ITALY | VISITING THE CINQUE TERRE IN LIGURIA.

Cinque Terre, meaning “five lands”, is a coastal area within Italian Riviera in the region Liguria. Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore are the five villages that make up the Cinque Terre. Read more

ITALY | CAFFÈ GIUSTI RESTAURANT IN MONTECATINI ALTO.

My husband is from a little town in Tuscany called Montecatini-Terme. Famous for its thermal waters, it is considered one of the biggest “spa towns” in Italy.

Located at the highest point of Montecatini-Terme, right on top of a hill, is a small medieval village called Montecatini Alto, which offers a panoramic vista of Montecatini-Terme. To get there, you can either drive, hike up to the village, or take the Funicular railway. The latter dates back to the end of the 1800s but is still functional and fun. Our son is a big fan of it. Read more

ITALY | ENCHANTING VINEYARD DINNER AT QUERCETO DI CASTELLINA IN CHIANTI.

It was around 2:00 a.m. in Manila and I couldn’t sleep. So, instead of prolonging my agony tossing and turning, I turned to my phone and started scrolling through my IG feed. I stumbled upon this surrealistic photo of a long table under fairy lights amidst a vineyard—things I only usually get see on Food Network Channel or the movies. After some more scrolling, following hashtag trails, I finally landed on the main feed of  Querceto di Castellina, a family-run organic winery and agriturismo  in the Chianti Classico.

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ITALY | A WALK THROUGH THE CHARMING FISHING VILLAGE OF TALAMONE, TUSCANY.

This summer the boys and I spent a splendid week at Argentario Osa Village in Talamone. We couldn’t have chosen a better base to exploring Monte Argentario and its neighboring towns.

I was truly enamoured of Talamone. This charming fishing village in Maremma, Tuscany is a Jewel. We enjoyed taking evening strolls through the village’s narrow streets and stone houses all the way to the Aldobrandeschi fortress.

The fortress was built in the 13th century and stands on top of a rocky hill dominating the port and offering delightful panoramic vistas and gorgeous photo backdrops. Just under the fortress is a beautiful waterfront beach establishment called Bagno Delle Donne.

Talamone is also linked to Giuseppe Garibaldi, one of the greatest Italian generals that contributed to the Italian unification and the creation of Italy. En route to Sicily Garibaldi stopped over in Talamone to stock up on water and weapons.

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ITALY | A DELIGHTFUL 24 HOURS IN ROME.

If you’ve been to Rome or at least know of its grandeur, then I’m sure you’re asking yourself how this title is even possible because indeed, 24 hours are not enough to even scratch the surface of Rome and its hidden gems.

But since I only had 24 hours for this visit, I simply had to make the most of it! Read more