Cinque Terre Insider

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

I’ve been contacted by numerous readers that were unable to book a parking space at my first choice parking in La Spezia (Park Centro Stazione, beneath La Spezia Centrale) as their website indicated they were sold out for those particular dates. Keep in mind that only a limited number of parking spaces are available for …

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So, you’ve planned to dedicate 3 or more days to the Cinque Terre… bravo! This area has so much to offer and those that stay for more than just a day or two get to really experience our area (versus merely scratching the surface). For those staying on longer in the Cinque Terre, I have …

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Italy is one of the best connected countries by train.  Many people travel the entire boot without even touching the seat of a car (including me, 15 years ago). Once you get the hang of it, traveling by train in Italy is pretty easy. However, when you consider that many travelers do not use public transport at …

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From April 1st to November 1st, the trains that connect the Cinque Terre villages are dubbed the “Cinque Terre Express.”  TrenItalia would like for you to think of the Cinque Terre Express as a light rail system for the five villages but the truth of the matter is that they are the same tracks and trains as …

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UPDATED: APRIL, 2018 The Cinque Terre are remote villages connected by a narrow and winding provincial road.  While the villages are easiest to reach by train (which is why I recommend booking a parking space beneath La Spezia Centrale and taking the train just a few minutes to reach the Cinque Terre), some visitors decide to …

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Updated: April, 2018 If you’re reading this, you’ve probably decided to forgo my advice to park beneath the station at La Spezia Centrale and train to the Cinque Terre (more details on that option can be found on my blog post here). I’m happy to report that since last year there have been significant improvements …

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You probably already know that the main modes of transport in the Cinque Terre are foot, train and ferry.  Add to that the Explora 5 Terre, a new bus system that expands upon (and improves) the already existing bus service in the Cinque Terre.  Whereas before the ATC buses in the Cinque Terre traveled vertically …

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