Cinque Terre Insider

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

As mentioned in a previous post, my advice is to ditch the car before arriving to the Cinque Terre.  But for those of you that absolutely, positively must arrive to the Cinque Terre with your vehicle it’s important that you know a few rules of thumb: In Italy, you are more likely to receive a parking …

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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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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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If you’re headed this way you might be wondering what’s the best way to get out and about in the Cinque Terre.  There are three recommended modes of transportation: foot, boat and train. It’s also possible to take a bus within the villages but keep in mind that they run up and down in the villages …

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