♥ Here I Go Again! My Next Italian Journey ♥

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♦ I Have My “E-Ticket” ♦

“We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next, to find ourselves.”
– Pico Iyer

I remember when an “e-ticket” meant something besides “electronic ticket”! Way, way, way before electronic tickets or pretty much anything else electronic (yep, pre-1987, which probably dates many of us!)…an “e-ticket” was THE ticket in your admission coupon book for Disneyland!

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The original “e-ticket
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You could buy different booklets of tickets which were grouped according to various levels with the “e-ticket” always being the really, really good rides— we’re talking the Matterhorn, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Jungle Cruise and a selection of premium rides in each of the “lands”… Ah, the good ol’ days!

Well, today, I’m dubbing my next trip to Italy, my next Italian Journey, as my pre-1987 definition of an “e-ticket”! The ride that tops all rides and no matter how many times you’ve been on it, you can’t wait to return…that thrill, that rush of anticipation and excitement…always new, always exhilarating…that flutter of butterflies-in the-tummy… Continue reading

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♥ My Italian Journey Begins in Liguria! ♥

La Dolce Vita for Me♥ La Dolce Vita from Liguria! ♥

“Thou Paradise of exiles, Italy!” – Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Genoa and points east and west in the Italian Riviera: 

Riviera di Di Levante including Portofino, Santa Margherita Ligure, and Camogli…

Riviera di Ponente including Finale Liguria, Finalborgo, and Noli…

 and Christopher Columbus, the King of Pesto, local markets, and a chinotto tasting…

Buckle up and andiamo!! 
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Join me for a Shakerato in fabulous Liguria!

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An evening with Roberto, the “King of Pesto”  at “Genovese”👑. 

Pesto is from Genoa so be prepared to savor the best you’ll ever have…

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A king-sized pesto and mortar for the King of Pesto!

💜 Genoa is an absolute surprise! Elegant, sophisticated and chock-a-block with stunning boulevards, architecture, and piazze…just remember to look up as you’re enjoying a stroll through this under-estimated city…

💜 From the Crusades to Columbus to being one of the most powerful maritime powers the world has ever known …

Genoa’s proud and rich history is reflected everywhere you look…

💜 Becoming acquainted means visiting the Mercato Orientale (which doesn’t mean that it is Asian but that is in the eastern part of the city).

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Genoa’s Mercato Orientale is a revelation & unbelievable in its size and scope!

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…an unbelievable assortment of seasonal vegetables & fruits, seafood & meats, spices & dried goods…

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…and, of course, local pasta!

💜  We are hungry now and there is only one solution-an authentic trattoria in the old historical center. 

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Focaccia, farinata & stuffed anchovies are on the menu…

💜 Our day ends perfectly with a visit to the exquisite San Lorenzo Cathedral with the characteristic black and white stripes of Genoa-slate and Carrara marble-and it’s stunningly magnificent lions…

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The lions of San Lorenzo Cathedral

 

💜 For the next 2 days let’s explore Liguria’s picturesque eastern and western coastlines. The famous Portofino Peninsula – Il Parco di Portofino – Riviera di Levante, once playground of the chic and celebrated with its pastel storybook resorts and famous beaches…

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It’s impossible to resist enchanting Santa Margherita Ligure

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Lovely pastel palazze with tromp l’oeil accents, inviting cafes & shops, a magnificent jewel of a church…

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And then there is the iconic Portofino, where just the name evokes images of charm, chic and celebrity…


💜 Next we take the local boat to a very secluded and special place, The secluded abbey of San Fruttos which can only be reached by boat…


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💜 Our perfect day ends with a stroll through the fishing village of Camogli… I will let the photos speak for themselves!Liguria - Italian Riviera
💜 And now we will explore the Riviera di Ponente to the west of Genoa. Although these seaside towns and gorgeous coast is not as well-known to many visitors, it is certainly as spectacular and interesting as Riviera di Levante… 

First a stroll all my the boardwalk and through the quaint seaside town of Final Ligure…

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A taste of local life in Finale Ligure.

💜 Next stop is a visit to something you will only find here, a chinotto plantation (pronounced “kee-no-toe”). Here Giacomo & Mariastella cultivate and grow the unusual chinotto fruit- A flavor like a bitter orange-it is unique, delicious and lens itself to marmalade, juice, honey and even a liqueur. Liguria - Italian Riviera

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In addition to growing chinotto, they also grow a variety of absolutely beautiful fruits and vegetables…


💜 Our spectacular day includes two other picturesque seaside towns with rich histories and inviting passageways… Finalborgo and Noli…Liguria - Italian Riviera

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Finalborgo offers a delightful mix of old & new world charm .

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Noli which was once one of the five maritime powers which included Venice, Amalfi, Pisa, and Genoa.


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♥ My Italian Journey Begins…Sneak Peek Preview! ♥

La Dolce Vita for Me♥ Sneak Peek: Scouting with BeautifuLiguria ♥

 After many months of planning, I am in Genoa! It’s my first time in “la Superba” and I’m thrilled to be “scouting” with my tour partners, BeautifuLiguria.

Emanuela is introducing me to the sights and flavors of this iconic port city and to several of the nearby seaside towns that we will visit with the group next week.

This is not only the beginning of My Italian Journey but where my Tuscan maternal grandparents sailed from in 1910 to come to America…a very special visit indeed…

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Over a year of emails, Skype calls and planning have culminated into this very exciting experience…starting with the elegant Hotel Bristol Palace and it’s pure WOW! staircase…

Hotel Bristol Palace – our home in Genoa

 

 A classically luxurious accommodation and a welcome sight after a very long travel day!

💜 Day one in “La Superba” with Emanuela… What could be better than being shown a new place with a passionate native? In my book, not much!

Connecting with equally passionate travelers is so rewarding and then to plan and organize travels/tours together? Fantastic!

💜 So, what do we do Day One in Genoa? Palazzi! Caruggi! Pesto! San Lorenzo! Acciuga! Focaccia! …and walk walk walk! 

Genoa was an important and prosperous seaport for centuries…

Enjoying local specialties with Emanuela

💜 Then it’s time for gelato! A short drive and we are in Boccadasse. Picturesque, colorful, charming, hugging the sea…ahh, la dolce far niente beckons…

Gelato sidetrip to Boccadasse

💜 Day Two with Emanuela! We’re off to Levanto to visit the agriturismo where we will stay for the second half of our tour.

💜 Villa Nova was the family estate of Giancarlo who now manages and runs Villa Nova with the assistance of Alberto and a dedicated staff.

Sneak preview of Villa Nova with Giancarlo

Tucked behind a private gate and entrance, Villa Nova is perfectly situated to enjoy the breathtaking views and la dolce vita along the magical Italian Riviera.

Ready to take a spin with Alberto?

💜 Next is a visit to nearby Levanto. On this gorgeous warm day, locals are still enjoying summer vacation…

Picturesque Levanto

A lovely uncrowded gem (shhhhhhhhh, don’t tell anyone!) 

And when it is time for a little lunch, it’s not hard to find a wonderful osteria where Marco, our waiter presents us with eye popping portions of acciuge (anchovies) and the local pasta, trofie with pesto sauce (of course!). Delizioso!

Marco serves us more local delights…

💜 We have one more stop but we have to get there by train. So we take the train from Levanto to Vernazza in the Cinque Terre. Also in a spectacular setting but definitely not a secret anymore… we will be back with the group to explore all five of the 5 Lands…

Vernazza, one of the Cinque Terre villages

💜 The last day before the group arrives, I had time to or a little on my own and I had determined that I would visit the Galata-Museo del Mare. After all, Genoa dominated the seas and was a force to be reckoned with for centuries.

💜 More importantly, for me, this was the port where my maternal nonni- grandparents- left Italy to emigrate to America in 1910. So, this is where part of my story begins…

The museum has an extraordinary permanent exhibition, Memoria e Migrazioni. 
💜 When you enter, you step back in time and take the journey that your  Italian ancestors took when they emigrated  to America…you walk on board the ship, you see their dormitories, where they ate and how they lived while on their way  to their new life.

Not only realistic and incredibly well done, this is certainly an emotional and unforgettable journey  for anyone who visits…

So begins my Italian Journey!  The group tour experience will commence officially with dinner this evening.

We will be dining with Roberto, the King of Pesto and you are invited!

I can’t wait, can you?

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♥ The Road to My Ancestral Home: My Roots in Tuscany ♥

Let's Go to Italy Together!♥ I knew I had some roots in Tuscany in the hills of Garfagnana near Lucca but I didn’t learn the whole story until recently… ♥

We may not have much choice on how and where our story begins but there’s no doubt that it sets the stage and the course of our lives…

In the process of seeking my Italian dual citizenship, which began in earnest about three years ago, most of my focus was on my paternal genealogy since that was the path to receiving my citizenship.

I decided early on that I would pursue my maternal side after I received my citizenship…

 Roots in the boot - family time

We had a small tight-knit family…some things were never discussed.

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♥ Road Trip with #2SicilianGals ♥

Let's Go to Italy Together!♥ A brief account of how the upcoming road trip in Sicily with my friend, Margie, came about…

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♥ My Italian Journey: My Tuscan Roots ♥

Let's Go to Italy Together!♥ La Dolce Vita Returns to Her Roots ♥

“Where you are is who you are. The further inside you the place moves, the more your identity is intertwined with it. Never casual, the choice of place is the choice of something you crave.” – Frances Mayes

I’ve always wanted to spend more time in Lucca and not only because it is an elegant and lovely town but because it is very close to my roots.

Visiting the nearby birthplaces of my maternal grandparents has long been a dream of mine…dreams come true!

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At last, on a beautiful fall day, September 27, around 9:30am, we set out from Bagni di Lucca. Our destination today is two hill towns in the Garfagnana.

So begins a day I have been planning and looking forward to for a very long time-at long last, today I will visit the towns where my maternal grandparents were born…

It was only a short time ago that I actually learned the names of these towns. I had done a lot of research about my roots on my paternal side (Sicilian) for my dual citizenship but knew that, after obtaining it, I wanted to learn more about my roots in Tuscany.

 I didn’t have  a lot to go on but after some digging, slowly a story has started to reveal itself-their story which, of course, is my story. 

The very small towns we would be visiting are: Castiglione di Garfagnana, birthplace of my grandmother, Natalina Lunardi;  and Pieve Fosciana, birthplace of my grandfather, Giovanni Bertolini.

Aside from dates of birth, death , names of their parents, and when they immigrated to America, I knew little else. My intention was never to find lost relatives, it was more about returning to the places where they were born and lived and perhaps learning a little bit more about the lives they lead before they left. 

Somehow, I suppose, I wanted to connect with them, to let them know that their granddaughter remembered them, wished she knew more of their story, and was very touched by their story and grateful for their courage.

We arrive first st Castiglione di Garfagnana which turns out to be a stunning medieval town…

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Castiglione di Garfagnana…

Tuscany rootsWe begin by walking around the exterior of the fortress walls, then enter Porta del Ponte Levatoio which leads into the main square and to the municipal office (Municipio)…Tuscany rootsWe are very lucky – not only is it open, but the clerk, Cristina is more than helpful in trying to find my grandmothers records. She locates birth and even marriage records for my great great grandparents and some for my great grandparents  but not for my grandmother. It seems that, probably, her birth was recorded in a nearby comune, Collechio. Cristina kindly gives me her email address and, if I will email her with all the information I have, she will research more when she has the time. 

Grateful and touched by her kindness, we leave and continue our stroll through this very lovely place that is where a chapter of my story begins…Tuscany rootsTuscany rootsWandering, wondering, wishing just to touch the past,  to reach out to them and, I guess, to bring the story, our story, full circle.Tuscany roots

Although I am charmed and intrigued by this town and my connection to it, I know that life here was very difficult. Tuscany roots

My visit to Castiglione di Garfagnana ends with a cappuccino and visit with Pietro, Marco, Ottaviano, Virgilio & Franco.

Tuscany rootsSomething tells me I will return-I can certainly say I hope to…

 But now it is time to go a short distance down the road to Pieve Fosciano where my grandfather was born. 

As with Castiglione di Garfagnana, the narrow passages and streets are virtually deserted and here, too, I try to imagine what it was like to grow up in these small, remote towns in the late 19th century.Tuscany roots

Tuscany rootsFortuitously, we come across the office of the commune. It appears to be closed and, unable to find their hours, I take a chance and try to open the door… And it opens!

Tuscany rootsHearing voices, we walk down the hall and after a few minutes, two people leave and I a able to explain to the clerk. why I am there and what I am looking for.

It’s another stroke of luck-even though the office should be closed the clerk, Francesco, is kind enough to search for the records.

Tuscany rootsAnd this time I am very lucky-he finds the birth records of my grandfather and the address where he was born – which happens to be around the corner! He is also able to tell me when he married my grandmother! It’s hard to explain my emotions …

After giving me a copy of the record, Francesco is kind enough to walk with us to the address of my grandfathers birthplace… I, of course, wanted a photo with him and thanked him for his help.

Now, Cristina of Castiglione di Garfagnana and Francesco of Pieve Fosciana are part of my story, too…

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Coming full circle …

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♥ My Italian Journey Returns to Tuscany ♥


Let's Go to Italy Together!♥ La Dolce Vita Loves Tuscany! ♥

“The charm of Italy is akin to that of being in love.” – Stendhal

Tourist map of Tuscany

Starting in Florence, the “cradle of the Renaissance”, let’s take walks and explore the picturesque hill town of Siena and a jaunt to Chianti country…and enjoy an “unforgettable day”…or two!

Let's Go to Italy Together!There really is no other city like Florence! She defies description and refuses to be categorized. 

All you have to do is start strolling down any passageway and be sure to look in every conceivable direction, including up–I dare you not to be awed by its beauty and splendor…Pure eye candy!!

FlorenceFlorenceFlorence Although I have been fortunate enough to have visited this iconic city several times, I always love going deeper and exploring more of her treasures…

On this trip, those explorations included two exceptional excursions with Walks of  Italy. 

The first was an in-depth tour of the stunning Baptistry, the Duomo and a visit to the recently re-opened Nuovo Museo dell’Opera del Duomo which is home to the original treasures and masterpieces of the Duomo including works by Donatello, Michelangelo, and the restored  and truly magnificent Gates of Paradise…Florence Florence

My next Walks of Italy tour took me back to two cities that I had previously visited but longed to see again: Siena and San Gimignano plus a Chianti country wine tasting experience! All of this added up to a fantastic day!

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After a stop at Piazzale Michelangelo eith it’s stunning view of Florence, we visit Siena with its stunning Duomo…

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it’s impossible to capture the breathtaking magnificence , inside and out, of Siena’s Duomo…

 

And then a brief stroll through the famed Piazza del Campo where the annual horse race, the Palio, is held.

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It is relatively calm now but when the 17 contrattas compete, it’s a wild ride!

It’s time to move on and off we go for our wine tasting experience st Poggio Amorelli  in Chianti country. 🍷

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Poggio Amorelli is ideally located & after an introduction and informative tour of the wine cellar…

🍷It’s time for our wine tasting and it is absolutely divine!

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In a perfect setting, Giulia takes us through our multi-course lunch which includes all locally grown and prepared dishes and a selection of their exceptional wines.


🇮🇹❤️ Grazie, Walks of Italy for two fantastic experiences! 🍷🇮🇹

 Another unforgettable day in Florence – thanks to Baglioni Hotels-  included a VIP tour of their 5-Star property, Relais Santa Croce. 

Classic elegance and sophistication – as Flora graciously took the time from a busy day to, not only guide us through the beautifully appointed sitting, meeting and dining rooms but she also showed us many of the suites and accommodations …Wow!Florence

And then? An absolutely exquisite lunch…

❤️ Grazie, Baglioni Hotels and a special thank you to Flora and our server, Luisa.

🇮🇹 So, what to do that on my last day here? So many options so I include a visit to the convent and museum of San Marco, Specifically to see the divine frescoes of Fra Angelico but this calm and serene place holds other treasures worth the visit…FlorenceFlorenceThen, heading back in the direction of the historical center, the roar of engines announces the arrival of a 500 motorcycle riders! 

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It’s the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride! A worldwide motorcycle charity raising $ for cancer.

❤️ And, of course, what better way to end my day than with eye candy, Florentine style…Florence

And with a fond abbraccio to the lovely people I spent time with! Florence

❤️ My heartfelt gratitude to all of you and, of course, to magnificent Firenze!

* Note: since I am on the road, I am not able to write indepth posts for you but I love sharing these snippets of my days. When I get back (and over the jet leg), I will be sharing many more detailed posts of many of these wonderful experiences. In the meantime, thank you for joining me!

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♥ My Italian Journey: More Tuscany ♥

♥ La Dolce Vita Loves Tuscany! ♥

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”

– Thomas Merton

Is it possible to ever get enough of Tuscany? 

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As I come to the last few days of my stay in beautiful Tuscany, it’s hard to encapsulate this region in a few words or photos… Some places just have to be experienced!

Here’s a sampling of my last few days in Tuscany including Florence, Siena, Lucca…and beyond…

~* Florence *~
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🚾 Signs…Florence

🍷Wine…Florence

👯 Toasting with Friends…

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Fun with Miky, Lisa, Katarina & Deborah

 🏚A Great Place to Stay in Firenze.,.

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Absolutely 5⭐️ at Palazzo Belfiore with Federico

👑 Very Special Treatment at Baglioni -Relais Santa Croce…Florencr

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👠 Street scenes…FlorenceFlorence

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🏍 Gentlemen Riders for a Cause…Florence

🎨 Art, history, beauty…and more art, history and beauty…Florence

~ Siena’s Stunning Campo & Duomo ~Siena

~* Lovely Lucca *~LuccaLuccaLucca

 🍷Meeting My Wine Friend…

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Visiting Il Calamaio & meeting Samuele was a very special evening…

❤️ And, of course, A very special and much anticipated chapter in my Italian  Journey; visiting the Tuscan towns of Castiglione di Garfagnana and Pieve Fosciana where my maternal grandparents  were born…Tuscany roots

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~More Lucca! ~

Thanks to my lovely amica, Debra Kolkka, my stay in Bagni di Lucca, and explorations of Lucca and the environs was particularly rewarding…

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Museum of Italian Emigrants

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Exploring Lucca…


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Lunch with Luis at Paris Boheme Bistrot


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Climbing Il Torre Guingi… 200 steps and worth it!

Staying in Bagni di Lucca and Casa Debbio with Debra… so lovely…

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Bagni di Lucca

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Casa Debbio in Vergemoli


Grazie for joining me on this amazing sojourn…

Next stop? Puglia!!! 

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♥ My Italian Journey: La Dolce Vita in Liguria! ♥

La Dolce Vita for Me♥ More La Dolce Vita from Liguria! ♥

“What is the fatal charm of Italy? What do we find there that can be found nowhere else? I believe it is a certain permission to be human, which other places, other countries, lost long ago.” -Erica Jong

We have explored and absolutely loved Genoa, “La Superba”, and the Italian Riviera: Portofino, Cinque Terre, Santa Margherita, Camogli, Chiavari, Levanto and sooo much MORE!!

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So grateful to collaborate with Emanuela & Anna of BeautifuLiguria!


💜 I have to admit that the last two weeks  in Liguria have so exceeded anything I could have imagined, planned, or hoped for! 

💜 Genoa has been such an incredible and rewarding surprise- sophisticated, elegant, and alluring…and delicious! And, that’s not even mentioning the pesto, farinella, anchovies and vermentino vino! 

A thousand memories… All filled with beautiful people and experiences… How I wish you were here!!! 
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Liguria💜 Then the dazzling and irresistible Italian  Riviera- many well known destinations such as Cinque Terre, Portofino & Santa Margherita Ligure …LiguriaLiguriai

💜 But also the lesser travelled but equally charming Chiavari,  Portovenere,  Noli, Finalborgo and…then Levanto…LivuriaLiguria

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How I wish you were in this photo with me!

💜 Staying in the most perfect, picturesque Agriturismo in Levanto!  Sublime in every sense…pinch me, I must be dreaming! LiguriaLiguriaAnd a cooking class with Alberto? Perfetto & delizioso! Liguria  💜 The perfect finale to a perfect immersion, introduction to and experience in Beautiful Liguria! 

💜 I can only hope to inspire and light the fire… 

Hoping you will be experiencing and savoring la dolce vita with me in 2017! 💜

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♥ My Italian Journey: Loving Liguria! ♥

La Dolce Vita for Me♥ More La Dolce Vita from Liguria! ♥

“He who has been in Italy can forget all other regions. Who has been in Heaven does not desire the Earth.” – Gogol

Exploring Genoa and the Italian Riviera: Portofino, Cinque Terre, Santa Margherita, Camogli, Chiavari, Levanto and MORE!!

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Are you ready to join me for more exciting and beautiful days exploring Liguria? I hope so because I have much to share with you…

💚🍃Let’s begin with a pesto lesson in the land of pesto and in the city where it originated! We join Mario and Cristina at Mercato Carmine for a fun, informative and delicious experience…

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put on your apron and get your mortar and pestle… let’s make pesto!


Liguria- Genoa

Liguria - Genoa

Some traditional antipasti, our pesto with trofie pasta, local white wine, and dolce (canestrelli) complete our yummy experience Genovese!

Liguria - Genoa

A proud “graduate”!


💜On our way to our next accommodation in Levanto, we visit one of the last producers of hand loomed velvet, Cordani Velluti in Zoagli.  Magda Cordani explains the intricate and involved techniques and the painstaking attention to detail and perfection…(and, of course, who can resist making a small purchase?)Liguria

💜 Chiavari is on our itinerary and I’m so glad to visit this charming and lesser known town along the Italian Riviera. Let’s take a stroll, shall we? Liguria

💜 Our home for the second half of our fabulous experience is Villa Nova Agriturismo in Levanto…

Liguria- Levanto

Villa Nova is not only spectacular and it’s setting but it is 100% committed to an organic lifestyle including using and offering only local and organic foods and products.


💜 Family owned, this beautiful property has been in the family for 1000 years! Today, Giancarlo manages Villanova with the help of a stellar staff and their mascot, Giro.Levanto

Liguria- Levanto

Alberto is always warm and accommodating ( and he has a great sense of humor and is a great cook!)

Liguria - Levanto

A slice of paradise in Liguria…

💜 From Levanto we can easily explore the famous scenic villages of the Cinque Terre. Today we will visit four of the five, reaching them  by train and enjoying the unique and individual charm of each.

Beginning in Vernazza, we will then explore Manarola,  Riomaggiore, And Monterosso. With an early start and the expert guidance of Francesca, we are able to avoid the crowds… 

Liguria - Vernazza

Arriving early and after a little rain, we enjoy an unusually uncrowded visit.

Cinque Terre

Walking aling the path in Manarola offers a spectacular view…

Cinque Terre

Narrow inviting passages with shops, ristorante and charm…

Cinque Terre

Famous for its inviting beach, Monterroso is our last stop today- time for a gelato, perhaps?


💜 Our last excursion is by public ferry  to Portovenere from La Spezia.  Lesser-known and lesser traveled, this seaside town has a little bit of everything-an intriguing history including monastics, fortresses, powerful ruling families, famous poets and the military…

Liguria

With our fantastic guide, Francesca, we set off to visit Portovenere

💜 A special treat is our private boat tour of Portovenere’s dramatic coastline, cruising around the islands of Tino and Tinetto, and seeing the Church of St. Peter, the Doria Castle, and the Gulf of Poets from the water.Liguria- Victoria

Liguria

With Ricardo at the helm, we love our private boat tour.

💜  Always strategic in location and access, With its rugged coastline, Portovenere has a unique and fascinating story to share with us…including an absolutely sumptuous lunch!LiguriaLiguria

💜 Our last day together will include a fabulous cooking class with Alberto at Villa Nova… Stay tuned for an overview and the delicious photos coming in my next blog post…

💜 As you know, I am writing and blogging as I go, so I am sending you brief “PostcardZ” for now but you can look forward to more detailed blog posts in the future.

In the meantime, I hope you’re enjoying coming along with me virtually? Although, I must say that…

🇮🇹 I Wish You Were Here!!! Maybe you will join us in October 2017? I hope so! 🇮🇹

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