Cinque Terre Insider

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

This year we’ve seen quite a few new ATM cash machines pop up in central, high-traffic locations throughout the Cinque Terre. The convenience of these new machines is enticing as the traditional bank ATMs are usually a tad further away (or a bit harder to find). But be warned, you’ll pay a high price for …

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I love to hike. It’s ironic that I live in hikers’ paradise yet I don’t get out trekking nearly as much as I’d like. Luckily for me, my collaboration with Randonnée has pushed me to get back out on the trails to rediscover this place I love. I’ve oftentimes been asked what I recommend people …

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I’m a self-professed bookworm at heart. Or, maybe I should use the past tense as my love of reading has taken a backseat since I became a mom 5 1/2 years ago (*sigh*).  Granted, I’ve still managed to sneak in a few books and one of those lucky few happens to be Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter.   …

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Sciopero.  Strike.  It’s a word that strikes fear into the hearts of travelers in Italy (pun intended). A little info, tips & advice on train strikes in Italy… Strikes in Italy are unlike strikes in other parts of the world.  I like to call them “convenience strikes.”  Being an American expat, I’m used to strikes that go …

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So you made it to magnificent Italy only to find that *gasp* it’s freaking hot. Typically, the hottest months of the year in Italy are July and August (but in the last few years the weather has been anything but predictable, so it can be hard to judge).  Before getting here, don’t simply gauge things based …

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