Cinque Terre Insider

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

Due to a family emergency and an unexpected trip to the US, I have quite a few posts to publish to catch everyone up on the latest happenings in the Cinque Terre. Please bear with me! Below you will find the peak-season schedule for the Cinque Terre + Portovenere ferries. If you are planning on …

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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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If you happened to visit the Cinque Terre this October you hit the traveler’s jackpot: a beautiful Indian summer.  October is usually a transitional month with fall wardrobes (light sweaters, scarves and whatnot) making their debut. Not so this year, October has had more than its fair share of dips in the sea and sunbathing …

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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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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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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 July.  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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