Cinque Terre Insider

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

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 …

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In this day and age, everybody (myself included) seems to be an AirBnB host or guest (or both!). The Cinque Terre alone boasts 1,000+ AirBnB listings! My first experience with AirBnB was for a vacation to NYC in 2012. We rented a lovely one bedroom flat in a posh high rise in the FiDi (financial district) at …

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I’m not joking when I say it gave me goosebumps!  What an awesome, awesome tribute to Cinque Terre winemakers, their passion, toil and fruits of their labor.  And, I’m proud to say it was made by a fellow expat! Complimenti, Christine!

…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 …

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So, you’re heading to Italy.  Maybe you want to relish in our country’s holidays.  Or, maybe you want to avoid them (and the crowds they can bring).  Here’s a listing of both local and national holidays to help you out. NATIONAL HOLIDAYS January 1st:  New Year’s Day January 6th: Epiphany           …

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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 …

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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 …

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