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The Timeless Pleasures of the Cinque Terre

November 8, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

By Phin Upham

Who doesn’t want to visit Italy, even if it is through the eyes of the storyteller? I recently read an article about the Cinque Terre, a rocky strip on the Italian Riviera. The Cinque Terre is home to five villages, or as the writer Liesl Schillinger describes it, “five heart-stoppingly picturesque hamlets on the Ligurian coast, dotted with pastel houses nestled amid terraced hills that drop to the jade and lapis waters of the Mediterranean.”

Published in the New York Times, the article takes the reader on a fun journey to this timeless place two years after it was hit by a heavy storm. The writer was drawn to this area in Italy after reading two books that were set in the Cinque Terre, a Victoria memoir by Margaret Fountaine and the novel “Beautiful Ruins,” by Jess Walters. On her trip, she meets a native from one of the villages that was destroyed by the heavy rains two years prior. The native happened to capture the storm with her camera and later used the photographs to create a book, “MonterossoAmare,” which documents the disaster and its aftermath. The article takes the reader on several walks to and between the villages. It reveals how the area has recovered since the storm and describes many beautiful treasures that keep people coming back for more.

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About the Author: Phin Upham is an investor at a family office/ hedgefund, where he focuses on special situation illiquid investing. Before this position, Phin Upham was working at Morgan Stanley in the Media & Technology group. You may contact Phin on his Phin Upham website or LinkedIn page.

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