Cinque Terre Insider

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

Every village and city in Italy has a patron saint.  San Giuseppe (St. Joseph) is the patron saint of La Spezia, which is the nearest city to the Cinque Terre (just 8 minutes by train from Riomaggiore).   Aside from religious festivities, the city offers a huge street fair (fiera) with over 600 stands selling everything …

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For those of you that don’t know, the Giro d’Italia is Italy’s premier cycling race (comparable to the Tour de France).  It’s a pretty big deal.  And for the first time since 2009, it’s heading through the Cinque Terre. You can see the route map and expected passing times here. This is great news for sports & …

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