Travel to Italy – The Cinque Terre, Lake Como and Milan – Episode 102

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The Amateur Traveler joins Chris on his recent trip to Europe.

This episode focuses on Italy, the Cinque Terre, and Lake Como. Learn about these beautiful destinations as we talk a bit about what makes Italy great. Also learn about travel news, cell phone rental gone horribly wrong, and the advantages of reading hotel reviews.

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Show Notes

Pictures from my Europe trip

Europe 2007 trip planning map
Cinque Terra
Bastille Day in France
Il Centro Hotel – La Spezia, Italy
Rentacell – cell phone hell
Lake Como
Hotel Villa Cipressi
Menaggio’s – official site
Villa Balbianello – Queen Amidala’s villa
Star Wars location on Lake Como
Hotel Vienna, Milano – avoid it, read hotel reviews


The Galactic Suite space hotel launching in 5 years
Lufthansa considering bunk-bed style sleeper seating in economy class
Air New Zealand considering sleeping pods in flight
Thai officials hope Hello Kitty can shame errant cops

Internet Resources

The secret side of Cinque Terre
Travel Toolbox: 75+ Online Travel Resources


Clint is going to New York
New York Minute Podcast and Blog
Searching the Internet podcast

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by Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast. He has been a travel creator since 2005 and has won awards including being named the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

4 Responses to “Travel to Italy – The Cinque Terre, Lake Como and Milan – Episode 102”



Hello again Chris,
yet another great show. I just got back from my trip to Barcelona ( i wrote about it in a comment about Delft and the kerk iso kirk). It was wonderfull. spend some time there looking for old and new architecture and public spaces… (I’m almost done as a architectural student). Gaudi was great, the public spaces are wow…
I just listened to the show and it is great as allways. I’ve been there my self in 2003 during my 4 months stay in Venice and 1 month in Padua. I had a great time in Italy in general and Venice… it’s my love. I could stay there for years, really wow! Great buildings, lovely plazas, amazing art and food from heaven. During my stay there we also went to 5terra. We spend some days in Riomaggiore where we rented a home just above the harbour. I loved it. We went there by car and parked it in a parking garage in the higher part of the town. So i was a bit surprised to hear you say that you can’t reach it by car. The story i was told is that in the old days you only could reach 5 terra by boat or walking over land. But nowadays you could reach it as well by car, but i’m not sure all the towns are reachable by car. At least riomaggiore was in 2003 when i was there. By the way I was complaining about your dutch last time… I proberly will make a lot of mistakes in my writing english… so sorry about that.

Steve Madsen


G’day Chris

My family were in Vernazza just before you got there and enjoyed the lead up to the festival of their patron Saint (Santa Margherita di Antiochia). You crammed a lot into your day but to really experience the Cinque Terre you do need to stay a while and slow down. As Rick Steves says, it is a holiday from your vacation.

Clint Deverson


Hi Chris,

Just listened to this episode last night and noticed at the end of your episode that you mentioned me. So thanks for this! It was pretty funny hearing my name on your show and talking about me haven’t had that happen to me before until now!

So thank you for mentioning me in your show. I’ll let you know if I decide to make a travel show but won’t be for awhile yet because I got to work out how to make one and how to record it then upload it. If I do make one I’ll let you know before hand.

Thanks for mentioning me!

From Clint from Canberra, Australia

Eloy Rowland


Italy is a fascinating state with historical cities, scenic countryside, mountains, picturesque coast and art treasures.

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