It’s that time of year again! Schedules for guided hikes in the Cinque Terre

For the second year running, the Cinque Terre National Park has announced that they will offer free guided hikes for Cinque Terre Card holders (that’s the National Park’s all-inclusive pass that I talked about here).  For those without the Cinque Terre Card, a minimal fee is requested (which, to be honest, is a steal at just €2.50 per … Continue reading It’s that time of year again! Schedules for guided hikes in the Cinque Terre

You don’t need to be a great photographer in the Cinque Terre…

…to take stunning photos. When the scenery is this gorgeous, taking amazing pictures is a snap. Oh, and fancy equipment?  Not necessary either.  All of these photos were taken by yours truly, with my trusty iPhone (which is not even the latest model). I am by no means pretending to be a professional photographer (I’m sure … Continue reading You don’t need to be a great photographer in the Cinque Terre…

What’s going on with the Via dell’Amore?

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 … Continue reading What’s going on with the Via dell’Amore?

Tasso di soggiorno: Cinque Terre’s new “city tax”

Perhaps you’ve been online trying to find accommodations for your stay in the Cinque Terre and you’ve noticed that people are mentioning a new tax for those staying in the area.  Like many popular Italian cities (Rome, Florence, Venice, etc.), the Cinque Terre villages are following suit and imposing a city tax on visitors staying here. Before you … Continue reading Tasso di soggiorno: Cinque Terre’s new “city tax”