The Cinque Terre in April – Being a Tourist in Style


No matter how much I hate “looking like a tourist” sometimes you can’t help it.  Let’s face it, if you plan on being outside all day (especially with a young kid or kids) you’re going to need provisions….water, a scarf, a travel potty, a change of clothes (or two).  All of those things require a backpack, and a backpack instantly makes you look like a tourist!


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The Cinque Terre in Spring – What to Pack in your day bag

If I am going out for a full day of adventuring in Italy in the early spring, I usually bring the following:

  • A scarf
  • Layers including; a t-shirt + sweater / sweatshirt / cardigan + blazer and or trench coat + extra long sleep top in your bag
  • Sunglasses (although I usually forget them at home and end up buying a cheap pair)
  • A stylish rain hat if I’m pushing a stroller or rain poncho + mini umbrella
  • Comfortable shoes that are preferably not ugly, lest we forget vacation photos are the ones MOST SHARED!
  • Money to stop at plenty of cafes, ice cream parlors (gelaterias) and restaurants for lunch!  Don’t worry too much about bringing snacks and water,  you’ll want to spend the two euro in a cafe for a good espresso and also use the facilities.




For my three year old I usually pack all of the same + my absolute favorite travel potty! THIS IS A MUST if you are visiting Italy with a young kid since many people don’t realize that not all Italian washrooms have toilette seats.  It comes complete with bags as well, so that if you find yourself in a situation with no toilette you always have an option!  I’ll be writing a full post about this in the future so stay tuned moms!



Le Cinque Terre – What I Wore

Although when you think of Le Cinque Terre “hiking” may come to mind I actually found that the majority of time we were strolling along paved paths.  For this reason I opted not to wear my hiking shoes (which are actually a little uncomfortable) and instead I wore my Alberto Fasciani “tronchetti” walking shoes.  These retail for over 350 euro in Italy, HOWEVER, I bought them online here for 66 euro!!!  I’m not going to lie, they are the best shoes I have EVER owned to date and I will most likely wear them out.



I focused on layering because Italy in the Springtime is not as warm as you think!  Although I did see people sunbathing in BIKINIS (note the outrage with my capital letters), it is not bikini wearing season and those people risk getting “colpe d’aria” – aka “hit with air” and/or “prendere freddo” – aka “getting a cold”.  In the morning it is often quite chilly, damp and humid so you’ll want to be well covered, and in the afternoon you’ll want to have layers you can easily take off so that you don’t sweat in the sun.


The Italian Sweat Rules


Italians fear sweating in a rather neurotic way.  There is nothing worse than being overdressed, getting hot, sweating,and then …. GOD FORBID, you TAKE OFF one of the layers that made you hot to begin with.  The idea being that if you “prendere freddo” – “catch a chill” after you sweat than you are sure to catch a cold or even have something worse happen to you.


Notice the Italians and their layers!

Notice the Italians and their layers!


The idea is that you bundle in the morning when it is cool, and as soon as you feel your body temperature rise you take off a layer.  This way you never sweat!  HOWEVER,  lets say that you miss the boat and don’t take off a layer fast enough and you actually DO SWEAT.  At that point you MUST NOT take off a layer!!! At all costs you have to keep your sweaty back, neck, shoulders etc. well-covered so as not to get “hit with air” and then subsequently “catch a chill”.

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If you can learn these Italian dressing rules you will be visiting and dressing in Italy like a pro, whipping on and off your blazer or puffy coat with the best of them!




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  • A travel potty? Genius! I was thinking about taking around the ikea one that I got! You know I think it’s weird for Americans this concept of taking a chill because the weather here in Italy is just so different. Sun is out -steaming hot. Sun hides its freezing! I go from bring chilled to having like hot flashes here!

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    • Honestly, I don’t know if the whole travel potty NOT travel potty thing would be a big deal if we were in Toronto and Zeno was always in daycare. But we are out and about all day long, so it is a total necessity. I’ve whipped this thing out EVERYWHERE and it has saved his pants on more than one occassion!

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  • How interesting about the sweating thing! I am all about layers, they are key here in Iceland where the weather is constantly changing.

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    • I would totally sweat in Iceland, I just know it! I would get way over heated from the sheer fear of being cold and then I would sweat…and most likely peel off a layer and catch a cold!

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  • Debbie Stinedurf

    The pictures are so pretty! And what a sweet deal on those shoes. 🙂

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    • These shoes will be the death of me. now that I’ve tasted high quality shoes I will never be able to wear the 2 euro ones from the market!

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  • ADA

    You know I love your street style and this is no exception. =) Beautiful photos, also. Stop by and join my link-up today, also. Thanks.

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  • I didn’t know that Italians fear sweat and won’t take off clothing once they start sweating! Wow! Interesting cultural observation there!

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    • It’s not so much an “observation” as a constantly talked about problem!! you can’t go a single day without hearing about the woes of sweat here!

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  • Italian sweat rules…good to know! Your photos are beautiful and those shoes are fabulous! Thanks for hosting the linkup!

    Doused In Pink

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  • Nothing better than to layer especially when the weather changes throughout the day. I heard that Cinque Terre is a beautiful place.. how nice for you to be able to visit!

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  • RedTagChicLA

    Wow the place is so breathtaking – thanks for sharing!


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  • Happinessatmidlife

    Whenever we take day trips, I carry a really big leather tote that I can carry everything with me from food, wipes and extra layers too. Luckily we don’t need to carry an extra potty any more.


    Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

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    • I NEED a big leather tote! Have you featured it on the blog? I need something BIG! Alas my potty carrying days are far from over!

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  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom

    Your blog posts are always so interesting and informative, I always look forward to reading them. Never thought of a travel potty when my kids were younger, but that is brilliant. Also, I couldn’t agree more about bringing money to enjoy drinks and food at all of the delicious cafes.

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    • Toilettes are an issue here because many public washrooms have toilettes with no seats! We’re always out and about so I started looking early for a solution. How did you manage going out with them?

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  • I’m so jealous I’ve always wanted to visit that part of Italy, living in Europe definitely has it’s benefits!! Great outfit Angie & those shoes are amazing! Hope you are having a great week:)

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    • Marta you know what’s funny, lately all I’ve been thinking about is wanting to explore Canada from the west to east coast, but it is so expensive!!

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  • Love those fabulous shoes! Haha – I got seriously tickled reading about the no sweat and layering rules. You are so funny! Hope you are having a great week, girl!

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  • Sydney Fashion Hunter

    Who doesn’t love a puffy coat!. Head over to my Wednesday Link up (now live!) if you get a chance 🙂

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  • Ah I always err on the casual side when I travel! Especially as far as it concerns footwear, as I always wear sneakers (which are not trendy I should add)

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  • It is so picturesque there and your pictures are so beautiful! I was also interested in the fact that the Italians are fearful of taking off layers in case they get a chill.

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