Cinque Terre Insider

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

Perhaps you’ve been online trying to find accommodations for your stay in the Cinque Terre and you’ve noticed that people are mentioning a new tax for those staying in the area.  Like many popular Italian cities (Rome, Florence, Venice, etc.), the Cinque Terre villages are following suit and imposing a city tax on visitors staying here. Before you …

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*sigh* We are, once again, on a level 2 storm warning.  ARPAL (which stands for “Agenzia Regionale per la Protezione dell’Ambiente Ligure“) currently has two levels of alert:  level 1 (think of it as a yellow “proceed with caution” light) and level 2 (the highest level of alert, a so-called red light where everything comes to …

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***UPDATE***  The level 2 alert has been extended until 3pm today.  We’ve had lots of rain and gusty winds but as far as the Cinque Terre is concerned so far, so good.  However, the storm has caused extensive flooding just to the south of us in Marina di Carrara.  Fingers crossed that the alert is soon …

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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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So you might be wondering what makes me an insider in the Cinque Terre. In a nutshell I’d say it’s because I’ve been living here for nearly 13 years.  I’m an American expat married to a local Riomaggiorese.  But wait.  Let me rewind a bit. In 2002 I came to Italy to discover its wonders, beauty …

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