Cinque Terre Insider

American expat insight into Italy's fabulous "Five Lands"

Corniglia (pronounced core-neel-ee-uh) is the smallest of the Cinque Terre villages and arguably the most underrated (as it is oftentimes overshadowed by its larger and easier to reach neighbors). If you are a numbers person, Corniglia is considered the third village in the Cinque Terre (from either direction). There are a few things that set Corniglia …

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Here in the Cinque Terre we have a *big* thorn in our side: pickpockets that ride the trains and circulate amongst passengers at the railway stations. As toursim in our area has dramatically increased in recent years, so have the thieves that have come to prey on said tourists.  It’s incredibly frustrating and infuriating (not only for visitors but …

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Hooray!  Spring is in the air and the ferries connecting the Cinque Terre villages are back in business starting Saturday, March 28th.  The ferries are a great way to see the Cinque Terre from a different perspective.   Below you’ll find the schedule that is valid from March 28th until April 17th, 2015 (they change the schedules …

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The hiking trails in the Cinque Terre are world-famous and on just about every traveler’s bucket list that visits this area.  The trails throughout our territory vary in difficulty but the average Joe will find most to be a bit challenging.  Not so for the Cinque Terre trail runners, who take things to a whole ‘nother level.  This …

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For the second year running, the Cinque Terre National Park has announced that they will offer free guided hikes for Cinque Terre Card holders (that’s the National Park’s all-inclusive pass that I talked about here).  For those without the Cinque Terre Card, a minimal fee is requested (which, to be honest, is a steal at just €2.50 per …

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In this day and age, everybody (myself included) seems to be an AirBnB host or guest (or both!). The Cinque Terre alone boasts 1,000+ AirBnB listings! My first experience with AirBnB was for a vacation to NYC in 2012. We rented a lovely one bedroom flat in a posh high rise in the FiDi (financial district) at …

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I’m not joking when I say it gave me goosebumps!  What an awesome, awesome tribute to Cinque Terre winemakers, their passion, toil and fruits of their labor.  And, I’m proud to say it was made by a fellow expat! Complimenti, Christine!