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Driving in Italy: The Italian Job

Driving in Italy can often feel like a scene out of The Italian Job, whether you’re in the city or off the beaten path, but with a few tips, some Dutch courage, and bit of experience, you’ll be driving like an Italian in no time!

On a recent trip to the beautiful south of Italia, we decided to hire a car to have the freedom to go where we wanted, when we wanted, and for as long as we wanted – and apart from a few hair-raising moments around the Amalfi Coast, it was well worth it!

Cinque Terre Hiking

The Cinque Terre are five towns that appear to cling to the rocks along a small section of northern Italy’s Mediterranean coastline, and are famous for the mule trails that connect them: paths which attract thousands of hikers each year. I worked as a hiking guide in and around the Cinque Terre, and if you’ve seen photos of the area and are thinking about hiking the trails, here are the things you should know.

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