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Sep 21, 2009 - Naples, Italy

Naples is the capital of the Campania region and has over 1 million population. It is the 3rd larges Italian city. Although it is crowded and dirty it is fascinating with its cobblestone roads and little narrow laneways-and lack of road rules! 'Rafferty's rules' reigns with drivers loving the sound of their horns! We walked down a few of the alleys with reservation, but it was good to get a 'feel' of the place. We were warned by our waiter Christian (from Naples) not to wear any jewellery and to keep a tight grip on our money! There doesn't...

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Sep 20, 2009 - Genoa

Bus trip from Venice to Genoa. A long trip of approximately 5 hours through some of the Italian countryside-wineries, maize fields, tomatoes. We have not seen a lot of animal stock in Italy or Greece and were excited to see three sheep in one of the little villas in the hills about an hour out of Genoa. These villas were very pretty in this hilly countryside.

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May 24, 2009 - Day trip to Portofino

Sun 24th May---Weather:-Nice and sunny We had a little look today at the place where it all started---La Dolce Vita (the good life) or should I say---the good and expensive life? Here, on the Italian Riviera, in a little bay sits the little hamlet known as Portofino. This was THE place where Old Hollywood actors would go on vacation; actors such as Ava Gardner, Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart & Tyrone Power. With its dramatic tree-lined cliffs, ocean views and warm weather this quaint little fishing town has become the darling of the rich...

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May 23, 2009 - Genoa on foot

Sat 23rd May---Weather:-Sunny/25degrees Famous natives of Genoa include the Italian freedom fighter and revolutionary Giuseppe Mazzini (1805-72), the national hero Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807-82), Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) the discoverer of America, and the great virtuoso of the violin Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840). Today we were lucky enough to be able to roam around the city. Instead of catching a bus we decided to follow the port around to get to the older part (centro storico) of the city--it was a lot closer than it looks—only...

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May 22, 2009 - Cortona to Genoa

Fri 22nd May---Weather:-Overcast/24 at destination Cortona to Genoa (350km) (3:20h) A funny night was had by us last night. We now realize that the residents of Via il Guelfa, the little street that we were living in, in Cortona do not have to go and visit each other. We had noticed them during the day time hanging out of windows and talking to each other but last night because it was so hot everybody including us had every window and door open to try to pick up any little breeze that was about. All the windows are double glazed and the...

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May 18, 2009 - An open letter to Italy

Dear Italy: You stink...I havent had a breath of fresh air since 2 days ago (in france), your cities may not have a crapload of people in them, but they sure as hell sound like they do. Your commuters wont stop honking, people spit everywhere, people yell and scream at each other like ive never heard before. Youre alnnoying noisy kids are 5 times noisier than the most annoying noisy kid Ive ever heard. Smog destroys the nice views of the hills that your cities are built in, youre muggy and clammy (and not in that good-for-your-skin tropical...

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May 9, 2009 - Italian Riviera

ITALIAN RIVIERA (Travel Tips are bolded) Chaos ensued immediately upon entering Italy! We were looking forward to seeing the gardens at Villa Hanbury in Ventimiglia, “one of the most impressive botanical gardens in Italy”. Upon entering Ventimiglia, just across the border from France, we were directed to a detour unlike anything we have ever experienced. The detour took us through the most derelict of “streets”, if you can call them that, so narrow we at times had to pull in our mirrors, with turns every 20 yards. If anyone was behind us...

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Aug 17, 2008 - Paradise Along the Coast of the Italian Riviera

Paradise. We moved to our next city in Italy - Camogli. I'm sitting in one of our two balconies and staring into our view. I'll describe it, but without doing justice. We sit in a horseshoe with the villa sitting at the bottom. On the left, right and behind us are lush green mountains. We stare out into these mountains on the side of us and the beautiful town of Camogli which is located on the bottom of the mountain. Beyond the town is the majestic aqua blue Mediterranean Sea. In the morning we eat our cereal and drink our tea and get lost...

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Jun 20, 2008 - Excursion to Genoa (Genova)

Today we made a day trip to Genoa. Can't quite figure out why it's called Genoa in English and Genova in Italian - could English people not pronounce the V? Spent a chunk of the day in Genoa's central market where we had just about every kind of fresh food imaginable. Afterwards, we sauntered along the harbour in extreme heat, and came along an international festival where for the first time, we saw a whole bunch of non-ethnic Italians and it seemed a bit like a Canadian festival. Then hopped the train back to Monterosso for dinner.

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Return to Italia

Apr 25, 2008 - I made it finally

I went from Honolulu to Pheonix to Philly to Milan, Italy to Genoa (Genova), Italy at last. What time is it? Well in my home town it's exactly 12 hours difference. It is absolutely beautiful but i haven't stopped shivering. ~BURRRR! They tell me it's nice weather which it is just a bit cooler than i am use to. My hosts with the most are charming and friendly. Last night for dinner we had authentic spaghetti with salami and crazy cheese with pressed grapes. Yummy!!! First night not so much sleep. My body is a little confused. More to come...

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Paige's Travels

Aug 3, 2007 - Monte Carlo to Genova (Genoa), Italy

We grudgingly got up this morning since we had to leave the beauty and ambience of Monte Carlo behind. We made our way to the train station by bus and caught the 10:21 train to Genoa. The train was quite full and when we found our compartment, we saw that we had to share with three other people...coincidently, a family from Canada!!!! We quickly struck up a conversation and chatted with them for three hours all the way to Genoa when we got off....they were continuing on to Milan. It made out train ride very enjoyable. Upon our arrival in...

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Jun 8, 2007 - Genoa

Overnight train from Salzburg. Excellent train service and we were woken wıth a cup of coffee and roll at 5 am, 40 minutes before our train pulled in. Genoa is the birthplace of Christopher Columbus - his house is still standing and is built right next to the ancient city gate. Tried to order lunch but could not understand the menu. The waitress did not speak English but brought over another customer who helped us select. Started talking to him - it was Dicko's dad who lives ın Genoa. He was quite a character. Our main reason for coming...

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