Cinque Terre Insider

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

UPDATED JUNE 2017 I’m saddened to report that with the introduction of the new Cinque Terre Express light rail (and the increased ticket prices that came with it), TrenItalia has done away with the weekly pass for the Cinque Terre trains*. For those than plan to visit the Cinque Terre for just one or two …

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Photos of laundry hanging out to dry in Italy are plentiful and quite popular.  Shirts, pants, underwear and sheets all wave in the breeze on a backdrop of colorful buildings; it’s as if they are begging to be photographed.  I’ve heard some people refer to these photos as cliché.  I prefer the term quintessential. Hanging clothes out to …

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One of my favorite things about Italy is that every single region has its own specialty foods on the menu.  If you’re traveling all the way to Italy, you’ll want to try the foods that are unique to each area you’ll be visiting.  I don’t recommend asking for a bistecca alla fiorentina if you’re in Rome or pasta alla carbonara …

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One of the most common questions I hear is, “When is the best time to visit the Cinque Terre?”  That’s a tough question because it’s incredibly subjective.  Are you a beach bum?  An avid hiker?  Or, are you looking to experience the Cinque Terre when you’ll have it (mostly) to yourself?  Here are the pros …

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