Open Jaw: When will Italy's finest walk Cinque Terre reopen?

Open Jaw Where readers write back

Angst in Italy

You suggest [the walk connecting the towns of the Cinque Terra] might reopen in July. We are going in June. Knowing the Italians, the chances are it will be September before they get the work done.

I have planned a trip to Italy to include the Cinque Terre. We have the ferry booked and a hotel in Moneglia all ready to do the walk. We will have to spend more time on the beach.

Vicki Friend

I live in Levanto and work as a guide in the Cinque Terre area and haven't heard anything definitive. It's fairly common for the "pay" trails to be closed in the winter (and this winter has been a long, wet, terrible one) but by Easter things are usually up and running. The Via dell'Amore is almost always open (including now).

Kate Little

I giggled repeatedly at your video of the Cinque Terre and watched it twice. I know that cinque ("five") is a rare and very difficult word, but you must realise that it is pronounced cheen-kweh, not cheen-keh.

Ciao ("chow").

Cynthia Boston

Family safaris in Africa

We have found family safaris to be more successful when flying into the camps or lodges, rather than driving, unless a destination is not served well with flights, eg Nakuru or Elementaita.

We use a three-hour maximum driving time rule for families with young children. So from Nairobi you can reach Lake Nakuru/Naivasha, but fly out to other destinations such as the Masai Mara, Amboseli or the Indian Ocean coast. We also recommend booking an exclusive on camp vehicles rather than shared game drives offered as a default. Governors' Camps in the Masai Mara is very child-friendly and we recommend it as it has always performed 100 per cent with our family groups.

Several destinations in Zambia are best flown to, eg Kafue, South Luangwa, Lower Zambezi.

Altaf Visram, AfricanMecca Safaris

Should you visit Japan?

Please don't give up on Japan. We are trying our best to deal with an enormous crisis and we will continue to tackle the overwhelming situation.

As a Japanese national who has lived in the UK for over two decades, I have felt a sense of extreme helplessness with my inability to assist in this crisis. During this time of uncertainty and with various degrees of alarm experienced by different communities in Japan and abroad, I found Mr Calder's positive article uplifting and giving me some sense of hope for Japan's future.

By visiting places such as Okinawa, one will be helping support the Japanese nation.

Naomi Furihata

British Airways merger with Iberia

I live in Spain and have travelled thousands of flights with Iberia over the years. Iberia is inferior to BA in every possible way, to the extent that I always try to avoid it wherever possible. The misery of its cabin and ground staff is enough to make any normal passenger travel with another airline. Before this takes the tone of Iberia-bashing, which is not my intention, I wish to highlight a problem: as they're essentially now one, the risk is that booking on what may appear to be a BA flight may well turn out to put you on a plane that is dressed in the red-and-yellow livery of Iberia along with poor service and miserable crew.

Once the ticket is paid for, at the boarding gate is not the time to turn tail and run!

David Jackson

Welsh Wonders

Good to see an article balanced about North and South Wales. Obviously written outside Wales [irony].

"Tonigog"

Off-season Iceland

I went to Iceland a couple of years ago and it was definitely worth it. Also "Black Death" isn't as bad as the name would suggest! I reckon now is the time to go as the Icelandic economy is through the worst and starting to improve once again.

Matthew Green

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Travel
ebookHow to enjoy the perfect short break in 20 great cities
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    Recruitment Genius: Graphic Designer - Product Development

    £26000 - £29000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The Product Development departm...

    Recruitment Genius: Assistant Manager - Visitor Fundraising

    £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The Visitor Fundraising Team is responsi...

    Recruitment Genius: Developer

    £30000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity to join ...

    Recruitment Genius: Estates Contracts & Leases Manager

    £30000 - £34000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The Estates Team of this group ...

    Day In a Page

    The Silk Roads that trace civilisation: Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places

    The Silk Roads that trace civilisation

    Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places
    House of Lords: Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled

    The honours that shame Britain

    Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled
    When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race

    'When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race'

    Why are black men living the stereotypes and why are we letting them get away with it?
    International Tap Festival: Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic

    International Tap Festival comes to the UK

    Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic
    War with Isis: Is Turkey's buffer zone in Syria a matter of self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

    Turkey's buffer zone in Syria: self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

    Ankara accused of exacerbating racial division by allowing Turkmen minority to cross the border
    Doris Lessing: Acclaimed novelist was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show

    'A subversive brothel keeper and Communist'

    Acclaimed novelist Doris Lessing was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show
    Big Blue Live: BBC's Springwatch offshoot swaps back gardens for California's Monterey Bay

    BBC heads to the Californian coast

    The Big Blue Live crew is preparing for the first of three episodes on Sunday night, filming from boats, planes and an aquarium studio
    Austin Bidwell: The Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England with the most daring forgery the world had known

    Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England

    Conman Austin Bidwell. was a heartless cad who carried out the most daring forgery the world had known
    Car hacking scandal: Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked

    Car hacking scandal

    Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked
    10 best placemats

    Take your seat: 10 best placemats

    Protect your table and dine in style with a bold new accessory
    Ashes 2015: Alastair Cook not the only one to be caught in The Oval mindwarp

    Cook not the only one to be caught in The Oval mindwarp

    Aussie skipper Michael Clarke was lured into believing that what we witnessed at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge would continue in London, says Kevin Garside
    Can Rafael Benitez get the best out of Gareth Bale at Real Madrid?

    Can Benitez get the best out of Bale?

    Back at the club he watched as a boy, the pressure is on Benitez to find a winning blend from Real's multiple talents. As La Liga begins, Pete Jenson asks if it will be enough to stop Barcelona
    Athletics World Championships 2015: Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jessica Ennis-Hill and Katarina Johnson-Thompson heptathlon rivalry

    Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jess and Kat rivalry

    The last time the two British heptathletes competed, Ennis-Hill was on the way to Olympic gold and Johnson-Thompson was just a promising teenager. But a lot has happened in the following three years
    Jeremy Corbyn: Joining a shrewd operator desperate for power as he visits the North East

    Jeremy Corbyn interview: A shrewd operator desperate for power

    His radical anti-austerity agenda has caught the imagination of the left and politically disaffected and set a staid Labour leadership election alight
    Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief: Defender of ancient city's past was killed for protecting its future

    Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief

    Robert Fisk on the defender of the ancient city's past who was killed for protecting its future