Piazza San Carlo as the Floodlights Come On at Dusk, Turin

Travel Postcard – From Genoa to Turin

After a light breakfast at the Hotel Soana I set out to explore a bit more of Genoa at a more leisurely pace than the previous day’s wanderings in the old town.  I strolled to the north of the Old Town and found the lift up to the panoramic viewpoint over the city at Castelletto, […]

Piazza Banchi in the Old Town, Genoa

Travel Postcard – Exploring the Old Town in Genoa

After my relaxing day in Riomaggiore I was up for an early breakfast and then checked out and headed into La Spezia for a quick wander down to the waterfront before catching the FrecciaBianca train up to Genoa. My hotel was the comfortable Soana, an easy walk from Brignole station and occupying the fourth floor […]

Riomaggiore Harbour at Dusk

Travel Postcard – Relaxing in Riomaggiore

I looked out over the rooftops to another bright and sunny day in Riomaggiore.  It was, however, somewhat windier than the previous few days and down at the harbour the boat booking office was closed with a notice saying that shipping was suspended due to the weather, so it was as well I had done […]

Couple Looking out to Sea from a Window at the Church of St Peter

Travel Postcard – Porto Venere and Manarola

After a couple of days exploring the Cinque Terre by train it was time to go a little further afield and with fine sunny weather and calm seas a trip to Porto Venere by boat seemed to be in order.  So, I headed down to the harbour in Riomaggiore and booked my ticket for the […]

Town Hall and Piazza Cavour in Levanto

Travel Postcard – From Corniglia to Vernazza and Levanto

I had a two day Cinque Terre pass so after my hike from Vernazza to Monterosso the previous day I was keen to explore the only other section of the coastal path that was open from Corniglia to Vernazza. I arrived at Corniglia railway station, which is some way below the village itself being perched […]

Travel Postcard – From Vernazza to Monterosso

After the short train ride (mainly through tunnels) from Riomaggiore, I wandered down Vernazza’s busy main street to the harbour and the pretty Santa Margherita Church before exploring the colourful alleyways leading up from the harbour towards the castle. By this time of day it was starting to get rather warm, so the shade of the narrow […]

Riomaggiore Rooftops with the Church of St John the Baptist

Travel Postcard – A Stroll Around Riomaggiore

The train from Turin arrived at La Spezia more or less on time but with the end of day crowds at the station I didn’t quite have enough time to catch the connection back one stop to Riomaggiore but this gave me time to visit the Cinque Terre office and pick up a map and […]