Cinque Terre Insider

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

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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In this day and age, everybody (myself included) seems to be an AirBnB host or guest (or both!). The Cinque Terre alone boasts 1,000+ AirBnB listings! My first experience with AirBnB was for a vacation to NYC in 2012. We rented a lovely one bedroom flat in a posh high rise in the FiDi (financial district) at …

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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!