Amy Gulick is a freelance writer based in Florence. Follow her at www.thebittersweetgourmet.com.
This month, as temperatures peak and air quality plummets, visitors to Florence may find themselves wandering a city nearly void of Italians. Owing to its particular geographical position — lying in a low-level basin between hills — in late summer Florence becomes an intolerably hot and hazy place. Thus,
1. Monterosso 2. Vernazza 3. Corniglia 4. Manarola 5. Riomaggiore There are those who will testify, cursing certain guidebook writers in the same breath, that not long ago Cinque Terre was a secluded haven known only to Italians and few other Europeans. The five villages, as the tale goes,