Cinque Terre Insider

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

If you happened to visit the Cinque Terre this October you hit the traveler’s jackpot: a beautiful Indian summer.  October is usually a transitional month with fall wardrobes (light sweaters, scarves and whatnot) making their debut. Not so this year, October has had more than its fair share of dips in the sea and sunbathing …

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You may or may not know that St. Francis (San Francesco d’Assisi) is the patron saint of Italy (as well as the patron saint of animals and the environment). St. Francis holds a special spot in the hearts of Italians and to this day it’s a popular name for boys in Italy.  Although St. Francis’ …

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UPDATE, 3:30pm: The storm warning has been extended to 7am tomorrow morning (September 10, 2017) and in zones D, B and E has been updated to a red (level 4) alert. The Cinque Terre and surrounding areas remain under an orange (level 3) alert.  Original text An orange (level 3) storm warning is in effect …

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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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