Cinque Terre Insider

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

UPDATE, 3:30pm: The storm warning has been extended to 7am tomorrow morning (September 10, 2017) and in zones D, B and E has been updated to a red (level 4) alert. The Cinque Terre and surrounding areas remain under an orange (level 3) alert.  Original text An orange (level 3) storm warning is in effect …

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Corniglia (pronounced core-neel-ee-uh) is the smallest of the Cinque Terre villages and arguably the most underrated (as it is oftentimes overshadowed by its larger and easier to reach neighbors). If you are a numbers person, Corniglia is considered the third village in the Cinque Terre (from either direction). There are a few things that set Corniglia …

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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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The memory of the devastating October 25, 2011 alluvione (flood) that affected Vernazza and Monterosso is still very fresh in the minds of Cinque Terre villagers. If you don’t have a clue as to what I’m talking about just search YouTube; the videos are terrifying. Liguria, the region in which the Cinque Terre villages are located, is …

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One of my favorite things about Italy is that every single region has its own specialty foods on the menu.  If you’re traveling all the way to Italy, you’ll want to try the foods that are unique to each area you’ll be visiting.  I don’t recommend asking for a bistecca alla fiorentina if you’re in Rome or pasta alla carbonara …

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