When seeking out new destinations in Italy, you often don’t have to go far to find them. Even as popular an area as the Italian Riviera has a good choice of intriguing villages and towns that many well-traveled visitors have yet to discover. Here are four coastal havens you might not know about but should consider for your next trip to the region;...

The triathlon in the Disney and Pixar film Luca sandwiches a carb-packed “sport” between the swimming and cycling legs: pasta eating. The pasta? Trenette.  While it’s served plain during the competition, trenette also appears by the bowlful, prepared with pesto sauce on several occasions by Massimo, the fisherman father of Giulia, the friend to the...

Enchanted, fairytale-like sceneries await all along the Riviera Ligure di Levante. Beloved by the writers that have told their story to the world, Portofino, Cinque Terre, and the Gulf of Poets greet us one after the other, as we work our way down the coast from Genoa to magical Versilia. Fresh air and pure nature, towns nestled amidst mountain roc...

It may seem as if there are no undiscovered stretches of the Italian Riviera. After all, centuries of visitors, from conquering Romans and Grand Touring Brits to rail-pass-toting backpackers and well-heeled cruisers, have explored the region’s splendors. Still, some surprises remain. Just south of the Cinque Terre lies a dazzling gulf dotted with s...

When traveling to Italy in summer, deciding whether to spend time seeing all there is to see or letting yourself succumb to the dolce far niente call of the country’s alluring coast can be tough—many visitors want lots of history and beach time, but sometimes can’t have them both in the same day. As temperatures soar, the tug of the seaside often g...

Four more regions will turn 'white' next week, the Italian health ministry confirmed on Friday, with the rest of the country expected to follow later this month. Based on the latest health data, the Italian regions of Abruzzo, Liguria, Umbria and Veneto will be in the low-risk white zone from Monday June 7th, the health ministry stated. The latest...

To many, Liguria is the land of pesto sauce, Portofino, focaccia, and the Cinque Terre. But Ligurian foods (and the landscapes for that matter), extend far beyond the obvious. Here's a look at six essential Ligurian eats to look out for next time you're in that neck of northern Italy nestled along the Mediterranean between France and Tuscany.  1. C...

Liguria gets lots of love for its pesto, focaccia, colorful architecture, and exquisite beaches. On the global stage, though, the wines of Liguria are among some of Italy's most discreet – but they're no less noteworthy.  Liguria's most interesting wines are the whites, with the pleasant exception of Rossese di Dolceacqua, an elegant red produced n...

Ciao from Rome, my dear friends readers of We the Italians. Spring has come, the contagion is slowing down, the vaccination campaign is accelerating and Italy, at least from this point of view, is actually going in the right direction. We even reopened to American tourists, and about that, We the Italians is preparing a beautiful surprise for all o...

The Riviera Ligure Protected Designation of Origin (DOP) Extra Virgin Olive Oil production area extends across the entire territory of Liguria. Olive cultivation rises from the coastal area up to accessible heights. After the fall of the Roman Empire, olive growing continued alongside the cultivation of other crops. Liguria provided an ideal climat...