Cinque Terre Insider

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

Please note: This is an ever-evolving story due to the dynamic nature of contagion. All data was correct at the time it was published. Periodic updates will be posted as footnotes to this post. Let me start by saying, as of today there have been zero confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Liguria (the region …

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Heading to the Cinque Terre? Tips on the best airports to fly into with practical tips & advice

Heading to the Cinque Terre this September? Don’t miss the national park’s calendar for guided tours and hikes!

Starting at 6pm a level orange weather alert has been issued for the entirety of Liguria, the region in which the Cinque Terre villages are located. Meteorologists have forecasted thunderstorms and heavy rains. The alert lifts tomorrow, July 28, at 2pm. As this is a relatively serious alert, extra safety precautions within the Cinque Terre …

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The dreaded S word… sciopero. Strike. Tomorrow a national train strike has been called from 9am to 5pm. We won’t know the extent of the strike until tomorrow morning at 9. However, excluded from the strike are the TrenItalia trains in the Campania region (that’s the region where you will find Naples) and Italy’s high-speed …

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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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If you’re planning to be in the Cinque Terre this May, be sure to check out the guided tours & excursions offered by the Cinque Terre National Park. 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 …

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It amazes me how technology has made our lives (and traveling!) so much easier. Now that we can use our mobile phones and access data just about anywhere in the world, unlimited information is at our fingertips. If you’re planning to come to Italy with your smartphone in hand, here are three apps you’ll want …

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Planning to visit the Cinque Terre this February? The national park offers two dates for guided hikes: The guided hikes in February are free if you have the Cinque Terre Card or €5 if you don’t. You’ll need to wear proper footwear like trainers with decent tread or trekking boots or shoes. Keep in mind …

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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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