it.
Now that tourism season is over, Lerici’s public beaches are going to the dogs in all the best ways.
Should you ever find yourself walking the road between Lerici and Tellaro, take a few minutes to pop down and check out the Fiascherino beaches. There are 2 that the public can visit and they’re accessible from some hiking trails as well. Note: dogs aren’t allowed during the tourism season.
High in the hills on the northeastern edge of Florence is the scenic Etruscan town of Fiesole. Conquered by Romans in 283 BC, it was once a powerful independant town that rivaled Firenze. Their skirmishes led Dante to reference “the beasts of Fiesole” in his Divine Comedy.
The beautiful hilly landscape south of Turin is home to vineyards that produce some of the finest wines in Italy (and the world). Spending a couple nights in Castiglione Falletto and tasting the local varieties is perhaps the truest embodiment of “La Vita Dolce” one can experience – delizioso! Piemonte’s wine country is also a…
Northern Italy’s Piemonte region’s capital is home to much more than the famous shroud of Turin. The birthplace of the slow food movement is rife with culinary delights, including some of the world’s finest wines (e.g. Barolo, Nebbiolo, and Barbera varieties) and hazelnut chocolates (e.g. Nutella and Guido Gobino). Torino was Italy’s first capital city (1861) and…
Mention of Tuscany brings visions of rolling hills and villas to mind, but the costal towns of this region are indeed also worth a look. We spent an afternoon exploring the ancient Etruscan port of Piombino.
We’ve stumbled upon some amazing places on hikes around Lerici, but this might be the coolest discovery yet: a batcave! Holy hole in a hill, Batman! Video of the batcave :O
Lake Como is a much beloved vacation destination in the Lombardy region of Northern Italy. George Clooney has a house there, and American travel guide extraordinaire Rick Steeves highly recommends it. The lake is nestled in the foothills of the Alps, surrounded by a network of charming villages. Even with all the hype, we were…