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 … Continue reading Insider Tip: The pass they won’t tell you about…
UPDATED IN 2019 TO REFLECT CURRENT RATES AND TO INCLUDE DETAILS ABOUT PURCHASING ONLINE The Cinque Terre Card is the Cinque Terre National Park’s effort to streamline the hiking pass and transport services all into one card (which helps to make things much, much more convenient for those visiting). The Cinque Terre card allows the card holder unlimited train travel … Continue reading What’s the deal with the Cinque Terre Card?
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 … Continue reading Mother Nature has Cinque Terre on edge
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 … Continue reading Transport in the Cinque Terre
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 … Continue reading Local specialties in the Cinque Terre
One of the most common questions I hear is, “When is the best time to visit the Cinque Terre?” That’s a tough question because it’s incredibly subjective. Are you a beach bum? An avid hiker? Or, are you looking to experience the Cinque Terre when you’ll have it (mostly) to yourself? Here are the pros … Continue reading Seasons in the Cinque Terre
Latest update: October, 2017 There’s a lot of (mis)information out there about what trails in the Cinque Terre are open or closed at the moment, so I’m hoping to clear up any confusion. The most famous hiking path in the Cinque Terre is the Sentiero Azzurro (the so-called “blue” coastal trail that connects all five villages, also … Continue reading Current status of the Cinque Terre “Sentiero Azzurro” (Coastal Trail)