Cinque Terre Insider

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

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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*sigh* We are, once again, on a level 2 storm warning.  ARPAL (which stands for “Agenzia Regionale per la Protezione dell’Ambiente Ligure“) currently has two levels of alert:  level 1 (think of it as a yellow “proceed with caution” light) and level 2 (the highest level of alert, a so-called red light where everything comes to …

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***UPDATE***  The level 2 alert has been extended until 3pm today.  We’ve had lots of rain and gusty winds but as far as the Cinque Terre is concerned so far, so good.  However, the storm has caused extensive flooding just to the south of us in Marina di Carrara.  Fingers crossed that the alert is soon …

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UPDATED JUNE 2017 I’m saddened to report that with the introduction of the new Cinque Terre Express light rail (and the increased ticket prices that came with it), TrenItalia has done away with the weekly pass for the Cinque Terre trains*. For those than plan to visit the Cinque Terre for just one or two …

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Other than 20 minutes of torrential rain, gusty winds as well as thunder and lightning yesterday evening, the Cinque Terre passed a rather uneventful weekend despite being under a level 2 alert.  Special safety measures were taken over the weekend including the closure of all of the trails within the Cinque Terre National Park.  Plees were made by local …

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If you’re headed this way you might be wondering what’s the best way to get out and about in the Cinque Terre.  There are three recommended modes of transportation: foot, boat and train. It’s also possible to take a bus within the villages but keep in mind that they run up and down in the villages …

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