UPDATE FROM ITALY
July 10, 2020
How much time do you need to visit the Cinque Terre? If you are going to hike all five villages you need 6 hours with a quick lunch.But plan to make a day out of it and really since you are making teh effort to get there,
stay on the Liguria levante coastline for a a few days. In addition to the Cinque Terre there is teh Gold coast further north, ie the Italian Riviera.
By now, just about any traveler interested in Italy has heard about the five villages of the Cinque Terre in the region of Liguria.
Liguria is situated northwest of Tuscany and the coastline wraps around the Mediterranean with Genova in the center, and touches France in the western side.
Why visit the Cinque Terre?
We are pleased to announce that Travel + Leisure has selected Joyce Falcone the Italian Concierge to be included in their 2015 “A-List” of travel agents specializing in Italy. This prestigious award is one of the highest honors in the travel industry. This year's award marks the 7th consecutive year that Falcone has been named. Auguri!
In a bustling city like Naples, it can be difficult to find peace and quiet, especially in the city center. But the other day while strolling among the crowds of tourists and street vendors, I decided to duck into Santa Chiara, a church/monastery complex I had walked by a few times before. The few euro I had to pay for entry proved to be more than worth it. Upon entering the courtyard of this 14th century convent, a feeling of complete peace and serenity washed over me. I was taken back not only by the beauty of the courtyard (more formally known as the Cloister of Clarisses), but even more so by the peaceful, even euphoric feeling that made it easy to recognize this was a place of spiritual refuge.
For years I have had a lovehate relationship with the city of Milano. In the past I have told clients, if you only have 9 days, thenk skip Milano and get right to the lakes, but now my sentiment has changed and that something happened with the preparation for The Worlds Fair of Food- Expo 2015- Feeding the planet which is now in full swing at the Milano Fair grounds -October 31, 2015 . The city has removed her dull dusty 1940's gray mask and has replaced it with new look, which is fresh, and reflective of her position as #1 ( move over Paris) in art and style. The city's new identity is encouraged by the numerous publications which have been flashing her new look under our nose. You can't read Savour, Architectural Digest, Departures , Travel + Leisure or Conde` Nast Traveler without seeing even a mention of something happening that is very Milanese.