Cinque Terre Insider

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

UPDATED JUNE 2017 I’m saddened to report that with the introduction of the new Cinque Terre Express light rail (and the increased ticket prices that came with it), TrenItalia has done away with the weekly pass for the Cinque Terre trains*. For those than plan to visit the Cinque Terre for just one or two …

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Photos of laundry hanging out to dry in Italy are plentiful and quite popular.  Shirts, pants, underwear and sheets all wave in the breeze on a backdrop of colorful buildings; it’s as if they are begging to be photographed.  I’ve heard some people refer to these photos as cliché.  I prefer the term quintessential. Hanging clothes out to …

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UPDATED IN 2019 TO REFLECT CURRENT RATES AND TO INCLUDE DETAILS ABOUT PURCHASING ONLINE  The Cinque Terre Card is the Cinque Terre National Park’s effort to streamline the hiking pass and transport services all into one card (which helps to make things much, much more convenient for those visiting).  The Cinque Terre card allows the card holder unlimited train travel …

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Other than 20 minutes of torrential rain, gusty winds as well as thunder and lightning yesterday evening, the Cinque Terre passed a rather uneventful weekend despite being under a level 2 alert.  Special safety measures were taken over the weekend including the closure of all of the trails within the Cinque Terre National Park.  Plees were made by local …

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The memory of the devastating October 25, 2011 alluvione (flood) that affected Vernazza and Monterosso is still very fresh in the minds of Cinque Terre villagers. If you don’t have a clue as to what I’m talking about just search YouTube; the videos are terrifying. Liguria, the region in which the Cinque Terre villages are located, is …

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If you’re headed this way you might be wondering what’s the best way to get out and about in the Cinque Terre.  There are three recommended modes of transportation: foot, boat and train. It’s also possible to take a bus within the villages but keep in mind that they run up and down in the villages …

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One of my favorite things about Italy is that every single region has its own specialty foods on the menu.  If you’re traveling all the way to Italy, you’ll want to try the foods that are unique to each area you’ll be visiting.  I don’t recommend asking for a bistecca alla fiorentina if you’re in Rome or pasta alla carbonara …

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