Cinque Terre Insider

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

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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So, you’re heading to Italy.  Maybe you want to relish in our country’s holidays.  Or, maybe you want to avoid them (and the crowds they can bring).  Here’s a listing of both local and national holidays to help you out. NATIONAL HOLIDAYS January 1st:  New Year’s Day January 6th: Epiphany           …

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Update 2017:  The works on the Via dell’Amore are at a complete standstill.  The local city  hall is waiting on national public funds to be released to pay for the extensive repair costs.  It sounds like it could be a very, very long wait.  *sigh* The Via dell’Amore (Lovers’ Lane) connects the villages of Riomaggiore and Manarola and …

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Riomaggiore.  Manarola.  Corniglia. Vernazza.  Monterosso.  Five villages.  Five choices.  Let me help you decide which village in the Cinque Terre would be best for you.  Take my quiz to find out. Keep in mind that the villages of the Cinque Terre are VERY close to one another (from the 1st to 5th village it’s just …

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UPDATED IN 2019 TO REFLECT CURRENT RATES AND TO INCLUDE DETAILS ABOUT PURCHASING ONLINE  The Cinque Terre Card is the Cinque Terre National Park’s effort to streamline the hiking pass and transport services all into one card (which helps to make things much, much more convenient for those visiting).  The Cinque Terre card allows the card holder unlimited train travel …

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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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Latest update: October, 2017  There’s a lot of (mis)information out there about what trails in the Cinque Terre are open or closed at the moment, so I’m hoping to clear up any confusion. The most famous hiking path in the Cinque Terre is the Sentiero Azzurro (the so-called “blue” coastal trail that connects all five villages, also …

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