Italy tips & suggestions

Best coffee in Italy – on the highway, at the Autogrill?

Today I learned an interesting coffee tidbit from a couple of Italian friends and coffee connoisseurs; the best coffee in Italy, can often be found in the rest stops on the highway  (Autogrill). In fact, some Autogrill/rest stop restaurants apparently even make it into Italian Guide Books!
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Trains in Italy – no cars needed here

To get around the Ligurian Riviera without a car (Camoli, Cinque Terre, Santa Margherita, Finale Ligure, Varigotti, La Spezia, Portofino – you need to take a boat or bus from Santa Margherita) from Genoa on public transportation one may ...read more
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Genoa to Camogli, Punta Chiappa & back

Camogli July in Genoa and things are heating up. It is time to find ways to get out of the heat. Temperatures in the sun often surpass 90°F, even with low humidity, it is HOT. One the best places to be is on my 100m² terrace, enjoying my ...read more
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Summer Specials: 25% OFF in our gorgeous Tuscany villas

If you’re yearning for a summer getaway, it’s not too late to make the most of the warm weather! We are currently offering 25% off ANY STAY at our fabulous Tuscany villas, Haybarn, Poggio and Capriolo. In the heart of one of ...read more
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Focaccia & Cappuccino for breakfast . . . in Genoa

Focaccia from le Coq Noir Focaccia in Genoa is a mouthwatering mix of chewy, salty and olive oily. At its best it is crunchy on the edges and soft and warm in the middle. The Genovese wholeheartedly consume Focaccia all day long, but they ...read more
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In Italy, it’s all in the underwear (and bras)

Photo and text Erica Berman Have you ever noticed that  when the Italians hang their laundry out to dry, they hang it all out? Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t think I am particularly prudish (al contrario), but I have to admit I am ...read more
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Smiling Cappuccino – Only in Italy

Genoa, June 2009: The search for the perfect cappuccino is on. It’s hard to go wrong when drinking any sort of coffee in Italy, but the smiling cappuccino from the Cafe in Piazza delle Vigne, although good, but not the greatest, takes the ...read more

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Genoa – what exactly am I doing while here in Italy?

Typical Genoa So, what do I do here friends want to know? This is my third trip to Genoa, and I still have not been to the Aquarium, to the famous museums that dot the city,  or even to  see the house where Christopher  Colombus supposedly ...read more
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Genova, Genes, Genoa, Italy – however you want to spell it – at last!

Photo: Erica Berman -The path that leads to home In Genova, finally, until July 17! My third trip. Inquiring friends want to know why I chose Genova. No-one has ever heard if it. They think it is Geneva, and that I am in Switzerland.  The story ...read more
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Bocca di Magra, Montemarcello, Valleponci, Finale Ligure

May 20, 2009 Day 5 Setti Archi – Lunch at a seafood restaurant in the nearby marina, Bocca di Magra. Discovered this gem last year and were delighted to return to the wonderful seafood and service in this family run hotel and restaurant . ...read more
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Forte dei Marmi, Sarzana, Biaghi Gelateria & more

Photos: Erica Berman – Forte di Marmi May 17, 2009 Day 2 Warm sun, breakfast of apricot croissants, too strong coffee and the view with a breeze and birds chirping.  Trying to figure out how to make my new Nikon D90 work; frustration and ...read more
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Images & posts from Liguria

Photo : Erica Berman To find out more about Liguria, Finale Ligure, Cinque Terre, Valleponci, Bocca di Magra, Forte dei Marmi and many other wonderful, and off the beaten track, places, please click on the following links: ...read more
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My Ligurian Villa vacation (on Tuscan border – by Cinque Terre)

One of our views & rose bushes by the villa Photos: Erica Berman For some reason, one I am not sure of, most Americans (and the majority of tourists in general) come to Italy for Tuscany, Rome and Venice. Don’t get me wrong, these are all ...read more
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