Explora: The new transport option to discover the Cinque Terre

You probably already know that the main modes of transport in the Cinque Terre are foot, train and ferry.  Add to that the Explora 5 Terre, a new bus system that expands upon (and improves) the already existing bus service in the Cinque Terre.  Whereas before the ATC buses in the Cinque Terre traveled vertically … Continue reading Explora: The new transport option to discover the Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre National Park schedule for guided tours & excursions: August 2016

Here’s the latest schedule for the Cinque Terre National Park guided tours (of the villages) and excursions (read: hikes).  The cost is €2.50 per person (a great deal!) or free for those that have purchased the Cinque Terre Card (the all-inclusive park card which costs €16 per day). There’s also the possibility to add on … Continue reading Cinque Terre National Park schedule for guided tours & excursions: August 2016

The Italian S word every traveler should know: Sciopero

Sciopero.  Strike.  It’s a word that strikes fear into the hearts of travelers in Italy (pun intended). A little info, tips & advice on train strikes in Italy… Strikes in Italy are unlike strikes in other parts of the world.  I like to call them “convenience strikes.”  Being an American expat, I’m used to strikes that go … Continue reading The Italian S word every traveler should know: Sciopero

The reopening of the coastal road between Riomaggiore & Manarola 

As of yesterday (Sunday, June 26, 2016) the coastal road (a.k.a. Litoranea or SP 370) has reopened following the June 13th landslide. The road closure had not only inconvenienced visitors trying to reach the villages beyond Riomaggiore by car, it also isolated residents (especially those living in the hilltop villages without railway access).  Volunteers from … Continue reading The reopening of the coastal road between Riomaggiore & Manarola 

Just in: Landslide on the provincial road between Riomaggiore & Manarola

For those traveling by car today (and quite possibly the next few days) to the villages of Manarola, Corniglia & Vernazza, you’ll need a Plan B. A large landslide between Riomaggiore & Manarola is currently blocking all traffic on the provincial road that connects the villages. This is a result of yesterday’s torrential downpour (although … Continue reading Just in: Landslide on the provincial road between Riomaggiore & Manarola