Cinque Terre Insider

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

   Sometimes the best recipes are also the simplest. This is one of those instances. Pasta all’olio, aglio e peperoncino (pasta with olive oil, garlic and crushed red pepper) is an Italian staple that isn’t chic enough for most restaurants but it’s a common comfort food in Italian homes.     To make this authentic pasta …

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As promised, I’m here to post the latest schedule for the ferries between the Cinque Terre villages (minus Corniglia) and Portovenere.  They change these schedules a gazillion times during peak-season so I’ll be sure to keep making updates. For help on deciphering the very interesting Italian –> English translations regarding the pricing, I recommend having …

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On March 29, 2015, emotions ran high while 200 ultra trail runners raced through the Cinque Terre for the first ever SciaccheTrail marathon (which I talked about here).  The weather was absolutely perfect that Sunday;  after days of variable weather, the sun shining down on the runners seemed to denote Mother Nature’s approval. SciaccheTrail was a grass roots success.  Complimenti to …

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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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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!