Cinque Terre Insider

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

Italy was among the hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic in the Western world. After two months of strict lockdown, the Bel Paese is finally starting to reopen. On May 4th we officially entered phase 2, a stage when we must learn to coexist with the virus and take extra safety precautions to prevent its …

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Considering calling off your 2020 Italian vacation because of the coronavirus? Hold your horses. The American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have classified Italy as Level 2 and their advisory is directed at two specific subgroups of travelers: “Older adults and those with chronic medical conditions should consider postponing nonessential travel.” My advice? Unless …

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Please note: This is an ever-evolving story due to the dynamic nature of contagion. All data was correct at the time it was published. Periodic updates will be posted as footnotes to this post. Let me start by saying, as of today there have been zero confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Liguria (the region …

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The five Cinque Terre villages are under a level orange storm warning from 10pm on October 14 to 3pm on October 15, 2019

Amy Inman, also known as Cinque Terre Insider for her comprehensive knowledge and travel blog on this tiny section of the Italian Riviera, debuts on the Discovery Channel

Observations from American expat-cum-Cinque Terre local, Amy Inman, regarding her day spent with travel guru Rick Steves

We are in an age of instant gratification, where people want answers fast. Actually, faster than fast, they want them instantaneously with the click of a button (or tap of a touchscreen). Hence the success of the huge online travel agencies (or OTAs) like Booking(.com), AirBnB and Expedia, just to name a few. These OTAs …

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