Grand Opening of our Virtual Photo Tours 2020!

CIAO TUTTI!

As you all know, traveling is currently out of the question, especially in countries like Italy. Every day, Jim and I are being reminded via our Google calendars where we’re currently “supposed to be” which is is anywhere but here, in the Pacific NW. As much as we enjoy the gorgeous spring here and love to see our spring flowers in full bloom (for the past 10 years we’ve been in Europe at this time), we’re also saddened that we can’t be there. 

We miss experiencing our annual visits with our repeat clients/friends, our European friends, and the many stunning locations we love to photograph again and again (let alone all the culinary treats).

So we thought that giving us and all of you, especially those of you who are planning on traveling with us this fall (or next spring or next fall, who knows at this point), the opportunity to experience each photo tour day-by-day virtually, starting with the Cinque Terre tour.

Each day, we’ll share photos and anecdotes of the places we’d normally be visiting and photographing right now. We’ll spice it all up with local food recipes, drone footage, and regional music. Join us every day or check in occasionally to get inspired for future trips and, in this way, “keep on traveling,” as Rick Steves, our local travel guru likes to say. 

We will travel and photograph together again!

Rinasceremo — we will be reborn: Watch the touching video here!

Cinque Terre

The Cinque Terre are 5 colorful centuries-old fishing villages, improbably cascading down steep cliffs toward the rugged coastline of the Ligurian Sea. In each of the 5 towns, colorful houses and vineyards cling to steep terraces, small fishing boats rest on the beaches, and trattorias turn out seafood specialties along with the Liguria region’s famous pesto sauce. The old town centers are all car-free zones. Cliffside hiking trails with sweeping sea vistas, boats, and trains link the 5 villages.

This drone footage will give you a good sense of the uniqueness of this area. Click here to watch the video. »

HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR CINQUE TERRE PHOTO TOUR:

  • On this photo tour, we spend 4 days exploring the fascinating colorful villages and landscapes via foot, boat, and train.
  • We have chosen Monterosso, the largest of the five villages, as our home base as it offers larger hotels, the best selection of restaurants and the most convenient access to the other villages.
  • We stay at a wonderful hotel with an exquisite breakfast buffet (and Marco, who makes the best cappuccino and the best drinks — “Spritz” anyone?).
  • We focus our photographic excursions on the five villages (Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore) but also take a fun boat ride to nearby charming Portovenere and visit elegant historic Portofino by train.

DAY 1 | (October 18, 2020 / May 1, 2021)

We spend this evening in Pisa or nearby, for instance in Lucca to allow us to get some rest before the Cinque Terre Photo Tour begins.

Pisa at blue hour

Both towns are lovely but if you haven’t seen the Leaning Tower and the Field of Miracles, you simply must. Check out this drone footage of the magnificent Field of Miracles or Campo Dei Miracoli (https://www.airvuz.com/video/Pisa-by-Drone—Leaning-Tower-in-4K?id=5a3ec694f166730455026177) which has definitely earned its name as it’s a sheer miracle that the leaning tower hasn’t collapsed centuries ago.

the leaning tower of Pisa, Italy

The Campo Dei Miracoli dates back to the 11th century and has been beautifully restored to its gleaming white marble glory. Germans used the Leaning Tower as an observation post during WW II. An American sergeant was so struck by the beauty of the Field of Miracles that he was unable to call in an artillery strike thus saving the buildings from destruction. In 1987, the Field of Miracles was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Watch this short video about the successful and not so successful attempts to keep the tower leaning but prevent it from falling: The Leaning Tower Of Pisa: Italy’s Legendary Architectural Mistake | Massive Engineering Mistakes: Click here for the video. »

RECIPE FOR DAY 1

Liguria and the Cinque Terre are famous for the iconic pesto sauce, anchovies, and focaccia flatbread. Let’s start our exploration of this tasty regional cuisine with a Minestrone con Pesto (Vegetable soup with Pesto). Click here for the recipe.» and let us know how it turned out.

Buon viaggio — ci vediamo domani!