Italian Glimpses

Take a peek at these Italian glimpses to entice a little travel.

Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Sicily, Calabria, Italy, Europe

The glimpses series started with Chile in South America, then continued with Burmese glimpses, to share a few snippets of incredible countries.

These short, sharp travel posts are designed to give you a morsel, a small taste of a country you may not have visited. Maybe you’ve explored a couple of the countries that I’m sharing? I would love to hear about your experience, so share your comment below.

1. Calabria

Not on the tourist radar, southern Italy’s region of Calabria is a hidden gem to explore. With wonderful traditional exquisite cuisine, famous for the Chilli and Bergamot, Calabria is a delight to experience.

Roseto Capo Spulico, Calabria, Italy, Europe
Roseto Capo Spulico

A plethora of medieval castles, ruins, authentic old towns, crystal clear waters of the Tyrrhenian and the Ionian Seas, the gorgeous Sila National Park, scrumptious food, and quaint mountain villages grace Calabria. Locals are incredibly warm, hospitable, and welcoming. What more would you want in a travel destination?

2. Sicily

Spending nine fabulous days exploring Sicily, mostly in Syracuse and Oritigia, walking is a wonderful way to absorb the Mediterranean’s largest island. Renowned for its ancient ruins some of which date back to 12,000 BC, Sicily is also rich in a unique culture offering wonderful art and architecture.

Cala Rossa, Ortigia, Sicily, Italy, Europe
Cala Rossa’s timeworn promenade

At 3,357 metres, Mt Etna, one of Europe’s highest active volcanoes and one of the most active volcanoes in the world, can be seen from much of eastern Sicily.

3. Cinque Terre

The stunning Cinque Terre (five lands) region is the subject of famous movies, paintings, and literature. Friends and family visited Cinque Terre, but although I’d been to Italy several times, never made it to Liguria in northern Italy. Consequently, travel stories were like myths. Until finally arriving in this famous and spectacular region of Italy I’d heard so much about throughout my life.

Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy, Europe

The Italian Riviera’s coastline is enriched with five colourful centuries-old seaside villages that precariously grip the coastline’s rugged mountains and hillside.

The walk between the five villages offers striking views of the azure Ligurian sea but looking back on each walk provides sublime panoramas.

4. Genoa

Still travelling in northwest Italy’s Liguria region, the port city of Genoa’s maritime history spans many centuries as a central role in maritime trade.

Old Town, Genoa, Italy, Europe
Old Town, Genoa

Genoa’s many unique palaces and superb structures date back to the Middle Ages and are famous in Europe.

Where in Italy?

Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Sicily, Calabria, Italy, Europe
Map: Google

Did you enjoy this post? Would you prefer more detail about each destination? Are there enough photos?

What country would you like to visit with me next week? If I’ve been there, I’ll publish a post just for you, so leave me a comment.

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8 responses to “Italian Glimpses”

  1. equinoxio21 Avatar

    Italy is the world’s 8th marvel…

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Too true and hope to be there in July this year. 😉
      Hope all is well with you.

      1. equinoxio21 Avatar

        Working on it… Buon viaggio.

      2. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        Thank you! 🙂

  2. Simon Avatar

    Hiya!! I lived and worked in crazy Roma for many years, five years ago I relocated to sunny Amalfi. This town is amazingly beautiful but TOTAL chaos in the summer months. LOVELY town and coast.

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Hi Simon
      That sounds amazing! I don’t imagine it would be cheap to live in Amalfi. I’ve visited several times and love the area. The last time was in August, and I vowed never to visit anywhere in Italy in the crazy August month, but to stay put. I was in Calabria for 4 years. 😉

  3. Yetismith Avatar

    Why would anyone not want to live in Europe? In a lifetime you couldn’t explore all the wonderful sites. I managed tiny snippets which I treasure. I remember being in Greece in 1958 and being so enchanted even at age 10. The sea crystal clear. The ruins, fields full of poppies. It was chilly, freezing in fact at the Corinth canal which displeased my father no end. In 1999 my dad wanted to visit his old colleague in Rome, so I took him and we then flew to Nice. I found a day trip in chauffeured car to Monaco and Portofino. It was a very bad time for me personally but how I loved the Mediterranean and the South of France. I had once been a sneeze away from Sardinia but we did not have time to go. I was in Corsica with my pal Tim. A long trip from NY but so worth it and so inexpensive. I should have fled to USA but I had been gone from Europe since the age of 8. If I could time travel I would love to have seen Greece and Rome in their heyday but only if I was invisible! Your stories and photos help make up for what I missed, so Thank you yet again.

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      My sentiments exactly! What a lovely thing to experience a trip with your dad in Rome. Sounds like you really enjoyed your time in Europe and memorable.
      Sardinia is a place where I’d really love to visit…maybe on this trip.
      Have been in Singapore for 4 nights and leaving for Osaka tomorrow morning. On another extended trip, so stay tuned, but don’t think I’ll be able to publish a post every Sunday as we’re n the move again. 🙁
      You’re very welcome and thank you for your continual support!

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