The Cinque Terre Card — where you can buy it and what it covers

Twenty tears ago, the Cinque Terre was a largely undiscovered region known to only a few savvy travelers. But today, hundreds of thousands come each year to hike the trails, drink the wine, and enjoy the spectacular scenery. So much so that there’s a considerable amount of wear on the trails. Cinque Terre National Park, which was …

Agriturismo Piemonte — Farmhouse accommodations in Piedmont, Italy

During the 1970s, many Italian farmers couldn’t make ends meet and left their farms to earn a living in the city. The Italian government was concerned about the loss of small farms and the impact on traditional life. So to encourage farmers to hang in there, they created Italy Agriturismo in 1985. The program provided …

La Spezia hotel guide

If you’re traveling to the Cinque Terre from the south, you’ll likely spend some time in La Spezia. Trains from Rome and Florence connect here to the line that serves the Cinque Terre — which makes it a convenient base for travelers who want to explore the region, but don’t have much time. The home of one …

Rome’s best flea markets

Known as mercato delle pulci, Rome’s flea markets have their roots in ancient times. They’re a great way to experience an authentic slice of Roman life. And you’ll often find a one-of-a-kind item that becomes a treasured souvenir or a thoughtful gift. Most visitors to Rome who enjoy flea markets and antique shops know about …

Department stores in Rome

Unlike Paris, where department stores were part of Baron Haussamans’s grand plan, Rome’s grandi maggazzi aren’t all that grandi. They’re actually pretty small – the big stores are in the new shopping malls on the ring road that runs around Rome’s perimeter. But you can certainly find whatever you’re looking for in Rome’s department stores, …