• Best period to visit Cinque Terre

    The climate of the Cinque Terre is tempered, favoured by the mountains that shelter from the northern winds. The Mediterranean Sea mitigates the winter season with an average temperature of 12-14 degrees. In summer, the average temperature reaches 30 degrees.

  • Boat excursions to Portofino

    Every Monday and Friday (from July 3rd until September 11th)
    Departure from Monterosso at 10.10am, return to Monterosso at 5.15pm, stop for 2,5 hours in Portofino, panoramic tour San Fruttuoso
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  • Hotels in Monterosso, Cinque Terre

    Monterosso offers a wide range of excellent hotels and restaurants, as well as some cultural attractions and the only long stretch of beach in the Cinque Terre area. It’s a perfect starting point for those who want to hike between the villages or just want to spend some relaxing days by the sea.

  • Hotels in Rome

    Where to stay in Rome depends on your preferences and interests as well as your budget. The "Centro Storico" is where to stay if you’re short on time but still want to see all the main tourist sights.

    Walking is by far the best way to explore this wonderful city. Below, we have listed some unique hotels within an easy reach of the main attractions.

  • Hotels in Siena

    Visiting Siena should definitely be on your itinerary when visiting Italy. You can stay in the city to be near Piazza del Campo and the cathedral or you can stay just outside Siena and enjoy the lovely Tuscan countryside. We have listed the most romantic hotels and bed and breakfasts for you here below.

  • Hotels Sestri Levante

    Sestri Levante is a sparkling gem on the Italian Riviera and an excellent base for a seaside holiday. A beautiful small town on a tiny peninsula with narrow streets, elegant shops and great seafood restaurants. The hotels are small with relaxing atmosphere, all with walking distance to the famous beaches.

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  • La Spezia

    La Spezia is located right on the border between Liguria and Tuscany not far from Cinque Terre, Pisa and Florence.

  • Levanto

    Levanto is a famous seaside resort along the Italian Riviera, 80 km east of Genoa.

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    This town is the perfect starting-point for visiting the picturesque villages of Cinque Terre.

    From Levanto you can easily reach the five villages by train in only 10 minutes, by boat or by foot through guided tracks.

    Levanto has a long sandy beach, shops and good restaurants. This popular sea resort is surrounded by a green valley of pine forests, olive groves, vineyards and small medieval villages.


  • Manarola

    Manarola, built on a high rock 70 metres above sea level, is one of the most charming and romantic of the Cinque Terre villages.The tiny harbor features a boat ramp, picturesque multicoloured houses facing the sea, a tiny piazza with seafood restaurants.

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    Today we took the train to Manarola. Wonderful Sunday afternoon. Here some pictures...

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  • One day in Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre

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  • Portofino

    Experience the beauty of Portofino, an exclusive seaside village, situated only an hour away from the Cinque Terre.

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    The gem Portofino with its multicolored houses is worth a day-trip.
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  • Portovenere

    Portovenere is a medieval fishing village situated in north Italy, just south of the Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera. This charming village is well worth the visit and can be reached from the Cinque Terre by boat or from La Spezia by boat or by bus from the train station.

  • Riomaggiore

    Riomaggiore is the most southern village of the Cinque Terre, situated just a few minutes by train from La Spezia. It is quite sure that the origins of Riomaggiore date back to the 8th Century, when the inhabitants of the Vara valley, searching a milder climate to raise grapevines and olive-trees without the fear of pirate raids, moved towards the coast.

  • Rome

    Rome is a beautiful city and every year tourists from around the world come to admire the treasures and masterpieces of Roman art and architecture. The city is like one huge living museum where you will find ancient history and fascinating places behind every corner.

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    If you want to see the main landmarks, you will need at least 2 days in Rome. Most top attractions are concentrated in the area between Stazione Termini, the city’s main transport hub, in the east, and the Vatican in the west.


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    To the south of the historic center, the Colosseum makes for a dramatic landmark, whilst away to the north, Villa Borghese is an extensive park, ideal for recharging your batteries.


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    Where to stay in Rome

    We recommend you to stay near the main attractions. Our personal favorite area is in the old part of the city near the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps and around Piazza Navona. We have listed the most romantic hotels with excellent location in the heart of Rome for you: Hotels in Rome.


    How to reach Rome (Roma)

    BY PLANE: The main airport is Leonardo da Vinci in Fiumicino, about 30 kilometers southwest of the city. You can easily get a bus from the airport that will drop you to a stop close to your hotel or the central station in less than an hour. There is also the Leonardo Express train that will take you from the airport into the main city. Busses are starting from Terminal 1 (here terminal maps) to Rome (there are different companies)
    - taxi from airport to city; travel time 40-50 minutes (everage price 60 Euros)
    - car sharing; at Terminal 1, in the area "sosta brevi" (short time parking area) you can find some car sharing company.

    BY TRAIN: Rome is well connected by rail from all the major cities in Italy and Europe. The main railway station is Roma Termini. The high-speed trains, Frecciarossa, connect Rome and Florence in a little over an hour and a half and to Milan in three hours. Train timetable on Trenitalia.

    BY BUS: The bus company Eurolines operates throughout Europe.

    BY CAR: The main road connecting Rome to the north and south of Italy is the Autostrada del Sole (highway E35), which connects with the ring road circling the city.

    Parking in Rome

    The best option is to look for an accommodation that offers parking or has an arrangement with one. The biggest public garage is the Parcheggio Borghese under the Villa Borghese park in the northeast corner of town. This garage is open 24 hours and costs €18 per day.

    To find cheap parking in Rome, you have to leave the heart of the city and park close to public transport. All car parks are located near metro lines A and B or next to bus lines. The Anagnina car park, located east of Rome, is one of them.

    Getting around Rome

    As most of the main attractions are clustered together in traffic-free zones, walking is the best way to discover the city. However, some places, like Vatican City, are pretty far from the central historic district, necessitating the use of the metro or a taxi. The metro, or Metropolitana, is the quickest way to get around via public transportation.

    There are only three metro lines, and you will find stations scattered throughout the city marked by signs with a big red "M" on them. Buses are also available, but these are not recommended because of crowded conditions aboard and heavy traffic outside. A bus ticket costs the same as one for the metro (1.50 euros), and these are available at bus terminals and convenience stores.

    What to see in Rome

    The Colosseum is the largest Roman amphitheatre and landmark of the city. Construction began under the emperor Vespasian (69 AD). The Colosseum could hold an estimated 65 000 spectators and was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles including animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Roman mythology.

    The Roman Forum was where religious and public life in ancient Rome took place. After the fall of the Empire, the Roman Forum was forgotten and little by little it was buried under the earth. Although in the 16th century the existence and location of the Forum was already known, it was not until the 20th century that excavations were carried out.

    The Trevi Fountain is the most famous fountain in the world and a must see. Visit the Trevi Fountain during daytime or better at night for extra spectacle. When you throw your coin into the water, you should toss it over your shoulder with your back to the fountain.

    • The Baroque-style Piazza Navona is one of the most charming and popular squares in Rome. The most beautiful parts of the historical square are its three fountains, designed during the papacy of Gregory XIII: Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, Fontana del Moro and Fontana del Nettuno. The square is surrounded by restaurants and terraces giving Piazza Navona a lively and delightful atmosphere.

    The St. Peter’s Square, Piazza San Pietro, is one of the largest and most famous squares in the world and houses over 300,000 people. It is located in the Vatican City near St. Peter’s Basilica. The most impressive part of the square are its 284 columns and 88 pilasters that flank the square in a colonnade of four rows. Above the columns there are 140 statues of saints created in 1670 by the disciples of Bernini. In the centre of the square the obelisk and the two fountains stand out.

    • Visiting St Peter’s Basilica (Basilica di San Pietro) is an unforgettable experience when staying in Rome. It is located in the Vatican City, is considered one of the Catholic Church’s holiest temples and an important pilgrimage site. Besides, it is where the Pope presides many liturgies all year round. Inside, visitors will find extremely impressive pieces of art, including The Pietà, a sculpture by Michelangelo and the statue of St Peter on his throne. One of the most impressive parts of the Basilica is its incredible dome designed by Michelangelo and continued by Giacomo Della Porta.

    • The Sistine Chapel (Cappella Sistina) is one of the greatest treasures of the Vatican City. All of the frescoes of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel are the work of Michelangelo, who spent four years painting the vault between 1508 and 1512. If there is one thing that stands out from among the images on the ceiling, it is the nine stories from Genesis that occupy the central area: The scenes from the Drunkenness of Noah to the Separation of Light from Darkness are represented.

    • The Spanish Steps were built at the beginning of the eighteenth century and is one of the most famous parts of Rome. Every July, the square and the 135 steps are decorated to receive the Donne Sotto le Stelle fashion show. The staircase is a favorite spot among tourists to sit, relax and enjoy the views of the square Piazza di Spagna.

    • The Pantheon, completed in 126AD, was a Roman temple with a surprising oculus that is the building's main source of natural light. The Pantheon of Agrippa, also known as the Roman Pantheon, is one of the architectural masterpieces of the Italian capital. It is the best preserved building from ancient Rome. At its top, a 9 meter diameter opening allows natural light to illuminate the entire building. In the interior of the Pantheon the tombs of numerous Italian kings and a multitude of art works are found.

    • The Catacombs of Rome (Le Catacombe) are former underground burial grounds that date from the second to the fifth century and were principally used by Christians and Jews. The catacombs are subterranean passageways that were used as place of burial for a number of centuries.

  • Siena

    Surrounded by olive groves and the vineyards of Chianti, Siena is one of the most prettiest cities of Tuscany famous for its large fan-shaped piazza. Piazza del Campo is the heart of the town and is the home to the famous summer horse-race, known as Il Palio.

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    Siena is about 60 km south of Florence near the center of Tuscany in the Chianti Wine Region and about 3 and half hours by train from the Cinque Terre. Siena’s peak was about 1260-1348 when it was one of Europe's wealthiest cities and many of its buildings and art works originate from that time.


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    Where to stay in Siena

    Our selection of the best places to stay in Siena is a broad mix with something for all tastes and budgets. Don't forget to book well in advance: Hotels in Siena


    How to reach Siena

    BY PLAIN: Pisa Airport (about 100 Km from Siena), Florence Airport (about 60 Km from Siena)

    BY TRAIN: from Florence (Firenze) in 1 hour 30 minutes, line Firenze-Empoli-Siena. From Pisa in 1 hour 45 minutes, line Pisa-Empoli-Siena. From Rome in 3 hours, line Roma-Chiusi-Siena.

    BY CAR: from Florence head to the Raccordo Autostradale Firenze-Siena. From Pisa motoway A12 (Firenze-Pisa-Livormo) then Firenze-Siena motorway. From Rome motorway A1 and then exit on E78 for Siena.

    Things to see

    Piazza del Campo is the heart of Siena. Il Campo is paved with brick and ringed by cafes, restaurants, and historic buildings. Narrow medieval streets lead to the piazza, which has an unusual fan shape. Piazza del Campo was originally the Roman forum and later was Siena's main marketplace.

    The Gaia Fountain of Jacopo della Quercia is one of the most important works of the Italian 1400s and is both Gothic and Renaissance in style.

    The Palazzo Pubblico, Siena's Gothic town hall building, and the Torre del Mangia (bell tower) dominate Piazza del Campo. Great view from the top of the tower.

    Piazza del Duomo is another beautiful square and home to Siena's Duomo. The impressive Duomo has a black and white facade with intricate carvings and statues.

    Siena's art museum, Pinacoteca Nazionale, houses some of Italy's greatest paintings from the 13th and 14th centuries.

  • Vernazza

    The small fishing village Vernazza is probably the most characteristic of the Cinque Terre and is classified as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy.