Cinque Terre Insider

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

The June calendar for the Cinque Terre Walking Park has been released! See below for all the details: As you look at the schedule, be sure to keep in mind the color coding for each date: YELLOW = trekking (hiking) tour, appropriate footwear is required (either hiking shoes/boots or athletic trainers with decent tread) GREEN = trekking …

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We are in an age of instant gratification, where people want answers fast. Actually, faster than fast, they want them instantaneously with the click of a button (or tap of a touchscreen). Hence the success of the huge online travel agencies (or OTAs) like Booking(.com), AirBnB and Expedia, just to name a few. These OTAs …

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My dear friend and professional photographer, Nicole O’Neil, will be returning to her beloved Cinque Terre September 2-19, 2019 (I’ve actually blogged about her in the past).  For travelers as well as fellow shutterbugs, Nicole has two unique and highly sought after opportunities on offer while she’s here in the Cinque Terre. Professional Photo Sessions …

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The last week of October was a difficult one for Liguria. Super strong winds gusting at 180km per hour (circa 110 miles per hour), pounding rain and rough seas with 8 meter swells (that’s a little over 24 feet) all took turns pummeling our region. Mother Nature not so subtly reminded us that she is …

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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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August has arrived and boy, is it hot! Be sure to have plenty of water with you and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! If you’re visiting Italy this month I recommend on checking out my post with 8 tips on how to survive a hot Italian summer. Below you’ll find the August 2018 schedule for the Cinque …

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The off-season in the Cinque Terre typically spans from the beginning of November through the week before Easter. However, things pick back up a bit for the holidays between Christmas and New Year’s. Here’s a running list of happenings over the 2017 holiday period in the Cinque Terre (keep checking back as I will update …

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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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Once upon a time when you visited a foreign country you kept in touch with friends and family back home with postcards and sporadic (and expensive) phone calls. Not so anymore, mobile phone plans (the majority of which are pay-as-you go and not bound by contract) in Italy are incredibly affordable. There’s a lot of competition …

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