Cinque Terre Insider

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

In my line of work, I’ve met hundreds (if not thousands) of visitors to the Cinque Terre. To be honest, most everyone is lovely (lucky me!). But every so often I’ll meet a traveler that I immediately click with and a friendship is born that lasts well beyond their time in the Cinque Terre. That’s …

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 On Saturday, July 22nd, the 5th annual Sciacchetrà Festival will be held in Riomaggiore. For those that don’t know, sciacchetrà (pronounced shock-keh-trah) is a highly prized local dessert wine made from select partially dried grapes (more details on sciacchetrà and other local specialties can be found here). The festival in Riomaggiore has events that take place …

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Today in Fegina (the newer side of Monterosso) preview events will be held for the 36th annual International Music Festival. The schedule is as follows: 5:30pm: Guided walk to points of interest in Eugenio Montale’s childhood. Adequate footwear required for walking/hiking on unpaved paths. The walk will last circa 1 1/2 hours and is free …

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After a long, hot and humid (yet rainless) June it sounds like things are about to change up. A yellow (level 2) storm warning is in effect for Wednesday, June 28, 2017. Our entire region (Liguria) is on a yellow alert but more specifically the Cinque Terre are on a yellow alert from 6am to …

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