♥ 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…


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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15 Responses to ♥ My Italian Journey Begins…Sneak Peek Preview! ♥

  1. Sandra Brooks says:

    Fabulous photos and a great way for us to visit these beautiful areas vicariously….not quite like being there, but you do give us a wonderful taste of what traveling with Victoria is like! Love it!

    • Cara Sandra, thank you soooo much… Well, if you couldn’t join me this time I’m thrilled to have you join me vicariously!
      Genoa has been a marvelous surprise and delight so far… So much more to enjoy and discover-and you know I will be sharing with you!
      A big hug!

  2. orna2013 says:

    Great Victoria! Enjoy your trip and see you in Puglia! 😀

  3. rhussung says:

    Gorgeous photos and exciting places!!

  4. John LeVan says:

    Looks marvelous Victoria. Wonderful photos. Enjoy!

  5. Debra Kolkka says:

    It sounds as though you are having a great time…see you soon.

  6. Janey says:

    SO exciting!!!! When I see you in my mailbox I find a quiet place to read, imagine, enjoy and dream of your adventures!!! And wishing I were with u!!!! Can’t wait for next installment!!!

  7. Looks like so much fun!! I’m loving all the photos! Enjoy Liguria!!!

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