One of the most iconic places of Liguria when not of all Italy is Portofino. The former fishing village is located within a dreamlike bay at the southern tip of the Tigullio Gulf bay. Surrounded by the azure blue sea and olive trees you will find pastel-colored houses, the little port and on top of a hill the Castello Brown. Over the years the idyllic place became an international jet set destination and is subject to the masterpiece “Love in Portofino” by Dalida
When searching for a place to study Italian at, I discovered the picturesque Ligurian town Sestri Levante. The town is overshadowed by known nearby sites such as the Cinque Terre or Portofino but is in no way inferior to them. Especially its colorful old town located on a peninsula, with the Bay of Silence on one side and the Fairy Tale Bay on the other side, make this place so particular.
The mystery behind the Shroud of Turin started back in 1898 a photographer took the first black-and-white negative suddenly reveling all the details of the centuries old linen. As a result thousands of believers and curious people pilgrims to the cathedral of Turin to see it also because they believed that it’s the shroud in which Jesus was wrapped in after his crucifixion.
A tour through one of the most impressing palaces in Italy: The Palazzo Reale in Turin. For centuries, it was the royal home of the powerful and wealthy House of Savoy dynasty, which were the kings of Sardinia and later even of Italy.
In this episode I’m showing you around the city of Turin and its culture with a focus on its main attractions.
Travelling to Florence during Covid-19 – Italy post lockdown
For the first time after the lockdown I travel back to Florence in Italy. See in this video which impact the Covid-19 has on security measures and tourism.
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S2 – E11 Italian Road Trip Day 11 – The entire Cinque Terre in one day
In the last episode of our Italian road trip we’re visiting all 5 villages of the Cinque Terre in just one day. Cinque Terre which means five lands, comprise the five small fisher villages Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. The villages are famous for their spectacular locations between or on the top of the cliffs and their colorful houses making it to the perfect scenery for ending our series.
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S2 – E10 – Italian Road Trip Day 10 – Riomaggiore & Portovenere
We travel on to one of the most famous coastal areas of Italy: The Cinque Terre, a twelve kilometers long coastal strip in the region of Liguria. Of the in total 5 villages we are visiting the picturesque former fisherman’s village “Riomaggiore” and during the sunset hours the village of “Portovenere” which isn’t part of the Cinque Terre but nevertheless absolutely must-see.
We are continuing our journey to Lucca, a Tuscan city 20 km northeast from Pisa. Discover in this episode the fully preserved 4 kilometer long city wall as well as the old town with its numerous churches, towers, palaces and the amphitheater.
S2 – E8 – Italian Road Trip Day 8 – Florence
We arrive at the most famous place in the Tuscany: Florence. The city is considered as the cradle of the renaissance and possesses numerous works of art. We take you on the top of the famous cathedral and inside its museum, to the Palazzo Vecchio, the Medici-Riccardi palace and the Mercato Centrale.