If you’re in the Cinque Terre this weekend, you’ll want to check out Monterosso’s Festa del Limone tomorrow (Saturday, May 20th). The Cinque Terre villages are famous for their gorgeous lemons and this festival celebrates them. Here’s the schedule of events: From 10am to 7pm there will be an outdoor market featuring lemon producers and … Continue reading Festa del Limone in Monterosso
I’ve been on Instagram for a while with a work account (riomaggiorereservations) but I just recently opened a new account for Cinque Terre Insider (cinqueterreinsider). I love that I can make this account more personable and narrative (versus a more professional approach on the work account). I’m including tips & advice so be sure … Continue reading Follow my adventures on Instagram!
From April 1st to November 1st, the trains that connect the Cinque Terre villages are dubbed the “Cinque Terre Express.” TrenItalia would like for you to think of the Cinque Terre Express as a light rail system for the five villages but the truth of the matter is that they are the same tracks and trains as … Continue reading What’s the Cinque Terre Express?
This year we’ve seen quite a few new ATM machines pop up in central, high-traffic locations throughout the Cinque Terre. The convenience of these new machines is enticing as the traditional bank ATMs are usually a tad further away (or a bit harder to find). But be warned, you’ll pay a high price for the … Continue reading Beware: Not all ATMs are created equal
The Cinque Terre are remote villages connected by a narrow and winding provincial road. While the villages are easiest to reach by train (which is why I recommend booking a parking space beneath La Spezia Centrale and taking the train just a few minutes to reach the Cinque Terre), some visitors decide to try their luck … Continue reading Free parking options in Riomaggiore
For those heading to the Cinque Terre and seeking a guided experience, look no further. The Cinque Terre National Park offers a different guided option for each day of May. The rates are exceptional (free to those that have purchased the Cinque Terre Card for that particular day, otherwise €2.50 per person). Many of the … Continue reading Cinque Terre National Park guided tours & excursions: May 2017
Ponte is the Italian word for bridge (ponti is the same word but in plural form). Besides the literal meaning, there’s also a figurative one which refers to a long holiday weekend (where extra days extend or “bridge” the traditional weekend). A weekend di ponte happens when a national holiday lands on a Thursday, Friday, Monday or … Continue reading 2017: In Italy, it’s the year of the “ponti”