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Liguria and the Cinque Terre


  • La Torretta Hotel – MANAROLA, CINQUE TERRE – one of the best hotel experiences we’ve ever had
  • Abbadia San Giorgio – MONEGLIA, CINQUE TERRE – a restored and renovated monastery
  • Hotel Splendido – PORTOFINO – If you have the money, they have a room
  • La Meridiana – Near Albenga and about 2hrs from Cinque Terre
  • Hotel Miaramare – SESTRI LEVANTE – really nice property overlooking the Bay of Silence in Sestri Levante


  • Hiking in the Cinque Terre – The site is also in English. Wear good shoes.
  • Visit Genoa. Most people shy away from this wonderful city. Don’t be afraid. It’s really friendly.

TRAINS, BOATS, CARS (very little parking)


Pesto from Genovese Basil, Focaccia (the best is from Genoa), Farinata (Chicpea pizza), Coniglio in Umbido (Rabbit stew), Buridda (fish stew), large anchoives, fried sardines, langostina, gamberi (shrimp), Ciuppin (Ligurian bouillabaisse), Pandolce Genovese, (sweet bread with candied fruit, raisins and nuts), Trofie and Trenette pasta and a sweet desert wine known as Sciacchetra.