Cinque Terre Insider

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

As mentioned in a previous post, my advice is to ditch the car before arriving to the Cinque Terre.  But for those of you that absolutely, positively must arrive to the Cinque Terre with your vehicle it’s important that you know a few rules of thumb: In Italy, you are more likely to receive a parking …

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As you probably already know from my previous posts (here and here), the Via dell’Amore connecting Riomaggiore and Manarola is currently closed due to a landslide and at the moment the works to repair it are at a standstill.  The Via dell’Amore was a walk (not a hike) and many visitors are looking for an alternative stroll …

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The Cinque Terre are by no means a hidden secret like they were yesteryear.  Thanks in part to the Internet, social media and Rick Steves, the Cinque Terre are now a fixed destination on the itinerary of most international travelers coming to Italy.  There’s every reason to visit our area.  It’s just that beautiful. But if you’re traveling …

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I imagine you’ve seen plenty of picturesque photos of the Cinque Terre villages with their colorful buildings that defy gravity as they cling to the cliffs. Keep in mind that while you’re appreciating the beauty of these villages you will also be climbing the stairs & inclines that go along with such unique geography.  These stairs and inclines are just a part …

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I wasn’t always a mom.  And to be honest, I think lots of things you really and truly don’t understand until you are one.  Like traveling with a baby/toddler/small child.  It’s not a matter of bending your child to fit your itinerary so much as bending your itinerary to fit your child. So this is my …

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I was just asked today what the customs are in Italy regarding mancie (tips) and it inspired this blog post.  So, here I am to give you a crash course on tipping in Italy. Here’s the deal: We don’t tip in Italy.  Wait, I take that back.  We tip only if we’ve had what we consider excellent …

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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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