Cinque Terre Insider

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

On Thursday, October 11, a level orange storm warning has been announced between the hours of 6am and 6pm. The forecast calls for storms and heavy rain. In Italy, storm warnings are classified by a color code: green (no danger perceived), yellow (slight danger), orange (moderate danger) and red (extreme danger). After the devastating October …

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As peak-season 2018 winds down, so do the ferries connecting the Cinque Terre and Portovenere. A limited schedule runs between October 1st and 27th. It’s highly likely that this schedule, or a very similar one, will extend to cover the dates up to and including November 1st (which is All Saints’ Day, a national holiday …

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I heart October. Check out this month’s schedule below for guided tours & excursions within the Cinque Terre National Park: If you have the Cinque Terre Card you can join these tours and excursions for free. If you’d like to buy the Cinque Terre Card in advance you’ll want to check out my post on …

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Some people will tell you that the Cinque Terre is a great day trip.  I’m here to tell you the opposite.  People that day trip to the Cinque Terre don’t see the best of it:  the early mornings and late evenings when the crowds clear out and the true beauty of the five villages shines …

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Starting at 9pm today and carrying through until 3pm on August 14th, a level orange storm warning has been issued for the Cinque Terre and surrounding areas in Liguria. On the map below, the Cinque Terre falls in section C. What does this mean? In Italy, there are four distinct colors regarding weather forecasts: GREEN …

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A 24-hour national train strike has been announced for Italy from 9pm on Saturday, July 21st, to 9pm on Sunday, July 22nd. Not all trains are expected to be affected by the strike (Italy’s premier high speed Frecce trains as well as the trains connecting Roma Termini station and Fiumicino airport will be unaffected). A …

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Hoping to take the ferry from the Cinque Terre (or Lerici, La Spezia, Portovenere or Levanto) to Portofino and back?  You’re in luck!  This seasonal service will start on July 2nd and continue until August 31st, 2018. The ferry will pass by picturesque San Fruttuoso and then stop for 3 hours in Portofino before heading …

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