Cinque Terre Insider

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

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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For those heading to the Cinque Terre and seeking a guided experience, look no further. The Cinque Terre National Park offers a different guided option for each day of August. If you’ve purchased a Cinque Terre Card then the scheduled tours and excursions are free for you! If you don’t have the Cinque Terre Card …

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Phew!  It’s getting hot around here.  Luckily, the Cinque Terre villages sit right on the Ligurian Sea (which, in case you didn’t already know, is a part of the Mediterranean) so it’s easy to take a dip and cool off.  Are you wondering where you should go to sunbathe and swim?  Here’s a side-by-side comparison …

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I’ve been on Instagram for a while with a work account (@riomaggiorereservations) but I just recently opened a new account for Cinque Terre Insider (@cinqueterreinsider). I love that I can make this account more personable and narrative (versus a more professional approach on the work account).  I’m including tips & advice so be sure to …

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