La Bella Italia

Crowds, traffic and summer heat notwithstanding, there is little not to love about this belle paseo (beautiful country), which together with Greece stands as the birthplace of Western culture.

Our destination was northwest Italy, the region of Linguria, also known as Riviera dei Fiori (Flower Riviera) which includes Imperia, Cinque Terre, San Remo, Genoa.

No art book, no film, can grasp the reality of literally walking among live history in a country with varied and scenic landscapes that make constant detours necessary: rugged countryside, delightful towns, stairs carved into hills, rock formations, tide pools, serene waters.

As for Italian cuisine, it more than withstands its reputation —ย  tutto รจ delizioso!

Italian pace of life is slower than most other countries. Everything is alive with emotion. With stories and music. People take time to enjoy life — somewhat of a strange concept when traveling from the U.S.

Yes, Italy has everything.

Words can’t describe it, so here are a few pictures.

Cinque Terre:

San Remo:

Imperia:

our rental ATOP SERPENTINE HILL:

Genoa:

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13 responses to “La Bella Italia

  1. Bellissimo! Thank you for sharing, Silvia! ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

  2. You are giving me the itch to travel–especially to Italy!

  3. How glorious! Your description of the relaxed Italian life reminds me of moving between California to return to Washington State. I had to learn how to slow down and relax again. ;-)

  4. Hi Silvia – it is a stunning part of the world, with lots of history, wonderful views, delightful areas to investigate and the countryside full of tiny tavernas
    or more appropriately trattorias… Italian fresh food at its best … sounds like you had a blissful time – next time another two weeks for doing things the Italian way! Cheers Hilary

  5. Wow, what a wonderful vacation. I envy you, but I’m also glad for you. Life should be enjoyed.

  6. Awesome post! Last month I visited Cinque Terre and I really loved it! If you want to know more about my experience check my last post โ˜บ๏ธ Great photos you have! What ah inspiring post ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

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