Cinque Terre Insider

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

Planning to visit the Cinque Terre this February? The national park offers two dates for guided hikes: The guided hikes in February are free if you have the Cinque Terre Card or €5 if you don’t. You’ll need to wear proper footwear like trainers with decent tread or trekking boots or shoes. Keep in mind …

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December is decidedly off-season in the Cinque Terre, but catch some nice weather and you’re in for a treat! Nearly empty streets (with the exception of locals and the rare tour group) allow visitors to appreciate the true beauty of the Cinque Terre. Visiting the Cinque Terre in the off-season isn’t for everyone; if you’re …

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The last week of October was a difficult one for Liguria. Super strong winds gusting at 180km per hour (circa 110 miles per hour), pounding rain and rough seas with 8 meter swells (that’s a little over 24 feet) all took turns pummeling our region. Mother Nature not so subtly reminded us that she is …

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UPDATE: Many of the Cinque Terre villages are experiencing power outages and no phone service. The level red storm warning has been extended to 3pm on October 30th. Local officials are asking people to stay indoors for their own safety. Just days after the seven year anniversary of the October 2011 floods that affected Vernazza, …

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On Thursday, October 11, a level orange storm warning has been announced between the hours of 6am and 6pm. The forecast calls for storms and heavy rain. In Italy, storm warnings are classified by a color code: green (no danger perceived), yellow (slight danger), orange (moderate danger) and red (extreme danger). After the devastating October …

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As peak-season 2018 winds down, so do the ferries connecting the Cinque Terre and Portovenere. A limited schedule runs between October 1st and 27th. It’s highly likely that this schedule, or a very similar one, will extend to cover the dates up to and including November 1st (which is All Saints’ Day, a national holiday …

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I heart October. Check out this month’s schedule below for guided tours & excursions within the Cinque Terre National Park: If you have the Cinque Terre Card you can join these tours and excursions for free. If you’d like to buy the Cinque Terre Card in advance you’ll want to check out my post on …

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