Elaine O'Keeffe Photography


Manarola, one of the five villages in Cinque Terre was our favorite destination for this trip. During our stay in this quaint fishing village, we walked up and down many steep inclines, taking in the view and exploring the sites along the way. We had many lovely meals and glasses of wine overlooking the harbour.  I […]

Cinque Terre

One day we took the ferry from Manarola to explore the other villages in Cinque Terre.  You can travel to the other villages on foot, by ferry or train. We began at Riomaggiore, then explored Monterosso and Vernazza. Corniglia was not accessible by ferry. The next time I visit this area, I would like to try hiking some […]


We arrived in Florence by train and stayed in a lovely 4th floor condo nearby. We toured Florence using the hop on, hop off bus as it seemed the easiest way to see majority of the sites. The view from Piazzale Michelangelo is impressive. We were fortunate to see it during the day and again […]


Our final destination was Rome. We used the hop on, hop off busses as our transportation, as it took us to all the places that we wanted to see. We discovered many beautiful churches, each unique and beautiful. We went on a tour of the Vatican museum and saw St Peter’s Basilica. Our final day […]